Somewhere on the Highway One, there is Moss Landing.
Moss Landing is very easy to miss. Just north of Monterey, the small fisherman village doesn’t boast with fancy eateries, hip shops or even a very pretty beach. What’s more, there is a big power plant reminding you, you are approaching Moss Landing, but still, that doesn’t stop us to make a detour each time we are in the area. “Why?”, you are asking. Because one of the best places to a get a huge bowl of mouth-watering cioppino and other seafood delicacies is hiding among the warehouses and fishermen’s boats. It’s Phil’s Fish Market.
Since more than 33 years Phil’s Fish Market has been serving our state’s culinary treasure to everyone who was lucky enough to find it. While some places get super economical with the seafood amount in the cioppino, Phil’s doesn’t skimp on the fish. You can easily share one bowl and get super full.
BBC travel has proclaimed it one of the “world’s best beach restaurants” and Yelpers cannot get enough.
Yes, the line gets long on a busy weekend, but it the end, if you have stopped there, you are probably not in a rush. Wait it out and be mesmerized by the taste. The recipe is a family inherited and created by Phil’s grandparent. The secret to it is “a blend of three different tomatoes”, according to Phil. And if you happen not to be into cioppino, there is plenty of other options. Hello, soft shell crab sandwich!
Ok, so you are already here, what else can you do in Moss Landing?
For example, you could load on fruits, veggies, dry fruits, sweets, and spices at the Farm Fresh Produce market just of the Highway One. It’s so huge you cannot miss it and 7 avocados for $1 – we take it.
Or if you are road tripping on July 31st, don’t miss the annual street fair. We all know, small towns have the best vintage treasures for cheap. There are also other antique shops worth peeking into.
For the adventurous, kayakingis your best option. Moss Landing is also known for whale spotting and bird watching. Check their official website for more information on that.
We hope this has intrigued you enough to make a detour next time you approach Moss Landing.