Oysters--The Best

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RE: Oysters--The Best 2005/07/13 20:39:42 (permalink)
I'm not crazy about huge oysters. The ones I said I like, the Wellfleets and the Blue Points, are just the right size.

And, in a parallel vein, I just knocked off a dozen littlenecks before dinner tonight. NO cocktail sauce. Just a few drops of lemon juice and a drop of Tabasco. I might even like these more than oysters.
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2005/07/13 21:06:15 (permalink)
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Down here on the upper Gulf Coast it is hard to beat a sack of baby selects from Appalachiacola, if you can get them....larger size oysters from Mobile Bay's Cedar Point are also very good, salinity varies as to the amount or rain upstate, but they are phat and plump, great for making Oysters Bienville, which is a Gulf Coast variant of Rockefeller.....I steam mine over a pecan wood fire...


From what I have heard so far, Mr. DENNIS messed up the oyster beds down in 'Cola. Hwy 98 south from Tally also RSOed.
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2005/07/15 08:38:34 (permalink)
Yep, I wouldn't doubt that Cindy and Dennis had some detrimental effects on the Ap'cola reefs...Ivan buried some of the Dauphin Island and Cedar Point reefs, but by spring local oysters were available...the State will close the reefs if theres too much fresh water, which storms tend to cause....alot of the reefs in Ap'cola are in protected bays and sounds, so I wouldn't anticpate a long downtime....Wintzels in Mobile and the Original Oyster House on the Causeway serve local as well as Louisiana oysters....Cedar Points seem to have a little less silt and are usually saltier..Nelson Oysters of Bon Secour Bay have been experimenting with high quality oysters grown on suspended netting system on B S Bay...they were trageting these to be sold to the Casinos for consumption by older patrons who might be worried about bacteria contaminants....don't know how that ever panned out...
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2005/07/15 08:59:05 (permalink)
The best oysters are the ones sitting on a plate in front of me!
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2005/07/17 08:16:18 (permalink)
Grand Central Oyster Bar...Baker's dozen of assorted and life is good.
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2005/07/18 08:53:40 (permalink)
Update on the Ap'cola oysters...interestingly, the local news (P'cola station) on Friday was updating the damage by Dennis and the report on the damage to Ap'colas oyster reefs was good.....fresh water had elevated the bacteria counts and a small number of reefs were damaged, but all in all the reefs came through in pretty good shape.....Ap'cola supplies 10-12% of all oysters in the US so a major contribter of the succulanet bivalves is still going to contibute to oyster bars near and far!
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2005/07/24 12:59:25 (permalink)
MMMmmmmm glad to hear the oysters in Appalachiacola Bay may have been spared too much in the way of hurricane damage so far. Hate for them to go to waste before they see me again.[|)] suckem down
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2005/07/25 13:41:25 (permalink)
Best oyster for me is in Homer, Alaska. They come straight out of the cold water of Kachemak Bay and you can buy them off the boat. Doesn't get any fresher than that! This is the same oyster that The Mayor ate at Humpy's in Anchorage and we serve at my restaurant......but there's something about spending the day at the beach in Homer then having a big plate of cold oysters!
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2005/08/15 05:40:45 (permalink)
Also a big fan of Apalachicola oysters. Boss Oyster has probably the largest variety but i was quite disappointed by the service the last time there. That Place on 98 (in Eastpoint, just a few miles south of Appy, just a li'l past the causeway to St. George Island) is my favorite seafood place in the area. Excellent oysters and awesome seafood.

http://www.thatplaceon98.net/
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2005/08/16 13:28:55 (permalink)
There used to be a place called Bailey's on the Bay just outside of Port St. Joe/Mexico Beach area...only place around that took my company's American Express....seafood was decent....the best places only took cash back in the mid 90's in that area....
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2005/10/21 12:56:15 (permalink)
Update on oysters from the Gulf. FL reefs are suffrin' from a pesky red tide bloom, it spread over to Mobile Bay and the state closed the reefs this week, but now what reefs that made it through Ivan, Allison, Cindy, Dennis and Katrina are open again....reefs in MS and LA are mostly still down, Seafood processing plants in MS and LA coast are still out of commision, the two largest in South Mobile county started up last week....gonna be a tough year around the holidays to get raw Gulf oysters for oyster dressing...
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2005/10/21 14:06:24 (permalink)
Another great oyster place is the Indian Pass Raw Bar in Indian Pass. This is an old gas station, no frills, and a true Roadfood joint. I'll be there in February, and hope things are back to normal by then.
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2005/10/24 01:53:47 (permalink)
If you're ever in Lexington, KY, the Regatta seafood place brings you a huge platter of oysters on crushed ice and tiny bottles of tabasco sauce. And yes, beer is the perfect companion for them.
I love oysters prepared in any fashion, but it sure is hard to top the raw ones!

