How Do You Like Your Oysters?

I recently realized that I’m intrigued by oysters.

Part of this epiphany came from realizing that I don’t dislike oysters. They’ve never really been a part of my life–I’ve seen them at restaurants, but I’ve only ordered them once or twice ever.

I’m sure there are oyster connoisseurs out there who like very specific oysters with no other fixings or toppings. But what I realized is that I really like oysters baked with cheese, sauce, and other toppings.

So when I realized this, I set a date to go to the Broadway Oyster Bar here in St. Louis, as they offer 9 different styles of oysters. I figured I would try as many varieties as possible (aided by a sampler platter) and know from then on which one was my favorite.

That night was tonight, and I ended up trying the following varieties:

  • Rockefeller: baked with spinach, bacon, cream, and cheese
  • Cardinale: baked with cajun crawfish cream sauce and cheese
  • Bienville: baked with spicy shrimp, parmesan, and mushroom cream sauce
  • Char-grilled: open-flame grilled with garlic butter, Creole spices, and parmesan

I didn’t try–but, in hindsight, should have–the fried oysters. I’ve had Broadway’s fried alligator in the past, and their breading mix is really delicious, so it would have translated well to the oysters.

Given the 4 varieties I ate, I think my favorite was Bienville. A close second would be the char-grilled oysters (even though they had the fewest fixins’), followed by Rockefeller, then Cardinale. Though if I returned, I would probably be tempted to get the sampler platter again for the variety it offers.

If you like oystersa, what’s your favorite style?