Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Heroes in a Half-Shell

Stellar succulent shellfish at these oceanic hot spots


Everyone knows oysters are the suggestive, succulent PEDs of the libido world.

If you’re looking to slurp some this Valentine’s weekend, here are three must-try spots.

Waterfront: Elliott’s Oyster House
The grand old man of Seattle oyster bars, Elliott’s not only offers the best bivalves from the States, Europe, and even Japan, but also spectacular views of the water that are very conducive to digestion. And romance. But mostly digestion.
1201 Alaskan Way Pier 56, Downtown (206-623-4340)

The Purist: The Walrus And The Carpenter
Renee Erickson’s oyster bar (pictured) sources its menu from bays and inlets all over the state, and celebrates the subtle differences between varietal breeds. Pro tip: get them raw or fried with cilantro aioli.
4743 Ballard Ave NW, Ballard (206-395-9227)

Sushi Style: Mashiko
Sustainable sushi trailblazer Mashiko eschews the raw approach, instead delivering tender sake-poached oysters with red onion and pea shoots. If you really want to go big, try the omakase meal. Chef Hajime will keep sending out plates until you cry uncle and crawl home... To bed.
4725 California Avenue SW, West Seattle (206-935-4339)

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