Incredible trip to Swan Oyster Depot last weekend h/t @Vogelocity

Such fresh, fresh oysters that were meticulously cleaned, firm and flavorful. My friends and I split two dozen of an assortment of oysters. In addition, I ordered a combination seafood cocktail and my friends each tried a bowl of clam chowder. One of the guys offered us a piece of smoked salmon, which was the best I've ever tasted—not fishy or slimy in the least. The seafood cocktail had highs and lows. The two oysters on top—which were different from the ones in the combination platter—which a little bland, but the cocktail shrimp and crab were especially grand. 

The line to grab a seat at the family-run counter restaurant really builds up over the day, so it's best to go early. Yay, Swan Oyster Depot!

Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-1101

READING: Forbes on Oysters

"Swift is right to commend that first hearty gastronome who, throwing caution to the wind, slurped down the first oyster, savoring that exhilarating salt taste of the sea as it burst upon the tongue. Perhaps he had seen gulls drop the shells from a great height to the rocks below and perceived that there was something tasty inside. (What inspired the gull to figure this out remains a mystery but apparently chickens are particularly fond of the shell itself.) Since that day, oysters have occupied a unique position in our culinary history. Few comestibles have been as celebrated and scorned, relished and rejected as this humble bivalve."

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