The Darling Oyster releases menus

The Darling Oyster is replacing Union Provisions. Wade Spees/Staff Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Darling Oyster’s menus this morning bobbed to the surface, foreshadowing the upper King Street restaurant’s imminent opening.

A successor to Union Provisions, The Darling Oyster’s arrival was announced last fall. Owners Ben Russell-Schlesinger and Robert Young retained consultant Nathan Thurston to help them develop the “casual neighborhood spot,” complete with a raw bar.

From the looks of the opening menu, The Darling Oyster has drawn heavily on the greatest hits of nearby seafood specialists The Ordinary and Leon’s Oyster Shop. The dishes divided into hot and cold categories include snapper toast; a spicy shrimp salad; hush puppies; fried oysters and baked oysters.

Among the entrees – which deviate more dramatically from the competition – there’s a shellfish pot pie, oyster spaghetti and shrimp-and-grits, priced between $21 and $25. Guests can also order fried shrimp, fish and oysters by the basket, as well as burger; fried chicken or fried fish sandwich.

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