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Best Fish & Chips, Smelts in Half Moon Bay?

Nice timing for me then, as far as smelts season. And thanks for the tip on the Nethili Fry, love me some Indian!

Best Fish & Chips, Smelts in Half Moon Bay?

Interesting, thanks. Anyone got anything for me as far as smelts?

Best Fish & Chips, Smelts in Half Moon Bay?

Me and the SO are planning to visit HMB for the first time in a few years, intend to hit some of our old favorite spots like Flying Fish Grill, and San Benito House for sandwiches. I remember having some amazing fish & chips at Ketch Joanne a few years ago, really perfectly cooked, not too greasy, fantastic taste. Is there anywhere else I should try for Fish & Chips (e.g. Barbara's Fish Trap, or Sam's Chowder House) or should I stick with Ketch?

Also, does Duarte's Tavern still do those great smelts? I remember having them several years ago, but last time we were there they told us it wasn't smelt season (still no idea what months those are). Is there anywhere else in HMB we should try for those? Thanks in advance for any tips....

Recommendations for MB Post Newbies?

Taking the SO for a special meal in a few weeks, going on a Saturday at 12pm, already got our reservations and very excited. So anyone got any must-tries for us? Just thought maybe there is something seasonal or something that they only do on weekends that we should be aware of... My wife is really into shrimp/lobster and other seafood, so if there is anything to recommend along those lines that would be great too.
Also, is it a casual dining experience (jeans & T-shirt ok), or is it a bit more dressy? Thanks in advance!

Jun 27, 2013
Argent3 in Los Angeles Area

Avenal & Coalinga

Oh, thanks. Are the burgers still worth driving out for if going north to south CA or vice-versa?

Jun 25, 2013
Argent3 in California

Avenal & Coalinga

Is it true that Debbie's Place in Avenal closed down, does anyone know?

Jun 25, 2013
Argent3 in California

Attending Citizenship Ceremony at LA Convention Center- breakfast/lunch recos?

Just an update, ended up going to Pete's Cafe around 3pm after the long but great ceremony. Restaurant wasn't too busy- I had a Hellman burger with the blue cheese fries, other half had club sandwich with house salad & balsamic dressing. My burger was very high quality, cooked to medium well as I like it, but I think it was a little too fancy and sophisticated for my tastes. I dunno, I think I just prefer my burgers more basic. Fries were good, very cheesy, glad I shared them because I think the strong flavour would have been too much for me if I had had too many. But I had a couple of bites of the club sandwich and that was pretty amazing, one of the best I've ever had actually. Really nice combination of bacon, avocado, chipotle mayo etc on nice toasty bread. Highly recommended.

Service was very pleasant and attentive (two different people ended up serving us, I think one took over for the other, but both were great). Afterwards we walked back to our parking spot and noticed the Big Man Bakes store (which we had heard about on tv) where we picked up some really tasty mini cupcakes.

Ceremony itself went great too, quite emotional. Overall a great day. Thanks again for the input, if we go to the area again we'll check out some of the other recos.

May 29, 2011
Argent3 in Los Angeles Area

Attending Citizenship Ceremony at LA Convention Center- breakfast/lunch recos?

Plenty of options, thanks to all of you for the tips. Also, thanks for the congrats. :)

May 25, 2011
Argent3 in Los Angeles Area

Attending Citizenship Ceremony at LA Convention Center- breakfast/lunch recos?

Will be going with the so to a citizenship ceremony, never been to the area before. Just wondering if anyone here could tell us about any must visit restaurants nearby? Any kind of food recommendations welcome, traditional American, Mexican, etc.

PS. This is for the LA Convention Center (S Figueroa St). Thanks for any help.

May 25, 2011
Argent3 in Los Angeles Area

Avenal & Coalinga

Bumping this older thread because me and the wife tried Debbie's Place on our way up north for a little vacation, and I have to tell people it really is a GREAT burger. Super juicy, couple of different options, decent enough fries (though the burger is definitely the star here), little hole in the wall type place with no pretensions, just great burgers. Very pleasant, polite service too. Definitely give a visit if you're a burger afficionado and are travelling either way on I5 (it's a bit of a drive to get there, but well worth it for the hungry traveller). By the way, we both went with the "smaller" burger (I forget what they call it) with bacon and cheese, I knew from reading up about them online that the regular full size burger was huge, and that turned out to be true from seeing another persons order.

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Debbie's Place
429 Skyline Blvd, Avenal, CA 93204

Nov 08, 2010
Argent3 in California

Essential food to try in Half Moon Bay?

Just a quick update for those interested, we went to HMB finally for that little vacation, our findings:

-Flying Fish Grill- tried the standard fish taco w/ added guac and jack cheese, it was superb. Just really nicely done fish with great tortilla and fixings. The crabby cheesy bread was really good and rich and comforty.

