SF: Swan Oyster Depot

March 23rd, 2007

IMG_1776, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

I stopped in at Swan in January when I was in San Francisco for Macworld. I was supposed to be going with some friends, but they weren’t going to make it in time. Guyvera insisted that I go without them, just so I could check it out before they closed.
When I got there, there was a small line out the door. It reminded me of Schwartz’ in Montreal, which I will post about one of these days. The Depot is a long narrow room with a counter that runs nearly all the way back.
I wasn’t blown away by the chowder, which I prefer thicker. What I loved was the crab cocktail, made with big chunks of dungeness crab smothered in a sweet and tangy cocktail sauce. Their horseradish was intensely strong, a great balance to the sweetness.
Swan’s is a great little hole in the wall that I definitely want to go back to next time I’m in San Francisco.

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