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Washington Platform Oyster Festival Brings Coastal Flavors to Cincinnati
Spring in Cincinnati is always made a bit more divine – at least from a culinary perspective – thanks to the Washington Platform Oyster Festival. The event takes place at the iconic Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant in Downtown Cincinnati, serving up a wide variety of seafood and oyster-based dishes, including a 40-item fresh oyster menu.
Washington Platform Oyster Fest - A Cincinnati Seafood Tradition
The Washington Platform Oysterfest kicks off in late March or early April and continues through mid May at the saloon and restaurant, which is located at 1000 Elm Street near Over-the-Rhine (OTR) in downtown Cincy. Popular menu items include the smoked oyster salad, oyster-stuffed jalapenos and – of course – fresh-shucked oysters on the half shell.
But the culinary delights at the Washington Platform Oyster Fest don’t stop there. For example, the oysters Bonne Femme is made with fresh oysters, crabmeat, scallion and shrimp that is baked au gratin in a rich champagne cream sauce and served with dirty rice. And if that doesn’t make your mouth water, there’s always the traditional Washington Platform fried oyster dinner, as well as the steak and oysters, which features a petit filet grilled to perfection served with six southern fried oysters.
In addition to the annual oyster festival, the Washington Platform Saloon and Restaurant is also known for its live jazz music, with an impressive lineup of performers always on the schedule in the Canal Room. Erected more than 150 years ago, the three-story historic building was originally known as the Johan Armleder Wine & Lager Beer Saloon.
The popular downtown Cincinnati seafood and American restaurant was first named Washington Platform in 1875 as a nod to Washington Park, which is located just a few blocks away in Over-The-Rhine. After serving as a grocery store and hand laundry, among other businessesn, the property was re-named the Washington Platform Saloon and Restaurant in 1986.
For more information about the Washington Platform Oyster Festival, visit washingtonplatform. com or call 513-421-0110. The Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.