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Jeff C. Jan 6, 2014 06:17 AM

Which restaurants have the best deal on screaming fresh local oysters right now?

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    mollybelle RE: Jeff C. Jan 6, 2014 07:23 AM

    The Ordinary may have blades at $2.50 a pop, or Bowen's with AYCE clusters for $20.You might check with the Oyster Room down at Folly.

    It does torque me off that we have some of the best oysters on the planet and a place like the Ordinary brags about oysters from Long Island sound.

    For whatever reason, the local bounty doesn't seem to translate into local restaurant deals.

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      Worldwide Diner RE: mollybelle Jan 6, 2014 08:54 AM

      Variety is the spice of life. The best oyster bars serve a selection of oysters.

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        JayL RE: mollybelle Jan 6, 2014 09:40 AM

        $20 oysters at Bowen's Island is just ONE of the reasons we don't like the place and don't go there.

        We do $10 AYCE clusters at Art's in MtP.

        Beaufort singles are great if you can find them.

        Molly, while there are good oysters locally, there is something to be said for oysters from "off". Large open sounds with good "flush" and open bays tend to have the best oysters (in my opinion). Long Island Sound is one of those areas, therefore their oysters should be very clean and salty.

        My personal favorite oysters come from Chincoteague, VA.

        I will add that the cluster oysters you see around the Charleston area have never been my favorite. They are economical and it's why you see so many AYCE cluster deals here. I grew up on single oysters in North Carolina, and that is where my preferences lie.

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          mollybelle RE: JayL Jan 6, 2014 04:50 PM

          Thanks Jay, been wondering about Arts, people say good things.Its 1/4 mile from the daughters place.I'm going to try to get there next weekend.We'll keep your choice of pronouns between us! (wink).

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            Jeff C. RE: mollybelle Jan 6, 2014 06:35 PM

            Arts looks promising, esp. since we will be there on Sunday. Thanks, everybody.

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            lynnlato RE: JayL Jan 9, 2014 09:42 AM

            JayL, how's the other food at Art's? All local fish? Good burgers? Looks basic but good.

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              JayL RE: lynnlato Jan 9, 2014 05:50 PM

              I've had a burger...and it is one I would certainly order again.

              Certainly.

        2. danna RE: Jeff C. Jan 9, 2014 07:13 AM

          I kacked up $25 for a dozen tiny Caper's Blades at FIG last month.

          Oh wait, you asked for screaming deals, not screaming credit cards. ;-)

          They were good, though.

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            Jeff C. RE: danna Jan 9, 2014 11:18 AM

            Dag, that's pricey. I do think the small ones are sweeter, though.

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              Jeff C. RE: Jeff C. Mar 2, 2014 06:30 AM

              Just following up post-visit: The oysters and mignonettes at The Ordinary ($3 each) are the best I've had anywhere. Sit at the raw bar and you can watch them shuck your order while you sip a perfect G&T.

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                JayL RE: Jeff C. Mar 2, 2014 09:25 AM

                A perfect G&T you say? You've singing my name!

                I can get good oysters anytime...but a really good G&T is hard to come by.

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                  Jeff C. RE: JayL Mar 2, 2014 04:07 PM

                  They use Jack Rudy tonic, which you can buy around town.

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                    Low Country Jon RE: Jeff C. Mar 2, 2014 04:13 PM

                    I was about to mention that. The Ordinary's former beverage director is the guy behind the Jack Rudy tonic and grenadine, which they also use. I found the wait and bar staff at the Ordinary to be very accommodating. They whipped up a little-known cocktail for me (called a Moonlight) based on a recipe I gave to them.

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                      Jeff C. RE: Low Country Jon Mar 3, 2014 08:08 AM

                      I hear the Jack Rudy guy is about to open his own oyster bar. True?

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                        Low Country Jon RE: Jeff C. Mar 3, 2014 09:38 AM

                        Yes, it's called Leon's. Not sure if they have announced a date yet or not.

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                          Jeff C. RE: Low Country Jon Mar 3, 2014 09:51 AM

                          Sweet. Let us know if you hear anything else.

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