Next Tuesday, August 5, is National Oyster Day! While Colorado may be a landlocked state, Denver has plenty of options when it comes to finding shellfish on the half-shell. Check out these oyster experts:
At Humboldt (1700 Humboldt Street – www.humboldtrestaurant.com), oyster lovers order the pairing concept known as Oysterology, launched just this summer. Diners enjoy a flight of oysters, served by variety, and paired with a matched set of white wines specifically selected to complement and heighten the flavors of each. Humboldt’s beautifully informative printed card accompanies the flight and educates diners about the oysters, the wines, and the flavor profiles that make them a perfect match. Not in the mood for wine? Order an oyster-worthy cocktail (Humboldt’s version of the classic Blood & Sand is a great suggestion) and slurp down Humboldt’s own signature Washburn oysters – on special for just $1 all day.
Jax (539 17th Street – www.jaxfishhouse.com): In celebration of the beloved bivalve, Jax Fish House is celebrating the day at all four Jax locations. At the LoDo location, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will serve as the “Head Shucker” behind the raw bar alongside owner Dave Query from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Diners will find guest shuckers behind the bars at the Glendale and Fort Collins spots as well. During that magic hour, at all locations FREE oysters will be served to all, and ongoing deals for the evening include $1.25 oysters, $3 Dixie Lagers, $5 wine, $1 off all brews from The Post Brewing Company, and $2 Oyster shooters.
Lola Mexican Fish House (1575 Boulder Street – www.loladenver.com) will be playing the East Coast vs. West Coast by offering $2 East Coast oysters and $3 West Coast oysters all day. Don’t ask them to play favorites – Lola’s server staff is well-trained on oyster knowledge and can recommend either coast depending on your palate. Maybe you’d rather belly up to Lola’s Cold Bar and check out the large selection of oysters and watch chefs shuck fresh ones – try Lola’s Oysters on the Half Shell, served with a spicy habanero cocktail sauce, lime and onion blossom and de arbor vinegar (Lola’s take on a traditional mignonette). Lola’s vinegar, called mama, is a continually-flavoring vinegar that gets better with time – current batch has been going for three months.