Full Moon Oyster Bar, a small North Carolina chain with locations in Clemmons and Southern Pines, has announced plans to open a location in Morrisville. The new restaurant, in the Park West Village complex at the corner of Chapel Hill Road and Cary Parkway, will be the first in the Triangle.
The restaurant bills itself as “home of the Quarter Moon,” a house specialty featuring a raw oyster on a saltine cracker with jalapeño, horseradish, black pepper and hot sauce. “Eat four and you can say you’ve shot the Full Moon” says manager Jonas Glascoe, who will manage the Morrisville location. The feat also earns you a tee shirt to take home.
That’s not to say that they take oysters lightly here. Shuckers are thoroughly trained for a raw bar offering that may include as many as ten varieties. Most are harvested from Gulf and Atlantic shores - or, as Glascoe puts it, “from Louisiana all the way up to Prince Edward Island, though we do sometimes get oysters from the West Coast.”
If raw oysters aren’t your thing, you can get them cooked just about any way you can imagine, including steamed, fried, and char-grilled over an open flame. Or branch out and choose from a selection that ranges from fresh fish catch of the day to a jerk-sauced riff on a surf ’n’ turf called Jamaican-Me-Crazy. A distinctive take on shrimp and grits serves up shrimp, andouille sausage, spinach and tomatoes in a chipotle cream sauce over house-made cheese grit cakes.
Full Moon Oyster Bar ( fullmoonoysterbar.com) is expected to open in late August or early September.