National Oysters on the Half Shell Day- The 12 Best Places for Oysters

National Oysters on the Half Shell Day- The 12 Best Places for Oysters

Oysters have been prized from the early days of civilization for their silky texture and taste of the sea. The cultivation of oysters began more than 2,000 years ago when Romans collected oyster seed stock near the mouth of the Adriatic Sea and transported them to another part of Italy for grow-out. The Romans had such a passion for oysters that they imported them from all over the Mediterranean and European coasts.  

Perhaps of equal importance, raw oysters have always been linked with love. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, sprang forth from the sea on an oyster shell, promptly gave birth to Eros, and the word “aphrodisiac” was born.  

Casanova, the 18th century lover who used to breakfast on 50 oysters, has been vindicated by a study that proves they really are aphrodisiacs. And spring, the scientists say, is the time of year the shellfish have their greatest aphrodisiac quality.The team of American and Italian researchers analyzed bivalve molluscs – a group of shellfish that includes oysters – and found they were rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones.

In contrast, raw oysters may contain a number of different harmful bacteria, and have been linked to serious illness and death.  As such, food safety experts and public health agencies have consistently warned of the serious potential risk created by these mollusks, when consumed uncooked. 

CABO SAN LUCAS- Sunset Mona Lisa


NASHVILLE: Fin and Pearl

Cranberry Creek, Washington

Bay Water Oysters from Washington

Wood Roasted Oysters- Green Curry, Bagna Cauda

NASHVILLE: Henrietta Red

Pleasant Bay Oysters

PANAMA CITY, FL- Dusty’s Oyster Bar

Dusty Baked Gulf Oysters

NEW ORLEANS: Desire Oyster Bar

Char Grilled Oysters

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Creole Cookery


NASHVILLE: Jeff Ruby Steakhouse

Otter Creek Oysters

LAS VEGAS: Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak

Kumamoto Oysters


CHARLESTON, SC- The Darling Oyster Bar

Otter Roasters

NASHVILLE, TN- Kayne Prime

Cold Water Oysters


Raw Oysters-Fresh shucked on the half shell

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