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Monday, April 11, 2011

No. 28: Dollar Oysters at Bar Crudo

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Oysters on the half-shell at Bar Crudo, $1 each. - ALBERT LAW/PORKBELLYSTUDIO.COM


SFoodie's countdown of our 92 favorite things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition.

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An oyster is a self-contained feast, and with a sturdy knife and a bit of practice, easy enough to prepare. You buy the oysters fresh, you remove the bits of grit and shell with the corner of a towel, and you present them with a little lemon. Easy luxury.

So where ― and when ― you eat a plate of oysters matters. The ones we've slurped by the shores of Tomales Bay, shivering in the salt-licked breeze: memorable. The happy hour kumamotos and we've plucked out of the ice at Bar Crudo: memorable, too. The chill of the zinc bar against our elbows. The sting of the champagne vinaigrette on the tongue (just a drop). The briny breath of the Puget Sound, trapped in a gnarled-shell case and flown 800 miles south. between And to think that, between 5 and 6:30, it only costs a buck. Six for $6. A feat of stylish gluttony for $24.

Where do all these well-dressed people work, we've wondered more than once, that they can skip out by 5:30 to crowd a Western Addition bar? Then we remember the machinations it took us to get here, too.

Bar Crudo: 655 Divisadero (at Grove), 409-0679. Dollar oysters available Tue.-Sun., 5-6:30 p.m.

Dishes in our series so far:

92: Goat tacos from El Norteño
91: Faux shark's fin soup at Benu
90: Esperpento's alcachofas a la plancha
89: Poco Dolce's olive oil chocolate bar
88: Decantr's chicken-liver mousseline
87: Outerlands' levain bread
86: Fraîche's frozen yogurt
85: Gyro King's spinach pie
84: Tandoori fish from Lahore Karahi
83: Braised oxtail and daikon from Namu
82: Golden Gate Bakery's custard tarts
81: Commonwealth's cured foie gras with umeboshi purée
80: Star Stream's Liège-style waffle
79: Mexican hot chocolate from La Oaxaqueña
78: Meatball sandwich from Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe
77: Cheesecake from Zanze's
76: Chicken pepian at San Miguel
75: Macau iced coffee at Vega/Special Xtra
74: Comstock Saloon's Pisco Punch
73: Hai Ky Mi Gia's duck leg noodle soup
72: Sauerbraten at Walzwerk
71: Boudin noir at Cafe Bastille
70: Blackstrap molasses gingerbread at Lotta's Bakery
69: Plow's crispy potatoes
68: Prospect's Catcher in the Rye
67: Pork banh mi from Little Vietnam Cafe
66: Nakaochi at Ippuku
65: Sidekick's chocolate spritzer
64: Farmhouse Culture's horseradish-leek sauerkraut
63: Destination Baking Co.'s challah
62: Cotogna's roasted carrots
61: Hard Knox Cafe's chicken and waffles
60: The Rebel Within from Tell Tale Preserve Co.
59: The Slanted Door's Whiskey Cocktail
58: Carnitas burrito from Taqueria San Francisco
57: Sakura mochi from Benkyodo
56: Birria at Gallardos
55: BBQ pork skewers at Fil-Am Cuisine
54: JapaCurry's katsu curry
53: Vegan flan at Gracias Madre
52: Cinderella Bakery's pelmeni
51: Locavore's maple andouille sausage
50: Lumpia from Hapa SF
49: Moonlight Brewing's Reality Czeck
48: Filetti pizza at Una Pizza Napoletana
47: Pupusas revueltas at La Santaneca
46: Khoresht ghaymeh at Maykadeh
45: Los Muertos at Gitane
44: Sandwich cookies from Sweet Constructions
43: Nicasio Valley Cheese Company's square
42: Nopalito's quesadilla roja
41: Croissant from Sandbox Bakery
40: Cultured's burdock kasu-zuke pickles
39: Sticky chewy chocolate ice cream at Swensen's
38: Maverick's warm Brussels sprouts with slow-cooked egg
37: Roast chicken from Limón Rotisserie
36: Seven Hills' raviolo uovo
35: Morning bun from Pinkie's Bakery
34: Kaw soi dok at Mandalay
33: Fatted Calf's meatloaf sandwich
32: Duck larb at Thai House Express
31: Lark Creek Steak's burger
30: Barbacco's chicken thighs with olives and almonds
29: Mow Lee's lap cheong

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