Friday, October 27, 2006

Friday Food Porn: Dinner at Market Street Oyster Bar and Another Guest Photographer!

Friday nights I like to tease all my blog readers with photos of yummy looking, (often not South Beach Diet approved) food that I "may or may not have eaten." These photos are from last Friday, when I had dinner at The Market Street Oyster Bar in Salt Lake City, with friends Mary, Ken, and Diane, graciously hosted by Mary's father, Nick.

I've written about Nick before, since he was one of the first readers to send me a recipe for the blog, and Nick's Chipotle Grilled Shrimp with Black Bean Salsa was one of the first recipes where I took photos. If you click on that recipe, you see I've learned a bit about photographing food since then, but it's definitely a great recipe, one you should try if you have a grill.


This was a lovely meal, with a lot of delicious food, good friends and good conversation. Be sure to read to the end to see the photo my second guest photographer contributed this week. (All these photos are with my old camera, and since it's a very dark restaurant I had to use a flash. Still, even without the new camera quality, I think you can tell this was good food.)

An appetizer of fried shrimp, very tasty, with a spicy cocktail sauce to dip the shrimp in.

Not a great photo, but a delicious dish of crab stuffed mushrooms which we all shared.

The famous Market Street onion rings, which I did (barely) manage to restrain myself from eating.


Washed out by the flash and not very colorful, but the salad was crisp and tasty with blue cheese dressing.


Some opted for the famous Market Street Clam Chowder (which I actually have the recipe for somewhere) and I didn't notice until I got home that it needed a little food styling to wipe off the spills. I've had this chowder many times and I'm sure it still tasted wonderful.

I ordered Fresh Atlantic Char, served with herb butter and butternut squash. This was the first time I had tasted Char, and it was excellent.


Diane chose Halibut Oscar, which was halibut topped with crab, asparagus, and bernaise sauce.


Another photo which could have been better, but Ken graciously held his plate across the table for me to photograph, and he gave the seafood ravioli a good review.

Nick had a dozen blue-point oysters, the dish the restaurant is most famous for.

Mary had Tuna which she thought was great, served with a slightly sweet sauce and the butternut squash.


Mary is also the guest photographer, sharing this picture of stuffed pumpkin she made last October when we both bought our Casio cameras together. Thanks again to Nick for a great dinner and to Mary for organizing a lovely evening with good friends.

Market Street Oyster Bar

54 West Market Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
801-531-6044

Blogger Disclosure:
Although I did tell the server I was a food blogger and asked if I could take photos, we paid for the dinner at the Oyster Bar, and they had no idea I would be writing this post about the restaurant. I don't really write restaurant "reviews" but once in a while I talk about restaurants in Salt Lake and Restaurants in other cities where I've had great meals.





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6 comments:

  1. It all looks wonderful...but how could you resist those onion rings? When we were young and poor we used to dip onion rings in tater sauce and pretend they were shrimp. I haven't had a good onion ring in....a rather long time. Maybe next trip to the U.S.!

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  2. Those are some very large onion rings!

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  3. That looks so good! You showed remarkable restraignt not eating those onion rings. Not sure I would be able to do that!!!! :)

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  4. I'm going crazy over this post, which is making me remember all the best things about food on the West coast of Scotland - fish, fish, fish!

    I wish I could have clam chowder, but clams are fairly rare over here in the UK...

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  5. Everything looks delicious, but I'd be heading straight for the raw oysters - yum!

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