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Jan 27, 2013 04:00 PM

Pacifica dining recommendations? And update on Lers Ros Thai.

It is Willa from Chicago! I've been enjoying the Bay area for over a week now. Some truly wonderful meals in SF and in Half Moon Bay. I will write about most of them separately. But oh man, for those of you who got caught in the Lers Ros thread (SF thai, best ever for me), I went back for more and it was even better. Loved it! Had the green curry (again, had to!) and the fried brook trout. So fresh. Flaky and crispy. Could eat most of the bones if you didn't want to remove them. Served with a lime, cilantro, ginger and hot chile sauce (I may be off on the ingredients). Was so ecstatic and so full after my meal that I gave away all of my leftovers to a homeless group on my way walking home out of the tenderloin area. Most of my cash, too, lol. Those hot chiles bring out the best in me. Couldn't get a cab. But it was worth it and good karma.

Anyway, was supposed to get on a plane today but Chicago is suffering from freezing rain and I didn't want to skid off the runway when I got home, so I chose not to board the plane. Didn't even get to the airport. I'm in a fabulous Best Western, right smack dab on the roaring surf in Pacifica! Blue skies. Huge waves that threaten to enter my room. Hiking trails. How fun is this????? Fun!!!!! This was meant to be! Now, where to dine? Nicks? Moonraker? Tam's? Hmmmmm.

Any Bay area chowhounders with advice? Anyone looking for dinner plans around here?


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  1. Willa,
    just one night? only dinner?

    La Costanera
    8150 Cabrillo Hwy
    Montara Beach, CA 94037
    (650) 728-1600

    Gorilla Barbecue
    2145 Coast Hwy
    Pacifica, CA 94044

    Lovey's Tea Shoppe
    4430 Coast Hwy
    Pacifica, CA 94044

    - Lovey's is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays and Tuesdays from 12-4 p.m. It is open for private parties on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Reservations recommended.

    El Toro Loco for Peruvian foods
    1624 Francisco Blvd
    Pacifica, CA 94044

    Colombo's Delicatessen
    484 Manor Plz
    Pacifica, CA 94044

    1. I don't know pacifica. I've eaten two places there: the famous four star taco bell, and a brunch place overlooking the water.

      You've already been hanging around HMB. I don't know if you got a chance to buy a fish off a boat at Pillar Point and take it into barbara's, but ... that's good eating, if there are boats still selling. Friends I trust like Moss Beach Distillery. Still, 20 minutes.

      I would not go to moonraker, unless you _expect_ a good view and a bad meal. Nick's at least seems to have character. I do not speak from experience.

      I like the looks of Surf Spot. That would be my choice. And the locals have been piling in, according to reports. And the menu looks GREAT. Get me some bacon wrapped dates and kalbi ribs, and a french 75 to start (sunday is no day for a corpse reviver #2).

      You are only a 20 minute drive away from a million other places - the mission, the outer sunset (Outerlands has that surf feel). If you want to get out of Pacifica, go to Millbrea and get some chinese.

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      1. re: bbulkow

        Have not had chinese yet.
        Barbara's was fabulous. But I didn't buy a fish off a boat and have them cook it! Too bad.
        Moss Beach Distillery was pretty but very disappointing.
        I'll look at Surf Spot but I'm leaning towards Millbrea.....
        Thanks so much.

        1. re: bbulkow

          Surf Spot gets thumbs up from my friend's family in Pacifica.

        2. Nick's is a throwback to a different era, which can be fun. Since it's crab season you might want to try their "famous" crab sandwich. Otherwise the menu is very standard American food.

          Moonraker is a pretty room. You can stop in for a drink and an app and enjoy the view. If you like it then you can decide if you want to stay for dinner. They are pricey for what they serve. Although I haven't been since not long after they opened, I did not feel I got value there.

          You don't mention if you have a car. If you do I would recommend you go back to Half Moon bay or Pillar Point Harbor (Princeton/El Granada).

          One other possibility, which is on the other side of Highway One from your hotel (you are at Rockaway Beach, correct?) is the Surf Spot. It's a casual indoor/outdoor space. Their food has been a little uneven, but they changed chef's recently so you might get lucky with some daily specials. There might even be live music.

          Another cute place at Rockaway is the Grape in the Fog winebar. They don't serve dinner (just cheese and olives and other nibbles). But it is a friendly place to drop in for a glass of wine.

          Haven't been to Tam's in years, but I haven't heard any good reports either. At best it is a run of the mill American-Chinese.

          Hope you enjoyed your day in Pacifica!

          1. Probably a bit late for this evening, but I would head to Cafe Gibraltar.

            If you are in town for lunch on Monday, Pasta Moon in HMB worth the drive over Devil's Slide.