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Jul 12, 2007 10:39 AM

oysters in seattle in july??

In SF, the oysters in the non-R months are just fine, I think due to the fact that we don't really have seasons. Would you say the same for Seattle? I am staying very close to Elliot's and wasn't sure if it would be a good idea to go.

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  1. Yes, usually. Like the SF Bay area, Puget Sound doesn't usually get warm enough for Pacific oysters to spawn (and it is when oysters spawn that they get kind of yukky, though it's not something that will kill you, like a red tide outbreak). Sometimes if it's been very warm for a prolonged period of time some shallow oyster growing bays do warm up, and the oysters aren't at their best. In any case, if there was any question about local oysters, Elliot's would probably import them from nothern BC like they did last year when we had an outbreak of something-or-other that made our local oysters off-limits.

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    1. re: christy319

      Some oyster varieties are definitely of a lesser quality in the summer than in the winter.

      But they're still delicious, and a trip to Elliot's is always a good idea.