Flying Fish Grill, Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a foggy coastal community of about 17,000 people located about 30 miles south of San Francisco at the intersection of highways 1 and 92. (Since I live in the East Bay I usually get there from highway 92 across the San Mateo Bridge, but be aware that 92 is often very slow.)

The main shopping area is on Main Street, which triangulates the two highways toward the south. Just west of where Main Street meets 92 is a rustic little fish place called the Flying Fish Grill.

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flying fish grill

The restaurant is an adjunct to the fish market that is located next door.

fish market

The Flying Fish has a good range of fish dishes. The fish tacos — though maybe not quite as great as those at El Tio in Puerto Morelos — are the best I know in the Bay Area. A Taco Grande, which is pretty big, costs less than $4. The crabby cheese bread and clam chowder are popular, and the fish sandwiches shouldn’t be overlooked.

The kitchen staff is an agreeable crew (you’ll meet them if you visit the rest room, which is reached by way of the kitchen), and the chef clearly knows what he’s doing.

kitchen staff

Service is a little unpolished, and orders sometimes end up at the wrong table. But it doesn’t matter. Our waiter on our last visit was a likeable fellow, and everyone has a good time, and a good lunch.

waiter

There is outside seating if the weather is nice.

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  1. […] Were headed over the hill to an out-of-the-way destination near Half Moon Bay. It’s called The Flying Fish Grill. Unfortunately, it’s not as low profile and unknown as it used to be when Mikey and his dive crew would barge the place for fish tacos and cold beer back in the day. It fills up with hat wearing assholes in loud shirts before noon on most weekends now. Ironically, even I’ll put up with the dumbass tourists for just a few crusts of a concoction the management at FFG refer to as Crabby Cheesy Bread. […]

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