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looking for quality oysters, raw bar, seafood restaurants in the Triangle

recently moved to chapelk hill from NYC. i am in search of top quality seafood restaurants, particularly ones that serve a selection of oysters on the half shell. east coast, west coast...and i'm onot into the types that are served at fishmongers in durham or squids in chapel hill. those are huge, rubbery, and no taste.
i'm talking about the kumamoto, malpeque, blue point, belons, hog island, price edward island...etc....
i will travel too. raleigh, durham, chapel hill, cary etc.. thanks!

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  1. Blu in Durham usually has a decent variety. I've seen malpeque and blue points there.

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      1. re: aenverga

        I don't think you'll find anything along the lines of what you might find in NYC, but yeah, Blu usually has them (although not a huge selection) and they're good.

    1. mccormick and schmick in raleigh at crabtree mall. they have blue points (just had them tonight). http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/i... and you may want to try fins in downtown raleigh for seafood (not sure about oysters specifically). fins was recently written up in bon appetit. i had a very fine meal there. http://www.myspace.com/finsrestaurant they don't have a web site, just the myspace but it has the menu on it.

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        1. re: lawyerlady

          mccormick & schmick just received an 88.5 sanitation rating. While I am the type not to frown too much on a "B" rating, this is disturbing considering it is a new restaurant for this area.

          As for Tony's in Cary, they're probably the best around. Sunnyside Too in Garner (spawn of the original Sunnyside Oyster Bar in Williamston, NC) does a good job as well.

        2. aenverga, There were two places we liked in your area for oysters. One was Tony's in Cary and the other was 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh. This was three years ago however. I looked at the Blu website and hesitated even mentioning these. I did want to let you know about a local family-run seafood house though. It is a local favorite called Kemp's and it is near the airport. If you ever are in the mood for a fried platter Kemp's is the place to go. Good luck finding Blue Points, my favorite!

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          1. The full handle is Tony's Bourbon Street Oyster Bar. Raw oysters are what 42nd Street Oyster Bar does best, but the last two times I was there the shuck job was so poor most oysters had bits of shell on them. For retail you can't beat Earp's Seafood just south of downtown Raleigh.

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            1. Also, take a weekend and go to the coast! You'll have to research the best time of year to get the freshest local oysters, but they can be had. My parents live in Beaufort, a very adorable seaside town with some great restaurants, and at certain times of year they can make a meal of piles of fresh oysters at the Net House restaurant. And of course there's local shrimp and other types of fish . . .

              1. There's nothing here. Until recently I was a 2x/week regular at the GCOB and can't express how I miss a mixed dozen of sunset creeks, tomahawks, ninigret cups, glidden point, pemaquid, malespina, even on occasion when I was persuaded against my better judgment and seldom regretted, although it's the only time I'ld touch the oyster to the horseradish, and eat a cracker-- totten virginicas-- there's a place called Revolution that is supposed to open in Durham and represents itself as having a raw bar so perhaps there's hope?

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                1. re: dbird

                  let's hope.....i was a regular at GCOB too. i worked at the 200 park ave building (met life building above GC) I''d grab a dozen assorted oysters and a beer while waiting for the metro north train when i was commuting by train to CT or before walking home when i lived by union sq.

                  1. re: aenverga

                    So, Revolution doesn't actually have a raw bar & they're all thrilled to announce that they have blue points (oh dear) but they're not bad for the area. They have added a fine steak tartare to the menu. That said, I was back in NYC last weekend for the long awaited John Dory and it was great-- not so much for oysters but the uni toast with oyster pan roast (skip the oyster pan roast) was super; and the new menu at Momufuku (noodle bar) includes more raw bar items including a great Taylor bay scallop and a Rhode Island oyster that I can't now recall. But I digress.

                    1. re: dbird

                      Grand Central Oyster Bar is a quite a place. I've had the oysters at Blu in Durham and they were fine. If you check out restaurant.com, you can get a coupon for dine-in at Blu. It was a good deal if I recall correctly.