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In the name of National Oyster Day (today, August 5), these restaurants are shucking deals all day long:
The Uptown fish house is offering Washburn oysters for $1 all day. If you want to dive deeper into the palate-pleasing complexities of oysters, check out Oysterology—a flight of oysters and white wines paired to complement and heighten the flavors of each. It’s the perfect balance of indulgence and education. 1700 Humboldt St., 303-813-1700, humboldtrestaurant.com
Give One Year of 5280 for just $16.
Jax Fish House
Celebrate the half-shell holiday at any of the four Jax locations. But, if you want to see Governor Hickenlooper get his hands dirty, drop by the LoDo location where he’ll shuck oysters at the raw bar with owner Dave Query from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All oysters during the hour are free. If you can’t make it in time, you can still nab $1.25 oysters and $2 oyster shooters all day. 1539 17th St., 303-292-5767, jaxfishhouse.com
Lola is pitting the coasts against each other and leaving the decision to you. Get East Coast oysters for $2 a piece and West Coast oysters for $3. Enjoy Lola’s Mexican take on the bivalves with habanero cocktail sauce, lime, onion blossom, and de arbol vinegar—consider it a twist on traditional mignonette. 1575 Boulder St., 720-570-8686, loladenver.com
Stoic & Genuine
This Union Station seafood spot shucks a solid selection of oysters for your indulgence. Choices include the Wellfleet (Cape Cod, $3.25 each) and the Wildcat Cove (Puget Sound, $3 each), and don’t miss the S&G ($2.25 each), a Chesapeake Bay oyster harvested just for Stoic & Genuine. If you have an appetite bigger than the raw bar, order the fried oyster sandwich ($12.50). 1701 Wynkoop St., 303-640-3474, stoicandgenuine.com
The Kitchen Denver
Coast-to-coast selections abound at the Kitchen’s raw bar. Enjoy a variety of classically served oysters with cocktail sauce, mignonette, and lemon. Drop by for Community Hour (3 to 6 p.m.) and enjoy a selection of oysters for $2.50 each. 1530 16th St., 303-623-3127, thekitchen.com
New to the Ballpark neighborhood, Cart-Driver serves an ever-changing selection of oysters. The choices may vary, but you can count on the signature beet mignonette and shaved horseradish with each oyster you slurp. Our favorites on last visit were the Kumamoto ($4 each) and Wellfleet ($3.50 each). 2500 Larimer St., 303-292-3553, cart-driver.com
It’s fair to say that everyday is oyster day at Old Major. Oysters are available during happy hour (Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.) for $2 each and $3.50 thereafter. Pair your oysters with a glass of Old Major’s house wine or a signature cocktail. 3316 Tejon St., 720-420-0622, oldmajordenver.com
Slurp down a half-dozen market price oysters served neat with lemon and chef Jorel Pierce’s hot sauce. If you’re just stopping by on your tour de oysters, order a Bloody Mary oyster shooter (market price, plus $5). 1317 14th St., 303-595-4255, euclidhall.com
Edge Restaurant & Bar
Who says oysters have to be eaten raw on the half shell? At Edge you can try them broiled with French onion sauce and Grana Padano cheese ($16). Or, keep it simple and go for the half dozen of market-fresh oysters for $16. 1111 14th St., 303-389-3343, edgerestaurantdenver.com