It's hard to think of oysters in D.C. without immediately thinking of Old Ebbitt Grill. The D.C. institution is known for its high-quality bivalves, its generous raw bar happy hour discounts and its annual oyster-themed bash, the Oyster Riot. This year, the event will be held Nov. 21-22 and tickets are already on sale.
Since 2010, Old Ebbitt (and later, its sister restaurants in the Clyde's groups) have also made major efforts in the realm of oyster shell recovery, which helps raise new oysters and restore oyster reefs. A spokeswoman for the restaurant shared some facts and figures about the restaurant's conservation success, as well as stats about the amount of oysters that devotees of the restaurant (and the Riot) eat at Old Ebbitt.
10: Number of epic Orca platters (the restaurant's epic raw bar tower) sold at Old Ebbitt in an average day.
3,000: Number of oysters sold at Old Ebbitt in a typical day.
20 (percent): That's the portion of shells recycled by the Oyster Recovery Project that come from the 10 Clyde's Restaurant Group locations in the D.C. Area. That translates into 300 tons of what would otherwise be trash.
6,540: Bushels of oysters recycled by Old Ebbitt Grill since 2010.
1,164: Bushels recycled by Clyde's since 2011.
20: Number of Oyster Riot events that have happened to date.
25: Varieties of oysters served at the event, from both coasts
50,000+: How many oysters Oyster Riot attendees devoured in two days last year.
· Oyster Riot [Official Site]
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