Summer is coming to an end and we’re using these final days to soak up the best of the what the season has to offer. There are still a few weeks left to read our favorite beach reads and enjoy great seasonal foods, but the hint of Fall is just around the corner. At the top of our summer bucket list? Seeking out the freshest oyster bars from coast to coast.
The northwest is home to acres of evergreens and breathtaking scenery, but it’s also a prime destination for great seafood. One of the hottest spots for icy cold oysters is The Walrus and The Carpenter, a cozy and fun Seattle restaurant. Established in 2010 this hip, artsy spot has gained national acclaim but never lost that neighborhood feel.
Way down the coast in San Diego, Ironside Fish & Oyster is making waves. Located inside a renovated warehouse, the upscale nautical feel transports you right to the source. Piles of fresh-caught local oysters are the biggest draw – but you can’t leave without trying the Wellfleet Clam Chowder.
Although this place can hardly be called a “secret” following it’s appearance on No Reservations, it boasts a secret menu known only to locals. At the oyster window of Swan Oyster Depot, ask for their homemade dressing for drizzling. It’s half dijon mustard and half crab fat, and fans hail it as the perfect accessory to your personal dozen.
For waterfront views and a wide selection of local oysters, head to Rhode Island’s Matunuck Oyster Bar. On their seven acres they harvest two varietals: Matunuck and Potter Moon. Their commitment to sustainability practices and ocean conservation enhance the dining experience even more.
With locations in both Portland, Maine and Boston, Eventide Oyster Co. is the destination for critically-acclaimed freshly shucked oysters. With an oyster menu that reads like a novel, there are a wide selection of both local and imported oysters. Don’t fill up on the brown butter rolls – though once you taste them that might seem impossible.
Dining at Grand Banks is like taking a vacation without leaving Manhattan. Set atop a historic wooden schooner at Pier 25, it’s hard to decide what’s better: the views or the oysters. Just around the corner from Tribeca Park, this celebrated New York treasure is convenient for all Related residents. Try a nautical cocktail or a seasonal appetizer too, before summer officially departs.
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