People travel thousands and thousands of miles to have the experience that Hog Island Oyster Co. provides: Ferry Building, waterfront patio seating, Bay Bridge view, and local oysters. When I ate there last week, I couldn’t help but marvel about the fact that I live here. If you’re trying to show off the Ferry Building to out-of-towners, for the love of food, please, please, please take them to Hog Island over Slanted Door (next door). Don’t get me started on Slanted Door…
I love Hog Island’s simplicity. Aside from the half dozen or so oyster varieties, there are only a handful of other options. I opted for a Local Squid special; a generous portion of squid, green beans, and Spanish chorizo, spinach, and potatoes. The ingredients were tied nicely together with an essence of lemon; creating a very light and citrusy finished product. This dish, with a few oysters beforehand, was more than enough to fill me up – without a stomach-ache or food coma that afternoon.
Of course you have to order a round of oysters before the main course (or not if you stop by their Happy Hour). I’m still ramping up on my oyster knowledge, so depended on our server’s advice. Just describe your preference (large, small, briny, etc) to your server and he or she will happily guide you.
Nothing says relaxation to me like a round of oysters, glass of wine, and a good view of the bay. Hog Island delivers on all three.