This past weekend my college friends and I took advantage of a particular number of years (hint: too many) since we graduated to reunite on the west coast. We spent a few nights in San Francisco and then drove north to Sonoma to enjoy wine, food and each other.
I went out to San Fran a night early to spend time with one of my high school best friends and had a day to myself while she was at work. Never one to waste time in a new place when there’s an adventure to be had, I planned ahead of time to find… and eat..the best oysters the city had to offer.
My first stop was Swan Oyster Depot in Nob Hill. I arrived close to noon on a beautiful sunny Thursday and apparently I wasn’t the only one craving oysters and seafood because there was a line out the door and I ended up waiting 45 minutes before being seated at one of their 20 counter seats (these being the restaurant’s only seats). I ordered half a dozen mixed oysters and a glass of Chardonnay while watching the guys behind the counter whip up a host of other appetizing meals.
After Swan, I traipsed down to the Ferry Building and snagged a seat at the bar at Hog Island Oyster Co. Their menu offered several varieties of grilled oysters such as: Rockefeller, Chipotle Bourbon, Bagna Cauda and Worcestershire. I chose the Chipotle Bourbon and they did not disappoint.
My last stop was Waterbar on the Embarcadero. Waterbar takes the win for best ambiance – oysters with a view! They had fried oysters on the menu which I was tempted to order but I was also feeling a bit full at this point so I opted for 3 of their daily oysters and a coffee. I’d love to come back here on a date – it looked very romantic!
Though each of these places was very different and all the oysters were delicious and fresh, the grilled ones from Hog Island took the win. I’ll definitely be back to try their other combinations very soon. If you have any suggestions for where I should go when I return, please let me know in the comments! I’ll also be doing a similar hunt #HomeInTheHub very soon so stay tuned (and let me know if you’d like to join!)…