Rocker Oysterfeller’s | Valley Ford

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

rocker1.jpgEight oysters. One quail. Two slices of polenta and pea shoot salad: Lunch accomplished. Check, please.

“You did save room for some homemade raspberry pie?” asks Rocker Oysterfeller’s Shona Campbell as I head out the door. Except it sounds more like “paahh” when she says it. And she’s not really asking. I’m leaving with that last piece of pie she made from a neighbor’s berries–regardless.

Ah, southern charm.

But it’s not the pie that I’ve driven out of my way for. It’s the oysters. Midway between Petaluma and Bodega Bay, Valley Ford is a blip on map that’s suddenly been rediscovered. Bikers and day-trippers converge here for water, snacks, and on summer weekends barbequed oysters in front of the Valley Ford Hotel, where Campbell and her cooking partner, Brandon Guenther, have set up their country charm-meets urban chic restaurant, saloon and roadhouse.


Rocker Oysterfeller's oyster platter

Back to the oysters. Plucked from the nearby Drake’s Bay, they’re huge and juicy, best served raw with a little lemon-honey-jalapeno mignonette. Or with arugula, bacon, cream cheese and a cornbread crust (the Rocker Oysterfeller). Or with garlic butter.

Rocker’s isn’t just an oyster shack, however. The couple have a long-history of cooking in the Bay Area and bring some serious grit-kicking southern flavors to the table. Their dinner menu includes Sonoma County lamb with toasted grits, molasses-bourbon braised pork shoulder, a Creole Caesar salad with cornbread croutons, Dungeness crab balls with remoulade and killer sides like mac n’ cheese, Kennebec fries and goat cheese grits.

The new brunch menu goes from biscuits and sausage gravy to a Southern Benedict (poached egg, ham, roasted tomato, braised chard, blackeyed peas, Hollandaise and a buttermilk biscuit) and the dainty bacon-wrapped quail with a (oh my god, so good) pea shoot salad and warm polenta toasts topped with melted Bellwether Farms Crescenza cheese.

rocker3.jpgJust don’t forget to save room for some pie. Or, you know, whatever the kids at Rocker’s have dreamed up today.

If you go: Local isn’t just a buzzword here. The menu pulls from local farms and ranches (and you know, neighbor’s garden patches). The freshness shows. Don’t miss sitting out on the large patio on warm afternoons. The saloon gets buzzing in the evening, and the spot pulls lots of locals.

Rocker Oysterfeller’s: 14415 Highway One, Valley Ford, 707.876.1983. Open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5pm to 9:30pm. Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 2pm. Rocker Oysterfeller’s website

RELATED: The Rocker Oysterfeller’s crew have also opened a grab-n-go eatery and fish market featuring locally caught seafood called Sonoma Coast Fish Bank

Author: biteclub

Food Dining and Restaurants in Sonoma County and beyond, is Wine Country dining with Drive-Thru Sensibility.

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  1. My son & I went there last Sunday for Brunch. The service was mediocre-we sat for a long time without menus or drinks.
    I ordered their specialty- the fried chicken & waffle dish for a pricey $18.
    The dish finally arrived after a very long wait-chicken was a small breast and drumstick with a burned waffle piled alongside, I sent the waffle back. My son ordered the biscuits & gravy for $13 and it arrived with one biscuit covered sparsely with gravy (they provided more gravy on request). I sent my waffle back and waited over 20 minutes before requesting french fries, so I waited almost 30 minutes for them to correct the bad dish. These are cheap dishes to make and seemed very overpriced for what you got. Food is good, but they need to work on training serving staff-at those prices people expect good service. We won’t be back.

  2. Hi there. Loved our stay at your place. Could you please send my red jacket to
    Barb Siray
    10844 60th Ave. W
    Mukilteo, WA USA
    Thanks so much Lue Feb.25, 2010

  3. Hi Shona and Brandon!
    My mouth is still salivating after reading that awesome article on your restaurant! Way to go Press Democrat! Hope it brings in more business for you guys. I know I was just reminded just how much I need to come for visit and some tasty oysters!…and pie!
    Hope you’re doing well and see you soon!

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