Posted on June 14, 2024

Buck A Shuck- All Things Oyster


Welcome to Kevin’s, where Tuesday nights, oyster enthusiasts indulge in our “Buck A Shuck” event. Let’s dive into the world of oysters, exploring the different types and uncovering the unique differences between East Coast and West Coast varieties.

Types of Oysters

Oysters come in a variety of types, each with distinct flavors, textures, and characteristics. Here’s a look at some popular varieties!


  1. Blue Point Oysters
    • Origin: Long Island Sound, New York
    • Flavor Profile: Briny with a slightly sweet finish, firm texture.
    • Best For: Classic oyster experience, great with mignonette sauce.
  2. Kumamoto Oysters
    • Origin: Japan, but widely farmed in the Pacific Northwest
    • Flavor Profile: Sweet, nutty, with a creamy texture.
    • Best For: First-time oyster eaters; pairs well with a squeeze of lemon.
  3. Malpeque Oysters
    • Origin: Prince Edward Island, Canada
    • Flavor Profile: Clean, light brininess with a crisp finish.
    • Best For: Those who enjoy a balanced, mild flavor.
  4. Miyagi Oysters
    • Origin: Pacific Northwest, originally from Japan
    • Flavor Profile: Rich, sweet, and slightly metallic, with a plump meat.
    • Best For: Pairing with robust condiments like cocktail sauce.
  5. Wellfleet Oysters
    • Origin: Wellfleet Harbor, Massachusetts
    • Flavor Profile: Briny, slightly sweet, with a crisp mineral taste.

Best For: Enjoying raw to appreciate the full complexity of flavors.

East Coast vs. West Coast Oysters

Understanding the differences between East Coast and West Coast oysters is key to appreciating their unique qualities. Here’s a breakdown of their differences:

East Coast Oysters

  • Shape and Size: Generally larger and more elongated.
  • Shell Texture: Rougher, with more pronounced ridges.
  • Flavor Profile: Brinier, saltier, with a firmer texture. These oysters tend to have a stronger, more pronounced ocean flavor.
  • Examples: Blue Point, Wellfleet, Malpeque.

Why You’ll Love Them: If you enjoy a robust, briny bite, East Coast oysters are your best bet. They bring the full taste of the sea in every mouthful and are ideal for pairing with classic accompaniments like lemon or cocktail sauce.

West Coast Oysters

  • Shape and Size: Smaller, with a rounder, deeper cup.
  • Shell Texture: Smoother, with less pronounced ridges.
  • Flavor Profile: Sweeter, with melon or cucumber notes and a creamy texture. They offer a milder, more delicate flavor.
  • Examples: Kumamoto, Miyagi, Pacific.

Why You’ll Love Them: West Coast oysters are perfect for those who prefer a subtle, sweet flavor. They are great for enjoying raw, with minimal toppings to truly appreciate their delicate taste.

Pairing Your Oysters

At Kevin’s, we believe that the perfect pairing perfects the oyster experience. Here are some classic and creative pairings to try:

  • Classic Mignonette: A tangy vinegar-based sauce with shallots and black pepper; perfect for East Coast oysters. (Does Kevin’s do this?)
  • Lemon Wedge: A simple squeeze of lemon brightens and enhances the natural flavors.
  • Cocktail Sauce: The tangy, spicy kick of cocktail sauce pairs wonderfully with brinier oysters.
  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine: The bubbles and acidity cut through the richness and brininess, making it a delightful pairing for any type of oyster.
  • Dry White Wine: Such as a crisp Sauvignon Blanc to complement the complex flavors of oysters without overwhelming them.

Join Us at Kevin’s for Buck A Shuck

Kevin’s offers a unique opportunity to enjoy oysters. Whether you’re looking to indulge in your favorites or explore new varieties, our “Buck A Shuck” event is the perfect way to celebrate all things oyster. Gather your friends, bring your appetite, and join us for an evening of fresh, flavorful fun.

For more information and to explore our menu, visit Kevin’s Restaurant. We look forward to seeing you there!

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