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Oysters for newbies ...

Looking for suggestion for places to bring an oyster newby to for her to try some;

Usually, I just get some and chuck them one by one in front of the TV, making a big mess, but I don't think that'll work, in case she does not like them, I don't want to cook other things.

I've got a few places :
Maestro (just because they have a larger (?) selection; but the locale and decore might not be "fun" enough.
Icehouse; simple and other food selection, not too pricy. no reservation, weather might not be nice enough to sit outside.
Lawrence, more substential food substitution, more pricy.
Magpie (I think they do oyster): simple and fun.
Lemeac (have they started doing oyster yet?) more pricy, swanky-er.

Other suggestions ? maybe more north (villeray, ... ) I'm certain I'm missing a few ...


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  1. I'm kind of for shucking them in front of the t.v. Made a big effort to go to Maestro once and it was dull as no one else was there (it was lunch but Valentine's Day, after all). You could have some bread and sandwich fixings nearby in case.

      1. re: cherylmtl

        I second that rec.with a great meal afterwards.Great wine selections as well

      2. Double check at Lawrence - they have been running a special with $1 oysters between 5:30pm and 7pm (or something like that) recently

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        1. re: unlaced

          Yes, Lawrence has been tweeting their daily $1/each, 5:30-7 pm oyster specials - looks like it's still going on: http://twitter.com/lawrencefood

        2. The only saving grace of Maestro SVP is their Happy Hour $13/doz Beausoleis. Apparently available all night Teu/Wed/Thu.
          Howsomever, these puppies are only slightly larger than your thumbnail. Usually VERY tasty, though, perhaps good for a newbie?

          Not in your area, the Oyster Shack on Bishop usually has a nice selection for $2/ea at happy hour. Also for novice here: fried clams, clam chowder, $5 wine happy hour.

          Oyster Shack
          1242 Rue Bishop, Montreal, QC H3G2E3, CA

          1. More north (villeray, ...) how about Kitchen Gallerie. You can always call to check, bu they had some both times I went. But it is in the pricier category. I was also going to suggest Lawrence and that Oyster special, great to try.

            1. Not in the Plat-Mile End region, but I went for oysters at Le Club Chasse et Pêche yesterday afternoon and can assert with confidence that they are the best I've had anywhere in the city (including Joe Beef/McKiernan/Liverpool, Garde, APdC, Barroco, L'Orignal, Maestro, Icehouse, Magpie, etc.) - somewhat reasonably priced (though by no means cheap) at roughly $3 and change.

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              1. re: OliverB

                outremont is having annual oyster supper, they usually do their themed meals eg lobster well with the help of local restaurant owners.

                14 octobre 19h
                Souper d'huîtres annuel. Organisé par le Comité de Jumelage d'Outremont. Renseignements et billets 514 271-0959.
                Centre communautaire intergénérationnel (CCI), 999, avenue McEachran.

              2. We ended up at Ice House.

                better set-up when not wanting to make a reservation.

                Good oysters, after that, some shrimp popcorns and crab cakes.

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                1. re: Maximilien

                  What about the newbie experience?

                  1. re: porker

                    Oysters were sucked and eaten with gluttony that you put the the original sin to, erm, sin!

                    Newby liked it; was not sick or allergic ...

                    Next step is shucking 101.

                    1. re: Maximilien

                      >>>>>>> Newby liked it; was not sick or allergic ...

                      Lucky newby. I am highly intolerant to certain types of bivalves, so I stay away from oysters. But, I am really tempted to buy some oysters and go eat them at an emergency room somewhere, just in case I turn out to be allergic.

                      1. re: Maximilien

                        I would guess its not so much the sick/allergic reactions, but more often the ick factor which determines if people are going to try and perhaps enjoy oysters. Happy to hear it turned out sinful! - a little bit of sinning...a little bit of shucking...