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7x7 must-stop seafood shacks includes Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay

Drop Anchor at These Must-Stop Seafood Shacks Between San Francisco and L.A.

by Ana Kamin

Sun and seafood shacks are what coastal dreams are made of. There's nothing better than biting into a soft abalone taco or slurping hot, creamy clam chowder when your stomach is growling after a day on the road. If you're thinking of hitting Highway 1, here are five of our favorite stops for seafood lovers between San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay

If hunger strikes only 30 minutes after you've left SF, Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay is your must-hit pit-stop. Don’t be put off by the number of the cars in the parking lot—yes, it will be packed, so steer for the cashier and order takeout to chow at the nearby beach overlooking the harbour. Our favorites: the smooth and hearty clam chowder with lots of mussels; Old Bay fries; and the famous lobster roll (you've never have so much lobster in a sandwich). In a hurry? Keep an eye out for the red Chowdermobile in the parking lot.   //  Sam's Chowder House, 4210 N Cabrillo Hwy (Half Moon Bay), 650-712-0245