For those folks who can't get down to Half Moon Bay, Sam's serves up selections off their menu from a fleet of roaming food trucks: Sam's ChowderMobile. From what I can tell they spend most weekdays in the South Bay, but the regular Sunday spot is outside of the Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park. This past Sunday was sunny enough to head down to Music Concourse and get something from Sam's truck. I will admit it was hard not to choose the Lobster Roll, but my son kept requesting calamari over and over, so I chose the Fried Calamari, instead. It is made fresh on the truck, and by the time I was done eating my lunch they had already sold out of it.
chowder. The calamari is served with two dipping sauces: a traditional cocktail sauce and a tartar sauce.
I thought the calamari was great—it wasn't greasy, and the batter retained a nice crunch without overpowering the fish. It was fried the right amount of time so that the fish practically melted in my mouth. My son enjoyed it, too. Calamari might just be his favorite food, so I take his opinion in fairly high consideration. I liked the cocktail sauce, which was on the sweet side and not too tangy, but the tartar was a big miss. It was way too heavy on the mayonnaise without enough of the relish, so it didn't work for its intended purpose. As a flavored mayonnaise it might have been fine, but I was looking for a tartar sauce. But it really didn't matter, as the calamari was tasty enough to enjoy sans dressing.
Rating: 3.5/5 (ratings guide)
Sam's ChowderMobile (@chowdermobile) $8.00 for a large container
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