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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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  1. 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:

    http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/88/816472/restaurant/Bellingham/Bow-Edison/Oyster-Bar-on-Chuckanut-Drive-Bow

    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:

    http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g58739-d463609-Reviews-Xinh_s_Clam_Oyster_House-Shelton_Washington.html

    http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/247/1150713/restaurant/Olympia/Xinhs-Clam-Oyster-House-Shelton

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

    http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/88/1517291/restaurant/Bellingham/The-Willows-Inn-Lummi-Island

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

    http://www.followmefoodie.com/2013/04...

    1. 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. 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.

        Aloha,
        Kaleo

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

          And shuck yourself silly ? ;-)

          1. re: LotusRapper
            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...

            1. re: kaleokahu
              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.

                Aloha,
                Kaleo

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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.
          www.taylormelrose.com

          Cheers!

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