Whether you want them baked, smoked, or served raw, ‘tis the season for oysters, and you'll find plenty of options in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Here are several of our favorite spots to start slurping.
Where to Get Oysters in Tomales Bay
Perched on the clean, cool waters of Tomales Bay, Nick's Cove Restaurant & Oyster Bar is known for its BBQ'd oysters—a half-dozen grilled mollusks topped with garlic-parsley butter and home-made BBQ sauce—perfect for pairing with a vodka martini and inlet views.
Down the road is the much more casual Marshall Store, an oyster bar and smokehouse open afternoons, except Tuesdays. Order at the counter, then settle down on an indoor stool or snag one of the outdoor chairs overlooking Tomales Bay to await your purchase. Oysters come served in a variety of styles, including smoked with crostini bread and raw with fresh lemon and mignonette sauce.
If you want an experience that's entirely hands-on head over to the Tomales Bay Oyster Company on weekends and don't forget your cooler. Unshucked oysters come $15-30 by the dozen depending on size and variety, and you can also pick up all the supplies for a full-on picnic, from lemons, limes, and Tabasco sauce to charcoal, oyster knifes, and shucking gloves. While there are no longer picnic tables on-site, parks such as Samuel P. Taylor and day-friendly Millerton Point are an easy drive away.