oysters.jpgFrank Bruni, in the Diner's Journal, waxes poetic about the oysters at Wild Salmon and Aquagrill, and discusses the reasons why he often disobeys the "rule" that one is not supposed to eat oysters in months that don’t have an ‘r’ in them. We're with Frank on this one. We love oysters in the summer. The platter above was from a recent oyster happy our at P.J. Clarke's downtown. They were cheap, but didn't hold a candle to ones we've had at Aquagrill, Blue Ribbon or Pearl Oyster Bar.

We have recently received a copy of A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur's Guide to Oyster Eating in North America , by Rowan Jacobsen, and are looking forward to diving in to learn more about where that ludicrous rule came from, how to select and shuck our own oysters, pair them with wines, and find out about the top oyster restaurants, producers, and festivals across the country.

Where do you get your oysters -- any good happy hours out there? We've heard about Five Points but are always looking for more ideas.