Eating Adventures

Six Stops for Slurping on National Oyster Day — Saturday, August 5

Check out the rocks available around town for National Oyster Day.
Check out the rocks available around town for National Oyster Day. Jax Fish House
Oysters are an all-around celebratory saltwater delicacy, from sweet, jagged-edge West Coast varieties to salty-smooth East Coast offerings. So what’s a Denver oyster enthusiast to do when the nearest body of saltwater is hundreds of miles away? Luckily, several Mile High outposts are going out of their way this Saturday for National Oyster Day to shuck beautiful bivalves on which foodies can feast. Below, peruse our list of picks – with toasts to pair – that will honor this annual oyster occasion.

click to enlarge Start your day with 99-cent oysters at Blue Island. - BLUE ISLAND OYSTER BAR & SEAFOOD
Start your day with 99-cent oysters at Blue Island.
Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood
Early Bird Oysters and Pearls at Blue Island Oyster Bar and Seafood
2625 East Second Avenue

Oysters for Saturday brunch are certainly not a stretch – especially when engaging in mollusk merriment. Beginning at 10 a.m., patrons can take advantage of 99-cent oysters at this Cherry Creek coastal-themed eatery. If your Friday night antics delay your Oyster Day festivities, fret not; Blue Island Oyster Bar and Seafood extends the holiday at 6 p.m., when the after-rush batch will be available for just $1.99 a pop. However, the fun doesn’t stop with these edible aphrodisiacs. Along with the day’s fresh shipment of oysters comes one set of Tiffany & Co. Ziegfield Collection pearl earrings (a $225 value) to be gifted at 8 p.m. to one lucky entrant who stops in any time throughout the day – no purchase necessary.

click to enlarge If you're speedy, you can get free oysters at Jax. - JAX FISH HOUSE
If you're speedy, you can get free oysters at Jax.
Jax Fish House
Free Oysters at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
LoDo: 1539 17th Street, 303-292-5767
Glendale: 650 South Colorado Boulevard, 303-756-6449
Other Locations
Hundreds of free oysters on the half-shell? You heard right! Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar (LoDo, Glendale, Boulder and Fort Collins) is shuckin’ killin’ it this Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m. Following a tradition that began in 2014, each Colorado location will serve 100 orders of free Emersum oysters by the half-dozen, hailing from Chesapeake Bay, courtesy of the Rappahannock River Oyster Company. Once the freebies are out of stock (don’t worry, you can still order ’em up on ice for $1.50 each if you please), guests can indulge in oysters Rockefeller, buffalo fried oysters, Mornay baked oysters and dynamite oysters, depending on the location. Cheers to the day with happy-hour drink specials from 4 to 6 p.m. with a vodka-infused Strawberry Lemonade ($5), a bourbon-and-brown-sugar iced tea or some sudsy cans from the Post Brewing Company ($3).

click to enlarge The Oceanaire has the oysters you're craving. - COURTESY OF THE OCEANAIRE
The Oceanaire has the oysters you're craving.
Courtesy of the Oceanaire
Oysters at the Bar at the Oceanaire Seafood Room
1400 Arapahoe Street

For those who prefer to sidle up to a chic bar top for oyster indulgence, head to the Oceanaire Seafood Room. Enjoy dollar oysters all day, from 5 to 10 p.m., with a fill of Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc ($15 per glass, $59 per bottle) to pair. “We have so many wines that complement oysters for different reasons. This one just happens to scream summer,” says general manager Brad Moore. “The Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc is a natural pairing for oysters; the racy passion fruit and grapefruit notes really complement the sweet and briny characteristics of both East Coast and West Coast oysters. This wine has bright acidity, and a crisp, clean finish that will make you want to try another dozen.” The newest pour from the folks at Kim Crawford is made with 100 percent certified organic grapes.

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Tracy Block hails from Miami, and transplanted to Colorado in 2015. After a long-enough stint in the mountains, she knew it was time to reenter city civilization, and decided to settle in the progressive arms of Denver. A gluten-free foodie and a self-proclaimed wine snob, Block is always up for the next-best happy hour – dollar oysters and rosé, anyone?
Contact: Tracy Block