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Great find at Highland Fish

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Great find at Highland Fish

by Joni Lemke » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:52 pm

Hi all!

I used to think I didn't like oysters. Until I was in New Orleans for spring break this year. I tried my first FRESH chargrilled oyster and fell in love. I realized that the oysters that I had in Louisville were either the ones in the plastic cup thingie from Kroger or rolled oysters (read fishy-tasting balls of bread - I know that's a sin to say in Louisville, but I'm putting it out there). So, I was craving chargrilled oysters and we brought some very fresh ones home on ice from a recent visit to South Carolina. My brother and boyfriend really struggled with shucking, as they had never done it (see - I cleverly hid behind side dishes at the stove and made them shuck). They acted mad at me until dinner was served.

So, I just went by way of Texas to tell you that Mike at Middletown HF (who is a wealth of knowledge - he really knows his product), turned me on to frozen oysters on the half-shell. They're northeastern oysters that are harvested, frozen, then shucked. The frozen oysters (with the liquor - that's key) are shrink-wrapped and shipped. They are gorgeous and very meaty. At $1.65 per oyster and no shuckin'? Count me in!

Chargrilled oysters - just in case: fresh garlic and butter, grated parm and grated Romano. Not too much topping so you can taste all the deliciousness. Put on a hot grill and cook just till the edges start to curl. Use French bread to sop up the juices. Thank me later.
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Re: Great find at Highland Fish

by Robin Garr » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:32 pm

Thanks for the report, Joni! :)
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Re: Great find at Highland Fish

by Jay M. » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:45 pm

Joni Lemke wrote:...Until I was in New Orleans...


Where did you have the chargrilled oysters, there, Joni? Drago's had a very good version. I think they call them "charbroiled" - same thing.
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Re: Great find at Highland Fish

by Joni Lemke » Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:01 am

Jay, I think you're right that "charbroiled" is the proper term. My first were indeed from Drago's at a booth at a French Quarter festival and I was hooked. After that, any time they were on the menu I ordered them!

But funny, the best that I had were at a bar/restaurant called Shaggy's in Gulfport MS. It was a happy accident - we took the kids to visit the ocean and happened upon Shaggy's. The kids are older so they went off and wandered the beach and my BF and I went to Shaggy's for a beer. I ordered their oysters and the order took a while and our waitress apologized for the wait and said that they had just come in and they were shucking them! Um - literally just harvested - yes please! They were amazing!

It was a really great vacation... ahhh...

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