A Cape Restaurant:
Shuckers World Famous Raw Bar
Last Tuesday evening Bill and I went to Woods Hole to have a fine meal of New England seafood at one of our favorite summer Cape restaurants. Shuckers is one of those cozy places that we all enjoy discovering while on vacation.
It is tucked away at 91A Water Street. It is down a cobblestone alleyway in the heart of Woods Hole Village. The owner, Kevin Murphy and his excellent staff know how to serve up a proper New England feast. Shuckers is a place where the food is artfully prepared and presented but the dress and atmosphere are casual and relaxed.
Those of you who have visited Shuckers in the past will be pleased to know that during the off season, Kevin was busy giving the place a new fresh look without compromising its charm. The bar was redesigned to look like the hull of a wooden boat. The walls have been painted bright sparkling white, new tables, chairs and artfully designed table ware all come together to make a pleasantly inviting atmosphere.
This Cape restaurant’s space is divided into three areas. The first area is outside, under cover dining on the brick patio. Then there is the enclosed bar area that has bar seating plus several high-top tables with chairs. The third section is located out in the open, on a floating dock. Which ever area you choose, you will have a beautiful view of Woods Hole’s legendary Eel Pond with its boats and charming floating boat houses, in addition to the activities at the adjoining Woods Hole Marina. While dining, you may see one of the marina’s boat owner’s unloading his day’s catch and bringing it ashore.
Shucker’s is open for lunch and dinner from May to October. Lobster is the specialty of the house, however, if you just want cocktails it is good to know that many are served with freshly squeezed juices.
They are well known in the community for their fine Raw Bar. The raw bar includes cherrystones, boutique oysters, little necks and much more. Some of the appetizers are: Seafood chowder, Portuguese mussels, stuffed quahogs, crab cakes, marinated calamari, lobster bisque and Shucker’s bruschetta. I decided to make a meal of two appetizers, the bisque and the bruschetta. The bisque was creamy and chock full of sweet lobster meat. The bruschetta was equally outstanding. It was toasted garlic bread topped with fresh tomatoes, scallions, goat cheese and balsamic vinegar, it was delicious. Bill had baked stuffed scrod which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Shucker’s also has a “Lighter Side” menu that offers such things as Asian seared tuna salad, beet salad, and a Ceasar salad with lobster, yum. They also have a number of sandwiches. Among them are of course a black angus hamburger with lettuce and tomato, a veggie wrap that is filled with local greens avocado and a red pepper hummus spread.
Bill and I had a thoroughly enjoyable early evening, chatting with Kevin and strolling down Water Street. We even stopped to admire the new Rachel Carson memorial. It is quite striking but that is the subject of another day’s blog.
Shuckers World Famous Raw Bar
91 Water St, Woods Hole, MA
A few other great things to do in Woods Hole include:
While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures on Cape Cod, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.