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Best Oysters around the bay

kat2j Aug 3, 2006 02:13 AM

I was wondering where can i find good places to have oysters around the bay. any suggestoins?

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  1. wchane RE: kat2j Aug 3, 2006 05:22 AM

    swan's oyster depot - SF
    hog island oysters - point reyes /or ferry building

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    1. re: wchane
      Melanie Wong RE: wchane Aug 6, 2006 08:04 AM

      Last night's reception had a station set up by Hog Island featuring Sweetwaters, Atlantic and Kumamotos. Thought it worth mentioning that the Kumamotos were soft and on the bitter side now, even these tiny ones about the size of a 25ยข coin. The Sweetwaters tasted fine but were still a bit creamy. I thought the Atlantics were showing the best now. Maybe the hot spell has had an effect.

    2. David Sloo RE: kat2j Aug 3, 2006 01:15 PM

      I agree that Hog Island is probably the most convenient and most scenic spot for oysters for most Bay Area chowhounds. It's half a block from BART Embarcadero Stn, after all.

      Zuni consistently has good oysters, and they often have olympias, which for many people are the oyster of choice to outdo kumamotos.

      Last week, we had an assortment of oysters at Lulu. Lulu has a strangely unpleasant, factory-like atmosphere, but most of the food remains strong. The oysters were carefully prepared, with ample liquor in the shells.

      On the Peninsula, Zibibbo in Palo Alto usually has good-to-great oysters.

      Expect to pay prettily at all of these spots, including Hog Island.

      I have a couple times bought a sack of oysters at Johnson's Oyster Farm in the Pt Reyes National Seashore. This is a cheaper route to osetral bliss, but you are limited to what they have on offer. And it takes a while to shuck or even to grill 100 oysters.

      Hog Island Oyster Company, Ferry Building, Embarcadero at Market, S.F.
      Zuni, 1658 Market, S.F.
      Lulu, 816 Folsom, S.F.
      Zibibbo, 430 Kipling, Palo Alto.
      Johnson's (Drake's) Oyster Farm, Sir Francis Drake, Pt Reyes.

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        wchane RE: David Sloo Aug 3, 2006 03:47 PM

        Restaurant LuLu was my third choice, although I omitted it as they're not known for oysters. Good recs.

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          Melanie Wong RE: David Sloo Aug 3, 2006 07:51 PM

          I am so happy to see you posting again!!!

          The folks from Drake's Bay (formerly Johnson's) have a stand at the Saturday morning farmers market in Santa Rosa where they sell raw oysters and also grill them. Here's my post -


        2. Candice RE: kat2j Aug 3, 2006 07:27 PM

          Happy hour at Hog Island in the Ferry Building and Foreign Cinema. If I'm broke and need just a few, the Friday happy hour at El Rio has free oysters that you stand in line for. They shuck them as you ask for them and tipping the shucker is expected so they're not really free. However, they have been way better quality wise then expected for free bar oysters, nice patio too.

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            Pamela Ellman 2 RE: kat2j Aug 6, 2006 04:55 PM

            Absolutely - Hog Island in the Ferry Building or Bar Crudo on Bush @ Stockton next to the Tunnel Top bar. Or if you feel like a drive, the Coast Cafe has a bbq in Bolians.

            1. Debbie M RE: kat2j Aug 6, 2006 07:06 PM

              My last two visits to Sea Salt I had oysters (Kumamotos and Effinghams). The second time was for a late lunch, so I was able to take advantage of their 4:00-6:00 pm $1 oyster special (they choose the oyster; this day it was Effinghams).

              Both times I found the oysters to be excellent in terms of freshness and quality.

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