Celebrate National Oyster Day in Indianapolis


August 5 is National Oyster Day,which is great if you love the little Bivalvia and happen to live in a coastal town, but what if you're in landlocked Indianapolis? How do you help celebrate? Where can you find a hearty supply of fresh-shucked oysters and all of the required accoutrements? As it turns out, you can find them in a lot of restaurants in and around town—and they're just as fresh as if they were plucked from the sea moments before ordering. Here are five popular places where you can get out and enjoy National Oyster Day in the Circle City—YUM!

Plow & Anchor
By combining old world Spanish and French culinary methods with New World (aka American) creativity, the chefs at Plow & Anchor have created a menu suitable for King Triton himself. As for the oysters, they're best served raw here, with homemade crackers and an assortment of accoutrements. Oysters, $3/ea or $15/6. 43 E. 9th Street

Noah Grant's Grill House & Oyster Bar
About twenty minutes north of the city, this local favorite is a sure bet for anything and everything—except maybe mermaids—from the sea. Noah Grant's serves oysters on the half shell, but, if you're intimidated by the thought of a raw oyster sliding down your throat, order them Rockefeller-style. Not a fan of oysters at all? Try the shrimp Rockefeller, or order one of each. $4.50/ea. 6

Caplinger's Fresh Catch
This family-run fish market has everything from alligator and escargot to frog legs, octopus and a wide array of shellfish, crab and regular ol' fish along with a glorious selection of east and west coast oysters. Try Caplinger's fried oysters, $5.99/1/4 pound. On the half shell, $9.99/6.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
As soon as you walk into Oceanaire, you immediately know you're in the right place for seafood. Offering one of the city's most eclectic selections of oysters with names like Naked Cowboy, Purple Mountain and Wild Cat, you have many options available—and with their Sunday $1/ ea oyster special, you can feast away and try every single one!

Mitchell's Fish Market Seafood Restaurant
Shoot straight up Meridian Street and you'll find the Clay Terrace outdoor mall and one of the best seafood restaurants on the north side. And not only can you enjoy oysters onsite, you can also buy them for home—and the Mitchell's kitchen will even shuck them for you! Prices vary with the market but typically run around $15/1/2 dozen.

Shauna Nosler lives in Indianapolis. She's a contributor to both the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine as well as to the national news organization U.S. News & World Report. More of her writing can be found on the lifestyle blog, The Flavored Word.

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