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Nov 24, 2010 06:58 PM


Any place for unpasteurized fresh gulf oysters on the half shell between Houston and Galveston?

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  1. The infamous Gilhooley's Raw Bar in San Leon. Danton's in Houston. Benno's on the Beach in Galveston. Lots of other places!

    Gilhooley's Restaurant
    222 9th St, Dickinson, TX 77539

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    1. re: Lambowner

      I don't think Benno's has oysters on the half shell. They do have really good fried and blackened, however. Captain Benny's has good oysters at good prices. There's one on the Gulf Freeway.

      1. re: James Cristinian

        I had some baked oysters on the half shell at Benno's years ago but never raw. Didn't realize they didn't do that. Galveston is a fried seafood town. Only place I've had raw oysters there was Landry's and I wouldn't recommend that to anyone (or any Landry's).

        Floyd's Cajun Boat at Webster (Nasa Rd. 1) should have them.

        There are Benny's all over town; they've been my go-to place for many years. Also the Capt. Tom's (there are 3). They're all built to look like faux shrimp boats and a horseshoe shaped bar is the central feature.

        Any Ostoneria will have a raw bar but probably not a good idea unless you hablo some espanol.

        The Pappas Seafood houses feature oysters on the half shell as a happy hour special frequently; it's a local chain but a little more palatable to Hounds than Landry's.

    2. mmmm raw oysters! I just love the months with an r in them. Last December we went with friends and did an "oyster crawl" in New Orleans. Bacliff and San Leon off of Hwy 146 are my personal favorite areas for oysters. The infamous Gilhooleys wins hands down for freshness. They come from the oyster house down the street and are so fresh and yummy. Their Shrimp Hooleys (sp?) are grilled on the half shell and topped with shrimp. Noahs Ark is another fun dive with super good oysters. Judges oysters are pretty good too. Cliftons has been big chain purchased and I avoid it now. Top Water Grill is always good too. Make a day of it and eat ur way down 146 LOL Oh yeah, if in Kemah be sure to try The Swamp Shack for appetizers and drinks. I am just not real crazy about Landrys places on the boardwalk.

      Gilhooley's Restaurant
      222 9th St, Dickinson, TX 77539

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      1. re: houstontxgirl

        Do know what you mean about the 'oyster crawl' in NO. I do that whenever I'm there and the oysters are in season. Thanks for the info.........

        1. re: SLadd

          Oh yum, I'll be at Casamento's on Monday :-)))))))