10/17/2012 06:37:00 PM
Where to Get Your Oyster Fix, a Day-to-Day Guide
The newest deal at the Hungry Cat in Santa Monica is right up our alley: half-priced oysters on Mondays only. That means a half dozen for $7.50 and a dozen for $15. Starts at 5 PM (happy hour goes till 7 PM) and goes till close. Also on Mondays, the Delphine features $1 East Coast oysters and $2 West Coast oysters, and seasonal shrimp, whelks, periwinkles, crab and more, served with $5 bar specials. And Ocean Avenue Seafood has Oyster Hour Mondays through Fridays (4-6 PM) with $1.50 oysters.
Christophe Happillon, the Oyster Gourmet, brings his roving oyster bar to Church & State every Tuesday night from 6-10 PM. Happillon, an Master Ecailler, will explain the nuances between Blue Points, kumomotos, Pacific Golds and more. Tarte flambee for dinner - optional (1850 Industrial St.; 213-405-1434).
Perch, Downtown's rooftop French restaurant has a special oyster set up ever Wednesday night from 7-10 PM. With live jazz to boot! Prices range are $3 each or $15 for a half dozen. It's the only thing that beats the view (448 S. Hill St.; 213-802-1770)
Each week, find a chef shucking oysters on that fabulous patio at Cliff's Edge in Silver Lake. Varieties change week to week, but one thing remains the same: Oysters are only a buch from 6-7 PM. After that, they're priced per piece or by the half and whole dozen (3626 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-666-6116)
Christophe Happillon pops up at Joe's Restaurant every Friday from 6-10 PM (1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310) 399-5811).
We couldn't find a special for Saturday, but it's date night! Go to the charming and casual L&E Oyster Bar, grab a seat at the bar, order a dozen or so oysters on the half shell - whatever's written on the chalkboard that day - ask the bartender for a nice crisp white wine suggestion, and dig in. Or get fried oysters. Or oysters Rockefeller. No matter how you look at it, you can't go wrong (1637 Silver Lake Blvd.; 323-660-2255).
Get up early, head to the Hollywood Farmers Market for your weekly allotment of kale, apples, carrots and Carmela ice cream. But don't forget to stop by the Carlsbad Aquafarm stand for shucked oysters for around $2 a pop. These little babies are farmed just north of San Diego. Yes, the water is cool enough. And sure, take some home for later, too. The market is open till 1 PM, but oysters tend to run out a bit earlier (Ivar between Hollywood and Sunset boulevards).