Because I spent so much time talking about them today I finally decided to order some of Cannon's fresh-shucked oysters on the half shell. I made a call to Bobby at 4 o'clock and at 6 o'clock I stopped by and picked up 18 Malpeques on ice. They were beautiful. Rosé champagne was good company for those moist gems, plus a home-delivery Sushi-Ko salad, with seseame dressing, a Salmon Ceviche, and for dessert ripe Camembert spread on toasted slices of Red Truck Bakery's Harvest Wheat Bread. Happy New Year!!
Like everyone else I will celebrate tomorrow and the next day, but those occasions will be with others. Tonight was for me. It's important to have an evening with one's own self as a year ends. And what's a better year-end treat than oysters? Cannon's has a good assortment. I prefer mollusks from the north and west; the smaller and brinier the better. Kumumoto's are my faves, plus Island Creek and Belon, though Belon require a hop over to France. And why the hell not hop over to France for an oyster? There are worse excuses for a trip.
Seriously, however, oysters suit a special occasion. And Cannon's is there for you. They will also steam lobsters and spiced shrimp. They will even par-boil a lobster, allowing you to finish it at home and serve it hot. They have domestic caviar (thank you Iran for ruining the imported caviar industry) that's quite tasty, and Scottish salmon. They have good Sole. All of this only a phone call away. I'm not their shill, but I do believe in supporting good local businesses, and shouting out on their behalf as much as possible. Cannon's is more than worthy. I mean, how many independent fishmongers remain in the Washington area? Wagshal's...tick tick tick...Annapolis Seafood ...tick tick tick ... River Falls Market ... tick tick tick
Exactly. Just call Cannon's or go. It's right here.
I had champagne with my oysters, but just as wonderful is a chilled bottle of grand cru Chablis, even a premier cru of a good vintage, or very bruised vodka.