Northern Puget Sound

Naked Roy’s Beach

A terrific oyster, fruity and rich, with a nose that mixes rhubarb, spinach, and river humus. The shell has a deep, pearly interior and frills so extreme you wonder how the thing closes. The resemblance to a Penn Cove Select is strong, and since both oysters come from Samish Bay, it’s tempting to believe that something about Samish Bay’s sandy shores and windward orientation produces oysters with amazing, wavy shells. But forget the oyster; what about Naked Roy? He was a character known for staking out a particular section of sand on Samish Bay and working on his full-body tan. He has been immortalized in the unofficial name of the beach and now the oyster.

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