Lee & Rick’s Half Shell Oyster Bar
Oysters. Either you love them or hate them. Me? I love them. Especially the raw oysters. I can honestly say I don’t know that many oyster bars in Orlando. I’ve heard about Lee & Ricks Oyster Bar and seen many positive reviews on both Yelp and Urbanspoon so it SHOULD be good. Located on Old Winter Garden Road, I have driven past this place quite a few times and not even noticed it. The entrance was a bit obscure. It is actually facing the street. I didn’t even realize as I walked to the side, trying to figure how to get in here. As you enter the restaurant, it’s a sudden change. Dimmly lighted, the strong scent of seafood, wood all around. Wow, talk about the atmosphere in here. You have you choice of sitting at the bar (which I recommend) or in the dining area. The menu is quite simple but often times, that’s where you find the best food. I can say I was a bit disappointed I didn’t see Oysters Rockefeller on the menu though. The price is right, and the place is very casual.
If you come to an oyster bar, you’ve got to get oysters! The oysters here are from Texas brought every few days and the server shucks them right in front of you. How awesome is that?! Get a bucket, grab your oyster fork, some napkins and prepare to chow down. I shared a bucket with a friend and I probably could have easily had another one. It was just so good, seriously. They have saltines, lemon juice, hot sauce, and cocktail sauce bottles to accompany your oysters. I also had some horseradish on the side. It was fun experience, interacting with the server as he shucks your oysters. As soon as he shucked one, I ate it instantly, it was just that good. I cannot vouch for how the steamed oysters taste, but the raw oysters were just phenomenal. So simple, yet so good. The menu also has other seafood entrees which I ended up getting the steamed clams. Those were alright but a bit over steamed. The service was fast and friendly. I could defintiely see how this place has been around since 1950.