Monday, July 26, 2010

Raw Oysters and the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ever

One of the things I enjoy about my job is the travel. I do feel fortunate that my job sends me to cool, metropolitan cities because it's not like I'm going to the middle of nowhere. With travel to big cities comes the opportunity to do and see things I've never experienced before. I always make sure to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the great food in whatever city I am in.

I've mentioned it many times, but San Francisco is probably my favorite city in the US to travel to. I was lucky enough to be sent out there recently for work and had an amazing happy hour meal that I wanted to share with everyone. Even though I've been there multiple times, I always find a new place and have to give a shout out to my friend Calvin for bringing me there.

After I was done working for the day, my friend Calvin took me to Hog Island Oyster Co. for happy hour. On Thursdays they have $1 oysters. For those interested it's located in the Ferry Building off of Embarcadero. Try to get there early because it gets busy very quickly and has limited space to sit. Most people to just order their oysters and drinks and stand in line.

Calvin and I were lucky enough to get a seat at the bar and watched the master oyster shuckers shuck through dozens and dozens of fresh oysters. They served it with a sweet, wine, lime, cilantro, red onion type of mixture to pour over the oysters. Emi and I have been eating a ton of oysters over the past few years, so this was a great San Francisco treat.

The oysters were fresh and great, but were nothing compared to the grilled cheese sandwich. This thing was amazing. The cheese was perfectly warm and gooey. We shared the sandwich, but now I wish I had my own. The cheese wasn't overpowering, but creamy and salty. Also the bread was crisp and oily to the touch almost like it would cut the roof of your mouth when you bit into it, but it gave a great crunch and then melted in your mouth. Nothing like it ever. Make the trip to SF just for this sandwich.

After a few drinks and watching game Seven of the NBA Finals we needed to refuel with some pizza, so Calvin took me to Golden Boy Pizza. I've been there numerous times around 2am and it's always exactly what I needed. Filling, greasy, and tasty. Take a look at those slices, amazing!

Anyhow this was a post a long time in the making, but needed to be shared for the amazing happy hour I enjoyed. Hopefully if you find yourself out in the Bay Area in the near future, you'll get a chance to drop by Hog Island Oyster Co. for a great happy hour.


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