Ways to Consume Oysters, Ranked

  1. 1.
    Raw, unadorned
    That is all.
  2. 2.
    Raw, squeeze of lemon
    OK, if they're a touch too briny some acidity helps wake them up.
  3. 3.
    Raw, a few drops of mignonette
    But really just drops.
  4. 4.
    Raw, dash of hot sauce
    Because hot sauce makes everything better.
  5. 5.
    Broiled with lemon custard
    This was a dish at a now-defunct Japanese restaurant in the Castro and it still haunts my dreams.
  6. 6.
    Rockefeller
    Because breadcrumbs.
  7. 7.
    Barbecued
    Smoky with tangy sauce, not too shabby.
  8. 8.
    Otherwise, please do not cook oysters in any way, ever.