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Perfect Half Moon Bay Weekend

jenniferfishwilson | Mar 3, 2002 10:52 PM

Thanks to all for the wonderful recommendations. Unfortunately we had very few meals that weren't spoken for by my company.
Had breakfast this morning @ one of Nancy Berry's recommendations: Half Moon Bay Coffee Company (corner of Stone Pine Road and Main Street; open every day from 6 am; closes @ 10 pm Mon-Thurs and Sun; closes @ 11 pm Fri and Sat). The woman who took our order was thrilled we were there bec of Chowhound. Everything was great but standouts were the buttermilk biscuits (weekends only--huge, fluffy, rich) and breakfast rice (served as a side but cd be meal in itself--steamed rice w/ scrambled eggs, bacon, green onion, soy sauce and sesame oil.) Portions are generous, prices very reasonable. On a perfect day like today their outdoor seating is full of people and dogs. Breakfast is served until 11 am during the week and until 1 pm weekends. The baked goods looked great but we resisted.
Only disappointment of the weekend was one of Nancy's other recommendations was closed. Creekside Smokehouse--the smoked fish shack--is closed until March 15. Nancy told Chowhound last July that it has wonderful smoked salmon (both hot and cold) and albacore and eel. (280 Avenue Alhambra; the Princeton turnoff--corner of Avenue Alhambra and Sonora; opposite the harbor; the exit is Capistrano.)They are also closed Sept/Jan/Feb.
Jan Holloway recommended buying fish in Princeton Harbor so we consoled ourselves with fresh fish from Princeton Seafood Co (#9 Johnson Pier, Pillar Point Harbor, www.hmbcrabman.com). We bot fried calamari ($7.95) from the window in the front--it was fair, a little too soggy for me--and then went around back where they sell the fish. They have an incredible selection, prices are fair and even though they must have hundreds of pounds of fresh fish there was almost no smell at all. We bot a pound of mussels ($2.99 #)and steaks of salmon, albacore tuna and halibut. Forgot the steak prices. Most fish is available whole, half, steak, fillets. The more prep they have to do the more they charge. We grilled/smoked them for dinner and they were all very fresh. The mussels were so sweet (and required NO cleaning! They had even removed the beards!)
You all gave me so many great recommendations that we didn't get to try so we'll just have to go back to HMB.

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