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The 4 Seasons of Seafood at the Oyster Bar

Seafood, like fruit and vegetables, has its seasons. Let’s learn how to incorporate in-season seafood of the Pacific Northwest into our diets and benefit from it!

3 benefits of seafood seasonality

  • Health: caught undeveloped properly fish lacks minerals, nutrients, and vitamins.
  • Economic:  a seasonal increase in supply makes fish more affordable.
  • Sustainable: seafood populations migrate in and out of local areas. Consuming seasonal foods helps to prevent poaching and breaking migratory patterns.

Explore seasonal seafood in the Pacific Northwest with the Oyster Bar!

In the Pacific Northwest, about 70 species are harvested throughout the year. Some of them are available during all seasons. Such as salmon, oyster, trout, rockfish, octopus, sea scallops, etc.

Collaborating with the best local harvesters, we always have most of these types of fish. This, in turn, ensures regular updates for our seasonal menu.

Particularly popular with our guests, oysters feature our specialties. You can try them in two variations.

Baked Oysters (16.50 $) is one of the highly-ranked dishes. Served with pancetta, heirloom tomato, and spices it appeals to our visitors due to its simplicity.

Similarly, seafood admirers love our Fried Oysters (22.95 $). We serve them with apple aioli and sautéed vegetables.

Salmon Pastrami Sandwich (21.95 $) with in-house smoked fish with homemade rye bread is another popular choice on our menu. Combined with Emmental cheese and smoked sauerkraut, it’s an original culinary delight.

Calamari Golden fried rings and tentacles with saffron lemon aioli are the most popular winter choice of our visitors.

Spring is the time of crab! To enhance its health benefits, we have created Chilled Seafood Entrée Salad (32.50 $) with prawns and fruit, avocado, mango, feta cheese, and boiled eggs seasoned with Serrano chili.

In summer, we offer our guests native to the North West mussels with local vegetables. Our Steamed Mussels (18.00 $) go well with leeks, fennel, white wine, saffron tomato cream, and fresh thyme.

The autumn vegetable variety is vividly demonstrated in our Atlantic Cod Tacos (23.95 $) with cabbage jicama slaw, cilantro, red onion, arbol chili sauce, avocado, and crème Fraiche.

The Oysters of the Pacific Northwest

 

Pacific Northwest oysters

Going clockwise from the lemon slice we have:
Mirada, Cranberry Creek, Rock Pt., Shigoku, Kumamoto, and Kusshi Oysters.

 

The Oyster Bar began in the 1920s as a small shack dedicated to selling oysters to Chuckanut Drive travelers. Nearly 100 years later, we now offer a variety of upscale seafood dishes, but our hearts remain on the half-shell, which is why we offer diners the chance to try a variety of oysters from around the Pacific Northwest. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the PNW oysters you can sample from our menu:

Totten Inlet Oysters

Totten Inlet Oysters are a staple of the Pacific Northwest. The beach cultured oysters are raised in rocky areas. Their rugged life, fighting the tides on rough beaches, leads to tough shells and a hearty taste. Diners can look forward to delicious melon and seaweed flavors.

Fanny Bay Oysters

Fanny Bay Oysters come to us from our neighbors to the north. The oysters were one of the first Vancouver, B.C. varieties to become widely available, and as such, have become the oysters to taste from the area. Expect a smooth start, with a strong cucumber finish.

Royal Miyagi Oysters

Royal Miyagi Oysters are raised on a suspension line near Vancouver, B.C. Before the final harvest, they’re moved to the beach to be ‘toughened up,’ leading to stronger shells and firmer meats. They have a smooth, textured inside, with a kiwi-like finish.

Barron Point Oysters

Barron Point Oysters are grown in the Little Skookum Inlet in South Puget Sound. The oysters are first raised in mesh bags by the nutrient-rich waters, before they’re moved to the beach. The fresh water flowing around the inlet makes them plump and tender, with a sweet, briny flavor and a musky finish.

Kumamoto Oysters

Whether you’re a mollusk apprentice or an oyster expert, you’ll likely enjoy the Kumamoto Oysters. This deep-cupped variety is perfect on the half-shell. Diners will enjoy a mild briny taste, with a sweet honeydew finish.

Shigoku Oysters

Grown in our own Samish Bay, Shigoku Oysters are hung out on a line in the tide and tumbled twice a day as it raises and lowers. The result is a small, dense inside — bursting with cucumber and salt flavors.

Kusshi Oysters

Japanese for “precious,” Kusshi Oysters are aggressively tumbled their entire lives, resulting in a smooth, deep shell. The petite oysters are plump with a clean, delicate flavor.

Snow Creek

Snow Creek oysters are grown deep in the waters of Discovery Bay. Their unhurried life leads to soft shells and clean, tender meat. Snow creek oysters offer a mix of sweet and salty flavors, beginning with a pleasant taste and ending on a briny note.

Penn Cove Select Oysters

Penn Cove Select Oysters are quintessentially Pacific Northwest. They’re well known for their frilled shells and are considered one of the most beautiful oysters the area has to offer. Beach raised in Samish Bay, then grown to maturity in the waters of Penn Cove, the oysters have a crisp, briny flavor with a fresh aftertaste.

 

These are just some of the wide variety of Pacific Northwest oysters we offer! Make a reservation today and get to tasting — (360) 766-6185.


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Featured Wine: Domaine Magdalena Cabernet Sauvignon

(Bin #1114 $87) This sophisticated, balanced Washington Red is everything a Cabernet from Red Mountain should be. It’s fine tannins accent the beautiful notes of blackberry, rose petal and earth. Domaine Magdalena is not only beautifully made but also thoughtfully made. The wine undergoes wild yeast fermentation, is unfiltered and is Demeter certified biodynamic. This wine can stand alone but would pair nicely with so many of our dishes including our vegetarian and wild game options.

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For Your Favorite Foodies

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+ Closing times may vary seasonally so please call for a reservation if wishing to dine after 8pm.

+ It is our policy not to seat parties with children under 9 years of age unless our downstairs dining room is unoccupied.