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Best shellfish dishes DC/NOVA

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After a long spell of thinking I was allergic to shellfish, I finally got tested, found out I'm not, and am now embarking on a culinary extravaganza. Because it was never on the menu for me, I haven't paid much attention to where to find the best of any of it. I would appreciate any and all recommendations for great seafood dishes in the DC or Northern Virginia (alexandria/annandale/springfield areas mostly) areas. From fancy to dives, and places with good drinks a plus. I'm especially interested in asian dishes, but the sky is really the limit.

Thanks in advance--

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  1. The first ones that come to mind are the mussels at Brasserie Beck or Granville Moore's...both delicious preparations in completely different environments (don't forget to get the frites as well!).

    Any scallop preparation at Corduroy is fantastic! Go get oysters at Hank's Oyster Bar (and a lobster roll).

    And of course you have to get a crabcake. The version at The Hamilton is quite good.

    Welcome back to the world of shellfish---probably my favorite food category.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      I totally agree with Corduroy and moule frite at a bistro! For lobster rolls, I go with the Red Hook Lobster truck. You can find it in DC and NoVA, location varies, at lunch.

    2. Here's a vote for the Parmesan-broiled oysters at Acadiana. They do a nice Hurricane there as well.

      1. Jumbo oysters at Sushi Taro

        Oyster shooter at Rogue

        Roasted Scallops at Tosca

        Raw scallops at Komi

        1. Oysters on the half shell at Tachibana. The dipping sauce is amazing.

          1. Food, Wine and Co in Bethesda makes wonderful mussels with pork belly.