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Feb 18, 2008 03:24 PM

Good Food at Rocker Oysterfeller's in Valley Ford

Just tried Rocker Oysterfeller's for the first time this weekend, and I will definitely be back for more. We walked in without reservations around 7pm on Saturday. It was quite crowded due to the holiday weekend, but we were offered a table in the covered patio (with heat lamps) within 30 minutes of arriving. The patio was nicely toasty and quiet. You can also eat at the bar, which would normally be a good option for us, but it was full that evening.

All of the food was wonderful. Instead of the usual bread & butter, RO serves corn biscuits with honey butter. Fabulous crusty exterior. We were hungry, so it was difficult to keep myself from filling up on these biscuits. As an appetizer, my SO and I split the andouille sausage cornie dogs with creole mustard. Somewhat on the small side (4 bite-sized corn dogs), but delicious. For entree, I ordered the pork shoulder with jalapeno corn cakes. The corn cakes were perfect for soaking up the au jus from the pork shoulder, which was perfectly juicy, flavorful and melt-in-your mouth meat. My SO had the fried chicken. All I managed was a quick taste of the crunchy coating, before he wolfed down his entire plate full of food. We knew it was too much food, but we couldn't resist ordering a side of the mac & cheese, which was absolutely amazing - crispy and cheesy (not of the creamy variety). It was as if the cheese had baked right into the pasta. A healthy-sized portion too. Sadly, we were too full for dessert.

The next morning we returned for breakfast (arrived early and waited for the doors to open). We both ordered the cowboy biscuits & gravy with eggs. The buttermilk biscuits were nice and light. The gravy was made with homemade sausage, and had a little bit of a kick to it. The eggs were perfect (mine prepared over hard, his done over easy). We ordered the side of applewood smoked bacon (a bit skimpy, with only two slices), that perfectly topped off the breakfast.

Although occasionally confused (I think due to the craziness of the holiday weekend), the servers were always very friendly and helpful. All-in-all, a very nice addition to Valley Ford. We're already planning a return visit with friends.

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  1. It sounds delicious. I was looking at the menu and they say they rely on local and organic ingrediants as much as possible. No oysters?

    Rocker Oysterfeller's
    14415 Valley Ford Road, Valley Ford, CA 94972

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      1. re: wolfe

        No, no. Thanks for the link but it was a silly question for the OP. ... with a place with the word 'oyster' in the name... well, I would have ordered the oysters.

        I already had looked at the menu which is linked on the Place record and saw they had oysters.

        They also have a special Asian night on Thursday with pan-Asian cuisine ... and a kung fu movie.

        1. re: rworange

          Sorry I misunderstood you. They had no seafood.

          1. re: rworange

            Yeah... I know it's silly, but neither of us like oysters :) Luckily for us, there were lots of other options on the menu.

      2. The hotel and restaurant are run by a very delightful young couple, Shana and Brandon, and they are trying to make a go of it in a remote location. Brandon is a chef and Shana has worked fr caterers and I've had great experiences with their restaurant. I was so grossed out by the barbecued oysters (from Washington) at Tony's in Marshall, I thought I'd never eat one again, but Brandon does a superb job. Loved the garlic butter version -- and they are one-bite oysters from Tomales.

        A weekend at the hotel can include dinner and desserts there along with side trips to DiNucci's, Casino in Bodega for their cheeseburgers ( a local supplies the ground beef), and Seaweed Cafe.

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        1. re: marian

          I agree that they are a delightful young couple ...... her name is spelled with an o, by the way ..... Shona.

        2. Had an early dinner here yesterday. On Thursdays their four preparations of oysters are $1-$2 each. Delicious. Friendly people. Fun to sit at the bar with the door open...a view of the cows on the hill across the street... I noticed that they also have corkage-free Wednesdays.