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Where should I go for oysters in uptown or nearby Saturday?

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laredo Feb 9, 2013 04:48 PM

We would like to have a nice dinner at a restaurant that serves oysters and is in the general uptown area or not terribly far away as we will be cabbing from the Melrose.

Almost forgot this important part: where we will be able to get a reservation for the Saturday after Valentine's Day.

Thanks for your advice.

  1. twinwillow Feb 16, 2013 11:37 AM

    Referencing CocoaNut's above comment, I would use the term "less fruity" than "sweet" when describing Sauvignon Blanc.

    Actually, most drier California Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with oysters. Pinot Gris, as well.

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      laredo Feb 18, 2013 07:56 PM

      I'm just getting back to the thread after being in Dallas.

      Thank you so much for the fascinating information about oysters. I look forward to reading more.

      Just to report: we ordered oysters at Stephan Pyles. The waiter said they were not gulf oysters. They were Massachusetts and two other names I couldn't understand, although he repeated the names twice.

      Unfortunately, I thought they were too bland and just ate two. My husband was happy to eat mine as well as his, so good ending, I guess.

      Thanks to all.

    2. Scagnetti Feb 16, 2013 08:25 AM

      In Harrods Food Hall, there is a small station that serves nothing but oysters and champagne.

      Ce repast est délicieux.

      1. twinwillow Feb 15, 2013 03:58 PM

        In Europe, I love Belons and a bottle of Muscadet.

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          gavlist Feb 11, 2013 09:07 AM

          Bishop Arts is kind of far, but Boulevardier has a nice oyster selection - in general, I really like their raw bar. I believe that they don't accept reservations, except for parties of 6 or more... which means you'll have as good a chance of getting in as anyone.

          Driftwood (also in Bishop Arts) is very good, and has oysters, but it's a pretty limited selection - ie, one type of oyster, and they're "prepared" - topped with some sauces, garnish, etc - not simply opened and served. And yeah - a weekend table might be tough, unless the weather is pleasant and you're willing to sit on the patio. Spoon would be another good choice - but also probably difficult to get into.

          TJs (Oak Lawn) would be your best bet for variety and quality, and it's a nice place with great food - but not "fine dining" (although you can also get caviar service). Don't know if they accept reservations - my guess would be no, but it can't hurt to ask.

          It just occurred to me that you might not be interested in a large selection of oysters - in that case, there are a lot of restaurants that have oysters (a single variety) as an appetizer. Bijoux and Neighborhood Services, off the top of my head.

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            laredo Feb 13, 2013 06:52 PM

            Many thanks to all for your help.

            I should mention the reason I had oysters on the mind is that there is a very interesting article in Texas Monthly. It says gulf oysters will be very good this month and next....but has much much detailed information, and I recommend it.

            Thanks and Happy Valentine's Dau!

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              gavlist Feb 14, 2013 03:09 PM

              I think that Boulevardier carries gulf oysters. S&D (mentioned above) also does gulf oysters, and it's a pretty cool place. I don't know if any of the others that I mentioned do. I enjoy gulf oysters, but they are definitely less complex and interesting than what you'll find from the east and west coasts.

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                laredo Feb 15, 2013 09:10 AM

                I did not know that about gulf oysters, gavlist.

                My opportunities to enjoy oysters are limited, but it's nice to have that information.

                Thank you.

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                  CocoaNut Feb 15, 2013 09:16 AM

                  Interestingly, not all would agree that ocean selections are more flavorful that gulf options. I believe it's a personal taste, which only you can decide. I find the brininess of the Gulf oysters much more appealing. But that's how my taste runs. You should find somewhere that has both and try each - standalone, without red or Mignonette sauce.

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                    twinwillow Feb 15, 2013 10:55 AM

                    I concur!

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                      gavlist Feb 15, 2013 12:55 PM

                      totally agree about trying oysters without mignonette. At most, I'll add a few drops of lemon juice, but my goal is really to taste the oyster. Mignonette tastes good, but I find it almost always dominates the flavor.

