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Best oyster place in Fairfield County?

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A avenue Feb 25, 2008 11:20 AM

So where are the best places to enjoy oysters in Fairfield County? I've tried Ocean 211 in Stamford, and they have a fantastic selection and are always perfectly shucked. Where else should I indulge?

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    Fairfield.Foody Feb 25, 2008 11:39 AM

    Ocean Drive - SoNo. Without a doubt.

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      Alex318 Feb 25, 2008 06:26 PM

      Try Elm Street Oyster House in Greenwich. Usually server 6-8 different oysters from both East and West Coasts.

      1. jfood Feb 25, 2008 06:35 PM

        Ocean Drive is jfood favorite. jfood only eats the west coast variety and so far OD has fulfilled this idiosyncracy.

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          A avenue Feb 26, 2008 05:47 AM

          I happen to favor the West Coast variety, but enjoy some East Coast oysters too. Are there any other good places that serve West Coast oyster's you've come across, jfood?

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            jfood Feb 26, 2008 06:00 AM

            Ocean Drive has the best selection out in FFD county and Keen's in NYC had the best jfood has eaten out here.

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          petitechoux Feb 25, 2008 07:59 PM

          The Black Rock Oyster Bar (Fairfield) has a great selection. Very friendly waitstaff, too.

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            stevel Feb 26, 2008 07:54 AM

            I would stay away from Elm Street Oyster House. I had one of the worst dining experiences of my life there!!

            I love the food there and have eaten there close to 15 times, but after our last dinner there 2 years ago I refuse to go back.

            We waited at the bar for close to a hour and had drinks and apps. That was fine and we were having a good time. We were seated and given almost no time to order. Once we did they delivered our apps. in a nice amount of time. Here is where the trouble began. We were still eating our apps. when the main course came. I explained we were still eating. The waiter refused to move and just stood there. He stood there the whole time untill my wife still had her last piece on her fork and they took our plates and put down our entrees.

            I asked for the manager. He came over with a major attitude! I exxplaine that we needed 15 or 20 minutess befor the next course. I asked him to please recook the food and keep it warm under lights for 20 minutes. He said he would not do that. I explained we were being rushed and this was no way to run a restaurant. I then asked for the owner. He said he was both manager and owner.

            I refused my entree but my wife was starving and ate hers. No apologies, no glass of wine or anything. The manager and I then had a heated discussion. His answer was that it was a small restaurant and people need to be moved in and out quickly for turnover!

            We were at the bar for over a hour, but at our table for a full meal in under a hour. I reported them to the Greenwich Better Business Bureau. I will never eat there again!!!!!

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              dolores Feb 26, 2008 07:56 AM

              Wow, stevel, that's the same experience I had with a restaurant.

              In addition, Elm St. is waaaaaaaaay overpriced. Thanks for the heads up.

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                jfood Feb 26, 2008 08:45 AM

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                That's too bad, it only takes one event like that to change the viewpoint. And from those of us who have actually eaten many good meals there it is an unfortunate experience.

                If you like the wasabi tuna, have you tried the mahogony sea bass at Ocean drive. It has that same +/- sorta feel plus they give a side of wasabi mashed potatoes (ask for extra since the portion is getting smaller every year). Plus the oysters at OD are better, the atmosphere is better and the servers are all really pleasant. And then add a really good MOD who understands competition and good service.

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                  pobo Feb 26, 2008 10:03 AM

                  Wow, I'm sorry to hear that. I haven't been to the Elm Street Oyster House since it first opened, back in the mid-90's. At that time, it was one guy with a couple of hot plates. He gave me a fabulous recipe for seafood chili that is a huge hit whenever I make it. After he sold it, I tried to go back one evening but it was too crowded.

                  Isn't Elm St. owned by the same people who own Rye Grill, Backals and others (maybe Ruby's? Morgan Fish House?)

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                    A avenue Feb 26, 2008 11:42 AM

                    Yikes, what a rotten experience! Elm Street Oyster House has been on my "to try" list for a while, but Ocean or Harbor Lights always seem to win out when Elm Street is in the consideration set. Not so sure they will have a place for consideration anymore after reading about some bad experiences...

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                      Alex318 Feb 26, 2008 12:13 PM

                      wow, now i feel like I have egg on my face for the reco. I too have been there a dozen times or so and never even come close to that experience. The owner was even nice enough to reserve a table for me once for a party of 10 if we came in by 6pm, of course he got a handshake from me at the same time. I agree with jfood, it takes one poor, or in your case horrendous, outing to ruin a place that used to be enjoyed and I dont blame you for never stepping foot in there again.

                      May I ask where you go for Oysters now?

