Who: A Father and Son that like to eat.

Where: The Bay Area, California.

The Goal: To find the best hidden lunch spots based on your suggestions. We're looking for secret gems, not your neighborhood Chili's. We'll try anything - no distance in the Bay Area too far, no ethnicity of food too scary. We love a good challenge.

The Result: Based on our rating system, we will determine the best spot for lunch by the end of summer.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lunch #5 Sam's Chowder Mobile

Our apologies for not updating the blog sooner. We've been in a food coma from all these great lunches this summer. Enough excuses, let's eat!

Two weeks ago, we logged onto Twitter and waited like hundreds of other hungry Silicon Valley foodies to find out where the beloved Sam's Chowder Mobile would be serving up their tasty seafood creations that day. Sam's Chowder Mobile is an extension of Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay - they send out their version of a roach coach that is more like Seafood Goodness on Wheels.

This day they were parked in Downtown San Jose by Julian and Market street. We showed up around 11:30 to a line of about 20 people but by the time we finished eating, the line had died down, so a Sam's Chowder Mobile veteran would show up around 12:15. They feature a limited menu of their Chowder House favorites, but there's plenty of delicious seafood favorites to choose from including fish and chips, clam chowder, fried calamari and their famous lobster roll. We both ordered a cup of chowder and a small lobster roll to make sure we got the full experience. The chowder had great flavor with chunks of potatoes and clams - it wasn't as thick as I prefer but my dad thought it was a winner!

The king of this lunch was by far the lobster roll, which certainly lived up to its billing. It comes served on a toasted roll with a buttery sauce and a sprinkle of chopped celery for crunch. I think we could have polished off the large version due to pure gluttony, but cooler heads prevailed. Overall the service was fast and while the prices might be high for your standard lunch ($10/15 for a lobster roll) it's worth it for a special treat. We'll definitely be tracking their next San Jose stop to check out the rest of the menu.

Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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