SHUCKIN’

Charley’s in Paia keeps truckin’ with new oyster bar on Sundays

Executive Chef Jessie Sword makes all of the sauces for the fresh Pacific Northwest bivalves shown grilled and topped with garlic butter (second photo). CARLA TRACY photos

Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia is a multi-faceted North Shore landmark that jumps with live music most nights, hearty daily breakfasts made famous on “Rachel Ray” with Willie Nelson flipping the pancakes; fresh-as-it-gets sushi Tuesdays to Saturdays and a giant screen set up on stage for game days.

An Oregon native, Executive Chef Jessie Sword keeps on truckin,’ adding yet another facet to Charley’s with an oyster-bar concept drawing in seafood lovers from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Last Sunday, Jessie was easily spotted in the parking lot shuckin’ and grillin’ up a storm of fresh Pacific Northwest bivalves on Charley’s giant smoker.

“Depending on when you come in, there’s a different personality at Charley’s,” Sword says. “On Sundays, we always have the Bloody Mary bar set up and air two or three games per day on the giant screen and the other TV flat screens.”

For $6, you may build-your-own Bloody Mary or a Mimosa with POG or orange juice. Or upgrade with a house Bloody Mary for $15 with all of the fixings.

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“The oyster bar is a perfect fit for the Bloody Mary bar because all of the hot sauces and extras are right there,” Sword says. “I make fresh butter for grilled oysters — from garlic butter to red-pepper butter to citrus and thyme.”

Oysters are $3 a piece, and some consider sharing a half-dozen a meal as they are huge Pacific Northwest specimens.

“It took me awhile to find oysters large enough,” he says. “You can order them raw or I can barbecue them lightly over kiawe and guava woods to steam in the juices. They turn out buttery and have an artichoke flavor when cooked that way.”

Besides oysters, breakfast only is served until noon on Sundays, so you may add on eggs Benedict or omelets. Lunch kicks in at noon and happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. with pizza, fries and more. For further details, call Charley’s at 579-8085.

A Kohola pilsner from Lahaina is a perfect pairing.

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