Thanks to the folks at Sam’s Chowder House, you don’t have to travel all the way to Maine for great lobster rolls and New England clam chowder. Just head to this waterfront spot in Half Moon Bay, about an hour south of San Francisco, for seriously good seafood. Settle in along the deck, or snuggle up by the fireplace, to dine on local rock cod served with Brussels sprouts from Half Moon Bay’s Giusti Farms. There’s also California king salmon prepared in a pomegranate reduction. Shellfish fans: you may have met your ultimate dish, a lobster clambake featuring a full Maine lobster, mussels, and clams.
But let’s shed a little more light on the restaurant's signature dish. The Today Show even named Sam’s lobster roll one of the five best sandwiches in America. Not bad for a West Coast chowder house.