Oxbow Public Market
610 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559
Tel: (707) 251-8113
Oct 25, 2011 – dinner at Oxbow Public Market (part 1)
A retrospective review…
Written by: Second Stomach
Snowman and I visited Oxbow Public Market this night and after making our rounds around the market, I was attracted to the happy hour sign at the Hog Island Oyster Bar. Happy hour was listed from 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm on tuesday and wednesday nights with specials on fresh raw oysters and drinks. It was around 6:30 pm and I thought I should be able to snack on some oysters as my “first course” in tastings at the Oxbow Market. There was a huge crowd waiting to get in on the happy hour specials but fortunately since we were willing to sit at the bar, we got in relatively quickly.
Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of everything we ate that night, but I can tell you we tried:
Fresh raw oysters (whatever oysters that were on special at happy hour)
White wine (happy hour special)
Fresh raw oysters – happy hour special
– I think there were 2 different types of oysters here
– These went very well with my happy hour white wine. The oysters were fresh and totally hit the spot. I proceeded to order another platter before the 7 pm cut off
– Being that this was my first time here, I really don’t know if these are the normal sized oysters here. I can tell you that I overheard the staff talking to each other and the person shucking oysters was told not to open up all the larger ones for happy hour.
Value: 4/5 (it’s happy hour)
– I don’t have a photo of the dish that night:( But we had as platter consisting of two different types of baked oysters. The first set was the Rockefeller – with spinach, lemon zest, and cream, and the second set was the Bagna Cauda – with butter, garlic, capers, parsley, and anchovy.
– When I compare these grilled oysters against some of the ones that I’ve had at other establishments, these oysters seemed a little less fleshy. Although very tasty, the oysters themselves were relatively smaller and thinner.
Overall, this was a nice casual place to dine on a tuesday night. I enjoyed the experience of eating at the bar and watching the staff shuck oysters. I really preferred the fresh raw oysters and probably could have gone for another couple of dozen if it wasn’t for the appeal of trying the other food optionsat the market.
– Great value if you’re going during happy hour
– Casual and quick, if that’s what you’re looking for
– Go for the raw oysters
– Pricey if ordering off the regular menu
– Baked oysters were a bit of a disappointment.