Allyson Gowdy

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The Marshall Store

If you turn up your nose at cooked oysters—if the word “Rockefeller” makes you scoff—then prepare to change your tune at this charming general store/sandwich joint/oyster shack on the edge of Tomales Bay (just down the road from Tomales Bay Oyster Company). The raw oysters are fabulous, but the barbecued and the Rockefeller are both revelations. The store also sells some terrific Kermit Lynch wines but has no liquor license, so you’ll have to take your oysters outside to one of the makeshift tables (fashioned out of wooden barrels) overlooking the water, sipping your Sancerre from a plastic cup. Trust us: you won’t mind at all.

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The Marshall Store

If you turn up your nose at cooked oysters—if the word “Rockefeller” makes you scoff—then prepare to change your tune at this charming general store/sandwich joint/oyster shack on the edge of Tomales Bay (just down the road from Tomales Bay Oyster Company). The raw oysters are fabulous, but the barbecued and the Rockefeller are both revelations. The store also sells some terrific Kermit Lynch wines but has no liquor license, so you’ll have to take your oysters outside to one of the makeshift tables (fashioned out of wooden barrels) overlooking the water, sipping your Sancerre from a plastic cup. Trust us: you won’t mind at all.

Allyson Gowdy

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