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Jan 6, 2014 06:17 AM

Quick Charleston question:

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

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  1. 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.

    6 Replies
    1. re: mollybelle

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

      1. re: mollybelle

        $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.

        1. re: JayL

          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).

          1. re: mollybelle

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

          2. re: JayL

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

            1. re: lynnlato

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


        2. 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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          1. re: danna

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

            1. re: Jeff C.

              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.

              1. re: Jeff C.

                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.

                1. re: JayL

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

                  1. re: Jeff C.

                    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.

                    1. re: Low Country Jon

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

                      1. re: Jeff C.

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

                        1. re: Low Country Jon

                          Sweet. Let us know if you hear anything else.