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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Harry's Oyster Bar & Seafood

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Harry's Oyster Bar & Seafood

Harry's picture taken from the boardwalk after we ate
The last time we visited Atlantic City was our summer trip to the Food and Wine Festival, so it was nice to getaway for a day and a half. We arrived to Atlantic City, Saturday, March 9, the last day of Restaurant Week. We had our hotel booked for Friday and planned to eat at two restaurants then, but the charter bus company cancelled due to the snow and dangerous driving conditions. By Saturday morning, the 3 inches of snow we got melted completely, the weather was warm in the 50s, and our bus was back in business. On the drive to Atlantic City peering out the window, we saw so much damage to trees toppled over from Superstorm Sandy. It was sad.

Harry's pic from the boardwalk, outside dining in the summer and it is always packed
Ready for lunch once we arrived, we headed to Harry's Oyster Bar & Seafood to enjoy the Restaurant Week price of $15.13 per person (excluding drinks, tax and gratuity). This is a good deal and great way to enjoy different restaurants in Atlantic City. The atmosphere is a lively, casual oyster bar, sports bar and seafood house all in one. In the summer, you can dine outside in the courtyard of the lovely Denis Hotel to live music, not too far from the boardwalk and beach. There were huge screens showing different sports events throughout the restaurant, and the seating was comfortable and roomy. A lot of people were having lunch and taking advantage of the Restaurant Week menu offer, so that was great to see. The beautiful sunny warm weather made it really feel like spring. You would never believe how much it rained and snowed Friday.

Lovely mural inside Bally's by Harry's entrance inside Bally's
Appetizer
We both ordered the Oyster Trio. Allen got three freshly shucked oysters served raw on the half shell. I ordered the breaded and fried oysters. Allen loved his raw oysters which were perfectly chilled, and tasted fresh. I enjoyed my oysters which had a crispy, flavorful batter, and each one the perfect bite. I only wished we had more.

Oyster Trio Raw On The Half Shell
Oyster Trio Breaded And Fried
Entrees
For the main part of lunch, Allen got BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with House BBQ sauce, crispy onion straws, with sides of fries and coleslaw. Allen's generous serving of pork was sweet and had a great smoky flavor. The crispy onion straws were well-seasoned, tasty and in abundance. The french fries were cooked right and tasted like a fry should taste. The coleslaw was very good, fresh and cold, and we both wanted more of it. I ordered Cajun Tempura Flounder Sandwich with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce with sides of fries and coleslaw. The flounder was seasoned to my liking, and the tempura batter was light and complimented the fish.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, close-up
Cajun Tempura Flounder Sandwich
Dessert
I ordered Chocolate Cake and Allen got Key Lime Pie. The Chocolate Cake was dense, rich, creamy and velvety. The chocolate drizzle and whip cream were yummy. I did not leave one bit on my plate. Allen's Key Lime Pie was sweet, tart and very satisfying. The key lime slice on top and whip cream were lovely. 

Chocolate Cake

Key Lime Pie
Our server Mark was great, attentive, friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu. Mark even brought Allen some fresh horseradish to top over the monster oyster crackers they have on each table. I popped like 2-3 of them, and they were so good! Overall, we really enjoyed everything we ate and had a fun time eating here. We were not rushed and felt comfortable, which is key for us! 

Huge Oyster Crackers, Want One?
When you visit Atlantic City and are craving some seafood or just great grub, check out Harry's Oyster Bar & Seafood.

Located at Bally's Ground Floor of the Denis Hotel
Park Place & Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Tel: 609-431-0092
Web: http://www.harrysoysterbar.com/

-Sophia & Allen/Two Frys

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