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Slurping Winter Oysters

They’re at their best when it’s cold

      The oyster, Chesapeake Bay’s favorite bivalve, is never more delicious than when the weather and the water are cold. The supply is so close at hand that oyster fanciers of Chesapeake Country can often choose them by their terroir.
     Here’s your guide to finding fresh oysters here in Chesapeake Country and how they’re served. Enjoy!
 
 
Annapolis
Annapolis Market House 
Fresh local oysters served on the half-shell and fried at the raw bar.
25 Market Space, City Dock; 443-949-0024
 
Galway Bay Irish Restaurant & Whiskey Bar
Chesapeake oysters served raw, fried and Rockefeller.
63 Maryland Ave.; 410-263-8333
 
Carrols Creek Cafe
Chesapeake-harvested oysters served on the half-shell and Carrols Creek style (baked with bacon cheddar and horseradish). Half price Monday-Thursday, 4-9pm; Friday 4-7pm.
410 Severn Ave.; 410-263-8102
 
McGarveys
Oysters harvested from Virginia’s James River, served on the half-shell, fried, steamed and Rockefeller.
8 Market Space, City Dock; 410-263-5700
 
Sailor Oyster Bar
Oysters from select and changing locales, East and West Coast locations served on the half-shell individually or by the dozen.
196 West St.; 410-571-5449
 
Arnold/Cape St. Claire
Donelly’s Restaurant 
Delaware Bay-harvested oysters on the half-shell, $2; and on the menu.
1050 Deep Creek Ave.; 410-757-4045
 
The Point 
Local Chesapeake Bay, Battle Creek, Pungoteague and Pu700 oysters served on the half-shell and Dad style.
Mill Creek Rd.; 410-544-5448
 
Bowie-Crofton 
Blue Dolphin Seafood Bar and Grill
Chesapeake oysters harvested from Virginia served on the half-shell and fried.
1166 Rt. 3 South; 410-721-9081
 
Fat Boys Crab Shack
Chesapeake-harvested oysters served on the half-shell and grilled by the half-dozen and dozen.
1581 Defense Hwy., Gambrills; 410-721-5252
 
Fat Boys Crab House
Chesapeake-harvested oysters served on the half-shell and grilled by the half-dozen and dozen.
1651 Rt. 3 North; 443-292-4709
 
Shoreline Seafood
Steamed, stewed and fried; also sold bulk and wholesale.
1034 R. 3 North; 410-721-7767
 
Davidsonville
Harvest Thyme
Chincoteague-harvested oysters served in oyster stew; on the menu; Rockefeller on Valentine’s Day menu.
1251 West Central Ave.; 443-203-6846
 
Jerry’s Seafood
Chesapeake-harvested oysters on the half-shell and fried; on the menu.
15211 Major Lansdale Blvd.; 301-805-2284
 
Killarney House Irish Restaurant & Pub
Oysters from Maryland’s Western Eastern shore served raw, fried and O’Reilly. Oyster Wednesdays: Waterman Adam Keller shucks fresh oysters to order 6pm till they’re gone.
584 West Central Ave.; 410-798-8700
 
Deale
Dockside Restaurant & Sports Bar
Wednesdays, Delaware oyster 25 cents each.
421 Deale Rd.; 410-867-1138
 
Happy Harbor Waterfront Restaurant & Bar
Oyster Happy Hour, Monday 5pm till they’re gone, 25 cents each.
533 Deale Rd.; 410-867-0949
 
Galesville
Pirates Cove
Oysters from Maryland’s Western and Eastern Shores served on the half-shell, fried and Rockefeller. Oyster Thursdays: South River oysters on the half-shell shucked to order by waterman Adam Keller 6pm till they’re gone.
4817 Riverside Dr.; 410-867-2300
 
S&J Riverside (formerly Thursdays) 
Oysters harvested from the West River served on the half-shell. 
4851 Riverside Dr.; 410-867-7200
 
