There’s no place on the planet that makes oysters quite like the waters of Duxbury Bay.
“They’re not going to be any fresher than if you eat them here in Duxbury where they’re being harvested on a daily basis.”
And if you want ’em fresh, you’ve got to go see The Oysterman.
Located in Duxbury, Massachusetts, less than a mile from the Atlantic, The Oysterman is a small but spirited eatery serving all of the classics you love, like lobster rolls and fried seafood- along with some inventive dishes you may not have ever come across.
“We wanted to celebrate the local oysters and have a raw bar. There wasn’t a raw bar in town and then we built a menu out around it. We wanted to have something for everybody, so from seafood dishes to burgers and a filet mignon.”
Having just moved to Duxbury himself, owner Dermot Loftus was captivated by the local oyster farmers, so began learning more about growing oysters.
“When moving to Duxbury, spent a lot of time down at the harbor. I was fascinated by watching the oystermen at work out there and started to learn a little bit about the process, and then was really surprised to find that there wasn’t actually a raw bar in town.”
So he set up shop and designed the space around the oyster bar- which is always staffed with experts in the field.
“Our shuckers that work here all work on the oyster farms themselves. It’s great to have them in here, and to have them talk about the oysters, to share their experiences on the day and it’s interesting to watch people discovering oysters for the first time, and then having a farmer here who’s able to explain a little bit more to them.”
When you’re dining at The Oysterman, the obvious way to kick off your meal is with something from the raw bar- which usually features selections from the world renowned, Island Creek.
“We’re lucky we work with Island Creek as one of our main suppliers, along with some of the other farmers here and we’re able to have the oysters delivered on a daily basis.
Other starts to our meal include a beautiful caprese stack.
Thai Shrimp Nachos- featuring sauted shrimp in a red curry sauce over fried wonton chips.
Beautiful Buttermilk Fried Oysters and zippy Buffalo Cauliflower.
“Buffalo cauliflower, probably our most popular dish since we opened. Just a take, I guess, on Buffalo chicken that everyone’s familiar with. Here we do a light batter on the cauliflower and then toss it in our Buffalo sauce, serve that with a little bit of blue cheese and blue cheese dipping sauce. Great way to eat vegetables.”
If you’re looking for a great way to eat some meat, nothing beats the Oysterman Egg Rolls, stuffed with tender steak and gooey cheese and served with an addictive Maple Dijon dip. And then there’s slow cooked short rib served with sauteed onions in this glorified version of a grilled cheese.
“It’s a play on a simple grilled cheese, but when you add a little saute onion, a little bit of slow braised short rib, it just takes it to another level.”
The Oysterman also offers more substantial sandwiches, like their losbter roll- lightly seasoned with lemon and mayo and served on a brioche bun. Or, you could go for a New England / New Orleans fusion, and order the Oyster Po Boy.
“That’s fried oysters. There’s lettuce, pickles, house brined tomatoes, spicy aioli, and it’s served with our hand cut fries. It has that feeling of New England, the feeling of Duxbury.”
But believe it or not, even this is a seafood shanty, the burger here is king- and it’s become an instant hit because it’s modeled after one of America’s favorites.
“We figured, what is the best selling burger in America? It’s a Big Mac, so how do we set about doing a fresh Big Mac? We have a nice two patties, double served with fresh chopped lettuce, our own secret sauce. It’s been a huge hit for us. Certainly fresher than a Big Mac.”
The beef continues right through the entree section of the menu, with slowly braised short rib served over pillowy gnocchi and one of the best filets on the South Shore.
“The filet mignon is served with a red wine demi glaze. We’re doing a warm German potato salad and seasonal vegetables. If you’re going to treat yourself to a steak, you certainly want to have a good steak. We feel we do a really good job with that in the kitchen here.”
And for a classic seafood dish, nothing quite tops Shrimp and Lobster Scampi.
“Lobster shrimp scampi, just a classic dish, almost like the seafood version of a filet mignon. It’s a wonderful treat. We make that here with fresh linguini, and the same lobster that we use in our lobster rolls and shrimp.”
And whether you’re a burger guy a fellow who likes a good filet or a gent who likes a great grilled cheese, you can get it all at The Oysterman.
30 Railroad Avenue
Duxbury, MA 02332