The Marshall Store on Route 1
It doesn't get hot in San Francisco but this past weekend it sure did. We went on a little escape to Point Reyes, a great drive (and I love to drive!) with lots of side diversions along the way.
kumamoto oysters: We hoped to get some fresh oysters at Hog Island Oyster Company, but got there too late as they close at exactly 5PM. They sell kumamoto oysters which are small, plump and sweet with a minerally finish. Kumamotos are originally from Japan but are now farmed in Point Reyes.
The Marshall Store: Instead, we ended up at the Marshall Store and had a great time with plenty of oysters and some cold beer. Marshall's is more of a deli/eatery than Hog Island, which is more rustic with picnic tables and only raw offerings. At Marshall's, they offer chowder (delicious), BBQ, rockefeller and raw pacific oysters. Since we are huge raw fans we ordered a dozen for each of us which came with a lemon and a mignonette (a vinegar sauce with cilantro and red onions). The outdoor seating along the road and on their deck is a nice place to hang out, enjoy the sun and the cool breeze before the long drive back into the city.
Check out my previous post for buying, storing and serving fresh oysters at Oysters On A Half Shell.