Edgewater
Chesapeake Seafood
Chesapeake Bay and Chincoteague oysters raw and fried plus in bulk and wholesale; market price.
135 Mayo Rd.; 410-956-8956
 
Old Stein Inn
South River oysters on the half-shell. Thursday Happy Hour, 5pm till all gone, shucked by Eric Montgomery at 50 cents each; cash only.
1143 Central Ave.; 410-798-6807
 
Watermans Tavern
Oyster Wednesdays, locally harvested oysters on the half-shell $1 each 3-6pm; then $1.50; or fried by the basket.
145 Mayo Rd.; 410-956-5115
 
Millersville
Hellas Restaurant & Lounge
Chesapeake oysters on the half-shell, Rockefeller and stuffed with crab meat as an entrée.
8498 Veterans Hwy.;410-987-0948
 
Owings
Thursday’s Bar & Grill
On the half-shell, steamed or fried. Happy hour Monday-Friday 3-7pm, 75 cents each.
1751 Horace Ward Rd.; 410-286-8695
 
Pasadena
Sunset Restaurant
Chincoteague-harvested oysters served on the half-shell.
625 Greenway, Glen Burnie; 410-768-1417
 
Two Rivers Steak and Fish House
Harvested from Blevins, near the mouth of the Chesapeake; served on the half-shell, with BBQ glaze and Rockefeller.
4105 Mountain Rd; 410-360-1919
 
Prince Frederick
Calvert Crabs
Potomac-harvested oysters served on the half-shell, fried and as a taco; bulk and wholesale.
151 Central Square Shopping Center; 301-787-8808
 
Heritage 485 
Oysters harvested from Virginia’s James River, served on the half-shell by the half-dozen and dozen.
485 Main St.; 443-968-8338
 
Jerry’s Place
Locally farmed by Patuxent Seafood, served on the half-shell, fried and as a sandwich.
1541 Solomons Island Rd.; 410-535-3242
 
Stoney’s Seafood House
Point Lookout oysters served on the half-shell, fried and steamed; Oyster Thursdays, 3-7pm raw 30 cents each; steamed 50 cents each.
896 Costley Way; 410-535-1888
 
Riva
Mikes Crab House
Bluepoints harvested from Virginia’s James River, served shucked in season by the 6, 10 and 12 and steamed and fried.
3030 Riva Rd.; 410-956-2784
 
Severna Park
Brian Boru Irish Pub
Harvested from Virginia’s James River, served raw, fried and Dublin Rockefeller. Oyster and Guinness Thursdays, $6 pint and 50-cent oysters, by the half-dozen. 4pm till close.
489 Ritchie Hwy. #103; 410-975-2678
 
Solomons
The Lighthouse Restaurant & Dock Bar
Chesapeake-harvested oysters served on the half-shell, steamed and fried. Monday Oyster Night $10 a dozen.
14636 S. Solomons Island Rd.; 410-231-2256
 
The Pier
Eastern Shore-harvested oysters served on the half-shell, steamed and fried.
14575 Solomons Island Rd.; 410-449-8406
 
Stoney’s Kingfishers Seafood Bar and Grill
Chesapeake-harvested oysters served on the half-shell, steamed and fried.
14442 Solomons Island Rd.;
410-394-023
 
Twin Beaches
Abner’s Crab House

Served raw, fried, steamed, Casino and Rockefeller.
3748 Harbor Rd.; Chesapeake Beach; 410-257-3689
 
Ketch 22
Served on the half-shell, Casino, Imperial, and Dad style.
7153 Lake Shore Dr.; 443-646-5205
 
Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant
Harvested from Harris Creek; served on the half-shell, fried, po’ boy or Rockefeller.
4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach; 410-257-2735
 
Traders Seafood Steak & Ale
Locally aqua-cultured, served raw, steamed and fried.
8132 Bayside Rd.; Chesapeake Beach; 410-257-6126