It’s always something, and national food and drink holidays are no exception. While seemingly silly and superfluous it is a public relations dream come true. How some of these commemorative days come into being is ironically a serious process with the President of the United States declaring a day of tribute by proclamation, [after some pretty heavy lobbying]. Petitions are setup by voters and trade associations to pay tribute to a social cause. The Senate, state legislatures, governors, and mayors have the ability to proclaim special observance days as well. After the observance day has been proclaimed, it is up to the lobbyists/petitioners to promote it to the public.
All seriousness aside, food and drink days give many people reason to celebrate, promote and just plain ‘ole have a good time. So why not gather up your friends and family, and after you indulge in the next four days of paying food homage, check out where shoot, suck and slurp oysters from Palm Beach to Miami Beach.
- August 1: National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
- August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
- August 3: National Watermelon Day
- August 4: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
- August 5: National Waffle Day and National Oyster Day click here for the remainder of the list for August
Where to eat oysters in Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton
Spoto’s Oyster Bar, Palm Beach Gardens and Stuart, casual and family friendly, Oysters on the half shell menu offers seven different types of oysters and a bluepoint martini. Prices start at $3.50 to $18.25. 131 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart; 4560 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens.
Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar intimate & inviting, lively & friendly, happy hour reigns people in with $1 Raw Oysters; $9 Oysters Rack-a-Feller; Oyster Stew $15; Oyster Po Boy $15; Delray Beach 5 SE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach
City Oyster Delray Beach set amid the now famous restaurant row on Atlantic Avenue this longtime eatery and bar is a hub for passersby serving Traditional Oyster Stew $17.00; Oysters Casino$17.00; Oysters Rockefeller$17.00. 213 E Atlantic Ave Delray Beach
City Fish Market, expansive waterfront restaurant, lively bar scene at happy hour serving up Skillet Roasted Oysters (6) $6.50; Fried Bluepointe Oysters (5) $5.75; Oysters Rockefeller (5) $6.50; East Coast Oysters (6) $7.50; 7940 Glades Road, Boca Raton
Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern, happy hour brings in oyster lovers at $1/each during the witching hours of 4-7pm; 402 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton
Where to eat oysters in Fort Lauderdale
Papa’s Raw Bar new sibling to Papa Hughie’s long standing neighborhood gathering place;l friendly and comfortable. This is where everyone knows your name. East Coast $18, West Coast $18 and Gulf Coast Oysters $10, served by the half dozen. 4610 N Federal Hwy, Lighthouse Point
G&B Oyster Bar is the cool modern sister restaurant next door to Coconuts on the intracoastal in Fort Lauderdale. Ambiance is everything, even with a prime waterfront location; a mirror is mounted above the raw bar allowing oyster lovers to watch the shucking show. Oyster in style with Grilled Oysters $13; Oyster Rockefeller $13; Oyster Shooter $7; Oyster Po’ Little Boys $11; Oyster Stew $12; Crispy Oysters $9; Raw Oysters MP; G&B Oyster Bar 429 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale. Complimentary valet parking.
