As we move into summer, we’re craving seafood. And at Shuck Oyster Bar you can cool off by throwing back some fresh varieties on the half-shell from different bodies of water. But if brackish oysters aren’t your thing, opt for the seafood eatery’s newly expanded menu offering beer-battered shrimp sliders lightly fried until golden brown and served on a buttery bite-sized brioche bun, squid ink pasta topped with velvety sea urchin, and sweet shellfish-enriched tomato lobster bisque.
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Classic, timeless and delicious are Shuck's Oysters Rockefeller. Chef Kristy Gunn’s throwback rendition are elaborately garnished in creamed spinach (ala Peter Luger), then delicately baked on top of a large, plump oyster the size of a hand. The flavors balance brine and cream for a rich, warm, decadent starter. Covered with crispy breadcrumbs, slurp sloooooowly.
Shuck Oyster Bar, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 420-0478; www.shuckoysterbar.com