By: Charyn Pfeuffer
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As Valentine’s Day, approaches, you’re probably starting to think all sorts of sexy thoughts. Maybe how to impress your date or how to turn on the sexual healing.
You may even be thinking about Oysters, a notorious aphrodisiac said to get people all hot and bothered. (You know you are, just admit it.)
Or, since we’re at the peak of the sick season, you might want to boost your flagging immune system. Again, consider oysters as they have more zinc per serving than any other food. And it’s been shown that zinc taken in the early stages of a cold can decrease its severity.
Whether you want to increase your sexytime or decrease your sick time, here are 6 of the best oyster bars in America, where you can slurp bivalves until your heart’s content.
The Bubbly Mermaid Oyster Bar
Since the summer of 2012, the Bubbly Mermaid has been serving up premium Alaska oysters and pouring champagne in the heart of downtown Anchorage, Alaska. The bar is shaped like the prow of a ship and is the focal point of the intimate oyster bar, which serves up plenty or raw oysters, but offers more than half a dozen other preparations, from pan-fried to Oysters Rockefeller or Oscar. Owner Apollo Naff is often found at the center of it all, serving as host, sommelier, waiter and chief conversation catalyst.
The Oyster Bar at Palace Station
A Vegas institution for nearly two decades, patrons will line up and wait to snag one of its 18 coveted bar seats. Whether they come for big briny oysters or the ever-popular Pan Roast (essentially a creamy stew),The Oyster Bar is a must-stop for foodie travelers, locals on lunch break and chefs looking for a post-shift bivalve fix.
Situated on the shores of Lake Union in Seattle, Westward offers a front row seat to a constant hum of boats, kayaks, paddle boards and seaplanes. From the outdoor patio and fire pit, diners can see the houseboats made famous in Sleepless in Seattle and watch the sun set over the Space Needle. A daily-changing menu features oysters sourced from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Swing by on Saturday or Sunday during “Oyster Hours” when all oysters are half-off from 3-5:00 p.m.
Hog Island Oyster Bar
At Hog Island Oyster Co. they raise sustainable shellfish, which they proudly shuck and share at Hog Island Oyster Bar at Oxbow Public Market in Napa, Calif.Slurp one of its oysters from its shell, and you’ll understand why the laid back bar is such a popular place to go while in wine country. Also check out Tomales Bay and San Francisco Ferry Building locations.
Rappahannock is a farm-to-table restaurant in Richmond, Virginia with an expansive oyster bar featuring oysters from the company’s very own oyster farms. With current oyster harvests in the Chesapeake Bay unable to satisfy worldwide demand, the Virginia oyster has taken a back seat to more readily-available oyster varieties, such as those harvested from the Gulf of Mexico and the Northeast and West coasts. The goal of Rappahannock Oyster Co. is to put the Chesapeake Bay oyster back on the map.
The Naked Oyster Bistro & Raw Bar
Located on Main Street in Hyannis, Mass. (Cape Cod), the restaurant features oysters from its own oyster farm located on an intertidal sand bar in the northwest portion of pristine Barnstable Harbor. The oysters are lovingly tended by Chef Lowell and her husband, then brought to the Naked Oyster, where they are opened to order and served with lemon, cocktail sauce, or French style, with the mignonette of the day.