Saturday, April 25, 2009

Crab & Fin Restaurant

Crab & Fin Restaurant, originally uploaded by zuctronic.

I'm going to go ahead and throw my gourmand image out the window and let you know that I had McDonald's for breakfast. I was in a hurry to get my day started and I get cravings for their breakfast burritos and hashbrowns.

To correct this culinary faux pas, I decided to have a nice seafood lunch on St. Armands Key. This lunch would have to involve oysters, so I used the rental car GPS to find a restaurant nearby featuring them. What it came up with was the Crab and Fin Restaurant, right on St. Armands Circle.

The menu featured six different types of oysters. For my appetizer, I ordered the oyster tasting which included one of each type. I chose the linguini with clams for my main.

I understand oysters aren't for everyone... I picked up this delicious... almost sinful craving a couple years ago. Now I cannot travel without sampling oysters. These are not local oysters, I'll get to those later... but they are excellent oysters.

Here we go:

1. Alaskan Canoe Lagoon - from an extremely remote pristine area, medium to large meaty oyster with distinct fruity aroma and a watermelon finish
2. Washington State Hama Hama - a medium thick shelled, beach grown oyster with creamy yet mild tasting firm meat
3. New York Montauk - ice harvested in only the winter months from Mecox Bay, a full sized meaty oyster with a big brine finish
4. Rhode Island Umami - small to medium choice, delicate meats that start off briny & slightly acidic, finishes mild and smooth
5. Connecticut Blue Point - cultivated in the wild in natural oyster beds, chock full of mildly salty, mouthwatering meats, one of their largest oysters
6. Virginia James River - medium sized, plump firm meat, perfect blend of brine and richness, with an earthy finish

"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?"
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.

The main course was small but tasty. All together it was the perfect amount of food for me. I also had the wine recommendation, it was a Riesling, if my memory serves correctly. After the meal, they served a complimentary pineapple slice dipped in chocolate.

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