Aside from sitting in parkway traffic in your bathing suit, nothing says “summer” better than a pile of fresh shellfish.
While you’re sticking local, get a gift from the sea with the reopening of Philly institution Oyster House.
Sam Mink (Distrito, Amada) takes the reins and revamps his father’s old place. Which means no more dark, dank interior. Instead, expect bright white subway tile walls, a higher ceiling, and original wainscot against exposed whitewashed brick.
Chef Greg Ling has a new approach to the menu, updating old favorites like snapper soup and fried oysters with fresh, local ingredients (hooray!) and adopting classics like lobster rolls and a New England clam bake.
Call ahead or simply squeeze into the L-shaped, marble-topped bar to gorge on Hog Island oysters and Cherrystone clams.
It’s wedgie season, after all.
Oyster House, 1516 Sansom Street (215-567-7683 or oysterhousephilly.com).