If you're in Half Moon Bay and get a craving for Japanese food you should go to Sushi Main Street (actually on Mill St), but last night I didn't feel like dealing with the ever-present crowds there, didn't feel like driving over the hill to San Mateo, and so tried a new local spot. Frankly I didn't expect much. Sushi by the Sea shares a building on Hwy 1 with The Anchorage, well-known locally as for tourists only. The half-building on its north side has been through a host of incarnations, the most recent being Highway 1 Diner (the sign's still up). All share marginal food and high prices. Same deal for sushi. I ordered a sampler platter -- 5 pieces of nigiri and California roll for $10.95 -- and wasn't surprised. For that I got slivers without much taste plus Califoronia Roll. But the appetizers were a different matter. My husband's fried tofu topped with shaved bonito had a fine smoky taste. Also the Firecracker Balls (fried maguro) -- a Chef's special -- were delicious and the presentation was pretty. A third appetizer of grilled squid tentacles was bland in the extreme -- think bottled teriyaki sauce. It may be that Sushi by the Sea is okay in a pinch if you choose featured specials and avoid the more ordinary dishes.