Jul 7

Washingtonian : The Best Places to Eat

Best Place to Buy Clams: Rappahannock Oyster Co.

Rappahannock’s signature bivalve may be oysters, but we’re equally addicted to Ryan and Travis Croxton’s Olde Salt clams. The cousins/co-owners of this sustainable Chesapeake Bay business plant beds in the briny waters off Chincoteague island and harvest meaty middlenecks, littlenecks, and cherrystones that smack of the sea. Simple preparations are best—bring home a dozen to steam with garlic and wine, or visit Rappahannock’s raw bars in Union Market and Fairfax’s Mosaic district (Brine) for fresh-shucked Salts on the half-shell.

1309 Fifth St., NE, 202-544-4702; 2985 District Ave., Fairfax, 703-280-1000.