Aug. 5 is National Oyster Day, and if you’re like most oyster lovers, it’s likely you’ll celebrate at a restaurant.
According to Peter Stein, owner of Peeko Oysters, an oyster farm in the North Fork area of Long Island, 90% of oysters are consumed in restaurants – which means the pandemic hit the oyster farming industry hard.
“We’ve had some very terrible effects on the industry because restaurants just shut down,” Stein told FOX News. “When restaurants shut down, so do oyster farms, because we just don’t have any customers for the oysters that we’re producing.”
Aug. 5 is National Oyster Day, which is the perfect excuse to enjoy the briny treat today. (iStock)
Peeko supplies oysters to restaurants in the New York region as well as some restaurants in Texas and Florida. Stein said Peeko, which also sells oysters on its website, was able to survive the pandemic by pivoting to direct-to-consumer sales and now the company ships oysters to consumers as far as California, Florida, Texas and Arizona.
Stein told FOX that what makes Peeko oysters taste so delicious is a combination of several factors such as water temperature, salinity levels, amount of sunshine, other environmental factors for the Long Island region, as well as Peeko’s growing methods and equipment.
“Regionally speaking, we have a very good area for growing oysters,” Stein said. “Historically, New York has had among the best oysters in the world.”
If you aren’t able to get a hold of New York oysters, though, there’s an array of delicious options around the country.
Check out these spots for your National Oyster Day celebration, based on Tripadvisor reviews.
FOX News has found some of the top-rated oyster restaurants around the country using Tripadvisor reviews. (iStock)
16 Wharf St Ste 1, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-2502
321 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657-2202
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113-2273
The oyster industry was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, since most oysters are consumed in restaurants and restaurants were shut down because of COVID-19. (iStock)
Elliott’s Oyster House
1201 Alaskan Way Pier 56, Seattle, WA 98101-3449
Thames Street Oyster House
1728 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231-3416
Grand Central Oyster Bar, Inc.
89 E 42nd St Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, NY 10017-5503
Peter Stein, owner of Peeko Oysters, an oyster farm in the North Fork area of Long Island, told FOX News that New York has “among the best oysters in the world.” (iStock)
Bigelow’s New England Fried
79 N Long Beach Rd, Rockville Centre, NY 11570-5031
Wicker’s Crab Pot Seafood
4201 Indian River Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23325-3005
411 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2230
Doc’s Seafood Shack and Oyster Bar
26029 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Doc’s Seafood Shack and Oyster Bar in Orange Beach, Alabama, has a 4.5-star rating with 2,237 reviews, according to TripAdvisor.
Sea Chest Oyster Bar
6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1804
According to Tripadvisor, Sea Chest Oyster Bar in Cambria, California, has a 4.5-star rating with 1,612 reviews.
Bimini’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Cafe
930 Lake Arrowhead Rd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572-5517
A top oyster spot in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is Bimini’s Oyster Bar, according to Tripadvisor. The restaurant has 4.5 stars with 2,035 reviews.