Press Release of the Day: Free Shad Sandwiches for Virgins at Oyster House

Wednesday, March 25, Oyster House (1516 Sansom Street, 215-567-7683) will host
March Shadness, a springtime celebration of the iconic migratory
fish whose incredibly short spawning season is occasion for fortunate
Philadelphians to dine on the fish’s famously flaky meat and prized roe,
which is often smoked and sautéed with butter. 
Owner Sam Mink and his team will offer Free Smoked Shad Sandwiches for the first 100 shad virgins – limit one sandwich per customer, while supplies last – to visit the restaurant beginning at
11:30 a.m.  Each sandwich will be served with a handy take-away chart of
Shad Facts
, and both shad virgins and shad veterans alike are encouraged to pose with the on-site
Shad Selfie Stand.

shad virgin is defined as any person who has never – not once in his or
her lifetime – had the tasty opportunity to feast on the remarkable
fish that
is so prevalent in the rivers in and around Philadelphia.  Shad, the
largest member of the herring family, was a favorite among city
residents in the 1950s and 1960s, but younger generations have been
mostly unaware of shad’s rich history and intense flavor. 
By hosting March Shadness, Mink will reintroduce shad to the masses and
hopefully help spawn a new generation of shad lovers.
has been a springtime feature at my family’s seafood restaurants since
my grandfather began running Kelly’s on Mole Street back in 1947,” says
Mink, who lost his shad virginity at a young age thanks to his family’s
passion for the bounty of the ocean.  “Today, I’m happy to carry on his
legacy and introduce a new generation of shad fans to this
underappreciated seasonal delicacy.”
Now celebrating their fifth year of business, Oyster House has earned rave reviews. 
Philadelphia magazine wrote that on a visit to Oyster House,
“you’ll be treated to well-executed dishes that have become classics for
a reason…[Oyster House] should keep oyster addicts happy and the Mink
family in business for another 60 years…
the Mink family has restored this Philly icon to impeccably consistent
excellence.”  The magazine awarded the restaurant their coveted “Best of
Philly: Seafood” title in 2012. 
The Philadelphia Inquirer added, “[Mink’s Oyster House] is in so many ways a big improvement over the tottering relic it had become…From

decor changes to draw energy and a youthful crowd, to a bright young
staff that knows its oysters, a quality cocktail bar, beer and wine
list, and a kitchen that updates the classics with seasonal ingredients
and a lighter touch.” 

House is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
and Fridays and Saturdays until 11 p.m.  Buck-a-Shuck Happy Hour is
through Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 p.m.
until 11 p.m.  The restaurant is closed on Sundays.  For more
information, or to make a reservation for groups of five or more, please
call (215) 567-7683, visit, follow them on Twitter (@PHLoysterhouse)
and like them on Facebook.