-Duarte's- exceptional Cioppino, fresh and delicious and worth every penny of the thirty plus bucks. Nice crispy onion rings. Really really great crab sandwich, excellent flavor and not too much mayo, perfect seafood sandwich. Artichoke soup was pretty decent too. Just a great visit.

-Chez Shea- very well made food with great ingredients. Their legendary chilaquiles w/fried egg was very good and seemed quite authentic (though I'm not an expert on Mexican food). Torta sandwich w/ homemade chips was a great combination of flavors and very satisfying.

- Cafe Gibraltar- other half said the Cipporones (spelling? the calamari dish they're famous for) were flat out the best she's ever had. I'm not really into calamari, so I didn't try them. But the mezza platter was very good, with a lot of variety and different exotic flavors in the mouth. Nice eclectic little place with a lot of personality.

-Ketch Joanne- went as soon as they opened for breakfast, calamari steak sandwich was ok, cooked pretty well, but nothing amazing. The real star was the Cod fish and chips (I requested beer batter, don't think it's the standard batter)- simply some of the best fish and chips I've EVER had, and I am originally from the UK, so I know what I'm talking about.

- San Benito house- picked up a ham and swiss sandwich on wheat with everything on it, for the trip back, and it was incredible. The bread was just one of those things that has to be tasted to understand how good it is. Great top quality meat etc within the sandwich, but the bread makes it. Sandwich was made very quickly too, they have it down to a fine art. We weren't crazy about the cranberry cookie we bought from them, but who cares about cookies when the main item is that good. Definitely will return to this place if there's a next time.

-Tried to get some desert from the Pie Ranch but it was closed (I guess they're only open on weekends? though I'm not sure about that)... But at least we got a nice little drive up Hwy 1, lots of nice little places to stop and enjoy the view of the Pacific along there. So it wasn't a waste or anything.

PS. This post might sound like I'm overly enthusiastic about everywhere I go, but I'm really not. We just happened to go to a bunch of really good eateries. Thanks again to everyone who helped me out with advice.

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Cafe Gibraltar
425 Ave. Alhambra, El Granada, CA 94018

Pie Ranch
2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero, CA

Essential food to try in Half Moon Bay?

Thanks all for the helpful replies... Ketch Joanne and Chez Shea are ones I never heard of, more options to think about!

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Chez Shea
408 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Ketch Joanne
17 Johnson Pier, Princeton-by-the Sea, CA 94018

Essential food to try in Half Moon Bay?

Anyone know what's best to try at Cafe Gibraltar and Barbaras Fish Trap? Thanks.

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Cafe Gibraltar
425 Ave. Alhambra, El Granada, CA 94018

Essential food to try in Half Moon Bay?

Thanks so much, that's a big help. I'll definitely recommend the soup and omlette to her at Duartes. The fresh daily baked bread sandwiches at San Benito sound good too. And thanks for the pizza tip (pancetta on a pizza? I must try this Montara mountain!).

Essential food to try in Half Moon Bay?

Me and the other half will be going to HMB for a little vacation weekend next month, from doing a little reading around it looks like some of the most popular places include Flying Fish Grill, Duarte's, Cafe Gibraltar, and Barbara's Fish Trap. But what are the best things to order at these places assuming we will only be visiting once per place? By the way, we are both seafood fans, and pretty adventurous, so you could recommend any kind of food really.

Also, anyone know what the best place for a really good quality pizza is?

Thanks for any help, I really appreciate it. I want to make it a nice vacation for her. :)

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Flying Fish Grill
99 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Cafe Gibraltar
425 Ave. Alhambra, El Granada, CA 94018

Barbara's Fish Trap
281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Storing cocoa powder?

Thanks so much for the replies, guys. I didn't even think to see if the manufacturer had a website. Now that I look more closely at the packaging, it says the exp date is may of 2011, so I should get a year's worth of baking out of it if I'm careful. Cool, dry, dark place it is!

Thanks again to both of you.

May 22, 2010
Argent3 in General Topics

Storing cocoa powder?

Hi, wasn't exactly sure which board to post this question (sorry if it's in the wrong place)

Was just wondering if anyone knows the best way to store cocoa powder so that it keeps its freshness longer? I know my mom always told me to store coffee in the fridge so it would last longer but I don't know if that applies to cocoa too.

I just spent about $30 on some of the expensive Callebaut dutch process cocoa powder (will be making some cakes now but want to use it sparingly so that I still have some next year), and from what I understand it's a very "high fat" cocoa powder and should not be kept too long, but I don't know how long is too long- I am not a professional chef or anything like that. Thanks for any advice :)

May 22, 2010
Argent3 in General Topics