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A San Francisco Girl's Down and Dirty Adventures in the Culinary Playground

Monday, October 11, 2004

Thank God it's Fry Day (Phil's Fish Market -- Moss Landing, CA)

Phil's Fish Market is located down in Moss Landing near Monterey. We go there whenever we take a day to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium (Jon loves marine life, so we're members). Phil's is so yummy, we've actually considered driving down just to eat there.

Before we went to see the white shark that the aquarium has right now (sooooo cool), we hit Phil's for a little fried seafood action. Phil's is a fish market and restaurant all in one, and it gives us that fried seafood fix that we so desperately miss. Both of us grew up on the east coast and our childhoods were accented with trips to seafood shacks for fried scallops, shrimp, clams, take your pick. Until Phil's we thought those days were behind us.

Phil's menu is huge -- you can get more than just a heart attack there. They've got chowders, cioppino, sandwiches, seafood pastas, even a seafood quesadilla. It all looks mouth watering-ly good. For us, though, the fried seafood is where it's at.

We've discovered that the best way to order is thus: order your fried seafood from the appetizer section, rather than as a platter. Then get a side of fries. If you order as a platter, you'll get about 6 shrimp with fries for $10.95. For $15.95, you get 12 shrimp, the order of fries is only $1.95. It's definitely the way to go. We usually get that and some fried clams (you can only get those as an appetizer). Throw in a beer and a lemonade (someone needs to drive to the aquarium) and your bill is under $30. This meal will put you over the edge -- it's more than enough food. Beware the food coma that will follow.

On our visit this past weekend, it was (for once) a gorgeous day out at Moss Landing. We were able to follow the path from the restaurant to the gorgeous beach out back.

Life is good.


"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art."
--La Rochefoucauld


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil's has sold out and has gone down the drain! Not at all like the past 25 yrs we had been going there. I suggest The Whole Enchilada across the bridge instead. Danno in Fresno

7/10/2006 6:23 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

Danno is right! Phils used to be awesome, but due to an increase in people(like whores from SF) their quality has totally gone downhill. I have been going their since I was a kid and in the last 5-6 years it has not even been worth the trip. (And I live 20 min. away!)-Sry for the catty shout-out but its tru...-Spooky in SC

10/13/2008 1:21 PM  

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