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Frank's Oyster House (Seattle)


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Frank's Oyster House (Seattle)

frygirl | | Jan 22, 2009 10:41 AM

This place has all the ingredients for a satisfying evening out: interesting decor, cool & funky music played at just the right sound level, thoughtful service, and killer food.

We ordered an assortment of small plates:

- A dozen oysters of assorted types: They've got the best oyster presentation I've seen in Seattle served on an oblong tray sculptured from ice. It's very cool, practical and effective. We chose the bloody mary granita to accompany the oysters and it was perfect - a tobasco-ey icy accompaniment to the delicious oysters.

- Beef tartare: the standout dish of the night! The tartare was perfectly seasoned and presented with three toasts for the spread. We swooned and savored every bite. This is the dish that will keep us coming back again and again.

- House made potato chips: these are oh so perfectly done, thin and crispy, not the least bit greasy, and served with a dillweed dipping sauce. Home run!

- Clam fritters: these were our least favorite dish. The fritters are shaped like small hush puppies and I couldn't see any bits of clam in the dough, yet they had an unmistakably fishy smell. They're not terrible, but the other dishes are so good I wouldn't bother with ordering these again.

- Butter lettuce salad: 3 generous wedges of butter lettuce with green goddess dressing, thick chunks of bacon and several large sundried tomato slivers. If you like very rich (not light) salads, this one's for you.

- Our drinks: vodka martinis. They don't stock Grey Goose (huh?) but they make delicious Ketel One martinis with a thick slick of shaved ice floating on top. And the martini glasses are thankfully not oversized, so I could actually recall all the dishes we ordered that evening after the cocktail.