Last week was Sexy Dishes Week, and, since SFoodie was feeling rather fetching (and sponsor TasteTV kindly set up some opportunities for us to nibble on offerings from its new Sexy Dishes book), we decided to head for the restaurants closest to water.
Sam's Chowder House (4210 Cabrillo Hwy N at Capistrano in Half Moon Bay) welcomed us with an awesome sunset as well as their two sexy dishes, a simple ahi tuna poke that tasted as good as it did the last time we visited, and a summery ceviche of rock shrimp and bay scallops. We were right to then order a bowl of the namesake chowder, made New England style but lighter and more flavorful than most, as well as some hearty gumbo with Dungeness crab. But we held back from slurping them down, in order to save some shred of room for the entrees we shared, a platter of mixed seafood (fried nice and crisp) and the properly buttery lobster roll, named by the Today show as one of the best sandwiches in America. (And we know that Al Roker does know something about sandwiches.)