Paula & Tim Miller
The Carriage House Inn
The Impudent Oyster restaurant has been and is a Chatham institution for 37 years, initially the Oyster was a fisherman’s bar and local hangout serving just a bit of food and mainly a local watering hole. Then in the mid 1980’s the owner Peter changed the restaurant to a fine dining establishment open for both lunch and dinner and they have been extremely busy and successful ever since.
A few weeks ago they put out their new winter menu and we just had to try it. The Impudent Oyster is known for its large portions so we were glad to see several half orders available on items such as Pesca Fra Diablo, Sole and Crab Francais and Linguine with Clams. Some notable new items that piqued our interest were the Lobster Mac and Cheese and The Kobe Beef Burger. Without a doubt the Lobster Mac and Cheese is our new favorite menu item at the Oyster. At $14.00 it is an excellent value as well. It is served in a shallow gratin dish with loads of lobster blended with elbow macaroni and a creamy béchamel sauce. We counted no less than 8 claws plus lots of other nice sized morsels of lobster. We also loved the crunchy panko bread crumb topping. The Kobe Beef Burger ($16.00) was pretty good. It is served on a brioche bun which tended to fall apart. This burger is best to eaten with a fork and knife rather than out of hand. While it is a good burger I can’t say that the Kobe beef made it any better. The truffle fries that are served along side are out of this world, salty, earthy and flavorful. They of course still have a large special sheet in addition to the regular menu each night with other fabulous offerings.
With a nice variety of excellent food and good service it is no wonder that the Impudent Oyster is busy even in the off season. We have been back several times just for the Lobster Mac and Cheese! The Impudent Oyster is open for both lunch and dinner 7 days a week!