Friday, January 26, 2018

1 South: Half Moon Bay, Dad's Luncheonette


Dad’s Luncheonette  225 Cabrillo Highway South (Highway 1)/near Kelly Ave.; (650) 560-9832.  L-D Thur-Sun.  No reservations.  The accomplished young chef here gave up working in fine restaurants to work at a stove in a recycled caboose.  He did it for fatherhood and surfing.  His wife helps, and sometimes they bring along their daughter to play on site.  He cures the bacon, grinds meat, and makes all the condiments.  He keeps the menu short, and sometimes when they are particularly busy and run out of ingredients, he closes up early.  Ingredients are local, and the burger meat is coarsely ground--making it particularly tasty.  The “hamburger sandwich” is stuffed with bright green oak-leaf lettuce, pickled red onions, and white cheddar cheese.  It is then slathered with housemade mayonnaise, topped with a fried egg (I had them hold the egg on mine), cut in half, and served in a cardboard box.  It goes particularly well with crispy house-made potato chips.  Among the other choices are a mushroom sandwich, macaroni and cheese (topped with potato chips), an herb salad, a soup of the day, and a dessert of the day.  Diners wait in line, order at the counter, then find one of 18 seats on the open-air patio.  If it’s crowded, you can also eat in your or spread a blanket on the adjacent grounds for a picnic.  

exterior of caboose kitchen at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California
exterior of caboose kitchen at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California


line at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California
line at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California



menu at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California
menu at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California


chef delivers the goods at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California
chef delivers the goods at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California


beautiful burgers at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California
beautiful burgers at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California


beautiful burger at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California
beautiful burger at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California


adjacent bar car at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California
adjacent bar car at Dad’s Luncheonette in Half Moon Bay, California


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