Those of us who love oysters don’t need a national day to enjoy the bivalve mollusks. But if you need a reason to slurp some half shells, then plan to celebrate National Oyster Day on Aug. 5. Buy an extra half-dozen. Or two.
There are lots of local raw bars with happy hour specials:
You can’t beat $1+ per oyster, along with a nice crisp white wine (half-price at happy hour; try Viognier, Vouvray) or beer (England makes Oyster Stout) can be had most days of the week. It is a joy to live in seafood heaven.
Rack’s Downtown Eatery + Tavern, 402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561/395-1662; racksboca.com
Rack’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, 5 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561/450-6718; racksdelray.com
The Parched Pig
They’re celebrating a day early, with a half-dozen oysters paired with the new Raspberry Cucumber French 75 cocktail from the bar’s new cocktail menu for just $20 on Aug. 4. 4580 Donald Ross Road, Palm Beach Gardens; 561/360-3063
PB CATCH Seafood & Raw Bar
Diners can enjoy two-for-one oysters all night long. It’s also Family Night at PB Catch on Sundays, so families can enjoy fun activities for kids including lobster petting. 251 Sunrise Ave, Palm Beach; 561/655-5558; pbcatch.com
With any entree purchase, blue point oysters will be just a $1 each! 213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-0220; cityoysterdelray.com.
Little-known oyster facts from NationalOysterDay.com:
- There are more than 100 species of oysters.
- There are a lot more ways to eat them than there are species of oysters. Raw, smoked, boiled, baked, fried, roasted, stewed, canned, pickled, steamed, broiled, covered with butter, cheese and breadcrumbs, to name a few.
- Oyster farming has been traced back to Roman times in France and England.
- Almost 2 billion pounds of oysters are eaten each year.
- In the U.S., East Coast oysters are known to be smaller, milder and saltier. West Coast oysters are said to be creamy and sweeter.
- Only 1 out of 10,000 oysters produces a pearl. Kind of like playing Lotto.
- Are they an aphrodisiac? Botticelli’s Venus on a half shell seemed to imply just that. Oysters are rich in rare amino acids, say American and Italian researchers, that trigger increased levels of sex hormones.