Duxbury has a long storied past: it was one of the first towns settled after Plymouth, a shipbuilding capital in the early 1800s, and an idyllic place to raise Huey, Duey and Louie, until they opted for the more hurricane-like lifestyle of Duckburg. Bringing a little of that past to the big city, Island Creek Oyster Bar, now open.
From a trio of industry heavy hitters (Island Creek, Eastern Standard, Lineage) eager to bring Duxbury's acclaimed bivalves closer to the city, this upscale raw bar/seafood joint in the 175-seat former Great Bay has been completely overhauled with reclaimed Wyoming snow fence plank window shutters, a Colorado granite bar divided into three parts (dining, raw, drinks), wood slat picket Vermont barnwood fences built around circular booths, and an entire booth-to-ceiling steel caged wall filled with tens of thousands of oyster shells -- a smart choice as it was either that or just one Art Shell. Aside from a range of Island Creek's finest, the changing daily menu includes other fruits de mer like a Tarragon butter'd baked stuffed lobster w/ brussels sprouts, carrot, & parsnips; brioche crusted haddock in mustard oil w/ slow roasted cauliflower; and a schnitzel of monk fish with brown butter and capers, which could easily be solved by monk fish, if it wasn't so damn O-Sea-D. There're also heartier farm faves like braised Berkshire pork shanks w/ a parsnip puree and root veggie hash, and a thick bacon & cheddar-smothered burger made from Vermont beef, also what happened when Ja Rule's tour bus got lost going to Boston.
For post-work sips and snacks, ICOB rocks small batch seasonal cocktails (including a fennel-spiced house specialty called the Perennial) and draft beers like a signature collab Pilsner (from Will Shelton of High & Mighty) and Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series Wet Hop to wash down salted no-shell mussles in a toasted almond cream, pepper relish'd BBQ glazed shrimp, and spicy chili/garlic paste'd steamed littlenecks w/ Navajo bread, which now that they've got the casinos, can probably buy all sorts of race cars, lasers, and aeroplanes. Its. A. Duck blur!
Published: October 18, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
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