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New App Shows Oyster Lovers Which Restaurants Nearby Serve Their Favorite Bivalves

Pearl claims to be the "first-ever oyster discovery app."

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There's a new app on the market to help oyster lovers achieve bivalve nirvana. Pearl — which launched yesterday for iOS devices — enables users to find which varieties of raw oysters are available near them by compiling real-time restaurant menu data.

In addition to showing users where oysters can be found, Pearl lets bivalve fanatics "view flavor profiles, save oysters they like, and rate oysters, all within the app," according to a press release. Pearl also allows users to hunt down oyster happy hour deals and even make reservations from within the app.

The app currently works with 150 oyster farmers and restaurants in cities like New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago. Founder Sam Asher tells Eater that the company also hopes to expand into China soon. In the future, Pearl may expand to also include other types of seafood.

Pearl isn't the first oyster-focused app to hit the market: Back in 2011 a New York City restaurant called The Mermaid Inn launched an Oysterpedia app that aimed to educate users on 200 different varieties of the mollusks.