Tagged: Seafood Restaurants

Jul 02

Skool: A Seafood Gem

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Jun 08

Feasting at Woodhouse Fish Company with My Bestie

I’ve been meaning to try Woodhouse Fish Company, it’s been on my list of places to try! Since my Bestie was home, we decided to give them a go!  We went to the Fillmore location on a Thursday night, the restaurant does not take reservations, walk-ins only. We arrived early, around 6:00pm, so seating was not difficult. I must say, they got very busy around 7:00pm, there was definitely a wait. The hostess/server who was very sweet wanted to seat us at a small two top table, I requested a bigger table since we tend to order a lot, she realized we were there to pig out!

Of course we ordered everything to share! We started with the Kumamoto Oysters, I love Kumamotos,  they were very fresh and sweet! We then got our Fried Whole-Belly Ipswich Clams, I didn’t know what Ipswich Clams were but they are a New England delicacy and they are big juicy clams, these were sooo good! Then our Split-Top Maine Lobster Roll came out! Oh my, where do I start? I complained about how Sam’s Chowder House Lobster Roll was too buttered up recently. I have to say, I enjoyed the one at Woodhouse Fish Company much more, it had the mayonnaise and the bits of celery and crunchy fresh lobster! YUMMM! And the golden fries served with the Lobster Roll were well done and crispy, just the way I like them! Our last order was the Stuffed Artichoke, Split, Grilled & Stuffed with Dungeness Crab! This is normally served with Bay Shrimps, but we had it with all Dungeness Crab at an additional charge.  It took a little time to enjoy the artichoke but it was all worth it! Last but not least, the kitchen gave us a dish on the house, it was one of their specials, the Fried Soft Shell Crab over Arugula, Sprouts and White Corn. I really liked the soft shell crab and the combined ingredients, however, the dressing was a little too much, so I ate around it instead.

Overall, we were very happy with our experience at the Woodhouse Fish Company, the seafood was fresh, the service was great and the ambiance was nautical yet hip, will definitely return for more!

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May 17

A Little Bit of History at The Old Clam House

This weekend we went to the newly remodeled, Old Clam House.  Opened in 1861, The Old Clam House is one of the oldest restaurants in San Francisco!  What was once the Islais Creek which flowed into Mission Bay is now the Bayview District of San Francisco, not the most convenient and attractive areas in the city, but you will be surprised by this old charmer once you walk inside. We sat in the Main Dining Room, featuring traditional designed moldings and vintage San Francisco photos along the walls!

We had a group of about 15 people, the restaurant was slow and quiet on a Sunday night and we were immediately seated. Of course we ordered appetizers to share family style – the Clams Escargot, Shrimp Cocktail, Calamari, Golden Gate Clam Chowder, Arugula Salad in lemon oil, goat cheese & sun-dried tomatoes and the Fuji Apple Salad with arugula, raspberry vinaigrette, sun-dried cranberries & candied walnuts!  I really loved the baked cheesy Clams Escargot, as you can tell by the photo, two went missing right away! There was nothing special about the Shrimp Cocktail, Calamari and Salads, but they were decent. I did not like the Clam Chowder, it was like a creamy potato soup, I was wondering what happened to the heavy cream! Maybe it was a different style Clam Chowder, I’m not really sure.

For my entree, I ordered off their Specialties and got myself the Clams Paella Acini with cioppino sauce, sausage, olives and raw milk white cheddar.  Acini is a pasta that looks like tiny beads! My Paella Acini was cooked thoroughly with lots of cheese and the clams were fresh! It was such a great dish! My hubby ordered the Seafood Cioppino and the flavors and fresh seafood (crab, mussels, clams and squid) were just delicious, the stew was not watered down at all and the crispy bread was perfect for dipping!

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Apr 11

A Visit to Half Moon Bay, Sam’s Chowder House & Princeton Seafood Company

We did a family trip to Half Moon Bay and decided to go to Sam’s Chowder House. I’ve been here in the past and I didn’t love it, but they do have great oceanfront views! We actually wanted to go to Princeton Seafood Company but they are located at the Pillar Point Harbor and do not offer views. Our main goal was for my mom to get some delicious clam chowder! So we went to both locations for clam chowder and had a comparison!

It was a Saturday and when we got to Sam’s Chowder House it was full, we had the options to sit near the bar on bar stools , sit outdoors or wait for an hour! At first we were going to sit indoors since it was freezing, but when we walked outside while they were setting up our table at the bar area, we realized it was actually warm when the sun shined and the restaurant was blocking the cold wind, so we ended up outside instead. There are actually heaters outside, we weren’t in that area but the sun definitely helped!

We were supposed to come here for a snack only since we wanted to make a stop at the Princeton Seafood Company, but we ordered more than expected, everything on the menu sounded good! Of course we ordered everything to be served family style so that we could try a bit of everything.  We ordered 2 bowls of New England Clam Chowder, 1 bowl of Manhattan Clam Chowder, the Fried Pacific Oysters, the Crispy Polenta Fries, Sam’s Crab Louis and 2 Maine Lobster Rolls!

