Did you know that Aug. 5 is "National Oyster Day?"
Oysters have been a topic of discussion around my house recently -- how we like them prepared and the best places to eat them.
In the coming months, my family and I are headed to Apalachicola to explore all things oyster-related. I can’t wait for my girls to see that these tasty delicacies come right out of the water and with a little effort, are on the table ready to eat.
And if I keep my fingers crossed, I’m hoping I can talk the kids into eating their first oyster, too. We are excited to explore, learn and, of course, eat!
In honor of National Oyster Day, here’s a look at some hot spots around the state known for great oyster eats:
Boss Oyster – Located on the Apalachicola River, the name of the harvesting boat and restaurant are both named Boss Oyster. Guests at the restaurant can create their own oyster – just select your toppings and preparation and give it a name! The sky is the limit for oyster preparations. (If you go: 125 Water St. Apalachicola, Fla 32320)
Gary’s Oyster Bar & Seafood House – Known as the “oldest” oyster bar in Polk County, Gary’s is located just outside of Winter Haven and has served guests for more than 30 years. Take a seat at the oyster bar and watch the bivalves being shucked right in front of you. Gary’s also serves up a variety of fish, alligator, crawfish and even frog legs. (If you go: 660 East Alfred Rd. Lake Alfred, Fla 33850)
The Local House – This South Beach hotspot is known for something quite unique relating to oysters. A signature favorite of the restaurant, their oyster martini is made with vodka, Lillet, dry vermouth, a twist of lemon, and two oysters. Known as the “Oyster and Vodka Are Up to No Good,” this is definitely a Florida treat. (If you go: 400 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Fla 33139)
Where are your favorite places in Florida to eat oysters?