                      Oysters from the East or West Coast can have intense brininess (Wellfleets, for example, are brinier than any Gulf oyster I've eaten), as well as flavors of melon or cucumber or mild sweetness, slight mineral or metallic flavors, "crisp" or creamy textures, etc. I've never seen any of that in a Gulf oyster.

                      I'm not trying to start a fight about which is better - as CocoaNut says, it's a matter of taste, and I also enjoy Gulf oysters on occasion. But I definitely don't feel bad about eating them with cocktail sauce at S&D.

                      check out this website:
                      http://www.oysterguide.com/book/what-...

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                        CocoaNut Feb 15, 2013 02:08 PM

                        Lol! Perhaps that's the difference. I prefer an oyster to taste like the ocean, not a fruit or vegetable. And honestly, if they resonate any taste of metal, I send them back - regardless of originating coastline.

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                          gavlist Feb 15, 2013 03:42 PM

                          ... ok. The minerality of oysters is the basis for the classic pairing with Sancerre (which has a "flinty" character). It's amazing - of course, by all means feel free to send them back if that's not your thing.

                          But, that's the essence of it. If you want an oyster with character and complexity (which I guess means tastes like "a fruit or vegetable") then get something from the coasts. If you want an oyster that is inexpensive and not outstanding in any particular way (often a good thing) then go with the Gulf.

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                            CocoaNut Feb 15, 2013 04:49 PM

                            Ah yes... Fairly common knowledge that a good Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with oysters, but if one prefers a less sweet choice, Pinot Grigio is an excellent choice.

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                              gavlist Feb 16, 2013 11:30 AM

                              sweet?

            2. twinwillow Feb 9, 2013 07:35 PM

              I highly recommend either Pappadeaux or
              TJ's Seafood.

              Both are on Oak Lawn. Both are excellent seafood restaurants in their own way.

              http://pappadeaux.com/location/?id=18
              http://www.tjsseafood.com/

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                laredo Feb 10, 2013 11:39 AM

                Thanks to all for your help.

                I tried Truluck's but can't get a reservation.

                We love S & D also, but I don't think they take reservations. Just tried to check on that, but they are closed today.

                Thanks so much for your kind help.

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                  ECcowboy Feb 10, 2013 02:49 PM

                  It's a short drive (maybe 5-10 mins) but driftwood in bishop arts does some pretty darn good oysters, raw, fried and otherwise....

                  S&d is always good.

                  Not sure if its open yet, but The Establishment is coming to Travis Walk, and they are touting a great oyster selection.

                  Of course there is also The Oceannaire, and while its not as far as Addison, it's pretty close. Great selection of raw oysters...

                  1. re: ECcowboy
                    twinwillow Feb 10, 2013 05:22 PM

                    Second Driftwood but, doubt if you'll get in for Valentines.

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                swoll50 Feb 9, 2013 07:19 PM

                Does T.J.'s do the late night happy hour on Saturdays?

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                  CocoaNut Feb 9, 2013 06:39 PM

                  Nearby on McKinney Av - S&D Oyster Co. New Orleans style oyster bar, long-time independent, casual with beer and limited wine. My personal favorite, trusted source for (raw and fried) Gulf oysters.

                  Within a 4-5 block walk of the Melrose, Pappadeaux's - regional chain, casual, full bar.

                  1. Veggo Feb 9, 2013 05:01 PM

                    Not fancy- Nates. Fancy- Trulucks. Both are in Addison, same good, well - chilled oysters.

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                      Scagnetti Feb 9, 2013 06:38 PM

                      The Truluck's in Addison has been closed since last year and Nate's is a half hour drive from the Melrose.

                      I'd recommend Pappadeux's which is within walking distance of the Melrose.

                      1. re: Scagnetti
                        Veggo Feb 10, 2013 05:11 AM

                        Thanks for the heads up on Trulucks - I'm not sure whether to be surprised. For the OP, Pappadeaux's is an ideal choice.

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