We didn’t know how big the bowls were going to be, but when we got them, we realized they were HUGE! The New England Clam Chowder with little neck clams, Yukon gold potatoes, smoked bacon and cream was good, you can definitely taste the cream! I thought the tomato-based Manhattan Clam Chowder was too salty. The plump Fried Pacific Oysters were juicy and fresh, my mom wanted this and really enjoyed it! The Crispy Polenta Fries, which was my sister’s pick, was impressive and I really liked the light cheesy flavor. I loved the combination of the Sam’s Crab Louis,  served with lots of fresh dungeness crab, crunchy Fuji apple, iceberg lettuce, cucumber, hard cooked egg and Louis dressing! It was a refreshing salad  since we had a lot of fried dishes! And drum rolls please…..the Maine Lobster Roll with butter on a toasted bun served with chips and coleslaw, well… it was topped and covered with buttery lobster on the toasty buttery bun! Okay, I think that if I never tried the lobster roll in New York at Pearl Oyster Bar, then I wouldn’t have known how good a lobster roll can possibly be.  Maybe I’ve been too hard on the lobster roll at Sam’s Chowder House, maybe I shouldn’t compare, and maybe Sam’s is considered the more contemporary Californian way of serving a lobster roll. I am not saying that their lobster roll is bad, but what the hell happened to the mayonnaise?!  Overall, if you love lobster, you will enjoy it!  I would also like to add that from my understanding, the cole slaw was very good too.  I’m not a fan, but everyone else mentioned that it was one of the best cole slaw they’ve ever had.

After this so called snack, we went to the Pillar Point Harbor, not to eat right away, but to walk off what we ate so that we could make room for our next snack. We walked around, saw fisherman’s selling on their boats, there were crabs and humongous halibuts!  After strolling around, it was time for some food at the Princeton Seafood Company. They actually have an outside window to the restaurant where they sell quick to go items, they also have a few picnic tables with benches for seating. We ordered a bowl of Clam Chowder and Deep Fried Clam Strips served with fries!  Okay, I like the Clam Chowder here, it is less creamy, but less cream means more clammy seafood flavors! The Deep Fried Clam Strips were not bad, but the clams were so tiny (which is usually the case with this fried goodness), it’s one of those fried items where you can taste the flavors of a clam but just can’t see it!

It was a great day in the Half Moon Bay, we accomplished what we wanted, which was to eat our seafood hearts out!

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Apr 06

Crab House at Pier 39

What?! Pier 39?! Yes, I admit, sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own city. We decided to test out the Crab House at Pier 39, featuring a bright space with colorful crab decor,  offering breathtaking views of the Bay.  We had a table of 8, so the reservations took longer than expected on a Saturday night.  Instead of just waiting around,  I told the nice host to call me when our table was available so that we could go outside to enjoy the sounds of the sea lions and the sunset.  When our table was ready, I got the call and we had a chance to walk pass and enjoy the sights of this tourist trap that brings in so much money into the economy of San Francisco.

Then…dinner time. We ordered everything to be served family style,  Mixed Baby Greens with ginger oil dressing which tasted very Asian, Caesar with whole uncut sweet baby romaines, croutons and fresh parmesan, Crab Chowder which reminded me of corn chowder but with crab, Garlic Fries which were great cause everything fried with garlic is always great, Garlic Noodles with pangrattato which really weren’t that great since the pasta was not al dente, and last but not least, two orders of the Crab Feast (serves 4 each order) featuring Dungeness Killer Crabs roasted in their secret garlic sauce! I thought the crab and buttery garlic sauce were good, but realized that some crab meats were sweeter than others, so I think it was due to the fact that it’s difficult to get the perfect sweet crab meat in April while it is not in season.   But overall, it was a fun experience and the service was great!  Did I mention that the Crab House had a Chinese menu, mainly for Chinese tourist, but my mom was able to read the menu at a non-Chinese restaurant for the first time!  I think that made her feel more welcomed!

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Feb 05

Fresh Seafood at Princeton Seafood Company in Half Moon Bay

Today was a beautiful sunny day in the Bay Area, it’s hard to believe how gorgeous the weather’s been since it is February. The Bay Area is so blessed with this warm weather while the Midwest and East Coast are suffering the cold winter and snowstorms.  So today we decided to take a drive to enjoy lunch in Half Moon Bay.   We yelped a few restaurants and there are many along the beach but most of them had mediocre food reviews.  Every review talked about the amazing beach views but mentioned how the food was not that great.  We’ve tried the popular Sam’s Chowder House in the past, but we didn’t love it.  I then came upon the review for Princeton Seafood Company, everyone talked about their Clam Chowder and how the food was good, so we made the decision to try it out. When we got there, it was busy but the wait was not too long,  they offer indoor and outdoor seating.  The only thing you won’t get here is the beach view since it is located along the Pillar Point Harbor.

The ambiance is quaint and traditional and the service was very friendly. We ordered a bowl of Clam Chowder, Shrimp and Crab Louis, half dozen of Oysters on the Half Shell and the Petite Salmon Fish & Chips!  When we got the half dozen of Oysters on the Half Shell, we noticed that they were the plump and big ones, sometimes these are not as good as the little oysters, but they were surprisingly fresh and sweet!  The Shrimp and Crab Louis was also very fresh, the crab meat was just perfect! And of course everyone who has reviewed their Clam Chowder were not kidding, their hearty chowder was full of clams and oh so good! When we got the Petite Salmon Fish & Chips, we thought they were going to be small pieces of salmon, but instead they were bigger than expected. Everything we ordered was a surprise, we enjoyed every dish and finished everything on our bowl and plates!  We will definitely return to this homey restaurant!

After lunch, we decided to take a stroll along the Pillar Point Harbor to walk off everything we devoured.  I loved seeing the harbor, the sparkling water and the boats. A few of the boats were also selling fresh crab!

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