Heading for home on St. Paddy’s day, I swung west to take the long way, getting off 101 to drive through Petaluma. One stop at Grocery Outlet, my first visit to this location, this is a nice one with clothing items and a good assortment of personal care products as well as food. Purchases included a ½ pound Horizon European Style Organic Butter (exp. 4/1/07), $1.49, Alouette crème fraiche for 99¢, and the 2005 Little Valley Napa Valley Merlot, $4.99 ( http://www.chowhound.com/topics/35524... ).
Taking Washington to Bodega Avenue towards the coast, soon I was treated to amazing pastoral vistas of emerald green rolling hills dotted with yellow stands of mustard in bloom. Along this country road I passed old farmsteads with weather-beaten barns, black and white dairy cattle, and large flocks of tiny Sonoma spring lamb.
Passing by Little Amsterdam House of Oysters, once again it was not open. It always seems to be closed when I pass by and I’ve yet to try it. ( Tom Waits interview at Little Amsterdam, http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazi... )
Stormy’s sign at Bloomfield Road says it’s now serving lunch as well, Thursday through Sunday. (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38609... )
Valley Ford was hopping with cars parked on both sides of Highway 1 at this wide spot in the road. I made a mental note that I have to return to try Rocker Oysterfeller’s. ( http://www.ffrsi.com/ROindex.html and http://www.chow.com/digest/1989 )
My intended destination in Bodega Bay was Sonoma Coast Seafood, on the marina past the Sandpiper restaurant and the RV park, for live, locally caught Dungeness at $5.25 per pound. But even though I had a ready supply of butter to clarify at home, I lazed-out and decided this was the time to try the crab sandwich at Spud Point Crab Company around the bend. I loved the clam chowder last summer and vowed to return when local crab’s in season.
Image of Spud Point’s Dungeness crab sandwich -
The price for the sandwich has upped to $10.95 this season. A quarter-pound of sweet, fresh-picked crab lightly bound with mayonnaise is tucked into a toasted French roll. A pinkish tint and a prickle on the tongue hints of a touch of paprika or Tabasco sauce, but other than that, no seasonings interfere with the pure taste of locally caught crab. And, not a single bit of shell either. I found the bread a little too substantial, and next time I’ll ask for my crab on half a roll.
The local crab boats are winding down the season now, so the source for the crab will be shifting soon. The day I was there, Spud Point was offering a half cracked crab special for around $9, and several folks with me at the outdoor picnic tables were enjoying this. I also got an order of the delicious clam chowder for later, it seemed extra garlick-y this time and still very good.
Clam Chowder at Spud Point Crab Co.
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