i love oysters even more than caviar. I have always wanted to see just how many oysters i could eat in say a 1/2 hour timeframe. The most i ever have had is about thirty to thirty five but this was because we were at a Seattle restaurant and this was just the appy prior to dinner. But if i was to eat only oysters I figure i could down fifty of sixty easily.
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I'm chuckling thinking of someone wolfing down 35 oysters at dinner as an appetizer. I think my answer would depend on how they are served. I've gone through many buckets of roasted oysters that require shucking over a few hours. That's my favorite way to eat them. On the half shell, I'd probably have to stop when I had too much to drink to continue. I really enjoy an ice cold bottle of beer with my oysters. It doesn't really count but I had a good fried oyster po-boy yesterday for lunch at the beach.
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yeah, thirty is quite a bit for an appy ... but sometimes i can be quite a pig .... By the way, I was told that oysters taste the best (or are free from red tide bacteria and the like) during any month that has an "r" in it .... this is a generality, i know, but this is what a fish monger told me...
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Originally posted by Ogopogo DUDE:
yeah, thirty is quite a bit for an appy ... but sometimes i can be quite a pig .... By the way, I was told that oysters taste the best (or are free from red tide bacteria and the like) during any month that has an "r" in it .... this is a generality, i know, but this is what a fish monger told me...

This is true, indeed, Ogopogo. Confirmed at the Atwater Market in Montreal the other day, when I was desiring several to pair with Champagne. None at all to be found, and you can find anything at this place.
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Originally posted by Ogopogo DUDE:
yeah, thirty is quite a bit for an appy ... but sometimes i can be quite a pig .... By the way, I was told that oysters taste the best (or are free from red tide bacteria and the like) during any month that has an "r" in it .... this is a generality, i know, but this is what a fish monger told me...

I believe that this is true for most shellfish. We have a quarantine on shellfish around here (except for abs Smile) from May to October. I've always been told that same "R" deal and that its because the warmer weather of the months without R's in them facilitates bacteria growth in the shallow waters where most of the shellfish live.
Now let's talk about the TYPE of oysters.... I am not a big fan of the pacific beach oyster as it is HUMONGOUS and a mouthful-->i can only eat one, two, maybe three of these raw, at most...but baked or breaded/panfried I could do about six at most...
...Malapecs(spelling?) are my favourite...small and juicy....on the half shell....Mmmmmmm
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Now let's talk about the TYPE of oysters...

1) Kumamoto's
2) Barron Point
3) Hama Hama

had a mixed dozen of Malaspina's & Kumo's this weekend in Vegas and the Kumo's, while smaller, had a much better flavor that in comparison made the Malaspina's bland
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Originally posted by Ogopogo DUDE:
Now let's talk about the TYPE of oysters...

1) Kumamoto's
2) Barron Point
3) Hama Hama

had a mixed dozen of Malaspina's & Kumo's this weekend in Vegas and the Kumo's, while smaller, had a much better flavor that in comparison made the Malaspina's bland


Those little Olympia oysters of Washington may be the best of all. I could eat dozens in a sitting, but they are scarce and endangered.

Note: The "R" months. This doesn't apply directly to Pacific NW waters because the temperatures remain cool into June, and are still warm in September and October. That "R' rule has more to do with spawning than bacteria in the water anyway. (popular topic lately).

Sub-Note: I don't think anyone is talking about cooked oysters. You might as well talk about hot dogs.
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Originally posted by pape du neuf:
Those little Olympia oysters of Washington may be the best of all. I could eat dozens in a sitting, but they are scarce and endangered...

i dont think they are available via retail or restaurant anymore because of how scarce they are... i had them once with a family out in Gig Harbor about 8-9 years ago... i remember them being delicious, but i think id appreciate them more now

have you ever had any Penn Cove?
They have happy hours around here that put oysters on special. I know I have had 5 or 6 dozen at a sitting. I have never really tried to go "all out".

A little drift: There used to be a place here that had all you can eat LOBSTER! It was like $35 and they served lobsters that were around 1 to 1 1/2 pounds. My father and I ate somewhere around 17! I miss that little cholesterol heaven!
We used to go to the World Croquet Championships every year at Sonoma Cutrer Winery. Never for the croquet, but for the food and the auctions. They would have a large setup of three different kinds of oysters, that they would be shucking and putting on ice. We would stand there for an hour slurping down oysters. Never even tried to count them.
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Here's another question for you all! Do you chew your oysters or swallow them whole?


A couple of quick chews, then down, basically intact. Mmmmmm, I'm going to get some this week! Happy hour, 2 for 1 is a wonderful thing!
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Originally posted by kumazam:
could i eat? i dunno... most ive had, i think, was either 24 or 30 but more then a few Martini's were involved as well

Wish you hadn't mention martinis. Now all I can think about is the oyster and 3-martini lunch scene from Mad Men.

My record? Two, at an offline at Union in Seattle. They substituted the traditional condiments with a lovely dolop of lemon ice.

I remember seeing on Food Network some restaurant in New Orleans where they do an oyster eating contest each year. I think people got 5 or 10 minutes to scarf as many as they could.

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