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TRIFECTA TAVERN (BUCK A SHUCK OYSTERS & $6 Flight of 4 FRIDAYS) – DEL MAR

You either love or you either hate raw oysters. Our flock used to go to The Fish Market to get our fix of raw oysters. Inappropriate (often filthy) descriptions were used to describe what and how a raw oyster tasted like. But raw oysters, no matter how much you make fun of the taste/texture/etc, still cost a pretty penny to eat. What if you could have a raw oyster for just $1 dollar ( or 100 pennies if that makes it sound like a better deal ). Trifecta Tavern now offers Buck a Shuck Oysters on Fridays. PLUS, the little pub-like-restaurant also offers $6 Flight of four 4.5 oz beer tastings (ANY beer they have on tap).

I recently stumbled across this new Friday deal offered at Trifecta Tavern when I was researching places that offered triple IPAs on draft. Friends have assigned me the task of finding the best IPAs on tap since we fell in love with the Knee Deep Simtra at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. I had no problem doing that as long as the place had decent food. I’ve visited Trifecta Tavern a few times but felt the food quality had diminished since Whole Foods opened a few years ago. They still offer $10 Burger & Beer on Wednesdays but the burger on our last visit wasn’t all that great. So it was nice to find that Trifecta Tavern added a new Friday special to try out. 

TRIFECTA TAVERN

This buck a shuck is offered only on Fridays from 5-7p.

I got there a bit early so I wandered around Whole Foods until my friend arrived. I figured I’d go to my butcher crush and order a sandwich for us to share if the oysters sucked. I asked Alex if he tried the oysters and he said they were quite good except that he felt the mignonette was too sweet. He proceeded to make me a custom sauce that he wanted us to try out on the oysters.

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He used our favorite donkey hot sauce and fresh lemons for the sauce.

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Trifecta Tavern has a funny concept as they have their own food but anyone can eat their Whole Food supermarket purchase there. So I think this confuses the staff at Trifecta as they’re not sure if you’re there to order off their menu or not. I grabbed a seat inside with a view of what’s offered on tap.

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I think that’s Kyle in the background. He’s the reason I was there that day as the phone conversation with him the day before got me super excited about the beers. He told me they DO have Knee Deep Simtra on tap BUT they also have Knee Deeps QUADRUPLE IPA at a 13.1% ABV.

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Kyle then proceeded to tell me that I could try this beer with their Friday $6 Flight for 4 Friday special. He and another bartender then had THE BEST IDEA for me as I was having a hard time deciding what to try. They said I should try out the flight with all IPAs AND with different strengths. Behold…

TRIFECTA TAVERN
$6 FLIGHT OF FOUR 4.5 oz BEERS

Duet: single IPA (7% ABV)
Yulesmith: double IPA (8.5% ABV)
Simtra: Triple IPA (11.25% ABV)
Deranged: Quadruple IPA (13.1% ABV)

Brilliant. Pure brilliancy. It was a smart way for someone like me to try out different strengths of IPAs. It’s best to start with the single IPA then taste-on gradually to the quad IPA. The Deranged was bitter and strong but is that surprising at 13.1% ABV. This flight was a great deal for $6 as the pours equated to 18 ounces of beer.

On to the oysters…

BUCK A SHUCK OYSTERS
BUCK A SHUCK OYSTERS
SAUCES
SAUCES

house made cocktail with horseradish, mignonette, and chipotle

You place your order with the fishmonger (Mikey that day) and he brings the freshly shucked oysters to your table.

My friend and I enjoyed the IPAs while waiting for the oysters. We also dug into the pork belly sandwich I purchased earlier from the meat department.

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PORK BELLY SANDWICH WITH BEER FLIGHTS

The pork belly was fatty which I don’t mind but my friend couldn’t eat. I didn’t really know she didn’t eat that much pork either until Alex, the butcher, came over to say hello and she mentioned it (as he asked why she wasn’t eating the pork belly).

BUCK A SHUCK OYSTERS FRIDAYS
BUCK A SHUCK OYSTERS FRIDAYS

I believe these are mostly Blue Point oysters for another customer. It was beautifully presented over a bed of ice chips.

1/2 DOZEN OYSTERS

This is our first order of oysters. You can request whatever 3 sauces you want on top of your oysters. For example:

MIGNONETTE SAUCE
MIGNONETTE SAUCE

This sauce was a bit sweet but it complimented with the brininess of the oysters

COCKTAIL HORSERADISH SAUCE
COCKTAIL HORSERADISH SAUCE

I liked the kick of this horseradish sauce

My trick was to add the mignonette and cocktail sauce to the oyster.

CHIPOTLE SAUCE
CHIPOTLE SAUCE

I didn’t like the chipotle sauce as I only tasted the chili concoction when I ate the oyster. Friend liked this sauce though. I enjoyed the cold freshly shucked oysters and they tasted creamy with the right balance of an ocean salt kiss (I know, sounds cheesy but it’s what popped into my head).

SAMPLES
SAMPLES

As much as life can be tough, angels will sometimes throw you a bone to cheer you up. Alex is that meat butcher angel 🙂 He can light up anyones day. He brought over these brisket samples for us to try as he knew my friend didn’t really eat pork. The brisket was topped with a bbq sauce and their new chipotle mayo sauce.

LUNA OYSTERS
LUNA OYSTERS

I, obviously, love raw oysters. Here’s another order.

