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Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco, California.
Ericka McConnell

Swan Oyster Depot

Open since 1912, Swan is San Francisco’s best—and unquestionably the friendliest—oyster bar. Sal Sancimino bought the place in 1946; it’s still run by his six jovial sons. Join the line—there’s always a line—for one of the 19 stools at the old marble counter, and order a portion of just-picked Dungeness crab (when in season), topped with Swan’s piquant cocktail sauce; a bowl of rich, not-too-thick New England–style clam chowder (the best on the West Coast); and a dozen impeccably shucked, plump and briny Miyagi oysters. Chase them down with a hoppy pint of Anchor Steam, then order a dozen more. (Open for breakfast and lunch only.)

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