Monday, August 14, 2017

Eats in the USA: Sam's Chowder House (CA)

Voted as the Best Seafood in the Bay Area for 2017, my good friend A and her family of 4 drove us all the way to Sam's Chowder House when when I told her that I wanted to eat lobster roll as my first meal in San Francisco. She's been raving about Sam's delicious food so we all agreed it was worth the long drive. Our initial plan was to go there for early dinner because I heard the view is amazing but we miscalculated our driving time from Los Angeles to Hotel Nikko San Francisco so dinner was pushed to a later time. It was already dark when we finally made it to Sam's.

If you don't mind the chilly winds, best seats in the house are the ones facing Pacific Ocean. I can only imagine how romantic and gorgeous this outdoor patio setting must be during sunset time.

What we ordered

For starters, A ordered New England Clam Chowder ($11.95 for a bowl) with little neck clams, Yukon gold potatoes and smoked bacon. Made with natural ingredients, Sam's chowder is light, creamy and really delicious! It was the perfect appetizer to warm us up on a chilly night.

Sam’s Lobster Roll - $26.50

Names as Half Moon Bay's Sandwich Sensation, Sam's Lobster Roll is also on the top 5 of America's Best Lobster Roll by the Today show. The simple yet delectable dish from New England consists of lobster meat on a grilled hotdog bun often served with lemon juice, mayonnaise and diced celery or scallions. Apart from the huge tender lobster claw meat, what I love about Sam's lobster roll is that it doesn't have mayonnaise, just light butter dressing and thinly sliced herbs to provide some extra flavors. Our order also comes with crispy potato chips and coleslaw. Just the mere photo of the sandwich brings back great happy memories and really good food from that night.

Crispy "Maryland Style" Lump Blue Crab Cake - $13.75

Another mouthwatering and unforgettable dish we tried in Sam's is their Maryland Style Crab Cake. It may look like a simple crispy browned mound with tartar sauce, fresh lemon and greens on the side, but wait until you get a taste of its succulent chunks with just pure crab meat and no fillers. The single-cake dish is by far the best crab cake we have ever tasted!

Crispy Polenta Fries - $6.00

Move over french fries! These Crispy Polenta Fries (basically baked cornmeal porridge made into huge fries) are crunchy on the outside and really really creamy on the inside. A unique and great alternative from your usual appetizer, side dish or as a savory snack on its own.

Great service and fantastic food, dining at Sam's is definitely one of the highlights of our US trip!


Sam's Chowder House
4210 N. Cabrillo Highway
Half Moon Bay, California, USA
Tel.: (1650) 712-0245

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