Oysters…Oysters

I’ve been reading this book called “French women don’t get facelifts” by Mireille Guiliano .  Seriously, who wouldn’t want to know the secrets to that?

In the book, Mme. Guilliano named oysters as one of the age defying super foods.  They are packed with omega-3 fatty acid, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc potassium,  They are low in fat and high in protein. Great for healthy hair and skin.  Oysters are harvested year-round in the United States so we don’t necessarily have to wait for the ‘R’ months to eat them.

Several friends have asked me where is a good place to eat oysters in Seattle.  So here are a few of my favorite spots in town, along with their pricing.

Taylor Shellfish: where else to have these delicious molluscs but the farm itself.12141598_771885112940477_9076886922004799134_n

A dozen oysters at TSF (Shucker’s dozen) costs $30.  The variety changes based on season and availability.  Yesterday, I had a sample of Olympia, Shigoku, Peale Passage, Virginica, & Kumamoto (as shown above clockwise).  The Olympia oyster is a true west coast native, it has a high copper content and a concentrated metallic taste. One tiny piece costs $2.50, but it is worth every penny of it.  And did I mention, the Olys are Mark Twain’s favorite oysters back in the old days. What a fine taste he has!

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The Shigoku oyster is a TSF cultivation.  It is tide tumbled twice a day, and has a deep scoop shape.  It is one of my favorite oysters year round and if you are lucky to be at TSF during happy hour (Monday-Friday 4-6pm), you can have a dozen of Shigokus for $18.  That’s $1.50 a piece.

Speaking of happy hours, The Brooklyn downtown has fresh shucker-selected oysters for $1.75 per piece from 4pm to 6pm every day.

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The selections are decent if you are able to land a seat at the bar.  Excellent choice before attending a concert at Benaroya Hall.

Elliott’s Oyster House has a progressive oyster happy hour starting at 3pm Monday through Friday, chef’s choice of the day:

3:00pm– $1.50
4:00pm– $2.00
5:00pm– $2.50

After 6 o’clock, the price resumes to normal – between $2.75 and $3.75 depends on the oyster.  Because of its location, next to Pier 56, with a good amount of tourist traffic, I have had trouble getting a seat at the bar over the years.  There’s always a wait, but if you are lucky enough to get a spot in front of the shuckers, you can strike some interesting conversation with them.

Miyabi 45th in Wallingford has $1 off oysters before 6pm daily:11880537_739318102863845_6813128745064794859_n

But on Tuesdays they offer $1 oysters all day.  Now that’s a steal.  Their oysters come with with lemon wedges, ponzu and kiwi mignonette.

And finally a Seattle oyster tale is not complete without mentioning The Walrus and the Carpenter:

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Their oyster credentials include:

Their oysters are priced between $2.75 and $3.75.  Half off during happy hour Monday through Thursday 4-5pm, 25% off from 5 to 6pm.  Walk-in customers only on a first come first server basis.  So be there and/or be in line.

There you have it, my five favorite oyster places in Seattle.

Eat oysters live longer!

Good oyster places in Seattle:

Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
Address: 124 Republican St, Seattle, WA 98109
Phone:(206) 501-4442
The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House
Address: 1212 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone:(206) 224-7000
Elliott’s Oyster House
Address: 1201 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone:(206) 623-4340
Miyabi 45th
Address: 2208 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Phone:(206) 632-4545
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Address: 4739 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Phone:(206) 395-9227
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