Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Oysters on the Half Shell

I'm always looking for outings that combine my two favorite things: Wine & Seafood. I recently learned through my glorious Facebook feed that a local wine and beer bar/shop in Atwater Village, 55 Degree Wine, has an oyster night on the first Tuesday of every month. Basically those were the only two things I needed to know: that there would be oysters for $2/each and wine pairings. I was in.

Van and I arrived approximately a half hour after the event began in the evening, (fashionably late) and had never been to the location before.  It's located on the left on Glendale Blvd. as you are entering Atwater Village from Silverlake. Trendy, trendy. When we arrived we first saw a wine/beer store with only a few people milling around, and wondered if we were in the right location. When we asked about the oysters, we were told to go downstairs into a dimly lit, intimate, warm, brick basement. Very sexy vibe, with friendly service. We were immediately seated, and told that the oysters were in another little room downstairs.

I quickly recognized the two guys who were selling oysters, as the Oyster Boys from the Sunday Hollywood Farmers Market. Oh yes, I knew this was going to be good. Below is the menu that we had to choose from:
And the oysters, in all of their glory:

I don't like my oysters too briny, I like them small and sweet- so Van and I chose a selection of 7 each to start, and then may have gone back for 3 more each. You do the math...what can I say, I LOVE oysters, and the Oysters Boys are extremely friendly and knowledgeable - you just want to support them! In the iconic words of the belated ODB, "Ooh Baby, I like it raw." Van's favorite oyster was the Hood Canal, and I preferred the Kumamoto.
We paired the oysters with a Sauvignon Blanc for me and a Rose for Van. We also wanted to try something from the 55 Degree Wine kitchen, so we also split the cheese plate. It did not disappoint.
So yeah, basically I can't wait for April and to have another wine and oyster night. It was a fabulous experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves wine and oysters.


  1. Replies
    1. Kaara- ha, glad it made you laugh. What can I say, I love my 90's rap! :)

  2. Sounds wonderful! Would love to try it sometime.

    1. Yes! Sounds great- we just have to plan to have you guys down here for the first Tuesday of the month!