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Jan 30, 2009 07:20 PM

Best place for raw oysters

Since we are into months that have an, "r" in them it means its a good time to get raw oysters. I've only had them at two places in the Baltimore area, Razorbacks in Towson and Mamma's on The Half Shell in Baltimore.
Does anyone have advice for the best place in the metro area for raw oysters?

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  1. On Saturdays at noon, Duda's Tavern in Fells has em half price. Also, Ryleigh's Oyster in Federal Hill, Nicks, at the Cross Street Market, and Faidley's in Lex Market...

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    1. re: crosby_p

      I agree with Crosby. In fact, we've eaten them together at most of these spots.

      My fave is still Ryleigh's happy hour though. $1 oysters and a large selection of both east and west coast oysters. It's the best deal in town, IMO.

      1. re: JonParker

        And we did again today, or I did anyway...big fat briny Delaware Bays...for a whopping 4 bucks a half dozen....Cheaper than a buck a shuck, but no Pacific oysters...

    2. actually, Woodberry Kitchen has had the best oysters, consistently, so far this season. The place is still very popular, so we make sure to get there right when they open, sit at the bar, and order a couple dozen.

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      1. re: pleiades

        Where is Woodbury Kitchen? I'm a big fan of Chincoteague oysters just because they are really reasonably priced and the most local you can find.

        1. re: dsteil1

          in Baltimore. more or less in the neighborhood of Hampden

          They typically have 5-7 varieties from along the eastern seaboard. For a selection from both coasts, consider Oceanaire. I know, it's a big evil national outfit, but the last time I was there they did have good oysters. Woodberry's spread is nicer though, IMHO