Lunch at the Station House Cafe - Point Reyes Station, Ca
Monday, August 17, 2009 at 6:44PM
off the vine

On a day trip to Point Reyes, I stopped at one of my favorite spots along State Route One. Ever since receiving a fine review back in 1989 from Gourmet Magazine, this fine restaurant has stood out by serving and supporting local producers. Cheese from the Cowgirl Creamery, meat from Niman Ranch, oysters from Drake’s Bay Oyster Co. and Hog Island, dairy from Straus and Clover Stornetta, eggs from Amanda’s Organic, coffee from Thanksgiving Coffee Company—the ingredients are organic and sustainable whenever possible.

My lunch began with a delicious fried calamari served with a spicy jalapeno yogurt-based dipping sauce. This was very well prepared—l
ight, tender and golden brown—excellent, since it can be so easy to overcook.

For my main course I went for the oyster stew, which turned out to be the highlight of my trip. This rich and creamy stew was loaded with fresh “Drake’s Bay” oysters, leeks, spinach, red new potatoes with wild mushrooms, and a generous toss of fresh chopped tarragon. This stew was outstanding, so good I wanted to just pick up the bowl and drink it down. I enjoyed a glass of 2007 Souverain Chardonnay from the Alexander Valley. With its creamy texture and bright acidity, it paired well with the stew. Well worth a drive from anywhere in the Bay Area for this dish!

The Station House has a full bar, including a nice selection of local brews on draft such as “Laugunitas IPA”, “Anderson Valley Boont Amber”, and “Marin Brewing Company - Point Reyes Porter.” A well chosen wine list is most welcome, as is a large outdoor garden patio, open in good weather, where they often barbecue oysters and clams on the grill.

(0 to 20) otv rating:

food: 17
service: 13
vibe: 16
price: $$

Station House Cafe
11180 State Route One
Point Reyes Station, Ca
(415) 663-1515
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