Taste The Bay

A day filled with exploring and celebrating San Francisco Bay is bound to build up an appetite. You’ve learned about the ecological benefits of tidal marsh restoration – now learn about the culinary ones! The Bay works best when human and natural systems work together, so go on a Taste the Bay adventure and savor the flavors of sustainable seafood.

Wonderful, Edible Plants

Did you know the Bay Area is full of flavorful plants and weeds? You may have walked or hiked by something scrumptious and not even known it was consumable. Find native plants not just along the Bay’s edge but also in grocery stores and on restaurant menus.

One edible plant to note is pickleweed! Known for its salty and crunchy taste, pickleweed often goes by the name of sea beans, samphire greens, or sea asparagus. Learn more about the Bay native’s culinary history and give this recipe a try!

Sea Bean Side Dish
  • 2 to 3 cups of fresh sea beans, cut or broken into pieces
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 to 4 tbsp. of butter

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sea beans, stirring constantly, and then the chopped garlic. Sauté the sea beans and garlic until they become tender then remove the skillet from the heat. Serve as a side dish with your favorite sustainable seafood*.

Please note, it’s important to know what’s safe to eat before you forage and devour your treasures. Grab the Bay Area Forager: Your Guide to Edible Wild Plants of the San Francisco Bay to help guide your culinary hunt.

 

*Make Better Seafood Choices

Locate sustainable restaurants near you and learn how to help protect fish and Bay wildlife by making good decisions when purchasing seafood. Check out Seafood Watch’s Consumer Guides and make environmentally responsible choices when shopping at the grocery store.

Brotzeit Lokal German Restaurant and Waterfront Biergarten

(Oakland) Enjoy a German craft Beer from the Oakland Marina and take in views of Alameda and Coast Guard Island.

Assemble Restaurant

(Richmond) Assemble with family and friends at the Richmond shipyards and experience the sweeping vistas that extend from the East Bay Hills to the city of San Francisco.

The Ramp

(San Francisco) Originally a Mission Bay bait shop in the 50’s, The Ramp now provides a variety of eats and drinks including Mango Margarita and Jalapeno Grapefruit Martinis.

Hog Island Oyster Company

(San Francisco) Look out at the expansive San Francisco Bay from the oyster bar located on the north end of the San Francisco Ferry Building.

Bar Bocce

(Sausalito) Take in sweeping views of Richardson Bay and the Sausalito Harbor from the patio or the waterfront and be sure to try the one of a kind sourdough pizza.

Sam’s Anchor Café

(Tiburon) Enjoy breathtaking views of Angel Island and the San Francisco city skyline while dining on fresh seasonal seafood.

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