Top Three Places to Celebrate National Oyster Day
It’s August 5th – National Oyster Day. Here’s how you can enjoy oysters today or in the near future.
Whether you eat them steamed or raw, with champagne or without, the tradition of oyster harvesting is so expansive and diverse that there’s something for everyone to enjoy. National Oyster Day is August 5 and there’s no better way to celebrate it than by the water, with dishes prepared by world-class chefs and local restaurants alike. Check out these southeast destinations for an unbeatable oyster experience.
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama
Don’t settle for just one oyster spot, explore the entire Oyster Trail along Alabama’s coast. You’ll find all the traditional oyster dishes, but there are also unique creations worth trying. At Flora-Bama Yacht Club, try the bacon and BBQ fire-roasted oysters! Then make your way to Papa Rocco’s for oyster alfredo or oyster fiesta. Find the classics at the Original Oyster House where they’re best known for their open flame, fire-grilled oysters that are topped with garlic butter and Romano cheese.
When you’re right there at the coast, you’re guaranteed fresh oysters from the strong oyster farming community including Shellbank Selects, Navy Cove, Point aux Pins, Isle Dauphin and Murder Point. No worries if you can’t make it down to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for National Oyster Day, make plans for the Hangout Oyster Cook Off on the first Saturday in November.
Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou
Another trail for oyster lovers, and Cajun food lovers in general, is Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Food Trail located just outside of New Orleans. On Travel Bags we’ve talked again and again about Louisiana’s incredible food scene. Restaurants offer dishes you can’t find anywhere else, prepared with Cajun traditions passed down for generations. The oysters come straight from the bayou and are served fresh with unique Cajun blends such as the oyster po’boy at Kajun Twist or Fremin’s char-grilled, butter-topped oysters. Through your journey on the food trail you will not only enjoy delicious oysters, but you’ll also learn more about what makes Cajun culture special.
Bluffton, South Carolina
If you’re looking for an oyster tradition that stands the test of time, the Bluffton Oyster Company has been family-operated since 1899. Not only is it going on 120 years of operation, it is also the last hand-shucking oyster house in South Carolina. While you’re there, you can see other fresh seafood such as clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops. You can even watch the hand-shucking process and visit the company’s shop. Enjoy all that fresh seafood at Bluffton Oyster Co.’s restaurant division, Toomer’s Family Seafood House in Old Town Bluffton.
Information in this article provided by Mindy Bianca Public Relations