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Side Dish: Oyster Po’Boy at The Cook and Her Farmer in Old Oakland

Crispy, creamy, hot, and dreamy.


Nicholas Boer

The oyster po’boy at The Cook and Her Farmer in Oakland’s revitalized Swan’s Market makes your standard deli sandwich look like jailhouse bologna.

The screaming-hot fried oysters are tucked into a soft roll with chilled coleslaw: creamy oysters, crunchy slaw, brilliant combination. And if that isn’t enough to get you roll-ing, the french fries here are house-made and crisp—like In-N-Out Burger’s but done right.

Plus, here’s the thing: You can warm up your taste buds with an iced platter of utterly fresh Tomales Bay oysters. You need a dozen because you have to try one plain, one with lemon, one with mignonette, one with Sriracha, and one with classic Crystal Hot sauce. Then, you have to go back and do it all over again to decide which condiment you like best, before slurping the last two. (I went for lemon.)

Swan’s Market showcases several more killer restaurants, each with its own distinct character yet consistent with Old Oakland’s unique flavor. So even if you don’t like oysters, stop by the next time you’re close by. Just be careful not to overdo it on all the great wines on offer, or you might soon be dining on that sandwich packed with jailhouse bologna.

907 Washington St., Oakland, (510) 285-6140, thecookandherfarmer.com. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Tues.–Sat.

Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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