Give in to your seafood cravings by dropping by the new Silo Terrace Oyster Bar near the Dominion on I-10. Whether you love your seafood on the half-shell or fresh out of the fryer, you’ll likely find something to please you.
A pair of oyster-loving friends and I met up there recently for lunch and had a hard time narrowing our appetizer choices to just three selections from the lengthy menu of bivalves, largely from the Northeast.
We started with a trio of oysters from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Maine. Each had its own delicious personality, even if the flavors did not always match the menu’s description. For example, we read that the liquor of our La St. Simon oysters were more sweet than salty, but the ones we were served were so briny that we felt instantly transported to a wind-swept seascape. That’s a good thing, by the way, as is trusting your own taste buds to come up with your own descriptors. You do it with wine and beer, right?
One friend couldn’t get enough bivalves in her diet that day, so, for her main course, she went for Silo’s signature fried oysters, which were served up with generous slabs of braised pork belly. It may have only been listed as a small plate, but it was large enough to please her while offering a few tastes to share.
The serving of fish and chips was enormous, with two large slabs of fish fried to a deep brown. There was plenty of tartar sauce, which taste better on the fries, in my opinion, than on the fish. Blame it on the European habit of dipping fries in mayonnaise, which I also love.
I opted for the daily special, which was pan-fried flounder over coconut milk rice. A dollop of avocado relish (aka guacamole to most of us) and a few strands of fresh chervil crowned the dish in elegance. It was real eye candy, and it tasted as good as it looked.
The indoor dining area is more intimate than Silo 1604’s, yet there was a healthy vibe of contentment energizing the scene. The new location also offers an elevated patio with its own oyster bar and plenty of tables for fair weather days. I can hardly wait for spring – or even a warm afternoon — and a chance to dive into a dozen or two oysters on that patio.
Silo Terrace Oyster Bar
22211 I-10 W.
(210) 698-2002Lunch: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Dinner: 5 – 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 – 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday