Better get your Hog Island Sweetwaters in while you can. The oyster company has announced that it will be closing its Ferry Building doors briefly while it expands to the area formerly housing Ferry Plaza Seafood, across the concourse.
See also: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Oysters
This is great longterm news for everyone who loves Hog Island oysters but hates waiting in that often-long line (read: me, and most everyone I know). Even better news is that the new, 125-seat location -- half indoors, half-outdoors -- will have a cocktail program designed by Scott Beattie and Michael Jack Pazdon of St. Helena's Goose and Gander, who will be making drinks with local spirits and plants from the Hog Island Farm in Marshall.
The new, improved Hog Island is set to re-open in the spring. In the meantime, the oyster farm's original Marshall location is still a really fun day trip, the counter at Oxbow Market in Napa is a nice stop in wine country, and you can usually find its oysters at the city's more reputable oyster bars.
Hog Island will be at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market all three days (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) serving shucked oysters (raw & barbecue), grilled cheese with house pickles, and fresh oysters and shellfish to go.
Here's a list of all the places you can find Hog Island oysters (updated frequently on the website):
SF BAY AREA
Hayes Street Bar & Grill
Anchor Oyster Bar
McCormick and Kuleto's Seafood
Beast & the Hare
Boot and Shoe Service
The Station House Cafe
Salt Water Oyster Depot
NAPA and SONOMA COUNTIES
Hog Island Oyster Bar
Cindy Pawlcyn's Wood Grill & Wine Bar
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
Central Market Restaurant
John Ash & Co.