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The Shrimp Dock begins serving oysters

Blue Point Oysters at The Shrimp Dock
Blue Point Oysters at The Shrimp Dock
Toni S. Williams

Knoxville has come to rely on The Shrimp Dock for its fresh shrimp and seafood. From shrimp boils to the Friday fish fry, The Shrimp Dock delivers on the promise of freshness and taste. Before now, if you wanted oysters from The Shrimp Dock, they came fried.

Starting today, The Shrimp Dock is serving three kinds of oysters raw and hand-shucked on the half shell. Oyster lovers can get Blue Point, Bodie Island or Chesapeake Bay oysters served with cocktail sauce, lemon and (coming in the next day or two) oyster crackers. Today, there were saltines.

But, according to owner Phil Dangle, the oysters are eat-in only. He will not sell oysters to-go to ensure that they are prepared properly and eaten fresh. And, for right now, you can only get the oysters at the Bearden location. He is not ruling out serving oysters at the Farragut and Alcoa locations. He wants a trial run on making sure the logistics work before adding the other two locations.

Since I only eat oysters that are dusted with cornmeal and deep fried, I took my friend Mary Ann with me. She ordered six Blue Point and six Bodie Island oysters. She preferred the Bodie Island flavor of the two.

I opted for a catfish po' boy with french fries and the excellent in-house made cole slaw.

I think Knoxville will be well pleased with the addition of oysters to the Shrimp Dock menu and I may try them someday. That bourbon glazed salmon looked awfully delicious, too!

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