the dive oyster bar

Address: 5708 Rosemead Blvd St 100 Temple City, CA 91780 (inside the Teapot Plaza)

Parking: Free parking in the plaza (don’t get discouraged if you think the lot is full, you can access a lower level lot through the back of the plaza)

Expense: $6 – $30 (this range only includes food and dessert, not drinks)

Leave work early because The Dive Oyster Bar has the best happy hour in town! They offer happy hour from Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 6:30 pm.

Not hooked yet? What if I say $1 oysters???

It’s okay if you can’t make it in time, they have plenty of good dishes and drinks all at a reasonable price!

The Dive Oyster Bar is a “Cajun and Creole-inspired restaurant, introducing Southern steam cooking in an exciting way” through their kettle bar.

Okay, enough “about me’s” and let’s get to what we ordered!

For cocktails, my boyfriend and I tried Lychee Dreams and Pinch my Passion. Both were really good, but I prefer the Lychees Dreams drink more!

Here’s what’s inside both drinks:

Lychee Dreams – Absolut Pear, lychee puree, pineapple, lemon, and vanilla

Pinch my Passion – Tequila, mezcal, passionfruit, lime, pineapple, and habanero

For a starter, we got the Popcorn Crawfish and the Chowder Bread Bowl.

The Popcorn Crawfish were crispy battered crawfish tails seasoned with cajun spice and served with garlic aioli and lemon. I think the popcorn crawfish was a unique dish because I don’t think I’ve been to a place that serves deep-fried crawfish like this. I’m more used to eating calamari or popcorn chicken so I was kind of guessing that’s what it was going to be like when I ordered it.

They were so tiny that you just had to keep eating more to get the full flavor (almost addicting, I’d say). I think this would be a good dish to recommend to others to try. I’d rate this dish a 4.5/5!

For the clam chowder… Honestly, I feel like I’m kind of picky when it comes to clam chowder. It’s sad to say that I’ve actually had quite a few clam chowders that weren’t up to par for me. Some places make it too “soupy” or do not have enough clams for me.

The Dive’s Chowder Bread Bowl though? Not the case. Their chowder has the perfect amount of creaminess and flavor for me. It’s cooked with shredded blue crab, whole clams, and shrimp served with oyster crackers. On top of that, the restaurant actually has a bread bowl option!! I give their chowder a 6/5!

Normally my boyfriend and I like to share entrees so we can try other things on the menu. But now, I think I’m going to have to order this for myself every time we go now!

The Dive’s Roasta has made it to my top “crave-able dish” list. This dish is ‘linguine tossed in our signature Pan Roast sauce with shrimp, shredded blue crab, mussels, andouille sausage, parmesan cheese, and garnished with basil’. I have got to say, wow *chef’s kiss*.

Honestly, I was going to just order the gumbo or pan roast, but my boyfriend recommended I try The Dive’s Roasta. I’m actually glad I decided to step outside of my comfort zone to try something else. Because this dish is like gumbo made in a pasta version and it was PERFECT. I’d rate this dish a 6/5!

I really liked everything from here and would definitely come back to reorder the same items or try new dishes!

Have you had Cajun/Creole food before? What is your go-to dish?

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