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Recommend oysters in Baltimore

matt8313 Oct 22, 2007 12:35 PM

I love oysters on the half shell, but I'm occasionally skittish about where I eat them. So I'm wondering where in Baltimore people recommend the oysters beyond Mama's on the Halfshell and the big-chain raw bars around the harbor. Places that are cheap (or that have specials) but where the oysters and shuckers are generally trustworthy would be great, and added bonus points the closer these places are to Hampden. Thanks.....

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    hon RE: matt8313 Oct 22, 2007 12:51 PM

    Every first friday of the month, the Hon bar in Hampden has oysters shucked to order, $3 for 6, they are usually Chesapeakes and are shucked by George Hastings, an oyster shucking champion!
    Not too sure of anything else in that area.
    Ryleighs Oyster House in Federal Hill might be worth checking out.

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      JonParker RE: hon Oct 22, 2007 02:06 PM

      I've been to Ryleigh's, and they were good oysters, although I'd look for a special. The regular prices are kind of expensive.

      Had an oyster sandwich there too. Not enough oysters, but some really excellent bread.

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        hon RE: hon Oct 31, 2007 07:22 AM

        New place in the Hampden area with Oysters:


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          matt8313 RE: hon Oct 31, 2007 07:35 AM

          I know -- I am SO excited about this. Do you know if they have a bar space or similar? I'm thinking about walking down tonight just to see the area, and would love to grab some oysters while I'm there.

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            hon RE: matt8313 Oct 31, 2007 07:42 AM

            I am pretty sure there is a bar!

      2. ko1 RE: matt8313 Oct 22, 2007 12:53 PM

        Faidley's in Lexington Market is the quintessential oyster bar in Baltimore. Also great fresh seafood and crabcakes at their other counters.

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          Feastradio RE: ko1 Oct 31, 2007 08:20 AM

          I'll second Faidley's. It's more of a market, but it's impossible not to enjoy standing there soaking in the place with a few oysters and lite beer in a plastic cup. (however, the real gem of Faidley's is the crabcake - wonderful!)

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            matt8313 RE: ko1 Nov 15, 2007 06:19 PM

            Just wanted to say thanks for this rec -- I've been a big fan of Faidley's crabcake for years, but had never bothered to try the oysters. I was there today buying red snapper for dinner, the shucking stand caught my eye, and I figured what the hell.

            Got three prime oysters and a cup of Bud Light for something like seven bucks, and it may be the best deal in Baltimore. The oysters were from the James River in VA, and they were ENORMOUS, possibly the biggest I've ever actually eaten. The largest of them appeared, no lie, to be the size of the average fried egg. Nice shucking job, good clean taste, a very cold light beer in a plastic cup, and the best peoplewatching in the state. Can't beat that with a stick.

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              4X4 RE: matt8313 Nov 16, 2007 04:44 AM

              They also have really good clams at their raw bar. I go there for clams and oysters pretty much every time I go to Lexington Market.

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                matt8313 RE: 4X4 Nov 16, 2007 04:55 AM

                Strangely, I've never really gotten into clams on the half. Maybe it's time for me to reassess that position.

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            Hue RE: matt8313 Oct 26, 2007 07:55 PM

            Nicks in Cross Street Market usually has a good oyster!!!

            1. BmoreHound RE: matt8313 Oct 27, 2007 08:25 AM

              Dudas in Fells Point. Very good, quite reasonable.

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                tartuffe RE: raveforfood Nov 1, 2007 12:38 PM

                Has anyone ever had oysters at Legal Seafoods?

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                  matt8313 RE: tartuffe Nov 15, 2007 06:20 PM

                  I had some there a while ago -- I remember them being good, but I was grumpy because their menu advertised kumamotos (which I love), and it was all just a bitter, foul lie. Sort of poisoned me against the place, no matter how good the oysters were.

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                    ko1 RE: matt8313 Nov 15, 2007 06:52 PM

                    Kumamotos, mmm... Occasionally Wegman's has them on offer.

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                      matt8313 RE: ko1 Nov 16, 2007 04:59 AM

                      INteresting. Anywhere else around here? I had a dozen fantastic Conway Cups from PEI at Mama's last week, which were probably the closest to what I remember kumamotos tasting like, but I haven't had real kumas since I moved back east a couple of years ago.

                2. crosby_p RE: matt8313 Nov 11, 2007 07:01 AM

                  Friday it was a raw rainy day and I wanted oysters! At 11:30 I headed to Nick's in the Cross Street Market. The waitress offered Louisiana oysters for $7.50, Chesapeakes for $7.95 and Chincoteagues for $10.00 a half dozen. I ordered a dozen Chesapeakes and a Heineken light...the oysters were huge, fat, plump and delicious, so much so that I ordered a dozen more! They serve lemon, sriracha, cocktail sauce, horseradish and crackers with them, but all they really needed was a squeeze of lemon. If I could have afforded it I would have had 2 dozen more! Highly recommended, and it was not crowded at that time.

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                    bmore_flavor RE: crosby_p Nov 11, 2007 02:48 PM

                    Dead Freddies Bar on Harford Road in Pakville. For football on Sundays, they bring in a shucker for free oysters on the halfshell for the games. Not sure what kind, but they are always good and fresh,

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                      tartuffe RE: crosby_p Nov 13, 2007 11:37 AM

                      Wow! great write-up!

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                      stymie RE: matt8313 Nov 16, 2007 07:57 AM

                      A little fish stand in Lex Market (West) had the coldest, cheapest most delicious (3 for $2.50.) I'm on my way back right now.

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                        bmore_flavor RE: onocoffee Nov 19, 2007 07:04 AM

                        Wasn't there some sort of Oyster Tasting in Fells Point this past weekend. I think I saw an ad in the City Paper for Friday and Saturday, hosting over 20 different types of oysters.

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                          JonParker RE: bmore_flavor Nov 19, 2007 09:55 AM

                          I think that's next weekend.

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                            bmore_flavor RE: JonParker Nov 21, 2007 03:18 PM

                            Oops, your correct. I went back to the ad, its this Thanksgiving weekend.

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