At the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco, one of the stands that stood out the most was Hog Island Oyster Company: fresh oysters from their farm shucked to eat right away or to take home for your dining pleasure.
Our first eats of the morning: one each of the Sand Isle Kumamoto and a Hog Island Sweetwater. Served with a basic mignonette, lemon juice, and guess who doused his with tabasco sauce?
Further into the building, lies their permanent oyster bar fixture. We arrived nice and early at 11 with few people lining up. We decided to venture around the market first before returning and by the time we did, boy was it packed for lunch.
There was no more room at the oyster bar but they had seats at a communal table on their patio available, which was fine by us. Their menu is oysters, oysters, oysters! Also available are clam chowder bowls and steamers, which the table next to us of Japanese tourists slurped happily away. Looked absolutely delicious and the smell was very tempting! But Joe and I focused on the oysters.
Fresh bread was served while we waited for our order, a texture very similar to the local sourdough bread although this kind was not sour. Our oysters came out looking plump and happy. The oyster mix came with 3 oysters of each of their varieties, my favorites still being the Kumamoto, a small Pacific oyster with a sweeter and lighter taste, and the Glacier Point. Yummy!
If you’re in the area and hankering for some fresh oysters, I highly recommend this place. Better yet, go during their happy hour, Monday – Thursday from 5-7 pm where select oysters are half off. Although if you’re not picky about the type of oyster, Bistro Boudin has a better offer at a buck a shuck and is just as good. By the time we left, there was a line up of over 20 people waiting to get their seafood fix! With great food and a great view of the pier, there’s really no surprise.Hog Island Oyster Bar
1 Ferry Plz