Culture | June 12, 2015 9:00 am

Oyster Happy Hours, a $35 Prix Fixe and More

New and noteworthy dining.

By The Editors

To keep tabs on every San Francisco restaurant and bar opening is folly. But to keep tabs on the most worthy? Yeoman’s work, and we’re proud to do it. Thus we present Table Stakes, a monthly rundown of the five (or so) must-know spots that have swung wide their doors in the past thirty (or so). Bon appétit.

Let’s talk oysters. 

As mollusks go, perhaps the most controversial. And delicious.

Tiny monsters of merroir, they’re the ocean’s version of wine.

Slurp one up and it has a story to tell.

Where it was grown. Freshwater or saltwater. The season and weather.

Just like a true connaisseur de vin knows a Bordeaux by site and a vineyard by taste, an ostreaphile can connect bivalve to bay in one gulp.

Where to become such a master of the shucking arts: Ichi Kakiya, a 21-seat oyster bar with our new favorite oyster happy hour — the best spot to spend a Tuesday night in June in the city.

And if shellfish aren’t your thing, plenty more has been going on this month – including a new parlour from a champion pizza maker and a reliably sexy new tavern at the Hotel Monaco in the Tenderloin.

Enjoy the guide.

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