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We spent a day at Rappahannock River Oysters in Topping, Virginia, to meet co-owner Travis Croxton, who raises native Chesapeake Bay oysters (Crassostrea virginica) like signature Rappahannocks, Stingrays, Snow Hills, Olde Salts. Oyster farming works up a ferocious appetite, so after spending the day on oyster boats, we sat down to dine al fresco on freshly-shucked oysters and the limited but bountiful menu at Merroir, RRO’s oyster tasting room. To pair with the oysters and a revolving menu of seafood and meats are 4 beers on tap, along with bottled beers like Flying Dog and Brooklyn Brewery.

We liked the Stingray oysters best, most closely resembling the crisp, clean cucumber finish of Northeast oysters we love so much. Other mandatory must-tries? Crabcakes, Lambs and Clams, and shrimp ‘n’ grits.

Photo courtesy of Merroir.

784 Locklies Creek Road
Topping, VA 23169
(804) 758-2871