New England Chowder House Meets American Bistro
in the heart of Historic Oyster Bay, once home to President Theodore Roosevelt,
Canterbury Oyster Bar & Grill delights patrons on so many levels.
This eatery has the combined feel of a rustic New England Chowder House,
Classic English Pub, American Bistro and historic tavern replete with nine taps
as well as one hundred bottles of Craft Beers, Specialty Ales, & artisan
Ales in Oyster Bay opened in 1981 (not to be confused with it’s sister
location in Huntington which was started in 1977). On
December 9, 1985, Mark Fox took ownership and embarked on transforming the
restaurant into what it is today. For starters, how could a place in a town
named Oyster Bay not have oysters on the menu? Mark felt this was a No-No.
In no time, oysters hit the menu in all varieties and styles. Shortly
thereafter boatloads of other shellfish were found in abundance; shrimp,
mussels, clams, lobster and steamers.
beverage menu also went through a great deal of change. Today, you can choose
from a great selection of moderately priced wines by the glass and/or bottle as
well as some of the most sought after wines in the world.
As for brews, they range from Rheingold to the most artisan Belgium
triple fermented beer; this place has all the
We had the
fortunate opportunity to try the Long Island Corn & Clam Chowder (below
left), which was
nice and creamy with hearty spuds. This
soup was a great comfort selection with potatoes that melted in your mouth and
just the right degree of saltiness.
only sampled two of the salads they were quite good and refreshing. The mesculin
salad (above middle) was very fresh with vine ripe tomatoes and topped with a julienne slaw of
zucchini and carrot with traditional vinaigrette.
The Steakhouse wedge salad with Gorgonzola cheese and crispy bacon (above
also definitely a “comfy” food.
appetizer of many was the trio of Tuna Sliders (below left) that consisted of sushi style
tuna tartare in the form of a burger on a miniature bun. The tuna was very fresh
and coated with black and white sesame seeds. Each burger also had fresh
lettuce, tomato, cucumber, as well as paper-thin ginger slices.
then sampled the crab cake (above right) that was magnificent with a mango sauce that
perfectly married the sweet and spicy elements. Next, the seafood tower (below) arrived at our table and consisted of the
freshest tuna tartar, lobster, clams, oysters, and shrimp with a trio of
wonderful dipping sauces.
back on the mainland, us landlubbers thoroughly enjoyed the rib appetizer (below
ribs were of the fall off the bone melt in your mouth variety. They were not
overly sauced, as tender as can be and served with tasty sweet potato fries.
Shrimp A La Vodka (above right) with prosciutto, sundried tomatos and crushed red pepper was
very good, perfectly al dente, and nicely sauced. And now for
the knock it out of the park favorite appetizer – the Bourbon BBQ glazed
quesadilla (below). These quesadillas were
so good with the cheeses, sautéed onions on the inside and the Habanero slices,
sour cream and guacamole as a topping. However it was the fresh house made
tortilla that brought it all together.
our main courses we sampled a variety of entrees.
First of which was the delicious Tomato and Crab crusted cod (above
right) over a
julienne medley of vegetables in a truffled broth.
great dish we sampled was the tuna lettuce wraps (below left) which consisted of beautifully
presented pan seared tuna, and dipping sauces, arranged in what appeared to be a
smiley face. The idea here is to take the lettuce leaves with the tuna and
create little wraps. This dish is great for those carb conscious individuals.
worth noting were the Applewood Smoked Bacon wrapped filet mignon (above middle)
order as well as the diver sea scallops that were delicious over forbidden rice.
On the sweet side we sampled a Crème
Brule Trio (above left), which provided an excellent array of taste.
This dessert is available in an ever-changing variety of flavors. Another dessert worth mentioning is the Banana Rum Cheesecake that is
house made and a true people pleaser. Our final sweet sampling of the evening
was their S’mores dessert (above right). This
was quite a novel adaptation to the classic do it yourself campfire treat.
This dessert is enjoyed by kids of all ages.
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