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Creative and Fresh Seafood at G & B Oyster Bar

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

If it's fresh seafood you crave, G & B Oyster Bar in Fort Lauderdale has your number. This establishment, opened in 2012, is fast getting a reputation for their annual Oyster Fest and daily cuisine, featuring a variety of the finest and freshest seafood found locally or flow in from across the United States.

Obviously with a restaurant named G & B Oyster Bar, oysters are the star. "People eat with their eyes as much as they do with their mouths," explains Media and Public Relations Manager Sasha Formica. "Seeing an Oyster shucked seconds before it's placed in front of you reinforces how fresh they are."

Photo Credit: Tony Laiacona of Laiacona Photography & Design

In fact, you can look in the mirror above the raw bar and watch as fresh oysters and clams are shucked and placed on platters covered in ice to preserve their freshness. Oysters are served raw, grilled or fried (called crispy) by themselves or in menu items such as Oyster Po' Little Boys and Oysters Rockefeller. Hot soups for those stormy days include Oyster and Andouille Gumbo and Oyster Stew.

The restaurant was converted from a dive shop into a breezy, modern, casual, upscale atmosphere for diners. Two garage doors let the outside in to see the events taking place outdoors. The wonderful water view from the owners' sister restaurant next door, Coconuts, is taken in on three flat screens sitting end to end. The camera focus is on the marina and intercoastal waters where the sunset view is largely spectacular.

Serving lunch, dinner and brunch, "Chef Steve is constantly searching for the best and freshest products across the country to keep his features innovative and exciting," notes Formica. Lobster corn dogs and Lobster Bacon Sticky Buns are some examples of Chef Steve's creative cuisine. "Our servers are extremely knowledgeable about our seafood and the origin of each product," Formica states." Where else can you get off the boat and have a Seafood Tower "stacked with lobster, oysters, clams, shrimp and stone crab," Formica asks? There are also steak, alligator and chicken menu items to try.

The Oyster Fest is unique to and held by G & B Oyster Bar as a celebration of Florida food and culture. The event just occurred in October, so you'll have to wait until 2016 to get in on it. There are a few events other than the main one. A five-course wine-food pairing, which this year featured Oregon's King Estate Winery, and an oyster luncheon and seminar are some of the ancillary features.

The Oyster Fest itself is an event held in the establishment's parking lot with unlimited access to seven food stations complete with various types of oysters prepared many different ways, as well as Red Cow barbeque. Formica tells us that "Pearl Diver Oyster Saison (a beer brewed by Funky Buddha Brewery for the event) has a brewing process that includes the incorporation of raw oysters." There is also slurping contests, live music and so much more.

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