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RE: Oysters--The Best 2006/04/21 15:17:46 (permalink)
Cool night,nice warm fire blazing outside,couple of bushells of appalach or bon sequor oysters and plenty of good friends to share the shucking duties,man that's living. Eat a couple of dozen and then shucks some out for your buddies.Repeat as neccessary.Ice cold beer, different sauce concoctions,crackers,lemons complete the deal.
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2006/04/24 15:05:07 (permalink)
My favorites are from the west coast.
#1 - bradysoysters.com
#2 - willapa-oysters.com

There are some good fish places in Seattle where you can order specific varieties. Can't find my links right now.

My favorite east coast are from St. Marks, FL and a place called "Posey's Oyster Bar."
Best east coasters I ever had.
Anyone have a good mail order source for Appys?
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2006/04/24 15:52:28 (permalink)
I have a questions about oysters. My Dad would never let us order oysters except in the months that had an r in them. Was this an old wives tale or was there some reason for this?
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2006/04/24 15:57:19 (permalink)
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I have a questions about oysters. My Dad would never let us order oysters except in the months that had an r in them. Was this an old wives tail or was there some reason for this?


I am not real sure but refrigeration of oysters used to be a real issue and certainly the months that had a "R" in them tended to be much cooler and the months that did not were generally very warm. I have heard that explanation all my life. It sounds reasonable but I cannot ascertain that it is factual thing.

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RE: Oysters--The Best 2006/04/24 16:00:03 (permalink)
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I have a questions about oysters. My Dad would never let us order oysters except in the months that had an r in them. Was this an old wives tail or was there some reason for this?


Some of both.

The "R" months = summer months. Oysters spawn during the warmer water months so they tend to be somewhat mushier and less flavorful than in the winter. Also the pollution factor (especially in the old days of untreated sewage pouring into oyster beds) is/was worse in the hot summer.

These days, eat 'em whenever you want, provided they're from clean water. I still think they taste better in the winter, just like strawberries are best in spring and corn best in summer.

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RE: Oysters--The Best 2006/04/24 16:03:22 (permalink)
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quote:
Originally posted by emsmom

I have a questions about oysters. My Dad would never let us order oysters except in the months that had an r in them. Was this an old wives tail or was there some reason for this?


Some of both.

The "R" months = summer months. Oysters spawn during the warmer water months so they tend to be somewhat mushier and less flavorful than in the winter. Also the pollution factor (especially in the old days of untreated sewage pouring into oyster beds) is/was worse in the hot summer.

These days, eat 'em whenever you want, provided they're from clean water. I still think they taste better in the winter, just like strawberries are best in spring and corn best in summer.


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RE: Oysters--The Best 2006/04/24 16:05:52 (permalink)
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quote:
Originally posted by emsmom

I have a questions about oysters. My Dad would never let us order oysters except in the months that had an r in them. Was this an old wives tail or was there some reason for this?


Some of both.

The "R" months = summer months. Oysters spawn during the warmer water months so they tend to be somewhat mushier and less flavorful than in the winter. Also the pollution factor (especially in the old days of untreated sewage pouring into oyster beds) is/was worse in the hot summer.

These days, eat 'em whenever you want, provided they're from clean water. I still think they taste better in the winter, just like strawberries are best in spring and corn best in summer.



Oops..."R" months are the NON-summer ones. Same idea, only backwards.
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RE: Oysters--The Best 2006/04/24 16:17:08 (permalink)
I remember hearing in a long ago college course in Fisheries Science that English Channel oysters are inedible during the summer spawning season (those months without an "r") because the young attach themselves to the adults' gills immediately upon hatching. As these microscopic sprat start growing, they form their shells, which make the oyster taste gritty or sandy. The oyster soon eject them. Dr. Hassler said that Western Hemisphere oysters don't act as hosts for their offspring, but the idea for not eating oysters in the summer was ingrained in our immigrant ancestors.
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