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Jun 5, 2009 06:00 AM

Oysters in Minneapolis

Hello. I'm in Minneapolis for the summer. What is the best place to get oysters in the city?

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  1. Upscale: Oceanaire
    Excellent quality in a park setting: Sea Salt Eatery (caveat: see other threads for contrasting opinions on waiting in line, noise level, plastic forks, etc.)

    Bar/club atmosphere and happy-hour specials: Stella's Fish Cafe

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    1. re: KTFoley

      Is SeaSalt run by the folks at Coastal?

      1. re: KC612

        It does not appear that the folks at Coastal run Sea Salt, if you mean one business owns or manages the other.

        Two fellows left Coastal to launch Sea Salt. Some of their counter staff are Coastal alumni, and you may run into current Coastal employees there who are holding down two jobs.

        1. re: KTFoley

          KTFoley is correct here: Sea Salt was started up and is run by a couple of former Coastal employees who left specifically to start up Sea Salt. The only other connection that Coastal has with Sea Salt is as a supplier

    2. I'd have to go w/ Coastal Seafoods which isn't a restaurant, but probably has the freshest/best selection of oysters in town. I prefer to eat some raw and grill some myself, but that's just me. I also heard there was a fish market in the old Sears building, but I haven't been there yet.

      1. Oceanaire & McCormick & Schmick's for variety

        Sea Salt for setting.

        1. I've had some really good oysters at Azia.

          1. It's been a while since I've had oysters on the half shell...

            Oceanaire because they have good variety, good vodka and they didn't leave bits of shell or grit in my oysters.

            Coastal if you're into shucking your own.

            I didn't like McCormick & Schmick's because the one time I ordered from them, the oysters had bits of shell in them.

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            1. re: JimGrinsfelder

              Bluepoint in Wayzata has bluepoints on their happy hour special board for $6. As cheap as you can get unshucked. Served with grated fresh horseraddish, a nice touch.