Boston: Union Oyster House

My sister and I walked the Freedom Trail in Boston, but we kinda cheated by starting in the middle at the Union Oyster House:

Our friend JChang was kind enough to humor us by accompanying us to this tourist hotspot.  Opened in 1826, Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in the US.  It was super cool to imagine which historically important people once dined within these walls:

The wait was almost excruciating, but we managed to squeeze in before dinner service began.  Our lunch started off with some cornbread:

We figured we couldn't go to Boston and not try some good old clam chowder, so why not get it at the oldest restaurant in the States?:

Because we felt bad about ordering just clam chowder, we thew in a ye olde seafood platter:

So much fried love going on there.  Calamari, fish, clams, oysters, scallops, and shrimp, oh my!  To be honest, we probably shouldn't have ordered the seafood platter.  We weren't that hungry to begin with and 23 bucks was a bit much to pay for what we didn't really feel like eating.

While the food isn't exactly spectacular (clam chowder was nice and thick though), it's neat to be able to say that you've eaten at the oldest restaurant in the country.  Come if you're a history geek like that, but otherwise feel free to take photos from outside and check it off your Boston to-do list.

After leaving the Union Oyster House, my sister and I went on to finish the Freedom Trail and then loop back to start over from the beginning of the trail.  We had a great time trying to follow the red line that marks the trail, giggling and generally making a scene whenever it faded in sections or disappeared completely.

By starting at the Union Oyster House, we also managed to save ourselves a little bit of walking.  (If you look at the trail map, you'll see what I mean.)  So for all you lazy tourists out there, that's a little Boston tip from me to you.  Enjoy!

Union Oyster House
41 Union St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 227-2750


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