Before I moved to Charleston, I'm not sure I had ever tried a raw oyster. Now, I wait for months with the letter 'R' with the best of them. The local, raw, steamed ones are still rolling out at most spots, so you might want to call ahead to confirm. But otherwise, raw, fried, as a cocktail or fancy as can be, we have a list (and juicy photos - pun intended) for you to make sure you never miss out when in search of the perfect oyster around town.
When You're Feeling Fancy:
The Ordinary (Downtown)
When You'd Like to Combine it With Booze:
Pearlz (Downtown/ W. Ashley)
When You Want to People Watch:
The Darling Oyster Bar (Downtown)
When You Want to Try Out the New Joint:
When You Want a Sunset:
Bowens Island (James Island/ Folly)
When You Want a Variety of Options:
When You Remember the Secret Spot:
167 Raw (Downtown)
When Your Counterpart Wants Pizza:
Wood & Grain
What's your favorite spot to grab oysters around town? You can truly find oysters at almost restaurant in Charleston! Favorite type? Memory? I still long for the fried oysters at the now shuttered Leaf and have the best memory of shucking with my dad at the spot that is now a barbecue spot (imagine that) on Coleman in Mt. Pleasant.
Make sure to mark your calendar for the Lowcountry Oyster Festival on January 28 of next year.