I love oysters! Raw to just slightly steamed (Who am I kidding, I will even chew on a rubbery over cooked one!) Ice, ice cold raw is nice with a little horseradish heavy coctail sause. Or just a touch of steamed or grilled to crack open for just a bit of added texture. (sorry, sometimes when I am eating food I want to chew just a bit)
I am too far from the water to go get them on a whim. The ole lady wont touch them. Years ago a buddy got a bushel (half maybe? but everyone calls it a bushel) for like $30 at a local farmers market (I will have to check this out some time, I think the count was near 100) At any rate he invited a few guys over to slurp them down, but everyone that he invited was like an amature or scared. A few guys never even tried any, so that left me and my buddy, the host, to do away with all of the oysters ourselves. (not that I am complaining...) I would guess that I ate 40 and my buddy the same. The thing is though, my buddy weighs maybe 125 with his tool bag full of nails, and I was 250 ehhhh 280.
Now I have to go out and see if I can find any local markets that ship them in reasonably fresh.