Pappadeaux on I-17 near Cactus, northbound access road. Excellent gulf oysters in season and all year long from East and West coasts.
Last year I hosted a couple of New Orleans style dinners with grilled oysters, on the half-shell, and chowder. I bought a whole box (six dozen??) for $50 at Ranch Market at 19th ave and Dunlap. Fresh as could be with the label on the box from Louisiana two days before.
Recently bought some from the new Winco on Bell at 7th Ave. Not bad.
Went out with friends to Casey Moore's in Tempe and had some of the best oysters rockfeller.
Took about a half hour for a couple dozen but well worth the wait.
Oysters on the half shell were shucked fresh and outstanding.
Food was quite good too..alive and kicking fun place that needs to be on the rotation when I'm in town.
Well, since the Rio Salado does not have oysters, and last time that I checked, Phoenix was not really close to any ocean, or salt-water bay, all oysters will have to be brought in. If they are flown in, they should be good, in a good season, and during the right time of the year.
Being land-locked does not mean that seafood is absent, just that all will come in via jet, and one may actually get a larger range, than say in New Orleans, where the oysters will come from the Gulf, Lake Pontchartrain o maybe Texas, and seldom from elsewhere.
Best calamari steak that I have ever had was in Denver, CO, about as far from an ocean, as one can get.
I'm more of a fan of the Gulf, or Lake oysters in New Orleans, or the Gulf Coast, but cannot recall any place in Phoenix, that wow'ed me. I am sure that some restaurants DO get some good ones, flown in daily, but I have just not experienced them - yet.
PS - though a zombie thread, oysters in Phoenix are still a good topic.
OP here i bought some oysters from said place and they had 2 options: east coast oysters for 100 pieces for 50 dollars, or 40 pounds of some texas origin oysters for 45 dollars. i picked up a box of the 45 dollar ones. i'm not much of a oyster expert but they seem pretty big from what they serve at resturants and the fresh ness of them seems right
Eddie V's and Wildfish also serve oysters.....
The selection varies. The oysters they run on happy hour @ 50 cents each are usually from the gulf. They are very good!
Sometimes we go in get a dozen oysters and a vodka martini straight up!
McCormick and Schmick always have a selection of fresh pysters flown in fresh daily....
I've had excellent oysters at Metro, and J&G Steakhouse. Most recently at J&G we enjoyed a platter of five types of fresh, tasty oysters - Hama Hama, Kumamoto, Totten Inlet (west coast), and Malpeque and Blue Point (east coast)
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