100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 69, a Dozen Raw Oysters at Pappas Seafood

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
Just wait until you read how little these beauties cost!
This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal favorites, things she thinks any visitor or Houstonian ought to try at least once and dishes that seem particularly indicative of the ever-changing Houston foodscape. It's a list to drool over.

Have you read enough about oysters here yet? We've been talking about them a lot since the gulf oyster season started on November 1. We've told you what kind of season to expect, where to get oysters and how to order them (baked and topped with ham) at Danton's, our favorite seafood place. And all this talking about oysters, well, it's only made me want them more.

And that's how I ended up at Pappas Seafood by myself shortly after oyster season began. I got a craving for fresh, raw oysters on the half shell, and I just couldn't wait around for someone to join me. It's probably better that way, actually, because eating oysters -- slurping them out of the shells in one massive gulp while the salty water inside runs down my chin -- is not my most attractive look. So I sat at the bar at Pappas alone with my dozen oysters on ice, and I was happy as a clam at high tide.

Or rather, an oyster in the ocean.

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Pappas Seafood

3001 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Pappas is no longer serving oysters plunged in ice at a 45 degree angle; that, thanks to Robb Walsh a couple years ago. They learn at least with some guidance. Those great prices if I recall are limited to a few hours during a day or two...otherwise, it's market price baby.


There with you! Oysters are something  that Pappas does really well....they can't muck them up with too many ingredients and other pitfalls during preparation. 

I still prefer Danton's personally, but Pappas is my second choice.

KaitlinS topcommenter

@Beverlita Danton's is incredible (especially the gumbo!). But you can't beat the price of these oysters!

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