As promised here is something from the tents at the Oyster Festival……..
The steamed oysters were amazing, but something was missing to complete my oyster festival experience. I needed to answer the o so important question of “ Are fried oysters better ?” I was in luck. The Red’s Ice House food tent served fried oysters. Armed with my tooth pick and cocktail sauce I was determined to uncover the answer to my question. A few minutes later I was done. My stomach was full and I came to the conclusion that YES I do like fried oysters better than steamed ones. I know some of you might think I am crazy and completely disagree. That is ok. Personally I enjoyed the fried ones better than the steamed ones. The fried ones had a golden crispy coating on them that gave a nice crunch as you were eating them. With the initial bite you got a lovely combination of saltiness, fat, and some acidity form the cocktail sauce. Granted the process of eating the steamed oyster was better. There is something that primitive and manly about attacking your food with a knife and ripping away its defenses. The tooth pick did not quite live up to the same feeling as a knife, but on overall taste and flavor I am going to have to go with the fried version. Which do you think would taste better?