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Great Oyster Bars from Coast to Coast

From the Gulf of Maine to Long Island Sound to the California coast, here are a few spots where you can grab a seat and slurp wonderful oysters.

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From Seafood Shacks to High-Class Bars

From the Gulf of Maine to Long Island Sound to the California coast, great oysters thrive in America's waters. Oyster farmers take great care to bring these top-quality bivalves to seafood shacks, bars and restaurants around the nation. Here are a few spots where you can grab a stool (or a picnic bench) and slurp these wonderful oysters from the U.S. of A. — meaty, plump, buttery and oh-so-briny.

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Portland, Maine: The Shop

Many oyster aficionados’ profess love for Island Creek. The renowned team behind the Massachusetts-based farm operates oyster bars in its home state, and recently opened a dine-in gourmet store in Portland, Maine, with a focus on Maine-sourced mollusks. Guests can dine on-premise or bring seafood home: The expert crew behind the raw bar is happy to provide shucking tutorials to ensure safe and proper prep.

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Mystic, Connecticut: Oyster Club

For a fine-dining experience in a low-key, convivial atmosphere, Mystic's award-winning Oyster Club is the place to go. Despite the rotating menu, you can be sure to find at least one of what the restaurant deems the "holy trinity" of New England oysters: Ningret Nectars, Noanks and, if you’re lucky, Fishers Island. All are grown and harvested less than 20 miles from the restaurant. Ninety-five percent of the other ingredients on the seafood-driven menu hail from within 50 miles, with all of the fish sourced exclusively from the coasts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Austin: Clark's

At this sunny West Austin spot, martinis and champagne flow at high-top tables with classic seafood dishes, caviar and plenty of oysters, served oven-roasted and raw. Those served on the half shell are dressed with a cucumber-honey vinaigrette, crispy shallots and bright mint, or presented simply. For more diversity, there's also the tiered Plateau de Fruits de Mer, stacked high with lobster, clams, prawns, crab, mussels and oysters.

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