We love our “R” months, hailed as prime time for oysters (although, these days, you can indeed get great oysters all year round). Check out these five top shuckers.
1 Oyster Express This smart, compact newbie on an unlikely corner in Chinatown offers a dozen different kinds daily, along with a classic prawn cocktail (pictured).
2 Rodney’s Oyster House Discover down-home hospitality, plus steamers and chowders, in a funky Yaletown warehouse setting.
3 Joe Fortes Downtown’s original San Francisco–style seafooder is still shuckin’ for a lively after-work crowd around its horseshoe bar.
4 Merchant’s Oyster Bar New on the Drive. Find fresh-shucked and baked but also a full menu, with cod en papillote, boudin (sausage) au mer and more.
5 Oyster Seafood & Raw Bar This diminutive but cute spot is tucked away on the ground floor of an art deco building. Buck a shuck daily from 3 to 7 p.m.—Tim Pawsey