Steamed mussels – Hank’s Oyster Bar

Steamed mussels - Hank's Oyster Bar
Tomato and garlic seasonal preparation. $15
Hank’s Oyster Bar, Washington DC

Ugh, the mussels had too much grit! It was afraid of chipping my teeth halfway through the bowl. They definitely need to clean these mussels better. The tomato garlic broth was simple and delicious though. And the mussels were larger and more plump than some of the others I’ve had in DC.

National Harbor MD
National Harbor MD.


Oysters on half shell – Hank’s Oyster Bar

Oysters on half shell - Hank's Oyster Bar
Kusshi oysters and Hood Canal oysters. Served with mignonette, fresh horseradish and lemon. Half dozen $13.50
Hank’s Oyster Bar, Washington DC

Finally, I found small, delicious oysters from the West Coast in DC! These were delicious especially since all I’ve encountered are the medium to large East Coast oyster which I don’t like very much. They tasted clean and briny and were perfect!

Goldfish crackers - Hank's Oyster Bar
Goldfish crackers. Complimentary

National Harbor
National Harbor MD.

Oysters – Del Frisco’s Grille

Oysters - Del Frisco's Grille
Del Frisco’s Grille, Washington DC

Meh, I wasn’t impressed by the oysters on the East Coast. I prefer the smaller, brinier oysters that the West Coast has to offer. These oysters weren’t fresh tasting or shucked cleanly.

Bulleit bourbon Manhattan cocktail - Del Frisco's Grille
Bulleit bourbon Manhattan. $12

Eleanor Roosevelt statue
Eleanor Roosevelt statue, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

Oysters on the half shell – District

Oysters on the half shell - District
Champagne mignonette, fresh horseradish and lemon. Dozen $30
District, San Francisco CA

Mmm, these oyster were small, fresh and perfect! I liked the champagne mignonette, but didn’t use much of the freshly grated horseradish. I also love coming to District because my favorite waiter (and friend) always hooks us up!

Sparkling wines - District
Purete de Silex, Rose, Cremant de Loire, France NV. $12
Charme de Jean Paul Brun, Blanc de Blanc, Burgundy, France NV. $15

Ostrega oyster shots – Pesce

Ostrega oyster shots - Pesce
With cucumber, cocktail sauce, horseradish. Each $3
Pesce, San Francisco CA

I don’t know about these. I’m not a big horseradish fan with oysters and these just had a lot of murky liquid in the glass that scared me off. I definitely spent more time worrying about taking the oyster shot than actually enjoying it. It wasn’t bad, but my it was too much work for me to shoot it.

Bad Boy cocktail - Pesce
Bad Boy: Tito’s vodka, tobacco leaf tincture, orange bitters. $10

Cove miyagi oysters – Hutch Bar & Kitchen

Cove miyagi oysters - Hutch Bar & Kitchen
Tomales Bay. With chili cider mignonette and cocktail sauce. $14
Hutch Bar & Kitchen, Oakland CA

I’m definitely becoming a big oyster fan (of the smaller varieties anyway). These miyagi’s were delicious especially with the mignonette, but they could have been shucked a little bit cleaner though.

Chardonnay and cabernet wines - Hutch Bar & Kitchen
House chardonnay and cabernet.

Pickering Passage oysters – Bar Crudo

Pickering Passage oysters - Bar Crudo
From Washington state. Served with a mignonette and cocktail sauce. Happy hour $1 each
Bar Crudo, San Francisco CA

Wow, these little oysters were SO tasty! (And SO cheap during happy hour.) We liked them so much that we ordered another half dozen. They were perfect, and I liked that Bar Crudo still had a classy presentation even for happy hour. Loved the seaweed decoration on the plate.

Wines - Bar Crudo
Syrah blend, Chateau de Vaugelas, France, 2010. Happy hour $6
Tariquet, Cote de Gascone, France, 2012. Happy hour $6

Fort Funston
Walking the dog at Fort Funston.

Hangtown fry – Brenda’s French Soul Food

Hangtown fry - Brenda's French Soul Food
Crispy oyster, bacon and scallion scramble with grits plus cream biscuit. $11
Brenda’s French Soul Food, San Francisco CA

Wow, another super heavy (but tasty) dish from Brenda’s. The fried oysters were pretty good, and they were big and juicy and filling. Omg, the grits was pure butter! It tasted great, but a couple spoonfuls was enough for me. The cream biscuit was also very rich. I liked the texture of it, but you really couldn’t eat the whole thing. Maybe I’m just used to eating more healthy lately so this dish was a bit too much for me.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Union Square Christmas Tree

Union Square Christmas Tree.

Cornmeal fried oysters – Town Hall

Cornmeal fried oysters - Town Hall
Herbsaint spinach puree, Zoe’s bacon, preserved lemon. $15
Town Hall, San Francisco CA

Please forgive the poor pic quality. I had my friend snap it with my iPhone and they’re a Galaxy user and not familiar with the iPhone camera, lol! Anyway, these oysters were delicious and super juicy inside. The flavors were great and I loved the presentation using the shells.

Ruth Asawa

Contours in the Air sculptures, Ruth Asawa, de Young Museum.

Local Marin miyagi oyster – Roxy’s Cafe

Local Marin miyagi oyster - Roxy's Cafe
House pickled shallots, red and black tobiko, black pepper. 10-course chef’s tasting menu $75
Roxy’s Cafe, San Francisco CA

What a great way to start a meal with great local ingredients that are beautifully presented and delicious to the taste! I really enjoyed the flavor combinations in this tiny bite and couldn’t wait to see what was next!

House red wine - Roxy's Cafe

House red wine.

Hamon Education Tower
View of the California Academy of Sciences from the Hamon Education Tower Observation Deck at the de Young Museum. Beautiful!

Marin miyagi oysters – Basa Seafood Express

Marin miyagi oysters - Basa Seafood Express
Complimentary sushi. 2 oysters $3
Basa Seafood Express, SF Street Food Festival 2013, San Francisco CA

These were SO gross! Granted I’m not a fan of large oysters, and these miyagis weren’t even that large, but they were luke warm (and it was a warm day out), poorly shucked (there were shell bits everywhere!), and they didn’t look or taste fresh! I drowned the smaller of the two oysters in lime juice hoping to kill any lingering bacteria and reluctantly ate it. It tasted disgusting so I threw away the second oyster. Ugh, SO disgusting! Even the sushi sample tasted old!

Mission mural
“There’s so much love in this city” mural, The Mission. I wish I had more love for Basa Seafood!