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Oyster Farms, on the way to Anacortes

KumamotoJoe Jun 23, 2013 06:40 PM

Looking for a place north of Seattle that replicates—or at least approaches—the experience of eating oysters right out of the water, a la Taylor Shellfish Farms. Anyone know of a good spot?

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    FishTales Jun 24, 2013 03:13 PM

    Taylor Shellfish Farms now has a store in Seattle. We stopped by last week before we flew out of town & brought some home. There's otherwise not a fresh oyster within hundreds of miles of where we live...

    Taylor Shellfish Farms, 1521 Melrose.


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      kaleokahu Jun 24, 2013 09:54 AM

      Hey, KJ:

      Don't miss Blau's on Samish Island. No website, but Blau's has been successfully farming oysters and feeding Skagitonians for a very long time. http://www.yelp.com/biz/blau-oyster-c...

      This is *not* a resto. The several in tiny nearby Edison do that very well.

      IIWY, I'd buy a 25-pound bag of XSs and a knife, find a nice beach, and knock yourself out.


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      1. re: kaleokahu
        LotusRapper Jun 24, 2013 10:28 AM

        And shuck yourself silly ? ;-)

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          kaleokahu Jun 24, 2013 09:11 PM

          Well, for a 25-pound bag, I'd recommend *at least* one partner. Oysters aren't exactly onanistic...

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            LotusRapper Jun 25, 2013 08:05 PM

            [had to look up that word ....]

            Are geoducks ? ;-)

            1. re: LotusRapper
              kaleokahu Jun 27, 2013 10:02 PM

              Hey, LR:

              Not even remotely. They're absolute sluts:

              "Females release as many as ten batches of eggs a year, or 50 million potential geoducks apiece. The ladies are fecund for a century, meaning they can produce a whopping 5 billion eggs in their lifetime." See, http://community.seattletimes.nwsourc...

              Also far and away the largest biomass in Puget Sound.


      2. gingershelley Jun 24, 2013 08:38 AM

        You can actually go to Taylor Shellfish North farmstore, and buy oysters there (plus other local fish and shellfish) and shuck them at a picnic table...

        http://www.taylorsamish.com/ Right down the road from Lotus Rapper's reccomendation.

        I would hit up both while driving down Chuckanut!

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        1. re: gingershelley
          LotusRapper Jun 24, 2013 09:49 AM

          Didn't even know about Taylor. Thanks GS :-)

        2. LotusRapper Jun 23, 2013 11:25 PM

          The Oyster Bar just south of Bellingham, on the scenic historic Pacific Hwy (now called Chuckanut Drive: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/LocalPrograms/ScenicByways/Chuckanut.htm) has a good reputation:


          But I can't vouch for how they'd compare with other establishments.

          Another well-known restaurant for its oyster dishes is Xinh's Clams & Oyster House in Shelton, west of Tacoma:



          Willows Inn, on Lummi Island just west of Bellingham Bay, is more a $$$ destination (or homage) for serious foodies:


          And a detailed, 5-part blog review of them:


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