Over the weekend I was able to eat out a lot. Like erryday. I kind of felt disgusting by Sunday because I was like, "Siobhain, today has *got* to be the day you make a home cooked meal!" I mean.. I made banana + eggs + flax pancakes… but that's only one meal, so does that truly count?
Anyways after eating my delicious pancakes, I went up to Half Moon Bay with my man and his mom. He'd had an intense craving for fish and chips, and when we think fish and chips, Barbara's Fish Trap is literally the only place that satisfies. We go once every couple of months when the craving strikes.
The drive from our area is luckily only a short 30-40 depending on traffic and we quickly (and luckily without traffic on a 75° Sunday!) made it up by noon. The line at Barbara's however was, as expected, insanely long. I jumped out of the car on our drive in and swooped up an empty picnic table that overlooks the harbor and waited for them to find a spot, get in line, get our order, and head back with food. And waited, and waited, and waited, and waited.
The line moved pretty slowly and continually had new folks lining up the entire time we were there. After about 30 minutes he finally ordered and 15 minutes later our food was ready.
Barbara's chowder is actually really, really good, but not a traditional chowder in the sense that they don't add any cream (which is almost a sin in my opinion, but they somehow make it work). The chowder is extra clammy, and still very thick considering no cream. The flavors are totally balanced and delicious and obviously the California sourdough is pretty much the only thing you're legally allowed to dunk in a cup of chowder.
It's hard to tell in this photo, but there were lines for both the indoor restaurant and the takeaway section of the restaurant. If it's a nice enough day I totally recommend ordering from the window and eating on the beach or at a table if there is one open!
We also snagged 2 orders of fish n' chips (you know, for 3 people…), and totally forgot how big an order was (5 pieces to an order you guys, 5 pieces!!!).
And also ordered fried artichokes which didn't seem like overkill at the time.
...And ate pretty much everything except for less than 5 french fries. The fish n' chips are just too good to pass up here. The batter is super crisp and light, and the fries are thick and perfectly cooked. I hope it doesn't come as a surprise that a (part) Irish girl would love fish n' chips.
Overall, if I had to, I'd give Barbara's a 4.5/5 stars. Docking only a single half point because of the darn wait time.
The drive back was pretty sleepy, but we all felt fat and happy after a successful meal on the coast.
Where did you spend your weekend?