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Oysters In Cambridge – Then And Now

Former Aku-Aku Tiki Is Now A Sea Captain At The Summer Shack

Former Aku-Aku Tiki Is Now A Sea Captain At The Summer Shack

Oysters in Cambridge – Then and Now.   Did you know that Cambridge was once home to extensive oyster beds?

Cambridge Oysters – Then

The oyster beds were along the banks of the Charles in what is now Cambridgeport.  In the 1600s the oyster beds produced enormous oysters in such quantities that navigating past the reef on the Charles River was difficult.

The salt marshes that bordered the river were filled in the 1800s and the oyster beds are now covered by land that includes Fort Washington and MIT.

Oysters In Cambridge – Now

A local group  – the Massachusetts Oyster Project – is working to reintroduce oysters to rivers that flow into Boston Harbor.  The group has introduced oysters to the Charles River in Charlestown.

Oysters filter water and can counteract pollution.  A renewed oyster population will lead to a cleaner Charles and a cleaner Boston Harbor.

You’re probably not going to be eating oysters out of the Charles anytime soon.  So where can you get oysters in Cambridge?

Where To Buy Oysters In Cambridge

Cantabridgians in search of raw oysters have a number of local options:

Jasper White’s Summer Shack at Alewife has a popular oyster bar.  This is the first Summer Shack, opened in 2000, in the former Aku-Aku.  The tiki at the front entrance is now a sea captain in a yellow slicker.  617-520-9500.

The raw bar at the East Coast Grill on Cambridge Street in Inman Square is another popular option for oyster lovers.  617-491-6568

Rialto in Harvard Square has Duxbury oysters for $1 on Monday nights. 617-661-5050

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