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West Coast oysters in Philly?

GDSwamp Sep 25, 2007 11:54 AM

Just got back from visiting family in San Francisco, where lifepartner and I had some painfully delicious Nootka Sound oysters (from British Columbia) at the Zuni Cafe (we have their cookbook. Incidentally, the famous burger was excellent, but not truly mindblowing, can't-go-there-without-ordering-it good. We judged it a 7.5 - 8 out of 10).

Are there good raw bars in town likely to have these, or Stellar Bays, Hog Islands, other west-coast favorites? We want to eat them.

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    Boognish RE: GDSwamp Sep 25, 2007 01:53 PM

    Sansom St. Oyster House usually has several West Coast oyster options.

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      Boognish RE: Boognish Sep 25, 2007 03:59 PM

      Also, Oceanaire supposedly has a nice raw bar. i'd be surprised if they didn't have at least one variety of WCO's.

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        baekster RE: Boognish Sep 26, 2007 02:45 PM

        I was there yesterday for dinner. They have more west coast oysters than east coast. I got the 1/2 dozen Washington State Oysters (forget the name). It was okay. However, one of them wasn't fresh: it had a really fishy stale taste to it with a pretty yucky, smooshy texture...yuck: I had to spit it out.

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          GDSwamp RE: baekster Sep 26, 2007 03:07 PM

          hmm. that's not promising.

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            Boognish RE: GDSwamp Sep 27, 2007 08:10 AM

            I've eaten at SSOH many, many times and have never had a bad oyster. Of course, it can happen, but it's never happened to me, there.

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              GDSwamp RE: Boognish Sep 27, 2007 10:21 AM

              Ok, reassured.

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      CookieMonster RE: GDSwamp Sep 26, 2007 06:10 AM

      I had some delicious Kumamoto oysters a few weeks ago at Coquette.

      5th and Bainbridge Sts, Philadelphia, PA

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        Boognish RE: CookieMonster Sep 26, 2007 10:32 AM

        Hmmmm...makes sense as the same fellow owns coquette as Sansom St. Oyster House.

        A bit OT, but what did you think about Coquette? Sounds darn nice.

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          pat j RE: Boognish Sep 26, 2007 01:40 PM

          We've been to Coquette 3x since it opened. It will not disappoint. We're looking forward to the bar opening...I believe it will be the beginning of Oct.

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        QTown_Hound RE: GDSwamp Sep 26, 2007 09:48 AM

        Devon Seafood, Rittenhouse Square always has a few choices from various locations on their menu.

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