Oyster “season” is in full swing, and I was happy to walk into a oyster happy hour at Blackbyrd Warehouse on U Street. Like the Sea Catch happy hour, Blackbyrd’s happy hour also offers $1 oysters on the half shell– but with cooler music, in a better bar, and located in a more interesting neighborhood. Blackbyrd’s happy hour runs until 7 PM, Sunday thru Thursday.
I once heard that you should only eat oysters in months that end with “r,” but that appears to be a myth based on truth before the days of refrigeration. Regardless, official fall oyster harvesting season in the U.S. is right around the corner.
Hank’s Oyster Bar, America Eats, and Brasserie Beck serve up my favorite oysters in the District. But a few months ago, a friend (who shares my skepticism/disdain for Georgetown dining) told me about a hard-to-believe shellfish happy hour at Sea Catch Restaurant and Raw Bar, a nondescript restaurant semi-hidden in what looks like an office building on 31st St NW, overlooking the C&O Canal.
From Monday through Saturday (for those of us unable to escape the office in time for normal happy hour times!), 5 until 7 PM, oysters on the half shell are $1 and select beers and wines are half off. The oysters are fresh and at $1 each, who can beat this deal?