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Thursday, January 7, 2010

SFoodie's 92: Cracked Half Dungeness from Swan Oyster Depot

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 3:26 PM

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As a windup to the Weekly's Best of S.F. 2010 on May 19, we've teased out 92 of our favorite local dishes that taste like here, a different one each day. Tweet your own nominations ― extra points for pics ― to @SFoodie.

Number 92: Cracked Half Dungeness from Swan Oyster Depot

From mid-November into early spring, crabbers make 4 a.m. deliveries of furiously writhing local Dungeness to the city's Pier 45. Within hours, they're boiled in massive pier-side vats, iced down, and sent to kitchen backdoors and delivery docks baywide. The most famous might be Swan Oyster Depot, where half a cold cracked Dungeness at the scarred and sunken marble counter is the city's defining meal. Eat it adorned with nothing more than a dish of sticky yellow mayo (get it for tradition's sake, then leave it untouched) and slices of late-bake sourdough caked with cold butter. The taste of sweet flesh roots you in the local every bit as firmly as Swan's bolt-down stools.

Swan Oyster Depot 1517 Polk (at Sacramento), 673-1101; daytime hours and cash only

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