Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sundays in My City - Camelot Fish & Chips, Pacifica, CA - October 31, 2010

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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  1. If I had in front of me that last dish I would make it disappear very quickly. I agree that fried fish can't compare to grilled fish, or food in general, but my gluttony knows no bounds! The place looks charming, nostalgic, and pleasant.

  2. wonderful place!! i liked the menu too :D

  3. yum! a good fish and chips. You can keep the Guinness though

  4. Seafood, yummy!
    I'm not a beer drinker neither but with sushi I always drink beer.
    Have a relaxing Sunday!

  5. ah now this is my kinda food...yum.

    a fried mars bar? interesting...

  6. I live on the east coast, but if I am ever out there...I am going to find this place! It looks like so much fun. And delicious! After reading the menu, I'm starving!

  7. Now this is my kind of spot. Great shots.

  8. Oh, Carmen, I would never eat a deep-fried Mars bar. I know they do in England, I saw them advertised when I was there with my family in '96. But the funniest thing I saw must have been a give-away or a real bargain, at least, because so many small grocery stores had roll-up awnings with the message "A Mars a day..." Thank goodness it didn't say "Keeps the doctor away" but just imagine!! It made my dentures cringe.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  9. Sounds like a lovely place for lunch.

  10. Of course now I want some fish and chips. I really like them, but have a hard time finding any that I love. Sometimes they are just too darn oily.

  11. The pub looks like so much fun and the food sounded wonderful.

  12. Oh, that looks and sounds so delicious (never mind the fry factor), I wished I could share a plate with you, instead of eating salad for dinner! A side of sweet potato fries would not be bad either. ;-)

    Happy Halloween, Carmen! :-)

  13. next time we drive down to Sausalito to visit friends and family- we'll have to mosey over there-where exactly is it? and oh by the way...
    ps check out my blog with a special pumpkin!

  14. This looks like my kind of place. I'm a huge fish and chips fan too. Thanks for stopping by and sharing it with us.
    Happy Halloween, jj


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  16. Oh gosh,now that is fish and chips! YUM Im craving that wonderful pics :)

  17. That plate of food looks delicious, and like you, I would have preferred grill too..still looks wonderful..Beautiful photos, Carmen!

  18. Thanks for the recommendation. I will have to try this sometime when I am up in SF.