October 17, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
Olympias, Kumamotos, Pacifics, Virginicas — just to name a few. One could argue that Washington State has the market cornered when it comes to superb oysters. Then again, who has time to argue when there are half shells to be devoured?
A Seattle mainstay, The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House has been shucking for the Downtown crowd for more than 25 years. Get the baker’s dozen and let the chef choose 13 beauties from their daily selection, or take your pick based on geography — the menu includes locations hailing from up and down the Pacific coast.
So not “downtown,” Little Gull Grocery is a laid-back joint off Lake Union where you can belly up to the bar and order freshly shucked, locally harvested shellfish along with an ice-cold beer. After you’ve downed your fair share of the many Pacific varieties on hand, check out the Gull’s pantry for a little grab-and-go of beverages, charcuterie and other fixings, for whatever adventures may ensue.
The granddaddy of oyster farmers, Taylor Shellfish has been in the biz since the 1890s. No need to go to one of their farms to enjoy their hard work, though. Stop by their shop and get some of the cleanest shucked mollusks you’ll ever throw back. Kusshi, Shigoku, Fat Bastard — you name ’em, they’ve got ’em.
Drop in at The Walrus and the Carpenter for some briny wonders that are almost as legendary as the tale of the same name penned by Lewis Carroll. You’ll find yourself salivating at the mere sight of these suckers on display the minute you walk in the door. All Washington State-sourced, the dozen you order will likely turn into two.
About The HUNT Seattle Writer: Jenise Silva is a writer and photographer who has eaten her way through every state and many foreign lands in the course of her work and play. She’s contributed to Eater, Seattlest, Seattle Refined and Travel Sages, among others. You can usually find her pursuing her passions (food, film, farming, philanthropy, travel and the arts) – sometimes all at once – in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.