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Menlo Park's Flea St. Cafe opens 'Oysterette'

Uploaded: Aug 23, 2017
Longtime Menlo Park restaurant Flea St. Cafe recently transformed a small outdoor deck into an "Oysterette," serving a new menu of raw oysters, avocado toast, cocktails and other items.

Flea St. opened the Oysterette in late July, owner Jesse Cool said.

"We thought, 'How about making the deck different than 37-year-old, venerable Flea Street?'" she said.

The new Oysterette outside Flea St. Cafe on Alameda de las Pulgas in Menlo Park. Photo courtesy Flea St. Cafe.

The idea is "light, bright, casual, with the same food core values" as Flea St., where Cool has been espousing farm-to-table cooking since she opened in 1980.

Chef Charlie Parker said he and Cool wanted to offer "something a little bit more fun and inviting," with a more casual, "playful" and completely different menu (plus louder music) than at Flea St.

There is, of course, a changing selection of West and East coast oysters, served on the shell with a cucumber salsa hot sauce and lime, and other raw seafood dishes. There's also avocado toast with smoked trout and giardiniera (a relish of Italian pickled vegetables); Serrano ham served with burrata and melon; and Old Bay potato chips. For dessert, there's an ice cream sandwich — strawberry ice cream between two pistachio and brown butter cookies.

Oysters and other dishes at the Oysterette. Photo courtesy Flea St. Cafe.

Avocado toast served at Flea St.'s new Oysterette. Photo courtesy Flea St. Cafe.

The Oysterette serves wine, beer and cocktails, like a nectarine and basil margarita or blackberries and bourbon with mint shrub.

View the menu here.

The Oysterette is open Wednesday-Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to closing. Flea St. is located at 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas in Menlo Park.
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Posted by Unsafe by Any Means, a resident of Southgate,
on Aug 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Raw oyster, as well as clams on the half shell, are the number one causes of type A hepatitis. These are followed very, very closed by sushi and sashimi in the number two position. These are CDC facts!

if you have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A, DO NOT eat RW oyster, clams, sushi or sashimi!

Posted by Oyster Fan, a resident of Portola Valley,
on Aug 26, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Big Deal. Old timers will remember Pearls in downtown Palo Alto. This isn't exactly a new concept.

Posted by Curious, a resident of College Terrace,
on Aug 26, 2017 at 6:44 pm

Is this a gourmet blog or just a walking advertisement column for new restaurants?

Posted by Former Diner, a resident of Community Center,
on Aug 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm

We stopped going to Flea St Cafe after it became so dreadfully snobby. The wait staff was just awful, sneering even.

Posted by West menlo resident, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Aug 28, 2017 at 11:08 am

>>>We stopped going to Flea St Cafe after it became so dreadfully snobby. The wait staff was just awful, sneering even

Ironic. Considering that Jesse Cool is a self-professed former hippie.

Posted by Online Name, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland,
on Aug 28, 2017 at 11:29 am

Good for them. Finally a reason to try them again; it's been quite a while.

Posted by Reader, a resident of another community,
on Aug 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm

@Curious (a resident of College Terrace):

Peninsula Foodist is a blog mostly about new developments (primarily openings and closings) of Peninsula restaurants.

It's not a general gourmet or food blog since the author does not write about home cooking nor does it cover groceries, Nor is it a restaurant review column since the author often writes about restaurants that haven't opened yet or have already closed down.

If this blog's subject matter does not appeal to you, you are always welcome to read something else.

Posted by Gale Johnson, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Aug 28, 2017 at 12:52 pm

@Reader...I think Curious is right, but I'll take your advice and stop reading this blog. It doesn't add anything to my life experience (I haven't yet, and probably will never go to one of the restaurants she writes about) but it must do a lot for other people who read it and are just 'curious' about what's going on in our local culinary scene. Pre-openings and closures, equally reported. "Velly intarethting"...Arte...from long ago. Reading hype about what's to be or bad news about closures, the what's been, is not really newsy and some of it is sad.

Posted by Floggrgurl, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland,
on Aug 29, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Whats so wrong with a piece about something new and different in the community? It can't all be about city politics and constant complainers

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