Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Marshall General Store - An Adventure on Tomales Bay

First thing I must mention; I may be the only one in the Northwest that cannot stand oysters. Slimy little devils! Now, if my distant memory serves me, I may have had some Wescot Bay Oysters one time in the San Juan islands. I suspect alcohol may have been involved. Hmm... Now that I think of it, I am sure that alcohol was involved! My dad, my brother, my mom, all the neighbors, all my friends, but especially the boyfriend - love oysters. In fact, Tom loves them so much that he usually orders them as an appetizer when we go out for dinner. I politely look the other way while he enjoys them raw (double-yuck!) on the half shell, presented on a beautiful bed of ice.

On Sunday, we had a mini-road trip headed North on Hwy 1, towards Bodega Bay. Lunchtime! Like usual, I am never one to follow the crowd, and am always looking for something just a little funky and fun. (thank goodness Tom is such a good sport!) We found what we were looking for at "The Marshall General Store", located in Marshall on Tomales Bay. This was by far one of our best choices to have an incredibly fresh seafood lunch (and beer!) and create another great memory.
Here's the scoop; nothing fancy. Find a place somewhere on the road to park, next to the general store and marina, then walk in and order your lunch.

Fresh seafood - oyster bar outside. We ordered: Halibut Tacos, fresh cerviche (YUM!!) and the proverbial dozen oysters on the half shell. Tom, the oyster aficionado, declared these to be the best that he's ever had! The trick is, if you want a beer, you can't drink it on their deck or in the small sun porch. Your choice is to grab a seat at one of the tables set up alongside the road. (It's only about 10 feet wide - be careful!)

Have to love this view though, wind blowing, sailboats bobbing in the bay, the tide surging toward the shore with the sun shimmering off of the water. Wow, another perfect Sunday.


Sandy said...

I'm with ya on yuck! The smell, the look of the oysters turns my stomach.

Great pictures of the sailboats and the harbor, particularly so today as it's cold, dark, and damp here in Central Ohio.

hope to see ya soon, the suitcase is always on the move

Completely Coastal said...

What a fun place! But raw oysters, isn't that a health risk, haha? I would need a few shots of tequila with that!

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