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Hog Island Oyster Bar (SF)

No one loves oysters more than Umamimart. Ok, maybe that's a presumptuous statement to make on the I N T E R N E T, but I really really really love the bivalve, and most of my colleagues here do too. It's my favorite food, and it will most definitely be at my L'ultima Cena.

So it's National Oyster Day today! What a GLORIOUS day! If I were in NYC, I'd go to my #1 spot, the Grand Central Oyster Bar and order a dozen Totten Virginicas and the oyster pan roast. But alas, I am in sunny San Diego, so I think I'll trek down to Ocean Beach for my beloved fried oyster taco. Not a bad back-up plan.

Went to the Hog Island Oyster Co. in the Ferry Building the other day, and had a great meal. Here are our oyster highlights.

Mixed dozen of six different kinds of oysters.


Discovered the Kusshi oysters from British Colombia and fell in love.

Hog Island Oyster Bar (SF)

They're small, but bursting with flavors of the sea. A bit briny, a bit milky, but not overwhelming since they are quite small.

I prefer oysters from the Pacific Northwest, over the ones from the East Coast. Always with a martini, or some bubbly. Ha! WHO AM I???

Hog Island Oyster Bar (SF)

These oysters didn't need any accouterments, but Hog Island makes a great mignonette with cilantro.

Hog Island Oyster Bar (SF)

And of course, can't resist a little Tapatio.


Main course spread.

Hog Island Oyster Bar (SF)

Their baked oysters are seriously awesome. We ordered the citron (there were two other kinds), which our server recommended. Butter, breadcrumbs, and zest. Magnifique!


We had the gumbo, which lacked depth (aka no umami). The chowder was great though-- just some cream and butter, and these tiny little clams. They were adorable.

Hog Island Oyster Bar (SF)

Hog Island Oyster Bar (SF)

Hope everyone gets their oysters on today!!! It is a species of the sea that has gone through centuries of highs and lows in the fierce culinary hierarchy. Very fascinating history. I'm reading Anna Karenina where Stepan orders them by the dozens. Ahhh, the good life.

Hog Island Oyster Bar (SF)

Hog Island Oyster Bar (SF)

Hog Island Oyster Bar (SF)


Hog Island Oyster Bar (SF)

Ostreidae: We salute you today. And Everyday.


  • I LOVE oysters too. But I’ve been told it’s best to avoid them in the summer months. Is that untrue??

    sakura on

  • Sara: Yah the ‘R’ Month Rule is a standard rule-of-thumb. Although I don’t really buy into it so much since most oysters are farmed now so they’re pretty much ok year-round.

    kayoko on

  • this post made me cry tears of joy!!! Awesome pictures kayoko. do yo know if sakura is right about oysters during the summer? nat’l oyster in a season where we should avoid oysters would be so hot.

    saaara on

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