In Season's fried oysters: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 66

Though scientists have disproved the notion that oysters may only be safely eaten in months with the letter "r" in their names (May, June, July, and August), it is true that the mollusks tend to posses their best qualities when water temperatures are colder.

Chef Don Saunders, whose restaurant emphasizes the use of seasonal ingredients at their peak, has been serving up fine plates of Pacific Northwest Quilcene oysters during these fleeting winter months.

The oysters are don't look like much, lightly battered and served on thick slabs of fatty pork belly. But who needs pearls to feel rich with a combination like this? A smear of sharp mustard and shredded sweet-and-sour cabbage pretty up the plate and cut through the meaty unctuousness. We could eat these oysters every day--or at least before the warm weather arrives and they disappear.

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Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 67: Cave Vin's steak frites

No. 68: Everest on Grand's cabbage and potatoes

No. 69: Christos's saganaki No. 70: Surly Coffee Bender

No. 71: Quang's bun tom xao

No. 72: YoYo Donuts' maple bacon doughnut

No. 73: Cupcake's mini cupcakes

No. 74: Willy D's ribs

No. 75: Salsa a la Salsa's Fried Chocolate Truffles

No. 76: Anodyne's Artichoke Melt

No. 77: Origami's steamed duck

No. 78: B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar

No. 79: Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello

No. 80: Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche

No. 81: Little Szechuan's bamboo tips with chili sauce

No. 82: Oceanaire's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake

No. 83: Aperitif's Nonni's Meatballs

No. 84: Christos's Saganaki

No. 85: Seven Stars' Sesame Bagel

No. 86: Hell's Kitchen Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes

No. 87: Blackbird banh mi

No. 88: Tank Goodness chocolate chip cookies

No. 89: Sole Cafe's gal bee

No. 90: Porter & Frye's El Pelon

No. 91: Coffee News' fish and chips

No. 92: Bread & Chocolate's Fabulous Fudge Bar

No. 93: People's Organic Panna Cotta

No. 94: Sea Salt Eatery Crawdad Po' Boy

No. 95: Fuji Ya's Tofu Don

No. 96: Ike's Food and Cocktails The Weekender Bloody Mary

No. 97: Punch's Toto pizza

No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie

No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato

No. 100: Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes

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