Top 10 Restaurants That Give Oyster Habitat Back To The Bay

By Bay Bulletin

If you’ve been following Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts in the past several years, it’s no secret to you that old oyster shells are one of the most important commodities for a healthier Bay.

Far from being trash, used shells left over from oyster roasts, individuals and restaurants are valuable homes for new oysters, raised from larvae in labs and attached to the recycled shells to begin growing to maturity.

The Oyster Recovery Partnership’s (ORP) Shell Recycling Alliance exists to gather the old shells that might otherwise be thrown away and instead save them for baby oysters that will eventually be planted on sanctuary reefs in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Bay-friendly businesses in the Shell Recycling Alliance go above and beyond to set aside their old oysters. The list of members stretches from Colonial Beach, Virginia, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

ORP just released its list of the Top Ten Shell Recycling Alliance contributors for the past year. If you have a hankering for raw oysters on the half shell or any other yummy oyster dish, consider choosing one of these:

  1. Jessie Taylor Seafood (Washington D.C.) – 1,719 bushels of shell
  2. Old Ebbitt Grill (Washington D.C.) – 1,214 bushels
  3. King Street Oyster Bar (Washington D.C.) – 1,080 bushels
  4. Boatyard Bar & Grill (Annapolis, MD) – 846 bushels
  5. Whiskey & Oyster (Alexandria, VA) – 820 bushels
  6. King Street Oyster Bar (Potomac, MD) – 810 bushels
  7. Ryleigh’s Oyster (Lutherville-Timonium, MD) – 720 bushels FINISH READING HERE
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