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Photo Gallery: Bivalvular (and Other) Pleasures at Blue Point Oysterette

Need a visual aid for your print edition? Jonathan Gold visits Blue Point Oysterette in Santa Monica, and finds the oysters ("quivering and cold, expertly opened, served on big platters of ice") worth the trip. Click through for Anne Fishbein's spectacular photos and read more in Gold's Counter Intelligence, "Consider the Oysterette: Bivalvular (and Other) Pleasures on Ocean Avenue."

Island Creek oysters chilling on ice

Anne FishbeinIsland Creek oysters chilling on ice

corner booth

Anne Fishbeincorner booth

afternoon bar scene

Anne Fishbeinafternoon bar scene

Craig Brady, head chef

Anne FishbeinCraig Brady, head chef

sous chef Tony Torres and crab

Anne Fishbeinsous chef Tony Torres and crab

inspecting the crab before it's served

Anne Fishbeininspecting the crab before it's served

afternoon shucking

Anne Fishbeinafternoon shucking

basket of hot sauce

Anne Fishbeinbasket of hot sauce

shucking the oyster

Anne Fishbeinshucking the oyster

freshly opened oyster

Anne Fishbeinfreshly opened oyster

fresh lemonade

Anne Fishbeinfresh lemonade

essential seafood dish component

Anne Fishbeinessential seafood dish component

lobster roll

Anne Fishbeinlobster roll

"between the bread" fish sandwich with ahi tuna

Anne Fishbein"between the bread" fish sandwich with ahi tuna

Zachary eating the fisherman's stew

Anne FishbeinZachary eating the fisherman's stew

fries

Anne Fishbeinfries

sweet potato chips

Anne Fishbeinsweet potato chips

server Jennifer taking an order

Anne Fishbeinserver Jennifer taking an order

fisherman's stew

Anne Fishbeinfisherman's stew

entryway looking out

Anne Fishbeinentryway looking out

Savage Harbor oyster on the half shell

Anne FishbeinSavage Harbor oyster on the half shell

oysters on the half shell

Anne Fishbeinoysters on the half shell

exterior

Anne Fishbeinexterior

Blue Point Oysterette

Anne FishbeinBlue Point Oysterette