In North America, the two main oyster species we feast on are East Coast Oysters and West Coast Oysters. East Coast oysters are bigger and saltier. West Coast oysters are smaller but richer, with a melon-like flavor. Some common varieties are Kumamoto, Malpeque, Blue Points, and Saltaire. Locally, we’re big fans of Carolina Cup oysters. If you’re in Charleston, some of our favorite restaurants like Pearlz Oyster Bar and 167 Raw serve a great selection of oyster varieties from up and down the east and west coast – including local oysters.
Raw or steamed, served with cocktail sauce, lemon juice or mignonette sauce, or even as an oyster shooter – they’re a delicacy to be enjoyed coast to coast all around the world.