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Jambon_It Feb 10, 2007 09:18 PM

Is there anywhere in town to get oysters from New England?
Not from the Gulf Coast, please.
Miss me some Wellfleets.

  1. Jambon_It Feb 12, 2007 05:33 PM

    Y'all are fab. Thanks for the tips.

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      captainshen Feb 13, 2007 06:42 PM

      I'm a texan seafood lover who loves oysters (but has probably only had Gulf type?) and have never been to an oyster bar...

      any tips you have, O experienced one :)?

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        soapgirl Feb 14, 2007 04:27 AM

        I am definitely not the knower of all things oyster, but I do know what I like!! :o)
        Here are a few sites that sum it up nicely...

        http://www.cuisinenet.com/digest/ingred/oyster/types.shtml

        http://www.wsg.washington.edu/oysters... This one has pictures...

        One look at the pics and you'll know if you have been eating Pacific Oysters. They are huge. Usually used on the west coast for BBQ or stews, not raw... except maybe for Tomales Bay.

        As far as going to an oyster bar, go with someone who knows what they are doing... One dose of bad raw oyster and you'll be just this side of a hospital visit. They should not smell vinegary or fishy in any way... maybe a slight salt, coppery smell if you get REAL close. Should be served on ice - nice and cold. I think all three places listed above are a safe bet if you can't find an experienced oyster lover to pal around with... Order a nice glass of champagne and you are set!!

        Hope this helps!!

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          captainshen Feb 14, 2007 06:36 AM

          Thanks so much! I'll definately try these..
          Also, I've heard some really good stuff about The Old Monk off of Henderson (I think) over by Greenville ave area. I just dont know where their oysters are from :).

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            gavlist Feb 14, 2007 07:53 AM

            I would recommend that you go to the bar at Oceanaire. They have a large variety, good quality, and will make you a sampler plate. And they used to have (still may) a happy hour oyster discount.

            1. re: gavlist
              adkim Feb 14, 2007 09:15 AM

              The Oceanire has happy hour 3-6 Mon-Fri. Oysters and shrimp cocktail are half-priced.

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                captainshen Mar 12, 2007 11:11 PM

                Thanks.. i'll try it!

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                simply_victoria Feb 14, 2007 11:41 AM

                Oysters at Old Monk?? Double check that. They have fantastic mussels.

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                  Jambon_It Feb 14, 2007 02:32 PM

                  Yikes!
                  Oysters from The Monk?
                  I concur, I'm sure it's the mussels.
                  The closest they do to raw there is salad.
                  If they have oysters, I would skip them.

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                    yofan123 Apr 16, 2008 08:38 AM

                    have you guys tried the fried oyster at the Fish City Grill on 2323 N. Henderson Ave. It is so fresh and delicious!

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                      Epicurious Esquire Apr 16, 2008 11:43 AM

                      Yofan123, I think you mean to say the Fresh Oysters at Fish City Grill are fresh and delicious.

                      I would agree. They use Gold Band Oysters, which are pressure pasteurized, leaving them with a very, very clean taste. While I am no oyster afficionado, I do love them. I find the oysters at Fish City Grill to be far, far superior to Aw Shucks, which often taste just a bit "Gulf Coasty", if you know what I mean.

                      I went to a Seafood Restaurant in Seattle called The Brooklyn and probably had 10 different kinds of oysters. It has been several years and I'm sure I got hammered, so I can't remember the kinds of oysters, but I do remember being in heaven.

                      Someone above mentioned champagne with oysters. That works, as do stout beers and a nice minerally White Burgandy or White Loire Wine.

                      Yum!

                  2. re: simply_victoria
                    captainshen Mar 12, 2007 11:11 PM

                    yeah.. sorry! dumb mistake. Not one i'd usually make, either! Still havent been there.

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            soapgirl Feb 11, 2007 09:04 AM

            Well, I tried McCormick & Schmick's and the oysters were wonderful. Here is my review: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/331048 . One of the types of oysters I had that night was Wellfleet. Sounds like you are a big fan, so you are probably familiar with the seasons, but they have a list of what's available: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/index.cfm?content.display&pageID=90

            I am usually anti-chain, but in this case, they do a very nice job. Having seafood flown in twice daily is pretty impressive - especially in the middle of Dallas.

            McCormick & Schmick's
            307 NorthPark Center
            Dallas, Texas 75225
            (214) 891-0100
            http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/

            I have also been to Craft, here is the review: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/331079 , They also had Wellfleet oysters(and others from NE). The oysters were wonderful, but the atmosphere left something to be desired for me. I am just not a very "trendy" type restaurant person.

            Craft Dallas
            2440 Victory Park Ln. Suite 100
            Dallas, Tx 75219
            214.397.4111
            http://www.craftrestaurant.com/craft_...

            Overall, the experiences directly related to the oysters were both wonderful. For the price, non pretentious service and atmosphere, I would go with McCormick & Schmick's. (OMG... a chain, I know... I can't believe it myself).

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              simply_victoria Feb 11, 2007 07:03 AM

              What about Craft? They had a good selection when I was there before christmas.

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                dl72 Feb 11, 2007 05:48 AM

                Oceanaire by the Galleria is the only place I can think of them that will have oysters from New England. Go to their website which they update daily and it will give you the fresh catches of the day that they have flown in. Website is theoceainare.com

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