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Sea Harvest in Carmel

Melanie Wong | | Sep 8, 2006 01:12 AM

We've taken our parents to the branch of Sea Harbor in Moss Landing several times. My thrifty mom likes the value there, and the view can't be beat at that price.

On Tuesday I had an errand to run in Carmel Valley, so piled the folks in the car and wound up at the Sea Harvest in the Crossroads in Carmel, just off Hwy 1. This has less seating than the Moss Landing location.

My dad has his usual of bbq oysters. They're six to an ordere here without the option of ordering them by the piece. Slathered in garlic and butter, these were bigger than the ones he usually gets at the other branch. These came with a spot of barbecue sauce for dipping and some cocktail sauce too. We asked for them cooked on the soft size, and they came out just right.

My mother had filet of sand dabs and chips. Unlike the regular fish and chips, these are just dusted and cooked quite delicately. The battered chips had a nice golden crunch and we polished them all off. The tartar sauce was nothing special, but the fresh, sweet dabs just needed a bit of lemon to set them off.

I had a bowl of utterly unremarkable white clam chowder. More potatoes than clams, but at least it wasn't too floury and thick. I helped my parents finish off their plates.

With an ice tea, this set us back less than $33. My mother felt the fish and chips portion was a bit smaller here but with higher quality. We all left happy.

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