Oyster Spots

WSVN — There’s nothing half-shell about it: Summer and oysters go together, and South Florida is now bursting with places to get them. 7’s Belkys Nerey does some shuckin’ and dinin’ in tonight’s Style File.

Whether you like oysters raw or cooked, there are plenty of ways to have them at Miami’s newest oyster bar Mignonette, appropriately named after a sauce used to dress oysters.

Daniel Serfer: “Mignonette, it’s the classic sauce you put on oysters made from red wine vinegar, crushed pepper and shallots.”

Owner Daniel Serfer says the New Orleans-inspired restaurant, located in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood, is all about an interactive experience.

Daniel Serfer: “You can literally just pull up at the bar, and we’ll start shucking them right in front of you.”

You can slurp raw, East and West Coast oysters, and be sure to try Serfer’s twist on Oysters Rockefeller or the baked Oysters Bienville.

Daniel Serfer: “Which you don’t often see outside New Orleans. It’s kind of like an oyster chowder, inside the oyster shell itself.”

Serfer is also dishing out some amazing seafood dishes, like Clams Casino, Seared Red Fish and the to-die-for Scallops with Polenta.

For another raw experience, head over to The Oyster Room at The Dutch Restaurant inside the W Hotel on South Beach.

Conor Hanlon, Executive Chef, The Dutch: “I consciously try to make an effort to have different-sized oysters, for those that want really big oysters or really small oysters.”

Indulge in towering platters filled with raw oysters and seafood, and on weekends, you can sample special grilled oysters.

Conor Hanlon-Executive Chef: “We have a nice, beautiful wood burning oven, throw them in there ’til they pop.”

But the must-have dish is The Dutch’s Little Oyster Sandwich.

Conor Hanlon: “It’s Blue Point oysters dusted in corn meal, flash fried; they’re served on a homemade brioche bun and a creamy okra remoulade.”

If you’re looking for a great deal on oysters, AltaMare on lincoln road just launched a great happy hour.

Claudio Giordano, owner, AltaMare: “The oysters that we use are the best you can find in the market: Kumamoto, Beausoleil, Malpeques, Wellfleet.”

From 5 to 7 every evening, including weekends, oysters are half off.

Claudio Giordano: “Most of them are $3, so you will pay $1.50.”

Wash them down with wine, cocktails or prosecco for $6, or splurge on French bubbly for $10. I’ll take a dozen, please!

AltaMare’s new happy hour also includes other great seafood dishes between $7 and $9, and the new Mignonette oyster bar opens August 15th.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Mignonette
210 NE 18th Street
Miami, FL
Opens August 15th
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The Dutch
2201 Collins Avenue in the W South Beach Hotel
(305) 938-3111
www.thedutchmiami.com
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AltaMare
1233 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-3061
Oyster Happy Hour
Half off all oysters
5-7 p.m.
7 days a week

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