Steamed mussels – Hank’s Oyster Bar

Steamed mussels - Hank's Oyster Bar
Tomato and garlic seasonal preparation. $15
Hank’s Oyster Bar, Washington DC

Ugh, the mussels had too much grit! It was afraid of chipping my teeth halfway through the bowl. They definitely need to clean these mussels better. The tomato garlic broth was simple and delicious though. And the mussels were larger and more plump than some of the others I’ve had in DC.

National Harbor MD
National Harbor MD.

Oysters on half shell – Hank’s Oyster Bar

Oysters on half shell - Hank's Oyster Bar
Kusshi oysters and Hood Canal oysters. Served with mignonette, fresh horseradish and lemon. Half dozen $13.50
Hank’s Oyster Bar, Washington DC

Finally, I found small, delicious oysters from the West Coast in DC! These were delicious especially since all I’ve encountered are the medium to large East Coast oyster which I don’t like very much. They tasted clean and briny and were perfect!

Goldfish crackers - Hank's Oyster Bar
Goldfish crackers. Complimentary

National Harbor
National Harbor MD.

Oysters – Del Frisco’s Grille

Oysters - Del Frisco's Grille
Del Frisco’s Grille, Washington DC

Meh, I wasn’t impressed by the oysters on the East Coast. I prefer the smaller, brinier oysters that the West Coast has to offer. These oysters weren’t fresh tasting or shucked cleanly.

Bulleit bourbon Manhattan cocktail - Del Frisco's Grille
Bulleit bourbon Manhattan. $12

Eleanor Roosevelt statue
Eleanor Roosevelt statue, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

Oysters on the half shell – District

Oysters on the half shell - District
Champagne mignonette, fresh horseradish and lemon. Dozen $30
District, San Francisco CA

Mmm, these oyster were small, fresh and perfect! I liked the champagne mignonette, but didn’t use much of the freshly grated horseradish. I also love coming to District because my favorite waiter (and friend) always hooks us up!

Sparkling wines - District
Purete de Silex, Rose, Cremant de Loire, France NV. $12
Charme de Jean Paul Brun, Blanc de Blanc, Burgundy, France NV. $15

Ostrega oyster shots – Pesce

Ostrega oyster shots - Pesce
With cucumber, cocktail sauce, horseradish. Each $3
Pesce, San Francisco CA

I don’t know about these. I’m not a big horseradish fan with oysters and these just had a lot of murky liquid in the glass that scared me off. I definitely spent more time worrying about taking the oyster shot than actually enjoying it. It wasn’t bad, but my it was too much work for me to shoot it.

Bad Boy cocktail - Pesce
Bad Boy: Tito’s vodka, tobacco leaf tincture, orange bitters. $10

Cove miyagi oysters – Hutch Bar & Kitchen

Cove miyagi oysters - Hutch Bar & Kitchen
Tomales Bay. With chili cider mignonette and cocktail sauce. $14
Hutch Bar & Kitchen, Oakland CA

I’m definitely becoming a big oyster fan (of the smaller varieties anyway). These miyagi’s were delicious especially with the mignonette, but they could have been shucked a little bit cleaner though.

Chardonnay and cabernet wines - Hutch Bar & Kitchen
House chardonnay and cabernet.