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Tomale's Bay Oyster Company in Marshall, California.
Courtesy of Tomale's Bay Oyster Company

Tomales Bay Oyster Company

A delightfully rustic, resolutely informal shuck-your-own joint right on glittering Tomales Bay (up the road from the Marshall Store), with the verdant Point Reyes National Seashore rising opposite. Park yourself at one of the weathered picnic tables right on the pebbly beach, then take your pick of the Pacific oysters (priced according to size) kept in outdoor troughs. Plucked straight from the adjacent bay, often just hours before, they’re astonishingly tasty. Your neighbors at the next table may be a family with their own monogrammed shucking knives (maybe you can borrow one if you didn’t bring yours), bearing huge picnic baskets of fresh baked bread, salad, and chilled wine.

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