My husband and I recently dined at The Grilled Oyster Company for our most memorable date night in 2016. For those of you who haven't visited this Potomac-based boutique restaurant, I would recommend making reservations. Each dish they served us over the course of our date became our new favorite; with spot-on Fall-inspired flavors and impeccable presentation, both accompanied with amazing service by well-versed staff.
What's new at The Grilled Oyster Company?
Chef Steve of The Grilled Oyster Company has added several seasonally-inspired starters and main plates, including new varieties of the restaurant’s signature grilled oysters, to their fresh seafood-focused offerings. However, you'll find that guests can still order dishes like fried Ipswich clams with dill tartar sauce, or a steaming bowl of Chesapeake cioppino loaded with shrimp, clams, mussels, and rockfish. While Chef Steve loves to flex his creative muscles, he was able to add a fresh new twist and a seasonal nod to their classic dishes, all-the-while keeping the integrity of their patrons' local favorites. The result was a refreshing twist to an already flawless lunch and dinner menu.
Our Delicious Date
We started our delicious date with a few appetizers before moving on to soup and salad. My husband loved the fresh, hand-battered, perfectly fried calamari; which was tossed in a garlic, lemon sauce. I started with their new grilled oyster sampler featuring Barren Island oysters from Hoopers Island, MD. They added two new flavors, including fall harvest grilled oysters topped with roasted turnips, carrots, radishes, and a mild guajillo salsa, and farmer’s grilled oysters with roasted beets, rutabaga, sweet potato, and celery cream. The 4 shell sampler also included an Asian-inspired "Rick's" BBQ and chilled cucumber relish oyster as well as a traditional drunken oyster with garlic bourbon butter. I could have eaten order upon order of these, but there were more courses calling my name.
Next, we ordered a bowl of their rich, house-made cream of crab soup and a cool, refreshing beet salad. Both golden and red house-steamed beets were the star of the show in our salad. They were perfectly accompanied by a light bed of mesclun greens, a heavy-hand of creamy goat cheese and a [mildly] spicy chili lime vinaigrette. #love
In a strategic move to save space for dessert, hubby and I split the pan seared sea scallops. The scallops were seared to perfection, set on top of the creamiest risotto with shitake and Portobello mushroom and were drizzled with a traditional Romesco sauce. According to Chef Steve, who introduced us to many of the dishes firsthand, the risotto was a new addition to the dish. #winner
Our meal was punctuated by a duet of chocolate and traditional vanilla creme brûlées, served with berry puree. This is one of my favorite desserts of all time and this dish did not disappoint. Both were served with a super thick, crunchy layer of caramelized sugar, just the way I like it!
And just like that, our meal was through, leaving a multitude of reasons to dine their again... like their hearty shrimp ratatouille or the pan-roasted Chesapeake rockfish with brown butter sauce for example. It surely takes a lot to impress my husband, who awarded The Oyster Company a rare "I would eat here again" stamp of approval.
Photo of The Grilled Oyster Company's Dream Team
(from left to right): Chef Steve, Rick Dugan (owner), Luis Lozada (manager)
As if the menu isn't special enough, they also offer dinner specials Mondays through Wednesdays:
*Monday- $20 Maine lobster, draft beer, and grilled corn
*Tuesdays - $1 raw oysters
*Wednesday - Guests enjoy half-price bottles of wine
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More about The Grilled Oyster Company
The Grilled Oyster Company, a locally owned restaurant (husband and wife team!), has been a traditional favorite in Potomac, Maryland, nestled in the Cabin John Mall. The Grilled Oyster Company is a regionally inspired seafood restaurant with a second location in Washington, DC (Cathedral Commons). Carefully crafted cocktails inspired by the seaside and a carefully curated beer and wine program complement fresh seafood and a raw bar, from which 100% of empty oyster shells are recycled into the Chesapeake Bay in collaboration with the Oyster Recovery Partnership. Chef Steve's recent enhancements to Grilled Oyster Company’s menu continue the tradition of emphasis on sourcing locally and working to maintain a balanced ecosystem.
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