We visited Point Reyes this weekend and decided to try the Marshall Store, despite rumors that it might be closed. Lucky for us those rumors were false.
We were all frozen so started with the clam chowder. It was good, with lots of clams (probably from cans), not too many potatoes (which might have been cut fresh), and lots of Italian parsley. It warmed us up nicely, but is not something I would go back for.
We then had 6 raw oysters, 6 barbequed oysters, and 6 Rockefeller oysters. Each half dozen was $8.00 and came with some nice bread, cocktail sauce, and lemons.
The raw oysters were my favorite, as they were the freshest I have ever tasted since I was on the Chesapeake Bay in 1972. (My uncle caught them that time.) Sweet, briny, and delicious, these had clearly just been hauled out of the bay. We ate them with no accompaniments and they were spectacular.
The BBQ oysters were wonderful as well; just barely cooked and with a small amount of the great sauce. It didn't overpower the oysters, just complemented them nicely.
I didn't want to get the Oysters Rockefeller, as the list of ingredients seemed to go on forever (swiss cheese, spinach, yogurt, bread crumbs, (yada, yada, yada), but I figured maybe I could get my kids to try an oyster this way. Didn't work, and I won't try it again as all the stuff overpowers those wonderful oysters.
Next time I'm getting them all raw.
The Marshall Store: http://www.themarshallstore.com/
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