Magazine article Sunset

Oyster Tasting

Magazine article Sunset

Oyster Tasting

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AN AFTERNOON ON THE HALF-SHELL

So what's the best oyster in Washington? In a recent tasting at Anthony's Pier 66 in downtown Seattle, we posed that question to Sunset food editor Jerry Anne Di Vecchio, seafood marketer Jon Rowley, and four oyster shuckers from some of Seattle's best oyster barsChaz Johnson from the Brooklyn, Al Johnson from Anthony's Pier 66, Karen Matuschak from F. X. McRory's Steak, Chop & Oyster House, and Ethan Rossow from Elliott's. They tasted Pacific oysters from Discovery Bay, Dabob Bay, Hood Canal, Samish Bay, Totten Inlet, and Willapa Bay. Then for comparison, they tasted Olympias, Kumamotos, and European Flats.

THE RESULTS

Among the Pacifics there was no clear winner, though Delia's oysters from Dabob Bay and the Snow Creek oysters from Discovery Bay got two first-place votes each. Four tasters liked the oysters from Samish Bay least, though another rated them best for the same reason the others rated them the worst-pronounced salt flavor. To each his own oyster.

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