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Nov 14, 2007 06:30 AM

good places in MSP for raw oysters

Is there any place I can trust in Minneapolis for a good raw oyster? I recently had some in Boston that were to die for.

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  1. Given the phrasing of the question, perhaps start with the tried-and-true:

    Coastal Seafoods, if you're buying them to serve at home.

    Oceanaire Seafood Room, if you're making an occasion of it.

    Sea Salt Eatery, although it's closed for the season.

    Sea Salt Eatery
    4801 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417

    Coastal Seafoods
    74 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105

    Oceanaire Seafood Room
    1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Coastal Seafoods
    2330 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    1. In no particular order (as I'm not an oyster authority of any kind):

      McCormick & Schmick's

      When they're open, Sea Salt Eatery has them as well. (April - November)

      (Looks like KTFoley and I were typing at the same time except she's thoughtful enough to provide the place links)

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      1. re: MSPD

        I;m pretty sure Barbette has them on their menu, but I have never tried them there, so can't comment on how they are. Tis the season for oysters though!

        1. re: autmommy

          Adding link

          1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

      2. Barbette has oysters on both their regular and happy hour menus.

        Salut has a raw bar featuring a variety of oysters which change based on availability:

        1. Are you asking where to purchase for home consumption or restaurants? I think everyone has already covered the biggies

          Oceanaire for sure, best selection.
          Stella's has had great fresh hama hama's and other west coast varieties. Not a fan of much else there though.
          Lurcat generally has 3 or 4 varieties per night, at least one east coast variety
          Origami, Nami, several other sushi places I would trust
          Vincent almost always has oysters on the menu
          The raw bar at Salut has been consistant

          Places where oysters are on the menu occasionally: Alma, Fugaise, Cosmos, Cucina, I know I am forgetting some. I'll tell you I miss the Kumamoto oysters @ Auriga, they had a little micro shaved thing on top that was perfect.

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          1. re: Foureyes137

            I mean restaurants. This rookie chowhound definitely doesn't prepare any meals at home.

          2. I've never been there, so I can't vouch for them, but I just noticed that Jax Cafe has them on the menu: