Aw shucks, sizzling oysters are having a moment

The roasted oysters and bone marrow at Encinitas' new dining hot spot, Herb & Sea.
(Chris Costa photo)

Whether charbroiled, roasted or classic Rockefeller style, our favorite bivalves are a menu highlight at Herb & Sea, Rare Society, Animae, Bluewater Grill and beyond


Hold the mignonette: grilled, charbroiled, roasted and Rockefeller-style are the hottest ways to eat oysters today.

Five new restaurants — Herb & Sea, Rare Society, Louisiana Purchase, International Smoke and Animae — serve these sizzling bivalves in a variety of preparations.

So in honor of National Oysters Rockefeller Day on Friday (random, we know), we suggest ordering some cooked crustaceans at, say, Herb & Sea in Encinitas, where they’re topped with Pernod, kale, lemon, grana padano, breadcrumbs, butter and garlic, and a side of bone marrow.

International Smoke, in Carmel Valley, wood roasts theirs with miso butter and breadcrumbs, while University Heights’ Rare Society fires them up with béchamel, spinach and arugula, fennel, and breadcrumbs.

Slurping allowed.

National Oysters Rockefeller Day

Friday. Various restaurants, including Herb & Sea, 131 West D St., Encinitas. $24.93. (760) 704-8300.