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Pacific Picks - farmers market, English, Italian, and the worlds... WORLDS best egg fu yung

Krys Stanley | Jul 28, 200402:47 AM

A long time resident of Pacifica clued me in on the good eats in town.

Most of these are in the Manor Plaza off the Manor exit ... near the McDonalds.

Columbo Italian Deli bakes it's own fresh bread for sandwiches. She said that there is always a long wait. Even on a weekday afternoon, they were serving number 14 and when I picked a nunmber it was 42. I didn't wait but it really looks like a great place to get a picnic lunch for the beach.

There is a nice selection of salads and some wheels of cheese. The Tinturn chive and shallot looked good. They have Boyd's organic worker/songbird politically correct coffee. I spotted some frozen lobster ravioli. The cold cuts and cheeses were mainly domestic, but there was a nice selection.

Columbo is next door to Tam's ... a Chinese restuarant that has been mentioned favorably many times on the board, so I won't re-hash the fact that most people like Tams. It is a lovely looking restauarant as well with somewhat of an ocean view.

The farmer's market is actually a produce market and gourmet store. Sort of a mini Berkely Bowl. Nice, but limited selection of fruits and veggies. The owner is a musician and on some weekends there is live music and BBQ. You can get a choice of house made soups. In the back of the store is a nice meat counter with interesting sausages and marinated meats. The pesto stuffed chicken breast looked good. Nice selection of beers and wines. Another good picnic stop.

Camelot fish and chips also has had several favorable mentions and is supposed to be excellent.

Next door to Camelot is Save U More meat market an old fashioned buther shop where you get lot's of help from the buthers on what cut to select, how to cook it, etc, etc, etc.

Somewhere in the area is supposed to be an authentic British restaurant, but I haven't found it yet.

Now leave Manor plaza, cross the bridge over the freeway and you will see Mazzetti's Bakery, an family owned Italian bakery that has been in business a gazillion years and has had many favorable mentions on the board.

OK ... ta da ... drum roll please ... the hole in the wall gem .. Next to Mazzettis is Raymonds Chinese Cuisine (and they deliver locally)

My friend was not kidding when she said they make the best ... the BEST ... egg fu yung ... and I don't even like egg fu yung. The egg part is four thick and fluffy patties with sprouts and shredded carrots.

Unlike most fu yjungs, the extras are in the sauce. The sauce looks like a dish in itself. So if you order the Shrimp eg fu yung, the shrimp are not in the patty, they are in the sauce.

GET THE COMBO. The sauce is full of pices of chicken, shrimp, beef, slices of pork, baby bock choy, sweet carrot slices, cabbage and more.

Pour that sauce over the patties, they absorb the sauce and man oh man, what a dish ... $7.

The place looks like a hole in the wall. A few shrines to budda decorate the place with dishes of fruit in front of the shrines. My friend wasn't kidding when she said to take out or you smell like the food. The house smelled like egg fu yung for a few hours. It was so worth it.

At Rockaway Beach, the restaurant upstairs in the Best Western - Ristorante Prtofino is supposed to be good. Great view and slightly more upscale from the rest of the area.

And then ther is Nick's ...


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