“Oyster Bob” and a selection of oysters at Joe Fortes. Photo by KK Law
Although BC boasts succulent Dungeness crab, superb sablefish and sweet-meated scallops, oysters are among the freshest and most readily available year-round seafood. And “buck a shuck” is a popular after-work pastime. One of the more popular spots, Joe Fortes has no shortage of the likes of Kusshi, Ship’s Point, Chef Creek, Sinku and Effingham, as does Rodney’s Oyster House and Chinatown’s Oyster Express, to mention just a few.—Tim Pawsey
Bivalves at Oyster Express. Photo by KK Law
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
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