Look alive, Miami. It's time for another made-up food holiday and all the prime-priced perks that come with it.
If you're all about shucking and slurping, then get excited: National Oyster Day is tomorrow. Tons of places are serving up specials in celebration of the briny aphrodisiac. Whether you want to grab a bar stool and keep them coming or oyster hop around the block, here's some Miami spots serving up tasty mollusks for a steal.
If you like to shoot your oysters down, then head to Altamare. The ultra-fresh seafood joint is celebrating the day and their renovation with $1 oyster shots during happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Know what goes with oyster shooters? Grouper cake, also available during happy hour for $7.
Brickell's favorite craft beer spot will serve up an oyster po' boy for lunch at only $10, courtesy of Jacob Anaya. When the clock strikes 5, you can get a half-dozen raw oysters for the same price and happy hour craft beer.
Executive chef Peter Vauthy will serve an Oyster Flight ($18) just for Oyster Day. The flight includes six West Coast fellows several ways: two on the half shell, two broiled with garlic and parmesan (New Orleans style), and two classic oyster Rockefeller style. That's six ways to celebrate your favorite holiday.
This SoBe Italian darling may not come first to mind when thinking of oysters, but it should. Have a glass of wine with Michael Pirolo and Jen Chaefsky as you slurp down oysters for $1.50 a pop.
Ever had the little oyster sandwiches at Andrew Carmellini's critically acclaimed restaurant? If you're answer isn't yes, you've been missing out. Just $5 on the regular, the miniature bites of big flavor put fried oysters and pickled okra sauce between sesame brioche buns.
There's no reason why Kendall shouldn't get in on the fun. That's why Devon is toasting to National Oyster Day with a one buck shuck from 4 to 8 p.m. It's exactly what it sounds like -- oysters for a buck. Oh, and there's 16 varieties of west and east coast to pick from. Try all of them for under $20. Well played, Kendall.
The Collins hot spot isn't doing a special for Oyster Day, per se, but during regular happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m. they're just one dollar.
Sit at the bar all day long and knock back $1.50 Blue Points and $6 drunken oyster shooters -- that's shooter as in Hangar One Vodka, cilantro, tomato, jalapeno and a truffle salt rim. Other oysters are available by the piece for $3.50, but why would you do that when you've got shooters ready to toss back?
Josh Capon might have won accolades for his burger, but try his oyster-themed specials on this festive day. Go for the $15 Blue Point oyster po' boy (two to an order) on a mini onion brioche with fig & jicama slaw and whole grain mustard aioli. Or if you feel like splurging, a champagne and oyster special gets you a bottle of Baumard Cremant with a dozen oysters for $100.
The newest addition to Brickell, Cantina La Veinte, is already celebrating American holidays with their Mexican take on oysters, or ostras. Try the Ostiones Rasurados ($19), Mexican-style oysters served raw with maggi-lime caviar and chopped red onion.
David Bracha's Design District outpost has hand-shucked oysters for half price during happy hour from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and $2 wood roasted oysters all day long. Eat as many as you can.
Chef Dewey LoSasso is serving oysters with charred pepper granita and Minus 8 Vinegar drizzle, topped with pink peppercorn dust (half-dozen $18/dozen $30) and oyster shots with smokey mango and served with a shot of Schnebly sparkling lychee wine.
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You didn't think The River would passing up the opportunity to celebrate the holiday named after them, did you? We were just saving the best for last. There's no unusual special here -- just the best raw bar happy hour in the city with eight to ten half-priced hand-shucked oysters and drinks to go along. If you can't make the 4:30 to 7 p.m. happy hour, order yourself the fire-roasted oysters. They're topped with sofrito butter, chorizo, and Manchego.
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