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8 Best Bets for Oysters on the Half Shell In Dallas–Fort Worth

By Steven Lindsey  |  March 31, 2016

For a landlocked part of the country, we get our fair share of superb oysters. (Thanks, FedEx!) Whether they're gigantic homegrown Gulf oysters from the waters off South Texas or smaller varieties from the northeast and northwest, oysters on the half shell always have a bit of wow factor when they're brought to the table. From freshly shucked to grilled, baked and fire-roasted, here's where to get your bivalve fix.

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  • Barley & Board
    At Denton's first brewpub, located on the historic town square, you'll find an impressive skillet of Wicked Gulf oysters. These grilled beauts are topped off with a housemade garlic Parmesan butter. The smokiness of the oysters and the little bit of bite from the garlic is a dreamy combination.

    100 W Oak St., Denton; 940-566-3900
     

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    Proof + Pantry
    Head to this New American favorite in One Arts Plaza to get your fix of fresh East Coast oysters on the half shell. These small morsels of sweet and lightly briny seafood are served with traditional accompaniments, including mignonette, cocktail sauce and wedges of lemon. 

    1722 Routh St., 214-880-9940

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    Gemma
    This fantastic, cozy New American spot on Henderson Avenue offers freshly shucked oysters on the half shell (which rotate between Cape Hatteras, Naked Cowboy, Wellfleet, Little Bitches, Malabar, Pleasant Bay and Peter's Point) served with jalapeño, ginger beer granita and red wine mignonette, But the roasted oysters (pictured above) are truly something to behold. A combination of guanciale, melted Gruyere, No. 209 gin, leeks and jalapeños bring spicy, salty and smoky together in every bite. 

    2323 N Henderson Ave., 214-370-9426

  • Paul Martin's American Grill
    At Texas' first location of the popular American chain, diners can choose from a variety of fresh oysters that change daily. The preparation is simple and traditional, with cocktail sauce and champagne mignonette for spooning onto each. 

    3848 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-521-0116

  • Henry's Majestic
    Grab your friends and hit up this Knox-Hendrson area gastropub for East Coast Blue Point oysters topped with kimchi-infused butter, Meat Parlour pancetta and fresh green onion before hitting the broiler. 

    4900 McKinney Ave., 469-893-9400

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    Del Frisco's Steakhouse
    At either the Dallas or Fort Worth location of this iconic steakhouse chain, oysters on the half shell are offered daily on the appetizer menu. Served chilled over a bed of ice with lemon and mignonette, they're the perfect surf to order before that big slab of turf.

    Multiple locations

  • SMOKE
    At either the West Dallas or Plano locations of this upscale barbecue joint from Tim Byres, the chefs are fire-roasting oysters with scampi-style butter, spicy chorizo and ash salsa for a truly Texas take on the shellfish staple.

    Multiple locations

  • The Theodore
    Inside NorthPark Center, this bar and restaurant from the team behind Bolsa and Smoke serves their bivalves with the requisite mignonette and cocktail sauce, while housemade rye bread makes a nice change from the usual saltine accompaniment.

    8687 N. Central Expwy., 469-232-9771