Elevated Living: Start Your Week At Restaurants

Do you ever abstain from dining out because it’s too expensive? Of course! So it’s important now more than ever to learn HOW to do it!

If you’re up for going out on a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, you’re apt to enjoy yourself just as much, if not more than going out on the weekend. Many restaurants offer Prix Fixe meals, some only certain days of the week, usually the beginning: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. These are the days restaurants provide enticing offers like Prix Fixe menus, specials and other options that won’t break your budget but will still fill their seats. Consider this when coordinating date night, or girls night out. Thursday, Friday and Saturday do NOT have to be your ‘go-to’ nights!

Another advantage of dining out at the beginning of the week is it’s less crowded. While everyone is getting into the groove of the week ahead, recovering from their weekends, you have a better chance to enjoy a seat at the bar; without someone reaching over you.  I have had some of my best meals at a fine dining restaurant bar on a Monday or Tuesday. In addition to a satisfying meal, I usually receive excellent service, sometimes even a complimentary glass of wine or beer pending locale. This is also the time when you can usually grab the most requested table in the house. You know the one. By the window- with the view. Or the private corner booth, booked up for months in advance.

My last two reasonings to Start Your Week At Restaurants are your budget and your mood. Starting off your week, for those that do budget, you’ll have a better outlook on the reality of your finances. You won’t be squeezing something you can’t really afford at this moment in time, but instead enjoying yourself. You’ll be paying for a 3 course meal what many will pay for just their entree later on in the week. Now feeling good about that, is a great way to start your week. It’ll help carry you through until the weekend too; and then again til next Monday’s date night.

 

Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate Your Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber

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Elevated Living: $1 Oyster Crawl

“Why then the worlds mine oyster, which I

with sword will open”- William Shakespeare

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act 2, scene 2, 2–5

Fortunately for you, no swords necessary. These three joints have shucked all your oysters for you. Now, if that wasn’t enough to draw you in, and the beverages amazing enough to keep you, oysters are all only $1. Yes, you read correctly. $1. Three different establishments and atmospheres, all within walking distance of each other with one common goal: bivalves for a buck. Go forth and enjoy, the world is your oyster.

Legal Seafoods, a chain known throughout Boston and beyond has a special called “6 before 6.” This means you can purchase $1 oysters 6 at a time anytime before 6pm. It’s not exactly advertised and I recommend calling ahead of time to make sure the Legal’s near you participates. Legal Seafoods is a corporate style restaurant and very by the book more often than not. They have a great wine selection with comprable prices considering most alcohol mark-ups are where restaurants make their money. Their oyster selection is also very pleasing. I believe we had 6 different oysters to choose from ranging from Naked Cowboy (New York), Kumamoto (native to Japan) and many from MA. Enjoy at the bar, or in addition to a meal at your table. Service obviously varies, and some servers/bartenders are more knowledgeable than others. So just ask for your receipt and they usually place the oysters in order they’re listed. Some locations also use popsicles with the names of the oysters written on them. So helpful! Especially after a few rounds… Of oysters I mean 🙂

Marliave, is a place I like to call home away from home every time I go. You walk in and something along the lines of Billie Holiday is probably playing, and the service is outstanding. The third oldest restaurant in Boston, it promotes it’s history without being pompous. Though with the food, cocktails, and service provided, they could be pompous if they wanted to. Marliave serves $1 oysters twice a day, everyday: 4pm-6pm and again 9pm-10pm. I had the pleasure of introducing my mom and my friends to one of my favorite beers, Delirium Tremens. A great belgium beer, a perfect compliment to the oysters.  Though if you’re feigning a cocktail try the Tres Curieux. The staff is knowledgable on everything from food and drink, to oysters and pairings. Alas, if they don’t know- they know to ask, and will find out for you. Again, here at Marliave, the oysters range from around the nation, and beyond, and change daily. I haven’t had the pleasure of trying their French cuisine just yet, but from being associated with Grotto and the newly opened Kitchen on Tremont St., I’m sure it’s nothing short of delectable.

McCormick & Schmick’s is another corporate chain around the nation with a two spots in Boston, MA. Serving $1 oysters only on Tuesdays, McCormick & Schmick’s start serving oysters when they open at 11:30 am, and continue until they run out. Drawing quite a crowd M&S is a known tourist attraction, but many who dine (local and foreign alike) are unaware it’s a $1 destination. M&S serves one kind of oyster for the duration of the special, which pleases some and not others. What pleases all though, is the show performed, as the oysters are shucked in plain sight at one end of the bar. Truly a sight for all to see, their oysters shucked to order. With plenty of cocktails to choose from, there’s also the idea of a white wine flight if you’re feeling fancy.

I chose to end our $1 oyster crawl at McCormick & Schmick’s on purpose. In addition to their $1 oyster special McCormick & Schmick’s run a “Happy Hour Menu” twice a night including a $3.95 half pound burger and an order of wings for $4.95 seen here: Happy Hour Menu This way, if our bellies were requiring more than oysters, we only had to “belly up” to the bar 🙂

  • Boston Legal Seafoods: Long Wharf: 255 State Street Boston, MA 02109 (617)-742-5300 (3pm-6pm)
  • Marliave: 10 Bosworth St. Boston, MA 02108 (617)-422-0004 (4pm-6pm) & (9pm-10pm)
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Park Plaza: 34 Columbus Ave Boston, MA 02116

These are only a few spots among the many in Boston serving $1 oysters; including a new favorite: Barracuda Tavern. Barracuda Tavern serves Blue Point oysters for $.75! All day. Everyday. How’s that for Elation? ‘Get Hooked’ will ya?!

Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate The Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber