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Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/4/09 5:09 PM
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The best Oyster Shooter I ever had was years ago at the Grand Casino in the Biloxi / Gulfport region of Louisiana. It had some kind of cream sauce, served in a glass with the raw oyster, and some Vodka I think? Shoot, it WAS years ago. Anyway, it was great and I had??? 5 at least. :~)

Where have you had great Oyster Shooter? And how was it made?
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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/4/09 5:25 PM
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Calico Jacks here in Gainesville.  Oyster, Absolute and a dab of cocktail sauce.  Makes my stomach growl thinking about. 

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/4/09 6:28 PM
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I'm happy to hear that Pappa Joe had a good time drinking/eating Oyster Shooters in Biloxi. How do I know he had a great time? He was in Mississippi, not Louisiana. In any case he might have had the recipe that calls for yogurt. lemon, cucumber and a few other items like Gin or Vodka or Rum.  I had something like that a very long time ago in Tampa, Fl. except the alcohol was beer -  if I remember correctly. 

Actually, in my marginally wiser old age, I think the Oyster Shooter is an awful thing to do to an oyster, and, with the exception of vodka to which nothing too awful can be done, I think we are better off to have a nice shot of rum or gin or whatever and have our oysters on the side.

Cheers, John    

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/4/09 7:01 PM
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I'm happy to hear that Pappa Joe had a good time drinking/eating Oyster Shooters in Biloxi. How do I know he had a great time? He was in Mississippi, not Louisiana. In any case he might have had the recipe that calls for yogurt. lemon, cucumber and a few other items like Gin or Vodka or Rum.  I had something like that a very long time ago in Tampa, Fl. except the alcohol was beer -  if I remember correctly. 

Actually, in my marginally wiser old age, I think the Oyster Shooter is an awful thing to do to an oyster, and, with the exception of vodka to which nothing too awful can be done, I think we are better off to have a nice shot of rum or gin or whatever and have our oysters on the side.

Cheers, John
Good catch on the geography.....reminds me of being in the FloraBama on the state line....my sentiments exactly on the ruination of a good oyster. Give me a cold Dixie on the side.



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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/4/09 7:14 PM
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John, yogurt... that sure might have been it. Thanks! And lol... yep Mississippi! I was havin a good time! Hey, I had been through Louisiana a few miles earlier. :~)

Don't get me wrong... I love a plain oyster.

Russ's shooter is almost like a plain oyster. Sometimes simplicity is best!
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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/4/09 8:26 PM
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SHEM CREEK BAR AND GRILL in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Great bar, awsome spot for a sunset.......and of course....oyster shooters! I only regret that I go when friends come from out of town.

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/4/09 8:34 PM
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Smoker, welcome to Roadfood! How do they make their shooters at Shim Creek?
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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 12:38 PM
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 I'm not a big fan of drowning the oysters in sauce, so I also like them with just a little vodka and a dot of sauce.

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 1:23 PM
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Oyster question from a California girl:

Do you chew them or just swallow them whole?  

I'm not kidding as I really don't know.  I enjoyed a bushel full of steamed oysters when in South Carolina and if I remember right, we all chewed them.

Don't know what to do with the raw variety.

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 1:37 PM
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Oysters raw in the shell slide down the throat with a great salty-brine taste...Chewing would interupt the process and the concentration !! I love them raw with a bit of lemon and tabasco. Shooters are OK, but I prefer the oysters Naked, with some cold beer on the side.

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 6:42 PM
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Mar, I like to squeeze the raw ones in my mouth a bit before they go sliding down. Not sure haw to eat a steamed oyster?

Does anyone serve a tequila oyster shooter?
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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 6:55 PM
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Thanks!

Anyone afraid of eating raw oysters?

The warning signs hanging in the places that serve them are rather scary.

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 7:05 PM
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mar52


Oyster question from a California girl:

Do you chew them or just swallow them whole?  

I'm not kidding as I really don't know.  I enjoyed a bushel full of steamed oysters when in South Carolina and if I remember right, we all chewed them.

Don't know what to do with the raw variety.

 
For me, eating raw oysters depends on the size. I dip all of them in a horseradish laden cocktail sauce to coat it, place it on a Saltine. If it's a large one I knaw on it a little bit and if it's a little one I let 'er slide!!! 
As far as shooters go, Oyster in a shot glass, cover with horseradish laden cocktail sauce, a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice and down the hatch! COLD BEER Chaser!


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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 7:22 PM
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I still eat them raw and will morning, noon or night, ice cold, so cold they almost hurt your teeth. I know there are "hidden" bacteria out there but I've been lucky so far.  When you get a "bad" one hot or cold, you'll know it!

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 7:30 PM
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mar52


Oyster question from a California girl:

Do you chew them or just swallow them whole?  

I'm not kidding as I really don't know.  I enjoyed a bushel full of steamed oysters when in South Carolina and if I remember right, we all chewed them.

Don't know what to do with the raw variety.
You surely do not just swallow them whole or "let 'em slide down". You have to caress them slightly with your molars. That way you release the flavors of the sea, the briny freshness, and other flavors soon emerge. Hard to describe. You must also slurp directly from the shell to enjoy the oyster liquor within. Don't cover up the flavor with huge dollops of cocktail sauce, Tabasco, etc. Maybe just a touch of lemon juice or some chilled red wine vinegar....a touch. No offense, but forget the crackers. Once you enjoy them this way you will never go back.



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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 7:39 PM
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Mar, good question! Raw oysters are actually live oysters. Once they die they are no good to eat. It would be interesting to know the odds of getting sick from eating a raw oyster. It is a risk, at this point, that us raw oyster lovers are willing to take.

I like canned boiled oysters also. And canned smoked oysters. Hmmm, smoked oyster shooter??? Maybe w/ some bourbon? Hey I'll try just about anything. :~)

I also love raw eggs. I like a sprinkle of hot sauce with those. I now only eat free range fresh outa the nest. I have not tried the... what do they call those treated eggs? Oh, homagenized (spelling?). They are supposed to be safe to eat, and use, raw.
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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 7:47 PM
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Pancho, once you see the light you can never go back into the darkness. :~)

I still like a lite splash of hot sauce w/ mine.

I more like squeeze them w/ my tong... against the roof of my mouth. That way some of the inner juice is released. MMMM!
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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 8:11 PM
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Pancho


mar52


Oyster question from a California girl:

Do you chew them or just swallow them whole?  

I'm not kidding as I really don't know.  I enjoyed a bushel full of steamed oysters when in South Carolina and if I remember right, we all chewed them.

Don't know what to do with the raw variety.
You surely do not just swallow them whole or "let 'em slide down". You have to caress them slightly with your molars. That way you release the flavors of the sea, the briny freshness, and other flavors soon emerge. Hard to describe. You must also slurp directly from the shell to enjoy the oyster liquor within. Don't cover up the flavor with huge dollops of cocktail sauce, Tabasco, etc. Maybe just a touch of lemon juice or some chilled red wine vinegar....a touch. No offense, but forget the crackers. Once you enjoy them this way you will never go back.

 
Pancho,
Like everything else on here, opinions are like rear ends, everyone has them. I lived in Pensacola FL for 16 years and ate oysters several times a week in season, (And sometimes out of season) every way imaginable including naked, steamed, broiled, stewed, fried, poached, grilled, sauteed, baked, roasted, skewered and tattooed! (I sound like Bubba Gump!) The way I described was related to the specific question asked by the beautiful young lady from Marina Del Rey.
If I'm not mistaken, I don't believe they harvest Oysters in Wisconsin, do they??



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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 8:29 PM
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Pancho


mar52


Oyster question from a California girl:

Do you chew them or just swallow them whole?  

I'm not kidding as I really don't know.  I enjoyed a bushel full of steamed oysters when in South Carolina and if I remember right, we all chewed them.

Don't know what to do with the raw variety.
You surely do not just swallow them whole or "let 'em slide down". You have to caress them slightly with your molars. That way you release the flavors of the sea, the briny freshness, and other flavors soon emerge. Hard to describe. You must also slurp directly from the shell to enjoy the oyster liquor within. Don't cover up the flavor with huge dollops of cocktail sauce, Tabasco, etc. Maybe just a touch of lemon juice or some chilled red wine vinegar....a touch. No offense, but forget the crackers. Once you enjoy them this way you will never go back.

 
Pancho,
Like everything else on here, opinions are like rear ends, everyone has them. I lived in Pensacola FL for 16 years and ate oysters several times a week in season, (And sometimes out of season) every way imaginable including naked, steamed, broiled, stewed, fried, poached, grilled, sauteed, baked, roasted, skewered and tattooed! (I sound like Bubba Gump!) The way I described was related to the specific question asked by the beautiful young lady from Marina Del Rey.
If I'm not mistaken, I don't believe they harvest Oysters in Wisconsin, do they??
Only the Rocky Mountain variety. I must say that having lived in 24 states before I was 40 years old gave me a lot of exposure to oysters throughout the US. I lived on both the coast of Oregon and Washington for a long time and sampled some of the best Pacific varieties. I also used to work in New Orleans at the Acme and had some great tasting experiences there. While living in Apalachicola I worked on several boats in the oyster fleet out of there. I also lived in Montauk, NY for a time and sampled many a Blue Point while there. Last, but not least, I tended bar at the Grand Central for 2 years and added a few more varieties to my resume. Thank you for your enlightenment.



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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 8:44 PM
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What about those tokillya shooters? And that bourbon smoked oyster shooter? I doubt anyone, as yet, serves the latter.

Maybe oysters are like chili?
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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 9:14 PM
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Sloshing an Oyster around in your mouth is like straining Jello thru your teeth.... it's fun, but it Ain't Couth!!! 
 I do 'squeeze them a bit as they go down, to get the lemon, Tabasco and Oyster Juices mixed together a bit.

Now Broiled and the various Oysters cooked (Rockefeller, etc) need a bit of chewing or other mouth-work to make them go down easy. The best of all are the icy cold, raw, freshly shucked still attached to the half-shell!

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 9:20 PM
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Pancho,
Really??
I worked in NYC for 6 years and frequented the Oyster Bar at GCS. Would sit at the counter and watch the making of the Stew. Fantastic. The PNW had great oysters and they tended to be smaller than the Gulf Coast Oysters and yes, those you just let them slide. How did you eat the the various varieties of Long Island Clams?? 

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Tue, 03/10/09 9:48 PM
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Pancho,
Really??
I worked in NYC for 6 years and frequented the Oyster Bar at GCS. Would sit at the counter and watch the making of the Stew. Fantastic. The PNW had great oysters and they tended to be smaller than the Gulf Coast Oysters and yes, those you just let them slide. How did you eat the the various varieties of Long Island Clams?? 
Glad you asked....I actually like clams more than oysters....like you described your fondness for oysters....every way possible. I love the steamed Manninose (piss) clams, also fried whole bellies, steamed Cherrystones and Little Necks served with their cooking liquid and melted butter. A friend and I ate 2 gross (288) one night on a bet from his father. We then ate 2 good size Porterhouse steaks. I also love just raw Cherrystones and Little Necks. They have great flavor and you actually must chew them....at least I do. I apologize for sounding like some sort of an oyster snob....to each his own, but I've tried all the other ways, too. Cheers.



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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 10:19 AM
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Pancho, two gross, thats 288, thats allot... and the steaks, wow!

Yall, no shooters at the GCS Oyster Bar?

And am I the only one that eats boiled canned oysters? They make a not bad Rockefeller. I have taken some liberties w/ this dish but... thats another thread.

Chew the clams. That Answers one of Mar's questions.

Mar's other question;
Some of you food safety experts... what are the chances of getting sick eating a raw oyster?
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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 10:28 AM
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Pancho, two gross, thats 288, thats allot... and the steaks, wow!

Yall, no shooters at the GCS Oyster Bar?

And am I the only one that eats boiled canned oysters? They make a not bad Rockefeller. I have taken some liberties w/ this dish but... thats another thread.

Chew the clams. That Answers one of Mar's questions.

Mar's other question;
Some of you food safety experts... what are the chances of getting sick eating a raw oyster?
Joe
No shooters at GCS when I was there...(70's)....I love Rockefeller also. Have you tried Oysters Bienville? The ultimate appetizer would be a dozen of each. Of the thousands of raw oysters I have eaten, I only got sick once.....they were from Casamento's on Magazine in New Orleans. A fantastic place, but it only takes one. Not too taken by the boiled canned variety, but I love smoked and clams as well.



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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 11:04 AM
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Now Clams are a whole different story when compared with Oysters. I really do prefer my Oysters raw on the half-shell, but give me Steamed Clams with some butter for dipping (available many places) or whole-belly fried Clams (only in New England!).

The current 'favorite' poll on the front page, about seafood, is a difficult choice for me. Oysters were my choice, but I love clams and even more Scallops ( the big ones),. Crab is good too, but I prefer it in dishes that I don't have to do the work of shelling. I'll pass on the Calamari and related squid items, as my experience with them has been 'not good' (Tough and chewy).

Here is a plate of Broiled Oysters from Wintzells that Janet and Pov Pete shared last year.  From the left - Oyster Sampler...four each of Monterey, Bienville, Rockefeller and Grilled - $17.99 

 
And a dozen of my raw Oysters (One of four that disappeared that night) $4.95 with a 16 oz draft Yuenling included.  $7.99 on the menu but often a Happy Hour Special!!

 
 
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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 11:40 AM
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Al, that sampler looks great!!! I am going to try making some of all 4.

Pancho, I do not eat the boiled oysters by like I would the raw ones. They do work pretty good in any dish, like Rockefeller, where you would cook an oyster. I'm not saying they are as good as a fresh oyster but... and they are cheep. I make a dip w/ the juice and sour cream and ???, not bad.
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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 12:19 PM
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Al, that sampler looks great!!! I am going to try making some of all 4.

Pancho, I do not eat the boiled oysters by like I would the raw ones. They do work pretty good in any dish, like Rockefeller, where you would cook an oyster. I'm not saying they are as good as a fresh oyster but... and they are cheep. I make a dip w/ the juice and sour cream and ???, not bad.
Joe
Wow....I second the vote on the sampler. Those two plates would be my dinner! I don't think I could share the sampler!



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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 12:22 PM
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Here's a simple delicious mignonette sauce to try on your oysters on the half shell:  1 oz. red wine vinegar
                1 finely chopped shallot ( about 2 Tblsp.)
                freshly ground white or black pepper to taste.
                (salt to taste, if you want)
                 Mix ingredients together and let stand while to blend the      
                 flavors. Spoon a 1/8 tsp. or so, on each oyster and serve. 

Cheers, John 

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 2:05 PM
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Pancho,
  My delicate little wife snarled like a Lioness with cubs everytime Pov pete reached for another Oyster off the Sampler !! (AND THEY ARE FRIENDS--NORMALLY!)
 I had ordered the Fried Oyster/Shrimp Dinner prior to my second dozen of the raw Oysters...were I to do the evening over I would have skipped the fried stuff and just kept downing the brews and Raw Oysters. As it is I quit after four dozen..Had I not had the fried stuff in front of me I would have done a gross of those beauties in their shells...and shared the beers with others.

A second good place we found  (again with Poverty Pete) was the Moon River Brew Pub in Savannah,GA. if I recall they served a Sampler of three types (total a dozen for $9.99). Very Good, But Wintzells was the best I have ever had!

Another question raised was about using Bourbon in a Shooter. I would think the strong flavor of the Bourbon would really "drown" the delicate flavor of the Oyster much more than a lighter Booze like Vodka or Schnapps might.

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 2:14 PM
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Here's a simple delicious mignonette sauce to try on your oysters on the half shell:  1 oz. red wine vinegar
                1 finely chopped shallot ( about 2 Tblsp.)
                freshly ground white or black pepper to taste.
                (salt to taste, if you want)
                 Mix ingredients together and let stand while to blend the      
                 flavors. Spoon a 1/8 tsp. or so, on each oyster and serve. 

Cheers, John
We used almost the exact same sauce at GCS as I recall. It is wonderful.



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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 2:18 PM
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Pancho,
  My delicate little wife snarled like a Lioness with cubs everytime Pov pete reached for another Oyster off the Sampler !! (AND THEY ARE FRIENDS--NORMALLY!)
 I had ordered the Fried Oyster/Shrimp Dinner prior to my second dozen of the raw Oysters...were I to do the evening over I would have skipped the fried stuff and just kept downing the brews and Raw Oysters. As it is I quit after four dozen..Had I not had the fried stuff in front of me I would have done a gross of those beauties in their shells...and shared the beers with others.

A second good place we found  (again with Poverty Pete) was the Moon River Brew Pub in Savannah,GA. if I recall they served a Sampler of three types (total a dozen for $9.99). Very Good, But Wintzells was the best I have ever had!

Another question raised was about using Bourbon in a Shooter. I would think the strong flavor of the Bourbon would really "drown" the delicate flavor of the Oyster much more than a lighter Booze like Vodka or Schnapps might.
That's funny....I can relate when I get a dozen or so Rockefeller or Bienville and I end up stabbing my wife's hand with my fork. (not really)....I love those sampler platters and the raw as well. We are of the same mold....as far as the bourbon, I'll have a shot or two of small batch Kentucky AFTER dinner, thank you.



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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 2:24 PM
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Al;

I would have snarled to! Now to track down those Wintzells recipes.

Your right about the bourbon. That's why I was thinking a smoked oyster. The bourbon might still overpower the flavor though? Although... it might be a fun experiment. :~)

A gross... have yall watched Adam, the Man vs Food guy, down those 180 in New Orleans? That made me real hungry for oysters!

Oh, has anyone had a smoke oyster that did not come out of a can? I bet those central Texas BBQ folks could make a good one.
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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 2:40 PM
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I love the oyster shooters at JAX Fish House in Denver.  Here is a copy/paste from their menu. 

oyster shooters  $2.00
east coast oyster, vodka, bloody mary mix, served in a martini glass 

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 2:48 PM
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I just checked out the Wintzells menu... WOW.

Just a few things that caught my eye;

Soon to be famous char broiled oysters on the half shell

Oysters Monterey... with jalapenos, bacon and cheese (how were those yall?)

Oyster Stew

Our Famous Buffalo Shrimp
 
Jerk Chicken Chili Bowl

I said a few. lots more sounds great!
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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 3:05 PM
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HDH, those Jax shooters sound great! Neat bloody mary mix idea. I might have a squeeze of lime w/ mine. :~)
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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Wed, 03/11/09 3:24 PM
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PapaJoe8


HDH, those Jax shooters sound great! Neat bloody mary mix idea. I might have a squeeze of lime w/ mine. :~)
Joe


That's a great idea Joe.  I will definitely have to try that.

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Thu, 03/12/09 1:08 AM
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....  They're alive?????

*Gasp*

Interesting thread with lots of answers.  Thanks to all!
I've had Oysters Bienville and would eat them every day if I could find them here.  Had them in New Orleans along with Oysters Rockefeller.

I also love smoked oysters right out of the can.  I prefer the tiny ones, but have no problem eating the larger smoked oysters.  Quite tasty!

I have no problem eating sushi, but something about raw oysters has steered me away.

Now I must try them!

Somewhere that serves a lot of them for sure.

Thanks again.

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Thu, 03/12/09 1:35 PM
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Mar, they are known to be ab acquired taste. I liked my 1st one but many folks had to try them a few times before they liked them.

I tease my friends, who don;t like raw oysters by saying... "You might not like your first raw oyster, but you WILL like your 101st. one". :~)

Yes Mar, good info here, thanks all!
Joe

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Thu, 03/12/09 5:44 PM
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That reminds me of a story about my daughter....we were at the Acme in New Orleans and I was eating a few dozen....she was four at the time and I told her that I'd give her $10.00 if she ate an oyster. She crinkled up her nose and said o.k. After attempting to slightly chew and swallow it, she coughed up about a half. "Dad, can I at least have $5.00 now?" Fifteen years later she can almost keep up with me.

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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Thu, 03/12/09 10:12 PM
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I have no idea who has the best oyster shooter but my favorite are the ones served with a raw quail egg (believe me when I say I was sure I wouldn't like it) served at Fujiyama in West Allis (Milwaukee) Wisconsin. Mmm, mmm, getting hungry just thinking of them. Calling X1!
 


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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Thu, 03/12/09 10:26 PM
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Here!

I totally agree. I'll eat oysters any way I can get 'em, and I love oyster shooters.
The ones from Fujiyama are a whole different ballgame.
Oyster, spicy sake, and a raw quail egg - doesn't get much better.

I was craving these for the last few days - now I'm REALLY craving them! Come on, FL - we're goin' tomorrow night!


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Re:Oyster Shooters, Who has the best? - Fri, 03/13/09 7:36 AM
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Nice picture MilwF!!!

X1, wish I was you!

Now to find some Quail eggs! The best of both worlds!!! No one I know of near me serves a shooter like this. I will have to make my own. :~(
Joe