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Jan 24, 2011 05:06 AM

Where's the best place (if any) to buy Raw Oysters in copious quantities

like a bushel/half bushel or so???

Having moved here recently from Louisiana would like to find "that place" to bring a bunch home for some shucking.

Shoot, now that I'm on the topic. What about Crawfish? Is there a good place where they can be purchased by the sack?


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  1. TJ's, Rex Seafood, Central Market and, Wholefoods for American (Louisiana) produced shellfod by the sack.
    You could also try Aw Shucks and Big Shucks restaurants to see if they'll give you a deal on quantities.
    That's all I can come up with.

    Aw Shucks
    3601 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

    Big Shucks
    103 S Coit Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

    1. We used to order sacks of oysters thru Farmers Seafood in Shreveport and meet the trucks at various restruants around Dallas. For crawfish call around to vendors in Louisiana to get the same hook ups. Crawdads are really expensive in Big D.

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      1. re: fishfry

        Bayou Market in Lewisville sells large sacks of crawfish, not sure about oysters.

      2. TJ's for gulf oysters, Rex's for bugs

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        1. re: the_sneeb

          Some info on the products asked above.

          crawfish - season has barely started, market price is looking to be about 3.99/lb...if its my money i wait until later in the season until they are bigger and cheaper. in dallas you'll tend to find 30-35lb sacks

          gulf oysters - be wary of what you get. stay away from the ameripure banded oysters. to my tongue they are really bland. Galveston Bay oysters are nice right now and the texas waters seem to have been untouched by the oil spill. remember, oysters are filter feeders and are the most susceptible to contamination. blue points from NE are fantastic this year too and if you are buying volume they really aren't that much more expensive. not sure who sells them by the sack, but a typical quantity is an 80-100 pc case.

          1. re: JonFromTJs

            So what varieties are you stocking?

            1. re: irodguy

              right now we have blue points, and we can get galvetson bays with a day's notice.

              1. re: JonFromTJs

                the galveston bays I had from TJ's in November kicked some serious ass

                  1. re: masnole

                    TJ's Seafood is in the middle of the south side (facing north) in the S/W corner of Preston Forest shopping center. Ask for Jon and tell him who you are from Chowhound.
                    They are an independent, family owned seafood store and IMHO, their seafood is the best in Dallas.

            2. re: JonFromTJs

              Yeah....i'm thinking post-Easter at the earliest on the bugs.... in LA price always drops after the Easter boils....