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Aug 4, 2010 12:46 PM

Oyster Happy Hour?

Any recommendations for oyster happy hour? Where/when/how much? etc...

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  1. You betcha!

    Dan and Louis:
    M-F 4-6pm $15.95 dz (used to be around $10, went up recently


    EaT: an Oyster Bar:
    used to be $1 oysters all day Tues. plus other HH specials during the week, but call to be sure

    Davis Street Tavern:
    M-Sat. 4-6:30pm - half shells with Cucumber, Pickled Shallot, and Smoked Steelhead Trout Roe - $1ea.

    ten-01 and belly used to both have oysters on the HH menus, but they no longer do.

    Understand that this is not really oyster season. Although the triploid farmed stock are just fine year round, diploid oysters breed when the water gets warmer, making them a bit mushy and murky and not anywhere near their best (but not at all dangerous) for eating. If you have the choice, choose the ones from the coldest waters available this time of year.

    This is the time of year when you plant/set your stock (or when they do it naturally themselves in those beds where they do so), I believe. I have been following Taylor Shellfish Farms on Facebook, and it is interesting to hear about the seed events they have (hey, oysters filter the water they live in, healthy oysters means clean water - lots of folks in the Hood Canal area put their own sets in for harvest like growing stuff in a garden or raising chickens!).

    That said, I eat 'em year round, anyway. ;o)

    Sorry for the TMI, I have become something of a PNW oyster freak. Rowan Jacobsen's book is fabulous and he keeps his website up to date if you want to join me in oyster freak-dom:

    Hey folks, anyone know of any others??

    Davis Street Tavern
    500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

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    1. re: JillO

      an FYI - my family literally lives next door to Taylor and I just got back from there yesterday. They are having both breeding issues and a red tide caution, so output is going to be way low for some time... :(

      1. re: Kazy Ctn

        Boo, that's not good news at all.

        I adore their shigokus. So delicious and deep-cupped!

    2. We had the best oysters over at Bar Avignon during HH (M-F 4-6) for $1 each. Doesn't appear on their online menu, so best if you call to make sure.

      I also remember that Fenouil also had good oysters during HH as well.

      900 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

      Bar Avignon
      2138 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

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      1. re: midorimonsta

        Hmmm, did not know that about Bar Avignon (which I like). Thanks!

        Bar Avignon
        2138 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202