There’s a new oyster bar in Portland, started in the last couple of months by the folks who now run Hugo’s Restaurant — an area temple of high cuisine. It’s called the Eventide Oyster Company, and there are wonderful things on the menu, like a new take on lobster rolls, a fried oyster bun, etc. But the real thing here is the oysters on the half shell — 6 or 8 varieties from the chilly Maine waters (emphasizing our favorites from Damariscotta), and an equal number “from away” — some as far away as Kumatomo oysters from Washington State. The center of interest when you enter is a huge stone sink filled with ice and oysters. Picnic tables and bar stools. This isn’t a formal place. But the oysters are fabulous, as are the other entries we tried. Highly recommended.
Here’s a link to the menu (click again on the link):