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Sep 25, 2007 11:54 AM

West Coast oysters in Philly?

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

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    1. re: Boognish

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

      1. re: Boognish

        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.

          1. re: GDSwamp

            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.

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

      5th and Bainbridge Sts, Philadelphia, PA

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      1. re: CookieMonster

        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.

        1. re: Boognish

          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.

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