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Recap: Hank’s 7th Annual Oyster Fest

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Is there anything better than a spring day spent in the sunshine among friends, good food, and great wine?

Rhetorical question. Add oysters and you get extra credit.

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I love oysters and rose all year long, but unfortunately they’re far better in patio weather. The folks at Hank’s Oyster Bar threw me a pair of tickets to their 7th Annual Oyster Fest at the original, Dupont location and I was eagerly anticipating this Saturday all month long.

Of course, I brought along my favorite gal, Daniela, and we made it a full fun-day of oysters, a visit to the Penthouse Pool for some sunshine and magazines, and an afternoon at Dacha Beer Garden in Shaw catching up with some international visitors. The next day I left the country far too early but refreshed from quality time with good people.

Oyster Fest is a pretty good deal, if you’re in it to slurp down quite a few oysters. It’s $80 for all-you-can-eat oysters on the half-shell from across the country, BBQ’d oysters, popcorn shrimp, onion rings, and Old Bay seasoned fries. There was all-you-can-drink draft beer. And, if that wasn’t enough, there was also numerous raffle prizes. Just add beer to a raffle, and watch a bunch of yuppies get really excited really quickly.

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Speaking of eating a few oysters, we joined a rowdy group of old friends and new friends on the patio. So, we were able to witness first-hand the competition to eat the most oysters. Kudos to Ken for hitting 250. The boys certainly got their money’s worth– and likely stomach aches as well.

It’s worth noting that, after seven years, the folks at Hank’s know how to plan accordingly. Despite Ken’s attempt to drain the resources, there was plenty of food, oysters, and beer from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., making for a good customer experience and no Bitchy comments from the peanut gallery.

Be on the look out to snag tickets to Hank’s Oyster Fest next year, which happens each April. Or, just head there this weekend for brunch.

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