There’s nothing like a fresh oysters! Slip into one of these Alabama spots and slurp down a dozen or two.

Oyster newbies: Need a primer before diving in? Check out our Q&A With Wintzell’s Oyster House.

Original Oyster House, Mobile
Mollusk lovers consider the Original Oyster House a paradise found. Enjoy the oyster varieties of the day, shucked fresh and served ice cold. Just don’t forget to save room for dessert: This place is known for its fluffy, decadent peanut butter chocolate chip pie.

Wintzell’s Oyster House, Mobile
Wintzell’s boasts 12 locations throughout Alabama and is known for oysters “fried, stewed or nude.” For the full tasting experience, order the sampler that includes oysters Monterrey, oysters Bienville, oysters Rockefeller and chargrilled oysters.

Parish Seafood & Oyster House, Trussville
A true treasure, Parish is a neighborhood restaurant and bar with – in their words –  “a rustic, no-nonsense approach to good eating.” Try the flame-roasted oysters smothered in Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, garlic and parsley.

Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar, Orange Beach
A local favorite, Doc’s serves up platters of fresh and fried seafood and authentic charm. The menu features a variety of cooked oyster options if you’re not up for dinner raw on the half shell.

Capitol Oyster Bar, Montgomery
Overlooking downtown and the Alabama River, Capitol Oyster Bar is a picturesque place for fresh oysters. The atmosphere here is only made better by a rotating schedule of blues musicians playing live on any given night.

Fancy’s on 5th, Birmingham
Fancy’s on 5th is an Oyster Dive + Burger Bar located in the heart of Avondale right across from the park. Named for Miss Fancy , the 1920s Avondale Zoo’s main attraction and mascot, this eatery is everything you love about your favorite burger bar and local oyster dive, but taken to a new level. The owners joke that there is nothing fancy about this place except the name. This is why they kept the rustic exposed brick walls and original ceilings and tiles!

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