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Raw Oysters in Tampa Bay area

Sam Sep 13, 2005 09:37 AM

Looking for the finest, freshest, largest raw oyster bar in the Tampa Bay area. Its oyster season! Casual place would be best, but all recs would be appreciated.

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    joan Sep 13, 2005 01:34 PM

    Unfortunately, Sam, I do not think you will find any raw oysters in the Tampa Bay area. Between the Red Tide and Hurricane Katrina decimating the oyster beds, they are impossible to get. Perhaps you need to head to the Atlantic coast :(

    I miss conch! Can't get that either!

    Link: http://www.10news.com/money/4956925/d...

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      Mario Sep 13, 2005 02:10 PM

      Try Ahi Grill on Gandy, not the best but the only place were they actually serve them.

      Only one type of oysters, from the Gulf and they might not have them due to the Katrina damage. Call first

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        Rick Sep 13, 2005 03:35 PM

        I just had some amazing Raw Oysters at Rattlefish in South Tampa, Westshore Blvd and Tyson Street. They were big, mouthfulls and fresh.

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          joan Sep 13, 2005 03:55 PM

          When exactly, RIck? Because we had oysters at my restaurant too, up until Friday when they ran out. No more...wah wah!

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            Rick Sep 13, 2005 04:15 PM

            Sunday afternoon...9/11...at 3pm...what is your restaurant?

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              joan Sep 13, 2005 05:09 PM

              That's so surprising. I am happy for you though! My place is Mid Peninsula Seafood in St. Pete...we were warned when the extent of the damage became clear, that supply could be nonexistent starting this week. Although our oysters are packed in Florida, they often are labeled as being from one of the three Katrina states, MISS/ALA/LA. I just checked with my hubby and he says the Apalachicola area should be taking up some of the slack, so hopefully my fears are misplaced?

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          joan Sep 18, 2005 09:13 AM

          ....so Sam, tell us where you ended up! Inquiring minds wanna know! Were you able to find the oysters of your dreams?

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            Tandoori Girl Sep 18, 2005 03:59 PM

            Joan, are you trolling for an I-told-u-so :^) With all that sludge churning down the Mississippi I don't think I'll venture into gulf bivalves for awhile. jeez, we get rid of red tide just in time for Katrina tide...

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              joan Sep 19, 2005 01:05 PM

              I told-you-so is not really my style, TGirl!
              I really wanted to know...there was an article in the St. Pete Times this weekend describing the problem, but it said that oysters can still be gotten. We did happen to receive some in our place, but my hubby did not accept them - not good quality at all. I'm really wondering whether some others out there have been able to get their paws on some nice oysters.

              Link: http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/17/Tam...

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