The Walrus and the Carpenter
Seattle, WA 98107
Seattle Weekly's Description
The characters in Lewis Carroll's famous poem -- which English majors will remember as part of Through The Looking Glass -- can't get enough oysters. That's why Ballard's The Walrus and The Carpenter would most likely feel perfectly at home bellying up to the bar at Renee Erickson's new place. Beyond the oysters galore, we love the window that offers a voyeuristic view into the kitchen of Ethan Stowell's Fancy and Staples Mercantile. The focus at this dinner-only dining spot is obviously seafood and lots of it. Besides the bivalves, seafood includes smoked trout, clams and mussels and -- hell yes! -- Utz potato chips. That's our kind of fish and chips. Of course, the menu's going to change up all the time, so it's good to arrive with an open mind and an empty stomach.
Tips from foursquare
First I ordered a dozen oysters, then I ordered six more, and then six more after that. The quarter-size Olympia, "Samish Sweets," and Malaspina varieties were that good.
Yes, the seafood is delicious, but Renee Erickson's oyster bar also offers seemingly simple small plates that keep the tucked-away dining room reliably packed. [Eater 38 Member]
With seven oyster varieties daily, W&C is a nosher’s paradise, not a dinner house, so plan accordingly. Then plan to wait, as dozens crowd the line ahead of you, and reservations aren’t accepted.
Fresh simplicity defines chef Renee Erickson’s food at the Walrus and the Carpenter. It also describes the cocktail menu—the creation of her partner Jeremy Price.
Oysters are half-off from 4 to 5 p.m. and 25% off from 5 to 6 p.m.
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