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

masnole Jan 24, 2011 05:06 AM

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?


  1. the_sneeb Jan 25, 2011 12:24 PM

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

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    1. re: the_sneeb
      JonFromTJs Jan 26, 2011 10:18 AM

      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
        irodguy Jan 26, 2011 10:24 AM

        So what varieties are you stocking?

        1. re: irodguy
          JonFromTJs Jan 27, 2011 09:46 AM

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

          1. re: JonFromTJs
            the_sneeb Jan 27, 2011 12:00 PM

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

            1. re: the_sneeb
              masnole Jan 27, 2011 12:24 PM

              So where is this TJ's?

              1. re: masnole
                twinwillow Jan 27, 2011 01:31 PM

                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
          masnole Jan 26, 2011 10:46 AM

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

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        fishfry Jan 25, 2011 10:12 AM

        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
          luniz Jan 26, 2011 09:37 AM

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

        2. twinwillow Jan 24, 2011 08:04 AM

          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

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