Any great feast must include oysters. There’s something indescribably luxurious about personally putting away a dozen, over several glasses of champagne.
Thankfully, Portland’s robust $1 oyster offerings put this opulent practice within reach of more eaters. And don’t think you’ll have to walk into some hole-in-the-wall spot operated by a crusty ol’ salty dog — although that could be pretty cool, too. These discounted oysters come from thoroughly reputable restaurants.
Ken Forkish’s (Ken’s Artisan Bakery) happening bar and restaurant in inner Southeast just added new happy hour offerings, including $1 oysters. Get them any day of the week: Happy runs Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 6 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m. Located at 726 SE 6th Ave., Trifecta Tavern also offers a $6 gin punch during happy hour, and it just released its summer cocktail menu yesterday.
Biwa and its neighboring bar, Parasol, both kicked off new happy hours in spring 2017, and Biwa brings the $1 bivalves, as well as $5 sashimi and $5 saké, every evening, from 5 to 6 p.m. If you’re dedicated to keeping it raw, move onto Biwa’s sashimi menu, featuring globally inspired preparations, or go all-in and order that chef’s tasting menu for several courses featuring Japanese flavors seen through Portland eyes.
The swank bar at this acclaimed French-inspired restaurant known for its creative twists offers $1 oysters Sunday through Thursday, from 4 and 5 p.m. Recent selections include Netart, Shigoku, Nisqually, Willapa Bay, and St. Simone. St. Jack is located in the Northwest neighborhood at 1610 NW 23rd.
With a Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic theme, Jacqueline is a fun seafood restaurant and oyster bar at 2039 SE Clinton St. (once home to St. Jack), and it’s earning a deserved reputation for overachieving. Jacqueline typically offers several varieties of $1 oysters — all served with tasty hot sauces and mignonettes in glass dropper bottles — from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Also be on the lookout for bottles of bubbles in the $30 to $40 range and $2 tall boys of Rainier.
Eat: An Oyster Bar
Located at 3808 N Williams Ave., Eat: An Oyster Bar has been serving farm-direct oysters for good prices since 2008. It recently featured chelsea gems and oysters from Hammersley Inlet — both in Washington. They’re $1 apiece all-day Tuesday, as well as all other days, from 3 to 5 p.m.
RingSide Fish House
Think you can’t find $1 oysters in downtown Portland? Think again. On Mondays, from 3 p.m. till close, Ringside Fish House does $1 oysters. The old-school seafood restaurant is located just off Director Park, at 838 SW Park Ave.