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Oct 17, 2007 02:38 PM

Oyster's and nothing but oysters

I'm in the mood for oysters and don't plan on eating much else. My first instinct is to go to Elliott's, but I've been there before and I haven't been to other oyster bars.

So I thought I'd ask you all: Does anyone have experience with the oyster bars at the Brooklyn and/or Shuckers? Any opinions? If I'm looking for just oysters (and not worried about the other food on the menu) where should I go?

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  1. IMO, the best oyster bar in Seattle is Shucker's. Their selection/freshness of oysters at any given time rivals Elliott's. I know you're not worried about the other food items on the menu, but the chili-spiced popcorn shrimp at Shucker's is excellent as well. Also worth noting, Shucker's uses freshly grated horseradish, not that crap from a jar.

    1. No thoroughgoing Oyster expedition would be complete without a stop at Jack's Fish Spot. The oysters are definitely fresh. The setting is definitely, well, Jack's... For condiment, do not expect a champagne anything, but there are lots of lemons and a pretty good house-made, horseradishy "cocktail sauce."

      1. Still, Elliott's is pretty darn good. You will find other restaurants with as good and fresh a selection, but the Elliott's guys know a lot about oysters and are willing to talk and teach.

        Jack's Fish Spot in Pike Place Market is on the main drag, on the east side by Three Girls bakery and has all the freshwater tanks in front. Normal oysters, freshly shucked, but still fun to sit at the cold metal bar on a rainy day and watch the team at work.

        In the summer, Taylor Shellfish up off of Chuckanut Drive will sell you an oyster barbecue kit, everything you need to set up a charcoal grill and grill your own fresh oysters on the beach. They don't come fresher.

        1. We ended up at Elliott's, and I'm so glad we did! I called around and Shuckers had 8 varieties; Elliott's had 24. Hard to argue, right?
          And the oysters were fantastic.
          I was also shocked to see that, on a rainy October Wed night, the place was PACKED. These are not tourists, obv, they're locals.

          The funny part was that, like at sushi bars where non-sushi-lovers go, NO ONE was at the oyster bar but me when I first got there. Slowly it filled up, but it kind of reminded me of big sushi joints where all the tables are filled, but the best seats in the house (the sushi bar seats) are empty. People, people, people....

          10 Replies
          1. re: aaustin

            What are the prices like?....oyster happy hour?

            1. re: Pollo

              Eliott's Oyster Happy hour is a deal and a half.
              Freshly shucked Oysters 50 cents each from 3:00, rising by 20 cents each half hour til they are ridiculous again. You will probably need to get one of those hilarious martinis, but hey...

              1. re: mrnelso

                Thank you....I like oysters at any time of the day and if the size of the oysters they have during "happy hour" is decent (i.e. not tiny like some places in Bay Area) I will be a happy camper.....

                1. re: Pollo

                  I think they probably feature whatever they have the most of at the moment. Management is cagey about that, and hopes to direct you in the least expensive direction. This increases the importance of forming a good relationship with the shucker.

                  1. re: mrnelso

                    That makes a lot of sense. All the other places I have been to that have the oyster "happy hour" have (IMHO) a sub-standard oysters either in terms of size or texture (i.e. not the freshes stuff) which makes the "H-hour" not that fun...but then again you get what you pay for...

                    1. re: Pollo

                      We went after just after "happy hour" on Friday. Elliott's had just gotten their oysters in that day. You can get whatever you want at "happy hour". The varieties that are the most popular on or off "happy hour", like Totten Inlet Virginicas, were already gone. But, despite that, four of us made neat work of 6 dozen!

                      1. re: kmcd4

                        Good to know!....I can't wait to try this place!....what are their "regular" prices for oysters?....I did check the website but it does not list that they have raw clams or muscles?

                        1. re: Pollo

                          Regular price is $26 a dozen. I should also point out that size of oyster doesn't correlate with quality. There are many varieties, and some of our favorites are small.

                          1. re: aaustin

                            Bigger is definitely not better when it comes to oysters!

                            1. re: christy319

                              No one said that bigger is better....but when they are a quater size there is nothing to eat. Oyster has to have some substanc ("meat on th ebones") in it so you can actually taste somethingit's..."large" small to medium size is my preffered way to go....

          2. I know I'm late but for future reference I attended the Flying Fish Oyster Frenzy on October 27 - $25 all you can eat (wine and drinks extra). Mostly shucked raw oysters (got in a few Olympias before they ran out) plus deep fried, Rockefeller and oyster stew.