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How Many Oysters?

OK, so I'm thinking when I go out later this month for my birthday dinner, I may try to consume my age in raw oysters. I'm over 12. Naturally, I won't eat until I'm ill, but ,out of curiousity, what's the most oysters eaten at one sitting by Chowhounders? 'Fess up, folks and be honest.
I like mine with fresh ground black pepper and Guinness to wash them down. What's your pleasure?

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  1. For me about a dozen with a touch of cocktail sauce.
    Friend of mine in his mid 70's... I saw him down about 3 dozen along with the rest of his dinner at an AYCE buffet.

    1. When my brother and I get together, it is tradition to start w/ 4 dozen oysters, have a full dinner and possibly have more oysters for dessert. This does not include the oyster shooters.

      1. 3 dozen tops me out as a meal, but I've seen my father and brother-in-law each eat 5 dozen, along with a meal. These were gulf oysters though, much smaller than the northern ones. :)

        1. Are you having only oysters? Back when I was in grad school at LSU in the 70s there was a place that during happy hour sold oysters on the half shell for $1/dozen. A pitcher of beer was $2.00. Given that my best friend and I were poor students, the oysters, beer and crackers were often our dinner. Fixings for cocktail sauce were provided (ketchup, horseradish, lemon wedges). I'm sure we ate at least 2 or 3 dozen each.

          1. three dozen as an app, four dozen as a meal.