Drakes Bay Oyster Company and Farm Review
17171 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness, CA
This place is epic. No frills and nothing fancy. Bring the necessities from home, you know… wine, cheese, bread, glasses, cocktail sauce, horseradish, Tabasco, a shucking tool and a heavy-duty pair of gloves. Drakes Bay Oyster Farm will supply the picnic table, the view and yes, of course, the freshest oysters you’ll ever taste. EVER!
It was a typical Saturday afternoon in July on the Northern California coast, overcast and chilly. There was a slight breeze that carried the smell of the ocean on it. The farm is at the end of a dirt road that shares a lot with a kayak launch. It overlooks the mouth of Drake’s Bay on the Pt. Reyes Peninsula and on a clear day you can see the Pacific through the towering cliffs that form the entrance to the bay. It’s a truly gorgeous place to hang out, shuck or BBQ oysters, and pop the top on a few local Lagunitas beers or sip some wine (I actually did Korbel mimosas)! If you do it spur of the moment you can stop in Pt. Reyes Station to get your goodies…think Cowgirl Creamery!!!!!
The unshucked oysters run about $10 a dozen for the extra smalls and $12 a dozen for the smalls. The smalls and the extra smalls are the best to eat on the half shell. If you are bbqing up some, go bigger as they aren’t as delicate and are best suited for the grill. Oh ya, you’ll have to bring a grill and charcoal and lighter fluid and a lighter! But the folks there are super cool and don’t care whatcha do. Hell, bring your dog! oh ya…and bring cash!