Old Senart's Oyster House, Capitol Hill

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Cinza on April 20, 2009

This is a fading sign of the once proud Chesapeake Bay seafood tradition found in all the cities of the region. When I first arrived in the city (mid 1960s) there were still dedicated oyster bars with traditional marble counters, brass foot rails and matching brass rails with green curtains hung in the windows. They had a flourishing business. I often dropped by one off Pennsylvania Avenue around 14th St., N.W. where there was a major commuter bus stop. Back then the Smithsonian was open until 9:30 in the night and a visit there with a quick stop by the oyster bar until bus departure made for an uncrowded ride. I expect Senart's was gone long before that time as Coca Cola usually costs twenty-five cents rather than five!

The Bay's seafood has largely collapsed, watermen are struggling, even crabs are in trouble and oysters largely come from elsewhere for the few places left specializing in that dish. The Fish Market is the last place I know that has the "salty" atmosphere of the old oyster bars.

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