Years ago we went to Hog Island Oyster in Point Reyes and had a great time and great oysters. But recent visit to their website says there is now an $8 per person reservation fee to reserve their picnic tables. I thought that price is ridiculus considering it's just outdoor tables with no service. So I decide to go to Tomales Bay Oyster Company instead.
TBOC is close to Hog Island, and basically they do simliar business. You can buy oysters by the dozen or in bags of 50. Prices vary depending on the size of the oyster. They only had one kind of oysters, I can't remember if Hog Island had more variety or not.
The picnic tables are free and there are also bbq grills for each table. However, unlike Hog Island, TBOC doesn't provide anything, no shucking knife, no knives, no sauce. You can buy everything if you don't bring your own. They have knives, limes, hots sauces, etc.
We didn't have our own shucking knives so bought two at $10 each. Probably overpriced, but we had no other options.
If we had come better prepared it would've been a perferct day. The weather was great, the oysters was delicious and fresh, and the price for the oysters was so cheap. For 50 small oyster (which was actually pretty large) it was $24.99. And as it gets larger the price gone up, all the way to $50 for 50 of the jumbo size oysters.
Between the three of us we polished off 50 oysters. Briney, juicy, slightly metalic-y, the oysters were in perfect form. I think we'll be returning soon and next time we'll be bring more supplies.
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