5/01/2013 11:30:00 AM

Best Thing We Ate Last Night: Fried Oyster Tacos at Copita


Cookbook author and PBS personality Joanne Weir and restaurateur Larry Mindel marked one year of business for their Copita Tequileria y Comida on April 28. In the past 12 months, the Sausalito-based restaurant has acquired a new chef in Gonzalo Rivera and made substantial enhancements to the interior as well as the menu, including a changing set of regional specials. But Copita looks well beyond parts of Mexico for inspiration, and one of the charms of this restaurant is how it incorporates nearby produce into the dishes. One standout that truly celebrates the North Bay touch is the soft taco filled with polenta-crusted Point Reyes oysters, cabbage and a tartar sauce spiked with a kicky chile de arbol. Texture is everything when it comes to oysters and these come as close to melt-in-your-mouth as bivalves can be. Other touches close to home are found throughout the menu, which utilizes ingredients such as cheese from Queso Salazar in Brentwood, asparagus from the Delta and Niman Ranch pork.

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