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Isn’t this oyster so pretty. Friend doesn’t eat raw oysters often but she did tried a few that day for me (and Alex). She said the oysters tasted better with his lemon/donkey hot sauce and the chipotle sauce. This covers up the beauty of what an oyster should taste like BUT I think it helps a newbie oyster eater get past the texture and feel of eating a raw oyster.

RAINBOW ROLL $7.00
RAINBOW ROLL $7.00

Alright. So this was the debbie downer dish of the meal. Four pieces of a sushi roll. FOUR. For $7. Which equates to $1.75/piece. Friend ordered this and shrugged as she ate each piece. She would mutter after each bite ‘can’t believe your oysters were only $1/each’. The thinly sliced tuna and salmon were just mediocre to her.

The restaurant was bustling that Friday night. I think it was hard for Mikey to keep up with all the oyster orders as more and more customers started to order them. This Buck a Shuck is a GREAT deal for fresh oysters – especially in this neck of the woods.

Here’s a glimpse of their daily specials:

TRIFECTA TAVERN DAILY SPECIALS

TRIFECTA TAVERN
2600 Via De La Valle
Ste 100
Del Mar, CA 92014

Whole Foods is still one of my go to places when I need a pick me up boost (in attitude to say the least). The bright colors and more importantly, samples, makes this girl’s day. I even wrote about them on Localeur. Friend let me wander around the market after dinner. Here are the samples I saw that evening:

CHERRIES
CHERRIES
STRAWBERRIES
STRAWBERRIES
MELON
MELON
CHEESE
CHEESE
PICKLES
PICKLES
PISTACHIO MOCHI
PISTACHIO MOCHI
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER MOCHI
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER MOCHI

Not bad right. I love this Whole Foods location.

ALEX AND MIKEY
ALEX AND MIKEY

We bumped into Alex and Mikey on our way out. These are some of the nicest & most knowledgeable guys here at Whole Foods.

Friend wanted to buy bundlets as she remembered the Afternoon-cay post.

NOTHING BUNDT CAKES
NOTHING BUNDT CAKES

They were offering red velvet samples that day.

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Their bundt cakes here are so good. I’m not a fan of red velvet desserts but I love the version here. With one exception…

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I don’t like frosting. Like, at all. I was reminding my friend that when she grabbed my sample and licked off the frosting and THEN handed my sample back to me. I muttered how filthy she is and she laughed how filthy I was for not liking frosting in the first place.

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I wiped off her gross cooties and then ate my yummy sample.

It was the funniest way to end a Friday evening.

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10 thoughts on “TRIFECTA TAVERN (BUCK A SHUCK OYSTERS & $6 Flight of 4 FRIDAYS) – DEL MAR

  1. Doh! That was close. You almost got cooties. I never got cooties. 🙂 It’s safe behind my mountain of comic books and computers.

    Those food specials sound good. I’ll have to come by and try them.

    I wish I had friends like Alex that brought me food. Oh well. At least I’ll be safe from cooties at comic con…

    1. I think girls will forever be scared of cooties. The food specials here aren’t bad even if you don’t like beer. Actually, I take that back. I think all their daily specials include beer. Mondays has the .50c wing specials – so maybe that wouldn’t be too shabby of a deal. Hopefully you can come here when there are lots of samples to be tried.

      I forgot comic con is almost here!

  2. I will admit I’ve never actually had a raw oyster. I’ve had them fried but the idea of a raw oyster freaks me out. It sounds so…. Slimy. Don’t want slimy 🙁

    Ohhhh, look at you getting special sauces from the hot butcher! Wink, wink.

    I got nothing else to say about oysters. But yay for Whole Foods samples!

    1. And you hate brussel sprouts too right?! I’m trying to remember all the items you hate to eat and I think we should try to conquer them. As bloggers I feel a responsibility to help you enjoy brussel sprout and oysters.

      Special sauces from hot butcher – hahah! Yeah I wish but I’m sure he’d do that for any nice customer.

      This Friday Oyster deal would be a great place for you to finally try ONE oyster!!!

  3. I seriously just made a frowny face thinking about going to eat raw oysters. Ugh. I had brussel sprouts at a place this past weekend (post forthcoming) but I only like the outer crispy edges. I ate a whole brussel sprout and I came really close to spitting it out. Edges = okay; Whole thing = not okay.

    I also hate pickled stuff but I seriously doubt I can overcome that one. I don’t like vinegary stuff. Hey, I’ll eat a pickle if you eat some blue cheese! 😀 😀 😀

    1. Gahhhhhhhh!! No way. Ok fine you don’t have to eat a pickle if you don’t make me eat blue cheese. My friends call it the ‘vinegar’ face whenever I get irate so I think you should use the same term when you think about pickles and oysters.

      I’ve only come to like brussel sprouts over the last few years. And they’re best when fried (not surprising right). OH! I tried fried pickles for the first time the other day and they SUCKED. I was going to say you could try a deep fried oyster but you’d probably freak.

      1. Stacey made me try fried pickles and I hattttttted them. Frying does nothing for them! And I’ve had a fried oyster before. I only remember it was quite brine-y tasting and made me think “This is what it must be like to eat the ocean.” That was a long time ago though.

        1. Dude. Fried oysters are the B.O.M.B diggity. Oh crap I should see if Trifecta will do that! Yeah sometimes things shouldn’t taste like ocean water as have you tasted ocean water lately – it’s terrible (remember the drink from Secret Society party last year?!).

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