The Chronicle’s Virginia B. Wood hit up Counter Cafe East and was happy with what she found. While the second location of the flagship cafe still serves the same signature items, like the Counter Burger and Southern Poached Eggs, the bigger space means that the kitchen can experiment more. This means new dishes like the fried oysters:
More deep fryer space on the new cooking line makes the polenta-crusted fried oysters ($15) the hottest rising star on the menu at Counter Cafe East. The plump, briny oysters play off the sweet corn crunch of artisan cornmeal, and they're embellished with a frilly costume of spring greens and two tasty dipping sauces. The oyster lover at our table gave them an enthusiastic 10.
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