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Taylor Shellfish (Cap Hill)

I've seen this brought up a few times as an option for oysters and wanted to get more information.

I've seen the website and understand it to be a shellfish vendor (raw goods) more than anything else. What is the "dine-in" option. Looks like there's a small counter? We can order crab, chowder and oysters to enjoy there? No menu is listed on the website. Is there seating at the counter? Does it get crowded?

Thinking of doing an off-beat dinner there on Friday (we're not trying to hit their happy hour), and wanted to know what to expect.

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  1. Here is a thread with my review of first visit there. Been back a few times since. Great place.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/816082

    If you use the search function at top right of the page and put in Taylor Shellfish, you will find several other threads that mention more as well.

    Search function is very helpful to check for any questions on the board before you post a thread; you can find out if someone else has allready asked your ? and gotten the answers for you...:)

    1. this may be the best place to mention that disabled patrons must make a phone call (is there no one without a cell phone?) to have someone open the door and activate the knarly chair lift - no doorbell, no ramp, no staff attention at the entrance. as this is a new build-out these problems could have been better handled

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      1. re: howard 1st

        Thank you, Howard, it sure could have been.
        Twenty-two years after the adoption of ADA, this egregious failure is disheartening.

      2. Thanks for the response, Shelley. I know the search function and my questions are still not answered.
        Can we order crab, chowder and oysters there? Or are oysters the only regular offering...the rest on event nights? There is not menu listed. Does it get crowded?

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        1. re: ethereal

          http://taylormelrose.com/about/
          "For those dining in, enjoy fresh shucked oysters, Dungeness crab, and a chowder bar courtesy of award winning chef Xinh Dwelley."

          It's basically a retail store with tanks of oysters, crabs, etc. There are a couple of tables where you can eat oysters or a cup of chowder.

        2. I just ate there this weekend! It is definitely a unique dining space. Half the room is taken up by coolers and tanks and the other is a few high top tables, stools and a counter that runs along the window.

          From what I saw there were several different options for oysters (ranging in price from $11.99-20+ depending on size and variety) and two soups that were "serve yourself". They also had a small wine list. I don't think they serve any other type of prepared shellfish.

          We had a dozen of the small pacific oysters ($13.99) and they were quite large and very delicious. One cool part of the experience was that the girl went to the tanks on the other side of the room, picked out our oysters and shucked them all in our view behind the counter. Also, the wine we had was the cheapest white option ($19/bottle, coming from Canada that is DIRT CHEAP) and it was fantastic (called Krakenes I think?).

          I would definitely recommend it for a drink and snack, unless you think you can fill up on oysters. We started with a two top and ended up with around 8 of us there eating and drinking and the girls working were very accommodating (charged us for a bottle of wine since we had ordered enough glasses, etc.) We were there on a Monday night just after Happy Hour and it was nearly empty.

          We also bought a few crabs from them for an at-home BBQ and they were delish!

          1. Terra Plata is right around the corner if that doesn't hold you!