A Sunday afternoon drive south to Half Moon Bay stimulated our appetites for fish and led us to Sam’s Chowder House, a first time for me. The parking lot was packed as was the restaurant but we had a brief wait before being seated.
Our waitress was a “California Girl” of a certain age and most accommodating. I opted for the fresh wild trout which was just perfect and beautifully seasoned. The sides were not the typical and held their own: risotto with lemon and peas and escarole with bacon. It was harmony all the way around.
My husband started with a cup of the clam chowder which is clearly homemade and not pasty or floury. Next he ordered the scampi with linguini and was not as happy as he felt it was under seasoned and sauced. He remedied that himself à table with additional garlic and olive oil. The shrimp were large and very fresh.We were pleasantly surprised by the polenta fries which were perfection – crisp and light on the outside yet moist on the inside. They are a must no matter what one orders.
Sam’s is serious about its deserts and while we were too full to order a baked desert we opted for their made on premises organic soft ice cream which lives up to its reputation. Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean capped a totally satisfying experience.