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Where are the best raw oysters in Baltimore?

panzerschlep Nov 23, 2009 01:22 AM

I tried to find something wit hthe search function but couldn't seem to get what I was looking for. Here it goes....

What would be the definitive place to go in Baltimore where the wife and I could gorge ourselves on raw oysters? We'll be driving through on the holiday weekend and would like to stop at great oyster bar and indulge in a few dozen on the half shell.

Any input would be appreciated.
Thaks much.

  1. JonParker Nov 23, 2009 01:36 AM

    Ryleigh's Oyster, no contest.I don't know of another place in town that carries such a wide variety -- 7 or 8 choices not just from the area but from the west coast as well. If you make it between 3-7 on a weekday, you can hit their $1 oyster happy hour. It's very close to 95 in Federal Hill.

    Their other food is pretty darned good too, especially the oyster loaf sandwich served with homemade garlic chips. This was the best deal in town at $8, but I went this weekend and they'd raised the price to $10. It's still well worth it.

    I live in the neighborhood, and this is consistently my favorite place.

    Another option depending on when you're driving through is Faidley's Seafood in Lexington Market. The selection isn't as large as Ryleighs, but it's Baltimore to the core. You eat standing up at stomach high tables. Also try the fried haddock sandwich -- delicious.

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    1. re: JonParker
      panzerschlep Nov 23, 2009 01:52 AM

      Wow, quick response. Thanks much.

      I went to their website it looks like exactly what we need . I'm looking forward to slurping a whole mess down. Plus with all the varieties they carry I'm sure I'll find a couple I've never had before. Thanks again.

      1. re: JonParker
        crackers Nov 23, 2009 03:03 AM

        Jon's right. It's Ryleigh's for the gorge. Bonus - big inexpensive parking garage a block away.

      2. t
        thefish53 Nov 23, 2009 03:04 AM

        I would have to say faidley's in Baltimore MD, Lexington Market. They sell on the 1/2 shell with the hot sauce and horseradish and beer of course to wash them down. It's always pretty busy at lunchtime each day.

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          hon Nov 23, 2009 06:18 AM

          I agree with Ryleigh's and also, Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton, they have $1 Chinoteagues for Happy Hour.

          1. Trip Klaus Nov 23, 2009 06:47 AM

            I don't know if it's the best but Kooper's Tavern in Fell's Point is having an oyster and craft brew festival on Saturday the 28th from 11-8. There will be over 20 different types of oysters and craft brews from Maryland breweries


            1. crosby_p Nov 23, 2009 09:54 AM

              Although I agree with Ryleigh's, if you are looking for price on a Saturday afternoon, you can't do better than Dudas in Fells Point. Right now they have huge Delaware Bay's for sale half price. Was there last week and had 2 dozen for 16 bucks! Good beer selection too...they also have other choices, such as bluepoints at full price...9.99 a half dozen I believe....

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              1. re: crosby_p
                hon Nov 23, 2009 10:28 AM

                I do love me some Duda's!

                1. re: hon
                  tartuffe Nov 23, 2009 03:36 PM

                  I love Ryleigh's

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