Southport Raw Bar no flash, no frills, no fuss, the 40-something year old joint on a waterway in Fort Lauderdale serves it straight up their way; relaxed and easy. Raw Oysters MP; Oysters Southport, (6 per order) $10.25. 1536 Cordova Road
Wild Sea Oyster Bar and Grille at the Riverside Hotel serves up chic, clean and sexy with its East & West Coast Oysters $3 each. Cornmeal Fried Oysters $12; 5pm – 7pm half price Blue Point oysters. 620 East Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale
Kelly’s Landing straight from South Boston comes tradition and fried seafood classics. For nearly 30 years Kelly’s Landing has always been about New England comfort food, simple and straightforward. Oyster Roll $11, Fried Oysters, $8 side; $13 pint; $20 quart; entrée $17. 1305 SE 17th Street Fort Lauderdale
Lobster Bar Sea Grille, Modern, spacious, contemporary. Where the wheeling & dealing on Las Olas takes place; suit up for iced Bluepointe Oysters • $1.49 each (min 3 pcs); Oyster Sliders (2) $6.95; East & West Coast (3 pcs. each coast) $16; Blue Point Oysters “Florentine” $17. 450 E. Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
Tarks of Dania Beach your no frills joint, grab a bar stool and watch what happens. Tarks is all about the people. The staff and the regulars. You never know who’ll belly right up next to you; or what will happen. Serving Oyster Shooters swimming in beer & hot sauce; Raw Oysters MP; Half Dozen Fried Oyster $7.95. 1317 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach
Where to eat oysters in MIAMI
Altamare, the SOBE jewel, quiet, classy, intimate, local. Oysters MP fresh daily selection. 1233 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach
Meat Market: On Tuesday, August 5th, diners can enjoy Meat Market’s Happy Hour all day long (bar only) featuring $1.50 Blue Point oysters and $6 Drunken Oyster Shooters with Hangar One Vodka, cilantro, tomato, jalapeno and a truffle salt rim. Also available are oysters (by the piece) for $3.50, including Belon, Old Salt and others, served with yuzu truffle mignonette, atomic horseradish or habanero cocktail sauce. Meat Market is located at 915 Lincoln Road.
Lure Fishbar: Miami Beach’s seafood hotspot is offering succulent oyster-themed specials including the $15 Oyster Po’Boy featuring crispy Blue Point oysters, a mini onion brioche, fig & jicama slaw and whole grain mustard aioli, served two mini Po’Boys to an order. Also on deck is a Champagne & Oyster Special, where guests can enjoy a bottle of Baumard Cremant with a dozen oysters for $100. Lure Fishbar is located in the historic St. Moritz Hotel building at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 1600 Collins Avenue. Valet parking is available.
Devon Seafood + Steak, During Happy Hour, guests can enjoy Devon’s One Buck Shuck, a daily selection of oysters on the half shell for just $1 each from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Devon Seafood + Steak is located at 11715 Sherri Lane, inside The Palms at Town & Country Mall, in Kendall.
The Dutch South Beach, will feature signature little oyster sandwiches – cornmeal-dusted and fried oysters served on slider-size sesame brioche buns with pickled okra sauce for $5 each. Also a vast selection of east & west coast oysters available at the raw bar, including Blue Points (CT), Duxbury (MA), Kusshi (B.C.), and Wianno (MA). The Dutch is located at 2201 Collins Avenue in the W South Beach Hotel & Residences.
Cantina La Veinte, Located at the Icon Brickell the waterfront Mexican restaurant and bar will serve their popular oyster dish Ostiones Rasurados ($19) – Mexican-style oysters served raw with maggi-lime caviar and chopped red onion. Cantina La Veinte is located at 495 Brickell Avenue at Icon Brickell. Discounted valet parking is also available.
AQ by Acqualina, the waterfront restaurant will serve its signature oysters in a Guinness and Pale Ale Mignonette, half dozen $18/dozen $30; Charred Pepper Granita and Minus 8 drizzle, topped with pink peppercorn dust, half dozen $18/dozen $30, and Oyster Shots with smokey mango and served with a shot of Schenbly Sparkling Lychee Wine. AQ by Acqualina is located inside Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, 17875 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach.
The River Seafood & Oyster Bar, will be serving Fire Roasted Oysters served with ancho, sofrito butter, queso manchego and chorizo $12 and during Happy Hour from 4:30- 7pm, hand-shucked oysters are half price. The River Seafood & Oyster Bar is located at 650 South Miami Avenue.
Oak Tavern will be celebrating National Oyster Day with their signature Iced Oysters, $2.75 each/ $15 half dozen and hand-shucked oysters for half price during Happy Hour from 4:30-7 p.m. Oak Tavern is located at 35 NE 40th Street in Miami’s Design District.
Not open yet, but be sure to check out Mignonette Seafood & Oyster Bar at 210 NE 18th Street Miami (Edgewater neighborhood) opening in August 2014
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