“Smallish dishes” and oysters at the Walrus and the Carpenter.

Not surprisingly, Renee Erickson’s year-old oyster bar The Walrus and the Carpenter made Bon Appétit’s register of Best New Restaurants.

In the write-up, Seattle uber-fan Andrew Knowlton admits to downing two dozen oysters during his visit (that’s all?), but writes: The bivalves are “only the tip of the menu, followed by smallish dishes composed mainly of things plucked from local waters. Plump fried oysters were crispy and irresistible. Grilled herring (a first for me) and a tartare of butter clam almost made me forget about those oysters. Almost.”

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