Elliott’s Oyster New Year
Before I dive into the information about Oyster New Year, I want to mention how much I like the remodel of Elliott’s Cafe, formerly known as Steamers Seafood Cafe. The physical changes were fairly minor, but the result is a cozy spot, window seating with views of either the street or the pier and a tiny bar. Stop by and check it out, if you haven’t yet seen the changes. I didn’t actually sample their new menu, but Elliott’s Oyster House has great food and the cafe shares the same executive chef so I’m sure it’s delicious.
Now on to the main topic!
Thursday night Elliott’s hosted an Oyster New Year preview party at Elliott’s Cafe. What is Oyster New Year, you may ask? As the waters of the Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean cool back down after the summer, shellfish enter their prime. You’ll see a few restaurants around town celebrate this in different ways. Elliott’s has the biggest celebration, though, with 44 days of festivities including the big Oyster New Year Bash on November 3rd. Besides being a fun way to enjoy our local seafood, the really great thing about these events is that they benefit the Puget Sound Restoration Fund.
During the preview party we sampled several varieties of oysters, seafood appetizers, oyster wines and a specialty cocktail created to pair with seafood. A couple standouts for me were the razor clam fritters, the house-smoked salmon and the oysters but everything was good. Let’s put it this way, I didn’t pass up seconds of anything. At the actual event you’ll have your choice of:
- 30+ varieties of local oysters shucked to order at a 90-foot oyster bar (they advertise it as 90 but when measured it’s more like 160 feet!)
- Fresh seafood buffet
- Over 40 wineries
- Local microbrews
Plus there will be live music, an Oyster Luge and a shucking demonstration and contest.
You can get more information and purchase tickets here.