Special Report

Best Oyster Bar in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Joel D. via Yelp

Hawaii: Herringbone
>Waikiki (Oahu)

Every day between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. it’s Oyster Hour at Herringbone, where you can get a “$3 buck shuck,” or $3 for each oyster. Served on the half shell, the oysters are bathed in kimchi mignonette, chili pepper water, and wasabi cocktail sauce. Wash the oyster down with a selection of cocktails and follow them with some small-plate offerings.

Source: Courtesy of Paul W. via Yelp

Idaho: Little Pearl Oyster Bar
>Boise

In 2020, chef Cal Elliott returned to his native Boise after a culinary career in New York City to open the Little Pearl Oyster Bar. Although oysters play a prominent role on the menu, his place offers a selection of seaford as well as a Kobe beef burger and roasted chicken.

Illinois: GT Fish & Oyster
>Chicago

Calling itself a modern seafood eatery and drinkery, GT Fish & Oyster offers coastal cuisine in an urban setting. Besides oysters, seafood plates include mussels, crab, octopus, lobster, and caviar. To get the full experience of the restaurant, pair the oysters with a glass of champagne.

Source: Courtesy of The Oyster Bar via Facebook

Indiana: The Oyster Bar
>Fort Wayne

The Oyster Bar has a long history, beginning in 1888 when it was a favorite saloon among locals. It changed hands many times over the years. In 1954, owner Hughie Johnson introduced oysters at what was known as Hughie’s Tap. In 1963, Neal Barille purchased Hughie’s Tap and changed the name to “Neal’s Oyster Bar.” Alan Huffman and Alex Laguna purchased Neal’s Oyster Bar in 1975 and shortened the name to Oyster Bar. Then in 1987, current owners Steven and Brenda Gard took over and established a microbrewery along with a raw oyster bar at the site.

Source: Courtesy of Splash Seafood Bar & Grill via Facebook

Iowa: Splash Seafood Bar & Grill
>Des Moines

Being in a landlocked state hasn’t stopped the Splash Seafood Bar & Grill from offering an appetizing selection of seafood, including oysters. Billing itself as Iowa’s “First and Only Oyster Bar,” the restaurant also specializes in surf & turf plates that pair lobster and crab with beef.

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