Sundays in My City - Camelot Fish & Chips, Pacifica, CA - October 31, 2010
For my 34 years in the San Francisco area, I've lived in San Mateo County, close to
San Francisco - either in South San Francisco, Pacifica or Daly City. For that entire
time, Camelot Fish & Chips has been in existence ( it originated in 1969, seven years
before I moved from southern CA where I'd spent one year ). I passed it thousands of
times, primarily going to the Pacifica post office which is located right across the street
from the ocean - or to the Bank of America ATM or Safeway. Camelot is right there
with all of them. I'm not sure why I never stopped for a meal!
On Tuesday, after I mailed my packages, I finally decided to stop in. My healthy
breakfast had given way to gigantic rumblings and dinner was still several hours away.
I found myself in a very atmospheric place, filled with memorabilia of England - pictures
of Lady Di, the Queen, Guinness ads, flags, etc and a great assortment of fried fish and seafood choices. Of course, I had to have the big combination called "The Camelot" - it included fish, 3 shrimp, 3 oysters,3 scallops and fries ( $10.75 ). Only calamari were
missing and I don't see why they couldn't have added a few of those as well. I restrained
myself from ordering a side of mushrooms and sweet potato fries. I finished everything
except except a few fries and washed it down with a wonderful draft of Guinness
( I'm normally not a beer drinker except for the dark kind ).
All in all, it was quite tasty though I'm not overly fond of fried food any more. If I could
have gotten a grilled seafood plate with the same choices, I would have really been
happy. I wasn't crazy about the tartar sauce but the malt vinegar was fine.
Nothing could really compare with my visit to British friends in Rye, England and eating
at the fish and chips place, right on the beach, that they took me to there. Camelot is
the best of its kind that I've had, thus far, in the U. S. Given a choice, though, I'd opt for
grilled seafood anywhere rather than fried.
Oh, yes, later, when I was reading up on the place, I found that, for dessert, they serve a
fried Mars Bar. I'll go back in just to try that, if for no other reason.
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