I’m probably one of the last people to explore Union Market. A big thanks to Alix for taking me there one spring Sunday afternoon. That day we walked around, explored and then we enjoyed a sandwich from The Red Apron.
Since that afternoon I’ve been wanting to go back and check out the Rappahannock Oyster Co. Upon my insistence, and his love for oysters- Sam agreed to go!
First a little history. Rappahanock River Oysters can be traced back to 1899. James Arthur Croxton, Jr. purchased 5 acres of land near the Rappahanock River near Bowlers, VA. Today it’s led by his great-grandson’s, Travis and Ryan Croxton; the company also expanded- located in Butylo, VA on over 100 acres.
The 3 types of oysters sold at Rappahannock Oyster Bar in Union Market are:
Rappahanock River Oysters
- from Topping, VA
- salt range: 13-17
- sweet, buttery full-bodied taste
- from Ware Neck, VA
- salt range: 17-22
- quintessential Chesapeake Bay oyster, sweet & mildly briny
- from Chincoteague Bay, VA
- salt range: 28-33
- taste like the ocean, briny
We did order additional plates, since this is more of small-plate restaurant.
Lots of delicious dishes to choose from. In addition, there are a number of great drinks, local beers and specials.
Since we’re still on the search for the best Bloody Mary in DC, we had to try this one. Definitely towards the top range of the one’s we’ve tried- extra spicy, just like we wanted!
Other than the oysters, we split 2 small dishes:
This was the Tuna Tartare, with limes, chilies and Thai basil. It was light and refreshing, a perfect pairing with the crispy bread.
We also shared the Crab Cake with celeriac remoulade. Someone had told me that they thought this might be the best crab cake in DC, and I will have to agree! Delicious!
This was a great Sunday early afternoon outing, and I can’t wait to come back for more oysters! Afterwards we stopped by to pick up pickles from Oh! Pickles.
Where do you go for oysters and crab cakes? Would love to hear recommendations!