Rustic House Oyster Bar & Grill in San Carlos, California
Here is a wood-clad oyster place (920 El Camino Real, 650-394-4534) where I was able to pull up a seat at the bar for a dozen local oysters and beer. Actually, only the briny Kumamotos at the top were local; the meaty Fanny Bays from BC were next to them while the earthy Kumiais from Baja were at the bottom. My favorite were the least local ones: the BeauSoleils from New Brunswick on the left, as they were almost buttery sweet. But I was happy to gobble them all down. Next time I should try their grilled oysters.