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7 Places to Eat for National Oyster Day

Today, celebrate succulent bivalves in all of their briny goodness for National Oyster Day. Of course, we’ve all watched master shuckers crank open dozens of oysters in seconds, and we thought it was high time we learned this craft ourselves. So, we ventured down to Blue Island Oyster Bar and watched lead shucker Cory Egan work his magic. Learn how to shuck from the master himself (and see our own attempts on social @dodenverboulder):

  1. First thing’s first: Use a good quality oyster knife—one with a sturdy blade that won’t bend easy.
  2. Position the oyster cupped side down, and wrap a towel over the oyster (or use thick gloves) to protect your hands, leaving the hinge (the base) of the oyster exposed and facing you. Press down on the towel with one hand, adding pressure to the large end of the oyster.
  3. Slide the knife inside the hinge of the oyster, pushing and rocking until the hinge opens.
  4. Slide the knife across the body of the oyster, and move it back and forth to disconnect the top abductor muscle. Try to keep the knife against the top surface of the shell to prevent cutting the muscle or getting shell fragments into the meat. After the muscle is cut, the oyster will “give,” allowing you to remove and discard the top shell.
  5. With a scooping motion, move the knife blade underneath the meat to detach the meat from the bottom abductor muscle.
  6. Serve with your choice of toppings!

Now that the hard work is done, we’ll let the masters do what they do best, while we reap the delicious benefits. Check out five of the best places to shuck and slurp for National Oyster Day!

Blue Island Oyster Bar

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Starting at 11am, dine on progressive oysters starting at 25 cents ranging up to $2 a pop at Blue Island Oyster Bar {2625 East Second Avenue, Denver; 303.333.2462}. For treating that special someone, order the “Bubbles and Bivalves” special for a bottle of bubbly and 12 oysters for $30. And if that isn’t enough, Blue Island is giving away Tiffany pearl earrings to one lucky winner. Guests can enter anytime at the restaurant, with a winner announced at 8pm. The winner must be present to win.

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar

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Celebrate the mighty mollusk with FREE oysters at all of Jax’s Fish House and Oyster Bar locations. The first 100 guests to walk through the door will receive a free half dozen Emersum Oysters, Jax’s 100-percent sustainable, proprietary oysters. Doors open at 4pm, so line-up early! If you don’t make the deal, dine on happy hour oysters priced at $1.50 from 4-6pm.

Stoic & Genuine

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Fresh is everything at Stoic & Genuine {1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver; 303.640.3474}. Offering all day happy hour specials, S&G showcases a selection of plump, briny oysters for only $2. With select cocktails, wine, and beer priced at $3 until 4pm, we say create your own flight of oysters and shuck your way to the weekend.

[Chef Jen Jasinski is Opening Up a Tapas Bar in Union Station]

Stout Street Social

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At Stout Street Social {1400 Stout Street, Denver; 720.214.9100}, the choice is yours. For happy hour 3-6pm, indulge in Shucker’s Choice for a variety of oysters for $1.95 each. Featuring oysters from both coasts—including Blue Island Oysters Farms in Long Island, NY and Black Duck in Washington state—Blue Island delivers fresh seafood bites, right here in Colorado.

Cart-Driver

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Enjoy oysters from every corner of the world at Cart-Driver {2500 Larimer Street, Denver; 303.292.3553}. Featuring East Coast oysters including Wiannos, Wellfleets, and 38 Degrees, and international bivalves flown in fresh from New Zealand, this popular RiNo destination is the place to be for happy hour; between 3-6pm get 2 oysters for $5. Pair it with a bubbly prosecco straight from the tap, as a complement to the oysters and your happiness.

Bar Fausto

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It’s Bar Fausto‘s {3126 Larimer Street, Denver; 720.445.9691} one year anniversary! Celebrate with 2 oysters for $5 dollars until they run out while you sip on speciality crafted cocktails for $9. A few favorites from the past will make an appearance on the menu, so slurp and sip to your hearts desire.

Spruce Farm & Fish

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For Boulderites who love bivalves, check out Spruce Farm & Fish {2115 13th Street Boulder, 303.442.4880} in the legendary Boulderado. Sourcing only from sustainable oyster farms, Spruce is flying in speciality 38 North oysters from Maryland and offering them for only $1. Guests can also check out the Two Buck Shuck chef special—two oysters with cucumber mignonette—offered during happy hour from 5-7pm.

By Morgan Carter | Editor