Eating Oysters

by Claire Seelig, Roadhouse Regular & 10-year-old Oyster Enthusiast

The first time I tried an oyster I was probably about 7 years old. I was with my brother, Ethan and my mom at the Roadhouse. My brother had already had an oyster before and liked it. He was probably about 4 at the time. When he had them the first time, I was a little nervous to try them, so I didn’t. But I thought, as we were leaving, if a 4 year old can eat one, so can I. The next time we came here, my brother ordered some oysters and I asked him if I could have one. He said he would give me one but only one. I was nervous and excited at the same time.

When the oysters were served I was taught how to eat them. I saw my brother slurp the oyster down with no problem and then I nervously picked one up and slurped it down slowly. I closed my eyes and then, surprised, I opened them again. I liked them! In fact I loved them! I asked my brother for another one and he said no but my mom made him give me another one. The next time we came here, I ordered a big plate of oysters and I slurped down every last one of them –no problem! Ever since then, I have a plate of oysters almost every time I come here.

When I eat oysters some of the words that come to my mind are:
Soft
Chewy
Fishy
Cold
Salty
Citrus
Fruity
Sweet
Cucumber
Watery
Briny
Delicious!

My favorite kind of oyster is probably Menemnsha. I like Menemnsha oysters because I love meat and their taste reminds me of meat. They are meaty and chewy and the after taste is kind of salty. Some of my other favorites are:
Fanny Bay
Sailor Girl
Sunset Beach
Cortes Island

Some people might think it’s strange that a ten year old kid like me likes oysters but it’s true, they are one of my favorite foods. I think each oyster is different in one way or another some are thin and sour, yet others are meaty and salty. But they all have one thing in common. They are all delicious!
So, give me liberty or give me oysters! Either way I’m a winner.