August 13, 2012
Whenever people tell me about The Dutch, they always say the same two things:
“You have to order the oyster sliders!”
“Get the pie!”
Okay…So it looks like I’m having oyster sliders and pie for dinner.
The Dutch’s famous “little oyster sandwiches”: They may only be about a bite and a half a piece but they’re as good as people make them out to be. Why? The oysters. The oysters in those sliders may be the best fried oysters I’ve ever had. EVER. Not exaggerating. They’re enormously plump and juicy and only lightly breaded so you get that briny oyster flavor in each bite. I’m not as overly enthusiastic about the sandwich as a whole – I want to say there was something about the bun that was a little iffy for me – but those oysters…they just kill it.
Oyster sliders and pie does not equal a complete meal (however much I wish they would). Therefore, I would suggest ordering one of the pasta dishes as an entree to fill the void. They come in relatively large portions for a reasonable price and the menu includes enough variety that you can satisfy any craving, whether it be one for something vegetal and fresh (like the orecchiette with ramps, spring peas and pecorino) or something full of seafood (like the black fettuccine, octopus, rock shrimp and calabrian chili).
Lastly, the mad raves about The Dutch’s pie are warranted; their pie is pretty damn good. The banana cream pie was almost perfect, with its fluffy pudding, chunks of bananas and a gingersnap crust. However, is it wrong that I liked the tart blood orange sorbet more so than the pie itself? (If it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.) Either way, a slice of pie and a cup of coffee will end your meal on a golden note.