Just looking for a place that serves a good Carolina Oyster Roast. Nothing quite like enjoying a good messy oyster roast around a table with friends and family. I know Hooters serves it on their menu (as the late owner of Hooters was born and raised in Loris, SC right on the SC/NC border b/w Wilmington and Myrtle Beach). But Hooters in Manhattan serves it all wrong. First, they serve farm raised oysters with no salt water taste. Second, they didn't bother hosing the dirt off of the oysters before they roasted them. The waitress brought me a bucket of oysters sitting in Mud and then wouldn't give a refund when I refused to eat oysters with mud caked on them. Good food and Hooters don't really go together - but this is what I have resorted to.
I had no idea that the oyster roasts I grew up with were only a regional specialty until I left NC. It was part of my family's Thanksgiving tradition to eat an oyster roast on the day after thanksgiving. The only thing I seem to find in the city is Oyster Rockefeller - that just doesn't cut it - you can't even taste the oyster. The only person I have found that has a clue what I am talking about when I say oyster roast is a co-worker from the Phillipines. Evidently, this is a cuisine shared by both the Carolinas and the Phillipines. This co-worker has had the same difficulty finding an oyster roast as I have had.
I'm afraid to even ask about frogmore stew. Which is a good low-country seafood boil. (Frog legs not usually included)
Any help on finding either of these in New York would be greatly appreciated.
I'm from the Wilminton, NC area and have been looking for good BBQ as well. Brother Jimmy's is owned by a New Yorker that went to Duke (otherwise known as the University of New Jersey at North Carolina). They haven't quite gotten the whole NC BBQ thing down just right. However, they have done the best job in the city of getting as close to NC BBQ as you will find. If you order from there, you have a choice of NC and SC (mustard-based) BBQ. If you order the NC bbq, make sure they don't put the thick, sugary BBQ sauce on it. They will do it, if you don't ask them not to. Stay away from Virgil's - it's a disgrace and a sham that they have called there version NC style BBQ. The state of NC should sue them. I visited the races in Saratoga, NY last year - there were bbq stands actually called Carolina BBQ. Again disappointed - it wasn't even close. You're not going to find the real deal anywhere in NY. Borther Jimmy's is probably the closest. If you google 'buy NC bbq online' you will come accross some websites where you can purchase some online (mostly Lexinton/Hickory, NC style) and they will send it to you. I've never tried this before, so I cannot attest to the quality. My brother has tried out Daisy Maes and said it was okay, but again - not the same. Good luck.