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Courduroy Jul 12, 2011 04:59 PM

Hey Chowhounders, I recently received my new oyster knife in the mail and now that I am an SF resident I am ready to get shucking. I love raw oysters, and I am also excited about the other prospects, BBQ perhaps? Anyway, I was looking for some advice on where to get some fresh ones for a good deal. I was at the Sun Fat Market on Mission which had a huge variety and seemed pretty fresh for a good deal so I was going to go there, but I wanted to see if anyone knew of anywhere else? I am in the Western Addition/NOPA area so around here would be awesome, but I am definitely willing to travel within the city for some fresh delicious oysters.

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    DavidT Jul 12, 2011 05:24 PM

    Have you checked out the Swan Oyster Depot in Polk Street (just north of California Street)?

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    Swan Oyster Depot
    1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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      Courduroy Jul 12, 2011 05:40 PM

      I have eaten at counter here but didn't really see any prices or info about buying stuf to take home...any idea what their prices are like?

    2. BernalKC Jul 12, 2011 05:28 PM

      I have no experience buying them, but I do see a variety for sale at Sun Fat

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      Sun Fat Seafood Co
      2687 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. rworange Jul 12, 2011 05:36 PM

        It has been a while since I've been there, but the Saturday Farmers market at Alemany had fresh oysters at a good price in the past. Anyone seen them lately?

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          Windy Jul 12, 2011 07:37 PM

          Yes, still there. I've never bought them because I usually don't go straight home after the market.

        2. isewinsf Jul 12, 2011 05:52 PM

          You can buy from Hog Island at the Ferry Building farmers' market Saturday Mornings.

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            chuckl Jul 12, 2011 06:02 PM

            99 ranch has them, but i think sun fat is good value. If youre really into it, tomales bay is a cool destination for oysters

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              Robert Lauriston Jul 13, 2011 10:02 AM

              Yeah, the prices at the farms in Marshall can be impressively low if you want a bushel for a party.

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                Courduroy Jul 13, 2011 10:25 AM

                oh I plan on heading up there very soon..but in the meantime I am looking for sources :-)

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                  Robert Lauriston Jul 13, 2011 10:39 AM

                  You might check out ABS Seafood. I think they have a retail operation.

                  http://www.absseafood.com

              2. The Chowhound Team Jul 13, 2011 09:50 AM

                We split some discussion of gloves (and alternatives to gloves) for shucking oysters over to our Cookware board, since that info will be of interest to hounds outside of the SF Bay area, as well: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/795486

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