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searching for oysters that won't break the bank

traumahound Jun 13, 2009 07:43 PM

When I used to live on oahu I was fortunate enough to get really cheap oysters that were the size of pancakes:) Here however, I have had a hard tine finding any at all. Although I have found some at the Santa Monica farmers market, they were way overpriced. Are there any reasonably priced oysters in LA?

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    FranklinJefferson Jun 14, 2009 12:30 AM

    Help us out. What do you consider to be "reasonably priced"?

    1. JEN10 Jun 14, 2009 06:46 AM

      Not sure on cost, but for a good selection you should check out Quality Seafood in Redondo Beach.

      Quality Seafood
      130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA

      1. carln Jun 14, 2009 09:58 AM

        If you think the $10 for a dozen price at the farmers market is expensive, you are going to have a hard time finding oysters you can eat raw. I dont know that you are going to find cheaper, quality oysters anywhere in LA. You can find cheaper ones at 99 Ranch sometimes, but I wouldnt eat those raw.

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        1. re: carln
          bulavinaka Jun 14, 2009 02:10 PM

          That price would be hard to beat even in places like Tomales Bay up in Marin County. I think the oysters I've been seeing around the FMs are sourced from the San Diego area? Haven't tried them - have you? Just curious... thanks.

          1. re: bulavinaka
            traumahound Jun 14, 2009 07:56 PM

            If I remember correctly it was more then ten bucks or the size of them were very small. Something put me off with them...Thanks for all of the input:) I'll try 99 ranch.

            1. re: traumahound
              bulavinaka Jun 14, 2009 08:09 PM

              I can't vouch for oysters in LA but as I mentioned upthread, Tomales Bay in Marin County is pretty amazing when it comes to these bivalves and food in general. They run anywhere from $10-$16 a dozen, depending on the size and variety, and they couldn't be fresher. Lots of small-scale farms/dairies/artisans offering great sources for eating up that way as well. You can inquire on the SFO (for oyster bars in The City) or California boards if you plan on heading up that way.

            2. re: bulavinaka
              carln Jun 16, 2009 12:52 PM

              I have tried them. They are pretty good. They are grown by the Carlsbad Aquafarm and are available at many of the farmers markets. I believe they have at least 3 varieties: Luna's, Catalina's and something else...i cant remember.

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                Bjartmarr Jun 17, 2009 12:21 AM

                I've had mixed results. I tried a good one while I was there, but I also bought one of their sampler bags which had two oysters in it and they were very large and disappointing.

                My French friend says the lunas are the best. Gotta try those sometime.

            3. re: carln
              Clinton Jun 15, 2009 08:05 AM

              Haven't had any problems with 99 Ranch oysters. They seem to be fresh most of the time @69 cents apiece. I just get the ones that are closed tightly. I've seen people buying them by the bagfuls probably to eat raw?

              1. re: Clinton
                rameniac Jun 16, 2009 01:21 PM

                if they're chinese, they're probably not eating them raw. steaming them with peppers and black beans =).

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              baetis33 Jun 14, 2009 08:21 PM

              I haven't tried these myself yet, but I'm planning to.
              The price includes shipping if you're a prime member... so it's about $60 for around 100 oysters delivered.

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                jdwdeville Jun 14, 2009 09:21 PM

                had 7 oyster fresh shucked for $6 at the taco truck on rose today, however they were a special and not a regular menu item. delicious, though...

                1. Das Ubergeek Jun 16, 2009 01:50 PM

                  I've never eaten oysters in LA... are they any good in summer? On the East Coast where I grew up the rule is never eat oysters in months without an R in the name (meaning not from May to August).

                  But the water here is much, much colder.

                  I've certainly had Pacific oysters but usually in Washington State or BC. What am I missing here?

                  EDIT: Duh, of course I've had oysters here. I had some in a coctel at Chente a few weeks ago and I've had the happy hour special at Ocean Avenue Seafood -- but never in summer.

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                  1. re: Das Ubergeek
                    bgazindad Jun 16, 2009 02:24 PM


                    check out this website about kumamoto oysters in California. It may answer your question about summer time eating of oysters.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek
                      bulavinaka Jun 16, 2009 08:18 PM

                      We had some last August up in Tomales Bay/Drake's Bay in Marin County. The water was freezing, the air was a constant 63 degrees during the day (as it is most of the year) and the oysters were fantastic.

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                      TailbackU Jun 16, 2009 11:24 PM

                      Enterprise Fish Company in Santa Monica has $1 oysters during happy hour.

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