I just returned from a multiple day business trip to Boston. I like Boston, so this is a good place to need to go.
I had lunch and dinner with various people during the trip. Each time my dining companion - whether from the East, Midwest, West Coast, South - wanted to start with oysters. And, as every time I am dining with someone who enjoys oysters, they insist in knowing if I will eat oysters with them.
I find this striking. Is there a rule one cannot eat oysters on one’s own? I will happily drink a dry, up, Boodles martini without asking permission; order clam chowder; enjoy sashimi; whether you indulge - or not. It is my meal. You eat what you want. I eat what I want. This is one of the neat things about restaurants.
So what is it with oysters?
I care not a whit whether you eat raw meat, quinoa, whole sparrows. So why does one need both permission and joint promised consumption to eat a silly oyster?
Is there an oyster bonding ritual of which I am aware?