My wife and I stopped by here on our way back from Muir Woods (see my other review). We thought the town of Stinson Beach was just adorable and had to stop. Parking is a real premium here and it took several times around the town center to finally find a spot. Parkside Cafe is the closest restaurant to the actual beach and had a nice sit down part and then a summer time beach style outside ordering window for ice cream, hot dogs; etc. It was crowded at the outside window so we opted to go inside and order from the full lunch menu. This place is near Point Reyes so I was hoping that, much to the theme of the area, its menu would feature locally harvested ingredients. My wife and I opted for calamari and oysters. The calamari was good, but the oysters (the were local) were very poorly shelled. Considering that the oysters were about 50% more than other places we had eaten in San Fran she expected them to be good. My wife constantly was picking shells from her mouth and crunching on bits of shell that were too small to see before she starting eating. It made the whole thing bad. The service was a bit slow and we had to tell our waiter (I don't think he asked us if everything was ok) that the oysters were very poorly shelled. He came back 10 minutes later with the oysters removed from our bill and apologized and said that's not how they normally come. All in all a great gesture from the restaurant. We took a walk on the beach after eating which was a good way to help get our food digested and a bonus to eating at Parkside.
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