Morro Bay/ July 31, 2019/ Social Halo Media–Morro Bay is known for harvesting two types of oysters: Pacific Gold and Grassy Bar. Oyster farming began in Morro Bay in the early 1990s and has since flourished. You can find these local oysters at many Morro Bay restaurants, or you can make them yourself. From traditional oysters served with a spicy cocktail sauce to barbecued oysters the size of your fist, there is sure to be something for every oyster lover.
Find your favorite oysters at these Morro Bay oysters restaurants or try out one of these recipes and make them yourself.
Morro Bay oysters are eco-friendly and locally grown. They are flavored by the water they grow in, which results in a distinct flavor many people can’t get enough of. Some people describe it as a cucumber-melon flavor. From the volcanic, nutrient-rich soil to the freshwater flowing into the bay, you’ll discover a taste you can’t find anywhere else but Morro Bay.
Two of the most popular oyster farms in Morro Bay are Grassy Bay Oyster Company and Morro Bay Oyster Company. Grassy Bar Oyster Company started in 2009 and provides carefully-produced oysters to locals, restaurants, and nearby cities. You can also order them nationwide with overnight shipping directly from the farm. These oysters are grown on the mudflats on the bay’s intertidal zone, which results in a strong briny taste with a hint of cucumber.
Morro Bay Oyster Company started in 2004 and produces the freshest oysters. The Pacific Gold oysters are harvested by hand and spend 6 to 8 months in a controlled and monitored nursery where they are prepared for the harsher waters of the bay. They are then transferred to the bay in a large mesh bag. After 12-18 months, the oysters are harvested and delivered to some of the best restaurants in town.
The Moro Bay Oysters Restaurants
Windows on the Water
Windows on the Water features 94 cent oysters every Tuesday from 5 pm until closing. You can get your oysters raw off the shell, fried, or shooter-style.
Tognazzini’s Dockside, Too
Tognazzini’s Dockside, Too is home of the barbecued oysters, which are covered with butter, garlic, and lemon; however, you can order your oysters several other different ways, too.
Dutchman’s Family-Style Oysters
Dutchman’s family-style oysters serve up oysters straight from the bay. Guests can receive a family-style tray of a half dozen oysters with your favorite sauces and some fresh lemon.
Giovanni’s Oysters and Chips
Giovanni’s Fish Market & Gallery deep fries their oysters and serves them with chips. You can sit out of their outdoor patio and take in the views of Morro Rock. Giovanni’s hold an annual oyster eating contest every October.
Great American Fish Company
Here you will find a more traditional take on oysters, served with spicy cocktail sauce. You can also order a version with vodka.
Dorn’s Breakfast Oysters
If you are ever in the mood for oysters in the morning, then come to Dorn’s and order their Hangtown Omelet served with sautéed pacific oysters, garlic, onions, mushrooms, and white wine daily from 7am-1pm.
STAX Oysters and Wine
You can enjoy a dollar off all raw oysters when you order a glass of their local vino during happy hour every weekday from 3pm-6pm and every Sunday during Bubbles Tasting.
You can also buy your own bag of Morro Bay oysters online or in local fish markets and make them yourself. Here you will find some of the best oyster recipes from Morro Bay chefs, fishermen and food writers.
How to Cook Oysters
Champagne Drunk Oysters
By Teri Bayus – Local Food Columnist and Author | Pick up a dozen or two live oysters up from one of Morro Bay’s fish markets and take them to the pier. Sit on the side and watch the otters. Shuck the oysters and immediately rinse them with champagne to wash away shell pieces, which of course gets them drunk. Then add one dab of horseradish, a squeeze of lime, and one drop of hot sauce. Slurp an oyster and take a sip of champagne. Then break off a piece of French bread. Repeat.
Caviar Oysters with Melted Leeks & Chervil
by chef Carole Truesdale, former host of the local radio show Let’s Talk Food and Wine. The Distinctive contrast of salty caviar and creamy oysters makes this a truly special dish. Buttery, “melted” leeks add richness and make for a lovely presentation nestled in the bottom of the oyster shell. Click here for the full recipe.
By Giovanni’s Fish Market in Morro Bay | In a 4-quart stockpot, over low heat, melt butter, and add onions, mushrooms, and garlic. Sautée until glazed. Add clam juice, parsley, dill, salt, and pepper. Bring back up to temperature, and add carrots, potatoes, and oysters with juices. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Whisk together flour and half and half and then add the mixture to the pot and cook on med-low for 5-10 minutes until soup thickens slightly. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Garnish with a dash of paprika.
Barbequed Grassy Bar Oysters
By Grassy Bar Oyster Company in Morro Bay | BBQ Grassy Bar Oysters with garlic butter, panko, parmesan, cayenne pepper, and parsley. Serve with a sliced baguette and cucumber salad for a complete meal.
Pacific Gold Oysters with finger lime and Crème Fraiche
By Morro Bay Oyster Company | Put a small dollop of crème Fraiche on, squeeze a small-sized finger lime on top and finish with 1-2 sprigs of micro cilantro.