.Best Country Oyster Bar to Make One Look Savvy on a First Date

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Rocker Oysterfeller’s, Valley Ford

If one is looking to get all country and cute with a country cutie, look no further than Rocker Oysterfeller’s restaurant and bar along Highway 1 in Valley Ford, out near the Sonoma coast. This place manages to bottle up what’s so charming about that whole part of the county—that irresistible mix of dairy and beach, equal parts blue-collar classy and down-home hippie.

Enter the creaky wooden roadhouse where Rocker Oysterfeller’s lives and serves, and soon one will spot the star of the show: a little dreamboat of a bar, straight out of a nautical fairytale. It’s just the spot to share hopes and demons with a date while swimming in oysters and bloodys and sparkling things and all else delightful and delicious.

The menu is a wonderland of Southern-style comfort foods; if nothing else, you’d be wise to try the braised pork shoulder. Really, though, you’d be wise to try everything. There are other nice places to sit besides the bar, too—even a fruit orchard and garden, when it’s warm out. There’s also a famous local creamery serving ice cream across the street, if you want to go be cute some more after. Or you could head to the ocean. But why not just stay and slurp oysters at the bar all day? If that doesn’t seal the deal, you weren’t meant to be. — Simone Wilson


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