                    2. ChefBoyAreMe Feb 26, 2008 08:01 AM

                      Not an option today, but in a couple months, Ruby's will be opening in Darien (Across from Grieb's Pharmacy), and as I understand, their Rye location is pretty good, so something to keep in mind for the future...

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                        stevel Feb 26, 2008 08:10 AM

                        It really sucks not going back.

                        I LOVE their wasabi crusted Tuna!!!

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                          Matteaucubed Feb 26, 2008 08:43 AM

                          This thread now has me craving a Fried Oyster Po Boy. Any chance someone does a decent one in the area?

                          1. momof3 Feb 27, 2008 05:34 PM

                            So I went to Elm St. today for lunch and it was great. I took my father who lives in Greenwich. He had 1/2 dozen oysters and said they were among the best that he's had anywhere. I had my fave sake glazed salmon, which is always amazing and didn't disapoint. We also had "off the menu" mini crabcake starters which were adorable, sweet, and delicious. Our service was really good, but then again, I have never had anywhere close to the negative experiences some of you have listed here.
                            I also got the "scoop" on the place Chefboyareme was referencing. The present manager of Elm St. (not the owner) worked before at the Rye Grill and before that was the GM for many years @ another CH fave, The Restaurant @ Rowayton Seafood.
                            He is partnering with the owners of Ruby's to open a oyster bar/bistro in Darien in May.
                            It is going to be similar to Ruby's but not a copy. Very exciting. I am sure we will here more about it all soon.

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                              jfood Feb 27, 2008 05:54 PM

                              Great feedback. So we are getting another fish restaurant in the neighborhood. That is 2 more coming (with Ostera in SONO). It looks like a great fish summer. Maybe we can convince our buddy Stevel to give Elm another shot.

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                                stevel Feb 28, 2008 05:34 AM

                                jfood,
                                Only when there is a new owner!

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                                  jfood Feb 28, 2008 06:02 AM

                                  Oh well. when someone uses all caps LOVE, jfood tries to nudge, especially a good wasabi crusted tuna. We gotta look out for each other in FFD.

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                                ChefBoyAreMe Feb 28, 2008 05:53 AM

                                >>>He is partnering with the owners of Ruby's to open a oyster bar/bistro in Darien in May.<<<

                                And let's all bow our Dairenite heads in thanks for that that since the new restaurant scene right now in town to date includes:

                                1. A stupid fondue place (Who says "gee, I'm really looking forward to my monthly fondue fix", anyway?)
                                2. Four nice, welcome asian places (LTK, Ching's, Tengda, and Matsuri), but seriously, can you say "oversaturated", and
                                3. Two directly competitive sandwich chains (Panera and Cozi), to go along with existing 2 Subways (does the town really need 2 Subways, and 4 sandwich places, in addition to long-timers Vavalas, Uncles and Upper Crust?)

                                ...we get something that is not only distinctive but appealing on a regular basis!

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                                  jfood Feb 28, 2008 06:11 AM

                                  C

                                  Jfood does not do Darien because the choices elsewhere are far better for him. But they have:

                                  - Coromandel, jfood prefers Thali but others really enjoy
                                  - If your drive down 136 towards Rowayton right across from the entrance to 95-South is an Italian Deli (all the workers in the area go there for lunch, very good)
                                  - Diane Brown at Good Goods is the best caterer in the area.
                                  - Cheese Shop in Goodwives

                                  Other than that it is a wasteland, jfood agrees.

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                                    ChefBoyAreMe Feb 28, 2008 06:48 AM

                                    J,

                                    I was focusing primarily on recent downtown openings, as part of the Darien Revitalization effort, but:

                                    Agree on Coromandel, and your assessment of Thali, which I also prefer (thought it is not what it used to be, either)
                                    Italian deli is IMHO, not great, and has been closed for some health violations in the past. Not a fan.
                                    Haven't used Good Good, buyt heard good things.
                                    L-O-V-E Cheese shop!

                                    CBAM

                              3. amanda3571 Feb 28, 2008 06:59 AM

                                What about Rowayton Seafood? Don't they usually have oysters as a special? I know I've had good oysters there before.

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                                  Lov2eet Jul 7, 2009 01:37 PM

                                  This post is pretty old so I'll ask the same question to see if any new spots have surfaces. So where is the best place to go for oysters? I moved from Greenwich to Fairfield 4 years ago and truly miss the Elm Street Oyster House. I have yet to find another spot where you can sit at the bar and sample w&e cost oysters with such an assortment of wines by the glass. Dinner at Ocean Drive was not a fav so I have not gone back for the oysters.

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                                    mrporkbelly Jul 7, 2009 01:51 PM

                                    ocean drive is closed

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