Whats the status of eating good oysters on the half shell? Any decent local oysters around?
- keithlb1 Apr 27, 2008 08:58 AM
I used to live in Md and I miss having great Chesapeake Bay oysters.
I've been to McCormicks, Legal Seafood, Old Ebbitt, but I miss those local spots that emphasize freshness and taste. Any suggestions for a good old style boat dock kind of spot that has a nice
raw bar and doesn't fry everything in oil?
I'm reluctant because they're pathetically small. Particularly sad since Harvey's Restaurant in it's heyday would disgorge a two-story high pile of oyster shells every day, many the size of a catcher's mitt.
The Chesapeake oyster population has been decimated. What's being harvested now is a hybrid Japanese oyster that is hardier but much smaller. Most of the oysters in seafood bars in DC are flown in.
If you want boat dock ambience, you can get a cheap plate of raw oysters at Maine Avenue at any number of stalls. I'd rather pay extra for the raw bar at Hank's. There's also a place in Old Town closer to the water that has a great deal on oysters, but the name escapes me. I read about it on dcfoodies.com.