It took a year away from the bustle for me to realize that there’s simply no substitute for the energy of a culinary hot spot. Seafood-oyster-cocktail bar Redlands Oyster Cult will bring you right back to the old days as soon as you step inside.
In this roaring, speakeasy-like atmosphere, upbeat music merges with enthusiastic conversation. You’ll be tempted to take an open stool at the grandiose central bar, but wait—the host will greet you and seat you in the order in which you arrived. There’s a controlled orderliness within this jovial chaos.
Much like the dazzling interior, the small, focused menu is an absolute delight. There are oysters, of course, freshly shucked and very, very good. You could have a lovely evening simply pairing these with your drink of choice, although you would miss out on the kitchen’s array of culinary surprises.