Miyagis at Swan Oyster Depot

Oct 11, 2010

Just had breakfast at Swan Oyster Depot, a San Francisco institution since 1912. An old marble counter, a line of rickety metal stools, a bunch of guys cutting fish behind the counter, and that’s about it. No tables, no credit cards. Usually the lines here are brutal, but at 8:30 a.m. I had the place to myself. They had excellent, wild Miyagis from BC, gnarled, green, and extremely briny for Pacific oysters. Totten Inlets were good, and Kumamotos, from Humboldt Bay, CA, were supersweet. It’s a good time all around for West Coast oysters; the spawning problems of a few weeks ago seem to be behind them.

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2 Responses to Miyagis at Swan Oyster Depot

  1. Just got back from a great weekend on the East End of Long Island. On our way home we saw a sign tacked to a post “U-PICK OYSTERS.” We followed the signs through bends in the road and down to the water. There the signs ended and and a larger sign just said “OYSTERS” with a large drawing of one. Right at the water’s edge was a barge with two jovial brothers, Tom and Dave from Twin Fork Oysters. We climbed aboard and ate them right there. Super briny with lots of salt. Plump, firm bodies. These were some great eats and we came home with a few dozen. I can’t find these guys anywhere and they don’t have an email or website. Next time you are in Jamesport, L.I. I guess just look for the signs.

  2. Ian says:

    I second the suggestion to stop and talk with the guys at Twin Fork Oysters. We stopped this afternoon, opened some oysters right from the grow-out cages aboard the barge. The atmosphere, and some peer pressure, even initiated a person or two for their first oyster.

    The guys were great, friendly, and very social. Aside from the “u-pick”, they sell mostly to wholesalers like K&B.

    We took home a shuckers dozen (probably closer to 1 1/2 by the time they finished throwing an extra or two in there, plus what I ate on the boat!).

    They are on the water in South Jamesport, LI.

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