If you love the pearl of bivalves but find you’re having to choose between indulging in oysters or paying your bills, check out the following establishments; only you can decide if they’re easing your budget woes…or enabling your habit.
If you think blondes are more fun, head for the party at Franky & Johnny’s Seafood Outlet, where sustainably farmed, blonde Luna oysters from Carlsbad Aquafarm are $1 per oyster, all day, every day. Better yet, for the month of July, ultra-friendly co-owner and passionate pescatarian Johnny Nalbandian will donate 100% of the proceeds from any oysters eaten on the cheery, flag-bedecked wood “wharf” or purchased at the well-stocked seafood/ specialty food store ($20 for a bag of approximately 2 1/2 dozen oysters) to ThinkCure, the Dodgers’ official charity. Fear of shucking? Franky & Johnny does demos! Call ahead (or just ask if you’re there on a rare, slow day) to schedule a free oyster shucking lesson (or any other kind of seafood preparation tutorial). The restaurant, located on Riverside Drive at the 5 Freeway’s North and South Stadium Way exits (and therefore perfect for your pre-Dodger seafood fix), also boasts an authentic Zacatecas seafood taco and salsa bar ($1.97 – #3.97) and freshly grilled seafood plates with sides ($4.97 – $12.97)
Craving oysters after catching waves? Head for the Happy Hour at beach-adjacent Enterprise Fish Company. Oysters on the half shell are $1 a piece from 4:00PM – 7:00PM Monday through Saturday and 8:00PM – 10:00PM on Sunday. An oyster shooter is $1.50 while the $3 Absolut Vodka/oyster shooters let you booze it up with your choice of available bivalves. Longing for lobster? On Mondays and Tuesdays, Enterprise Fish Company gives your pocketbook a break with their special: a two lb. lobster and two sides for $39.95.
Thanks to Church and State‘s “Oyster Tuesdays“, the pre-Humpday work week has become a little less painful for Downtown’s oyster-loving oenophiles. Seafood specialist Christophe Hapillon has a special love for what he considers the “fruit of the sea” and he likes to table hop to discuss the finer points of his picks. Church and State sommelier Jeremiah Henderson pairs wines with Happillon’s North American favorites, which include Carlsbad Luna, Totten Virginica, Malpeque, and British Columbia Fanny Bay oysters. At $38 for a dozen and $19 for a half-dozen, these aren’t bargain mollusks but the chance to chat with a master chef about his passion? Priceless.
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Franky & Johnny’s Seafood Outlet
1633 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles 90031
Enterprise Fish Company
174 Kinney Street
Santa Monica 90405
Church and State
1850 Industrial Street
Los Angeles 90021