Oysters are both relatively new and old hat to Pittsburgh - check out our Three Rivers and a try a few half shells!
It's a known fact that the food scene in Pittsburgh is constantly growing. Recently Pittsburgh has added a new dish to the evolving Pittsburgh food scene: Oysters. These tiny ocean delicacies have built up such a following that restaurants all over Pittsburgh are putting their custom spin on oyster dishes. From holding oyster happy hours and events, to serving them raw and creating a custom sauce just for them, oysters are definitely taking center stage all around the 'Burgh.
Merchant Oyster is a new restaurant that specializes in different types of oysters. They even host a Shuck N' Suck event every Monday. If you're wondering what that is, it's an event where four teams of two people (one shucker, one sucker) have two minutes to open and eat as many oysters as possible. Their raw half shell oysters and clams are sold by the piece and they specialize in east and west coast oysters. Try them paired with their amazing barrel aged hot sauce.
Union Standard offers local, seasonal foods and an ever-changing menu. With a Raw Bar that features six different types oysters, there is something for everyone to try. Oysters are half off during happy hour (7 days a week!) and are available during dinner. Reservations are available through Open Table.
Located next to the Distrikt Hotel in a historic Salvation Army building, you can see the 1940's charm in or, The Whale which used to be the building's gymnasium. In the downstairs of or, The Whale you can treat yourself to oysters served by the dozen with a house made sauce. In the upstairs bar Evangeline, you can have your choice of oysters from a bar and served over ice with sauces. Pair with craft cocktails for the best effect!
Perhaps the most versatile menu for oysters in Pittsburgh, Muddy Waters has over 10 types of oysters to choose from, as well as chef's choice options, oyster shooters, and more. Their specialty is cajun food and shellfish of all kinds. They also have a seafood tower that can add shrimp, lobster, crab, or tuna to your oysters.
One of the oldest restaurants in Pittsburgh, Original Oyster House (OOH) opened in 1870 and is a historic landmark. It's located in the heart of downtown in Market Square. They order their fish from North Atlantic fisherman who flash freeze and send to OOH, and guarantee their fish is the freshest in town. Order oysters raw or lightly breaded with Italian bread crumbs.
If you are hungry for oysters, these are just a small selection of the wonderful options you have in Pittsburgh's restaurants. Check them out and find your favorite!