V-Day Planner: In Search of the Big O
Belinda Eaton, Girl with Oysters, from Belindaeaton.com
favorite waterside hangout serves six oysters Southport for $7.25 or
raw on the half shell for $9.75 a dozen, shucked to order. Mop up the
oyster liquor with a mini loaf of Bimini bread.
shucked Cotuit, Wellfleet, Blue Point, Kumamoto, and Malpeque oysters
from Spoto's are practically a Palm Beach County rite of passage. Many
recall oyster-sodden afternoons at the recently closed downtown West
Palm Beach Spoto's as the ultimate half-shell experience. Luckily, the
new Palm Beach Gardens location has an open-air bar offering a daily
featured oyster, mix-and-match plates, plus shooters and a "Blue Point
martini" served with a side of vodka. Currently, they're $14 to $16 for
a half dozen.
congregate at the counter of this hole in the wall for the best value
on fried and raw oysters, but don't expect white-tablecloth service.
Still, the singing, wisecracking chef is a hoot. The bill: $9.50 a
Florida oysters are $8 dozen, or buy a box of about 80 to 85 oysters
for $37. They also carry James River oysters from Delaware. Call for
Apalachicola Florida oysters are a steal at $5.99 a dozen.
Call ahead, because they carry fresh oysters only sporadically.
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