Monday, December 8, 2014

$1 Oysters, Great Cocktails, and More at Russell House Tavern (Cambridge, MA)

One of the recommendations I received before moving to Boston was to have cocktails at Russell House Tavern. They do have great drinks, but now most of the time, I come here for the $1 oyster special, which starts at 11pm til closing.

Russell House Tavern
I previously had made a list of $1 oyster places in Los Angeles, but there are even more in Boston! Still, there's a big range on quality, and Russell House Tavern is on the top end where that's concerned.
IMG_3258A lot of places don't serve the freshest oysters when they do $1 oysters, but I've had great experiences with Russell House Tavern, and I've come 3-4 times. The first time they had Island Creek oysters. I also had Moon Shoal oysters once. Not only the types, but these are also fresh and cleaned properly (unlike the $0.50 I had at Red House which were not that fresh and weren't even really cleaned well).

The cocktails I've enjoyed included the Howling Winds ($12): Ansac cognac, yellow chartreuse, cinnamon syrup, lemon, butterfly absinthe, bitters, and Battle of Trafalgar (pictured below, $10): Pimm's no 1, elderflower liqueur, Batavia arrack, honey, lime.
Russell House Tavern
There was also Burma Nights ($13): Bombay East Gin, P.F. Dry Curacao, Orange Flower & Jasmine Waters, Lemongrass, Regans No. 6.

I've tried the other dishes which tend to be good and reasonably priced like the Steamed Moosabec mussels, Spanish chorizo, fried garbanzo, white wine, grilled Fondi bread ($10)
Smoked lamb belly meatballs with taleggio, roasted tomato, crispy sage ($9)
Russell House Tavern
This was pretty good but I thought it was a bit too salty. 

They also have lobster tails for $8 each! Served with saffron aioli, it's a great place to get a taste of affordable lobster.
Russell House Tavern

Torchon of Foie Gras, Boston brown bread, sour pickled cherries ($14)
Russell House Tavern
Because how can I not order foie gras, right? I quite like the texture of the brown bread against the torchon here.

Russell House Tavern has become one of my favorite spots in Boston. Chances are, if you're visiting me from out of town, I'll be taking you here late at night for $1 oysters and some cocktails!

Russell House Tavern
14 JFK St
Cambridge, MA 0213
(617) 500-3055
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