The Fish Market in San Mateo, CA

The Fish Market
1855 South Norfolk St
San Mateo, CA

view from our table

We figured since we were in San Francisco area, we ought to try the seafood. I didn’t think much of this restaurant when I saw it online but then we got to sit out back on the patio and this view was amazing! The only problem with eating outside is that you don’t have the clatter of background restaurant noise to drown out your neighbors and so you are forced to overhear all conversations from neighboring tables.

the oyster bar

wej saw a lot of people waiting to sit at the oyster bar (when there were free tables in the back). Maybe the oyster bar has a separate menu?

fresh fish!

This show case window reminds me of that scene from Aladdin when Jasmine is wandering around the marketplace for the first time ever and a guy holds a huge fish in her face and says “Fresh fish! we catch ’em! you buy ’em!”

New England chowder

So sue me! I ordered New England clam chowder in San Francisco. Beggars can’t be choosers. I haven’t been back to Boston during the summer in years and so have been forced to get clam chowder wherever I end up even if it is on the wrong coast. This was actually quite good chowder. My favorite thing to do with clam chowder is to drop a few oyster crackers in at a time, so that it doesn’t get all soft and mushy. It adds a nice crunch to the chowder.

lobster roll

I miss Maine lobsters! I missed it so much that when I saw this on the menu, I had to have it. The Fish market to bring out all of our dishes in half portions. The lobster did not taste fresh. I was pretty disappointed with this dish because the lobster flavor did not come out.

East Coast Clam Bake

This is half of the East Coast clam bake which came with lobster, prawns, shrimp, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes and Old  Bay broth. Old Bay sesaoning is from Chesapeake Bay, the land of the Maryland crabs. This seasoning is a mix of mustard, paprika, celery seeds, bay leaf, black pepper, red pepper, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, salt and ginger. MMMMMMM! I wish there were was more lobster and shrimps.
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