Tomales Bay Oyster Company

My buddy Ray recently had his birthday gathering at Tomales Bay Oyster Company. It was genius. We headed north from SF over the Golden Gate and about another hour and a half on highway 1 winding through Stenson Beach to Tomales Bay. The place is simple. They sell super fresh oysters from a stand and have grills and picnic tables scattered about overlooking the bay.

Everyone brought great beer, wine, food for the grill, and fixings for the oysters. With an unlimited supply of amazing oysters and a variety of different ingredients lying around people got really creative. It was like a burger bar for oysters. We ate them raw, in many different sauces, wrapped them in bacon and grilled them, bbq’ed them whole on the grill, and the list goes on and on. If I were not busy shucking the whole time I would have more pictures to show for it…

Oysters fresh from the bay:

We all got better at shucking:

Ray shuckin’ his 5000th oyster:

Oysters on a half shell:

Oysters and Ribs on the grill:

Bay and other oyster fans:

It was the perfect day. I never thought I could eat that many oysters in one sitting, but I still didn’t leave without bringing another dozen home. It was such a satisfying day that every time I notice the scars that are still on my hands from shucking, I daydream about oysters, bbq, and beer at Tomales Bay…

– CJ

Tomales Bay Oyster Company

15479 Highway One
Marshall, CA
T: 415.663.1242

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2 Responses to “Tomales Bay Oyster Company”

  1. kayoko Says:

    oh my lord- this is so intensely awesome. best bday idea ever! i’m reading that Tomales Bay Oyster Company is Cali’s oldest continously run shellfish company. wow, pretty neat! and i’m loving the casual, diy philosophy.

    oysters, a bbq, surrounded by the glittering bay- sounds like paradise.

    thanks for the great report, CJ! would have never heard of this if it weren’t for you.

  2. kayoko Says:

    oh my lord- this is so intensely awesome. best bday idea ever! i’m reading that Tomales Bay Oyster Company is Cali’s oldest continously run shellfish company. wow, pretty neat! and i’m loving the casual, diy philosophy.

    oysters, a bbq, surrounded by the glittering bay- sounds like paradise.

    thanks for the great report, CJ! would have never heard of this if it weren’t for you.

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