A Culinary Journey Through History: Union Oyster House in Boston, MA

Nestled in the heart of historic Boston, the Union Oyster House stands as a living testament to America's culinary heritage. Established in 1826, it holds the title of the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the United States. It is also located in the oldest brick building still around in Boston (which pre dates the restaurant). Beyond its charming facade lies a rich tapestry of history, offering patrons not just a meal but an immersive experience in the heart of colonial Boston. 

The Union Oyster House's history is interwoven with the fabric of American culture. Originally a provision store, the establishment transformed into a bustling restaurant, serving presidents, literary giants, and everyday Bostonians. It's the very place where the toothpick was popularized, and the Kennedy Booth still echoes with the laughter of past political discussions. When he was a Senator he used to come nearly every Sunday and order Lobster Stew and read the newspapers. It is also the first restaurant in the United States to employee a Waitress. 

Upstairs has a more antique charm and period-appropriate decor, the restaurant is a living museum of Boston's bygone era. Prior to the opening of Union Oyster House, and is where Isaiah Thomas, who was the first to publicly read the Declaration of Independence, published The Massachusetts Spy, a political newspaper. Later, in 1796, Louis Philippe, who was king of France from 1830 to 1848, lived in exile on that second floor.

Complementing the historical ambiance is the Colonial Beer experience featuring Boston Lager. Samuel Adams, the brewery behind Boston Lager, pays homage to the city's revolutionary spirit. This beer is only brewed exclusively for the Union Oyster House. As you sip this craft beer, you're transported to an era where discussions of liberty and independence filled the air. The rich, malty flavor of Boston Lager perfectly complements the Union Oyster House's seafood offerings, creating a pairing that bridges centuries.

Stepping into the Union Oyster House feels like entering a time capsule. The historic charm is palpable, from the creaking wooden floors to the dimly lit dining rooms adorned with maritime artifacts. The circular bar in the front of the restaurant is near the original and if you have the chance to sit here (it’s often filled) it is a pretty cool experience drinking beer in a place that played a role in the birthplace of our country. 

The menu, dominated by fresh seafood, showcases New England's culinary prowess. The oysters, sourced locally, are a must-have. The clam chowder, a house specialty and exactly house New England Clam Chowder should be is a delight that has stood the test of time.

Also very interesting to point out is that it is an unofficial home to members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company - the oldest chartered military organization in the Eastern Hemisphere. Members can often be seen grabbing a beer before and after meetings. 

The Union Oyster House is more than a restaurant; it's a journey through time. With its rich history and Colonial Beer experience, this iconic establishment invites diners to savor the flavors of the past while enjoying the best of Boston's culinary offerings. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a seafood lover, or simply in search of a unique dining experience, the Union Oyster House promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of American heritage.

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