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Flying Fish Grill, Half Moon Bay

joisey al Jan 27, 2010 09:50 AM

Has anyone tried the Flying Fish Grill in Half Moon Bay?

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    ML8000 Jan 27, 2010 10:24 AM

    I've been there. It's looks super touristy from the highway and it has a layer of that but it is very good. The fish and chips in particular were excellent, perhaps the best I've had in the past few years and reasonable in price. The menu says they use rice bran oil and tempura batter for the F&C...hard to argue, non-greasy, very crisp/crunchy. The other items I sampled were also good. My take is this place is best for lunch or a very casual dinner.

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      mikeh Jan 27, 2010 11:29 AM

      I like the place a lot. I grew up in a part of the country (SE Gulf Coast) that has a lot of seafood places, some totally hole-in-the-wall homegrown using only local catch, and at the other end of the spectrum, totally touristy places that use products shipped in by Sysco, "heat/fry and re-serve" style. Flying Fish falls on the correct side of the homegrown-touristy dichotomy. Granted, it's harder to procure a local product to use in casual seafood out here, so I don't begrudge them for using cod in some of their products. That said, it's probably my favorite casual seafood place in the Bay Area. There's no view to speak of (unlike all of the awful places at Pillar Point Harbor in HMB), and the food here is far better.

      1. Zach Georgopoulos Jan 27, 2010 12:19 PM

        I occasionally hop in the car and drive down to HMB just for their fish tacos. Very good, lightly batter fried.

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          Windy Jan 27, 2010 07:41 PM

          Yes, I had delicious fish tacos (mahi mahi with mango?) there.

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          Thomas Nash Jan 27, 2010 03:59 PM

          Agree with the others... great fish tacos, nice garden (if it is warm) but no view, and definitely better than Pillar Pt places.

          1. Shane Greenwood Jan 28, 2010 06:26 AM

            Great place. Lots of references and reviews on CH. Click the link to see them.

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

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              real5151 May 31, 2011 09:48 AM

              This cafe is moving in the very near future. They will be a few blocks up from their present location, up the street East ...RT~92

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                artychokeasana Jun 1, 2011 08:56 AM

                yup-in the old Happy Cooker spot.

                Happy Cooker Restaurant
                211 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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                  real5151 Jun 1, 2011 09:06 AM

                  Whats up withLaBamba who just left the same premises?
                  Did you ever eat there?

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                    artychokeasana Jun 1, 2011 09:14 AM

                    I don't know what's up with them..I meant to eat there but never got around to it. I think I was put off by the number of TV screens visible through the windows-though since they were billing themselves as a Mexican Sports Bar it was entirely fair that they had them.

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