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Oysters PLease?

Bashful3 Feb 18, 2009 09:01 AM

I need a fix, big time. Ages since I last had oysters at the bar at Sansom St. Oyster House, and I'm not even sure they are still open.

Where would you suggest for the best quality/variety? Top notch all around seafood menu also important to me, but I'd like to choose where upon the oyster quality. Not expecting price to be an object here!

Thanks much for all suggestions.


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    Bigley9 Feb 18, 2009 09:23 AM

    well, the only places I know of right now are Ansill and Coquette - although if you are serious about oysters, call Ippolitos and order what they have available that you like (usually 8 or more varieties. ) You can get 2-4 of each and they will shuck them if you can't!

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      urbanfabric Feb 18, 2009 10:24 AM

      Pub & Kitchen has them on the menu and periodically seems to have different varietals on special.

      1. Den Feb 18, 2009 10:28 AM

        If you're in the burbs, San Marco in Springhouse usually has excellent fresh oysters and a very nice Dover sole.

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          missmm Feb 18, 2009 11:26 AM

          For pub/tavern atmosphere and good oysters: Standard Tap in Northern Liberties and Johnny Brenda's in Fishtown (which has half price raw bar during happy hour)

          1. juice Feb 18, 2009 12:28 PM

            Look no further my friend. I'm not going to say this place is upscale, but it has been there since 1912. Snockeys on 2nd and Washington. Little seafood house that serves up a mean happy hour if you can get there in time. I think lagers and miller lites are a buck, .75 oysters (12 different kinds daily), .50 steamers. I'm not a huge oyster fan, but my friends are and they love this place.


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            1. re: juice
              Graham1 Feb 18, 2009 01:16 PM

              oceanaire has a great selection as does butcher & singer. they both offer the hard to find hog island oyster from tomales bay in california as well as the olympia and hama hama.

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                Chefpaulo Feb 18, 2009 06:21 PM

                I'm Philly born and bred but I never heard of Snockey's. And I even worked in center city for two summers. Many thanks for this new oystery to expolore!


                1. re: juice
                  sylviag Feb 20, 2009 05:22 PM

                  The last time we went to Snockeys was - the last time. We were very disappointed.
                  The fried oysters were all breading, very little oyster, very little taste.
                  Maybe it got better.

                  Coquette is fun and pleasant, good place for oysters. We also have had good oysters at McCormick and Schmick. It will be great if Sansom Street is brought back to how it was in its heyday - a place we all enjoyed. The downhill run was sad.

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                  devain Feb 20, 2009 01:03 PM

                  Oyster House will be re-opening in april. Great for oyster fans.

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                    rabidog Feb 22, 2009 06:24 PM

                    a friend of mine practically hit the floor when he heard that - apparently really likes oysters - where did you hear this?

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                      devain Feb 23, 2009 04:38 AM


                      My friend will be in the kitchen there.

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                        rabidog Feb 23, 2009 11:20 AM

                        awesome, thanks!

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                    keby Feb 20, 2009 02:43 PM

                    I don't know if you'd be willing to trek out to West Chester. If so, Monday night @ Doc Magrogans is buck a shuck night ($1 oysters) and from 4 - 6 happy hour 1/2 price draft beer. Then, on Wed. night Spence Cafe has $1 oysters as well. Very fresh, great selection (usually 1/2 a dozen or more choices) from an awesome seafood store in town called Gadeleto's. Worth it and both places have a night crowd either at the bar or a table.

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                      akb Feb 23, 2009 04:35 PM

                      I would also recommend Snockeys. They have lots of different oysters and it's just very laid back and fun. Instead of getting the sample platter just get a few of the raw oysters at a time so you can zero in on the ones you enjoy the most. The last few times I went there the various oysters from Cape Cod were fantastic.

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                      1. re: akb
                        Bashful3 Feb 23, 2009 06:06 PM

                        At the rate I'm going, it could be April yet, before I'm up to my oyster fix! Yes, West Chester would be too far; wish someplace like that existed closer. Thanks all for this wonderful consideration of this topic.

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