One of the first things you’ll notice is; well, maybe the second, after you pass amongst the outside tables that overlook the street, are the smiles and friendly greeting of the staff as you enter, and ‘those guys’ behind the open-kitchen bar counter. Not a big place inside, so you are probably not going to miss ‘em behind the Fiesta plates and hanging glasses. Another thing you’ll probably see are either Ruben or Ozzie giving a shuck or two to some oysters, and possibly something else they’re skillfully grilling up as you sit down at that counter. What a nice way to have a cocktail and a late-night snack all while BS’n with the Chef, the staff and some insightful guy next to us.
Another thing you may soon notice is that some of the stuff flying out of the kitchen can’t be found on the menu. I thought I recognized ‘that guy’ as I initially had the desire to swing by Shanghai Reds, a block or two away, ‘cause I wanted some grilled oysters.
Now I guess there’s more to the Ruben and Ozzie story that I later caught up on, and although there is a physical menu from which to order, this place will make you just about anything as long as they have the ingredients, as I was told by our server this evening. I was just about to call out, “I’ll have some grilled oysters”, just like I ordered on a previous trip to Shanghai Reds. Just then the server recommended oysters done up some other way that the wife said, “perfect, we’ll try those”. Whatever they were, they had a lot of cheese, I ate most of them, but I could barely taste that there was an oyster. The wife thought they were the best oysters she’s ever enjoyed. The following day I asked her about the oysters. She said, “No, I couldn’t taste them.” Sheesh, no wonder . . . I would have rather had them grilled. But who gives a shuck? Just as long as I can get my wife to eat a couple of oysters before bedtime. 👍🏼
Give Ruben & Ozzie’s a try. And try some oysters done up how ever you like ‘em. Order a drink while sitting at the kitchen counter. Talk with the Chef, then order another drink. Have a great experience at Ruben & Ozzie’s Oyster Bar and Grill. We’ll definitely be back!