Half Moon Bay was a must visit for this trip for one reason – Barbara’s Fishtrap.
My orthopedist, who grew up in San Francisco, suggested me to go to this restaurant for the best clam chowder. He told me that Santa Cruz usually had an annual clam chowder cook off. So, all this time I thought Barbara’s Fishtrap was in Santa Cruz, but it actually was in Half Moon Bay. Regardless, I visited both places. Santa Cruz blog post will be out soonish. My cousin also told me to visit Barbara’s Fishtrap – she was the one that told me it was in Half Moon Bay.
Anyway, to our luck, there was a Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival on the weekend I went to Barbara’s Fishtrap. Had I just went for the restaurant, I wouldn’t have done much in Half Moon Bay and probably left shortly after. While Half Moon Bay wasn’t the clam chowder city, it did host the largest annual pumpkin festival in the world.
Barbara’s Fishtrap (website)
By the time we arrived, it was probably around 2 or 2:30pm. We drove longer than usual because there was heavy traffic due to the festival. We found a parking spot and got a ticket to be called. P.s. Barbara’s Fishtrap closes at around 3pm to 3:30pm so in case you want to make it for lunch you better arrive by 2pm because there will be other people queued until 3pm by then. Luckily we made the cut that day.
Was the food so amazing that they were simply incredible and gave me mouthgasm? To be honest, no. But they were still very good and very fresh and very yummy. I’d give it around 8.3-8.5 (out of 10 of course).
Half Moon Bay
Maverick Surf Company (website)
Another restaurant nearby called La Costanera (website) Peruvian restaurant
Oceano Hotel & Spa Half Moon Bay Harbor (website)
50th Annual Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival (website)
We were lucky that of all the weekends that this was hosted, the largest pumpkin festival in the world was hosted on the weekend we went to Barbara’s Fishtrap. We could have gone on the weekday and missed this festival completely as well. Since we were here, of course we had to check it out! The festival was I guess was a prelude to Halloween. Prepare for a photo dump.
If you’re ever in San Francisco during October, I definitely recommend you to do what I did and combine Barbara’s Fishtrap and the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival into one day trip!