Friday, May 18, 2012

Favorite Restaurant Friday: 42nd Street Oyster Bar

This past Sunday we were in Rockingham for Mother's Day and decided to stay until Monday so that we could have a full day with my family.  We left my parents house Monday afternoon and stopped in Aberdeen/Southern Pines to have lunch at Olive Garden.  The main plan was to stop at Whole Foods on our way through Raleigh (Michael says Whole Foods is our crack) and afterwards eat dinner before we drove the rest of the way home.  At first we were thinking of having dinner at The Pit but then I suggested we eat at 42nd Street Oyster Bar.  This was another restaurant that Michael and I ate at a lot when we were dating.  My friends and I also went here several times for their happy hour from 4-6 p.m.  They used to have great specials on oysters and peel and eat shrimp if you sat in the bar area...I'm not sure if they still do that or not.
At 42nd Street you have to sit at the oyster bar if you want steamed oysters and we always get oysters so that's where we ended up this time.  We have eaten here lots of times but this was our first trip with Kellan.  He had to sit up on the bar overseeing our dinner and watching the guys shuck our oysters for us.   They have so many great seafood choices on the menu like shrimp and grits, crabcakes, tuna, mahi-mahi, and lobster but we almost always get the steamed shrimp and oysters.

Dinner with our own little shrimp!

Shrimp and oysters!!  And hushpuppies...oooh the hushpuppies!!  One of my favorite meals!

Tap dancing on the bar with Daddy

Snuggling with mommy...look at that face! And those toes!

 On our way from Whole Foods to the restaurant we passed a cupcake shop called Gigi's Cupcakes.  Well Michael's mom is called Gigi to Kellan so the more I thought about it we just had to get Kellan's picture taken there.  After we ate dinner we headed back to Gigi's Cupcakes.  While we were there we had to get a cupcake of course...

Michael's Strawberry Shortcake and my White Chocolate Magic

And here is Gigi's very own cupcake!!

What a great afternoon spent at our favorite grocery store and at one of our favorite restaurants!  Plus a little sweet treat before heading home!

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