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Update: Sam?s Chowder House in Palo Alto

Uploaded: Oct 8, 2013
Sam's Chowder House, the Half Moon Bay waterfront establishment known for fresh fish and ocean views, recently announced it was moving inland, opening a restaurant in Palo Alto. Sam's is taking over the shuttered Campo 185 space on University Avenue and Emerson Street, with an anticipated early November opening date, said Sam's co-owner Julie Shenkman.

Shenkman gave the early deets on the New England style chowder house, which will serve seafood staples such as live Maine lobster, fresh local crab, clam chowder, lobster rolls, fish and chips, calamari and more. (Sam's is not exclusively for fish lovers; the menu also includes meat dishes and Shenkman said the restaurant can accommodate gluten-free and vegetarian diners.) There will also be an oyster bar; Shenkman said they're currently working on removing Campo 185's pizza ovens and adding new kitchen equipment to accommodate Sam's menu concept.

Sam's also makes its own cured salmon, dressings, sauces and desserts in house.

Executive Chef Robert Holt will head up the Palo Alto kitchen. His previous Bay Area cooking stints have included Boulevard and Acquerello in San Francisco and Marzano in Oakland.

Though the menu will change based on season and availability of local ingredients, here's a sneak peek at a few menu items to get your stomach excited for Sam's opening:

- Jumbo scallops wrapped in house pancetta, with truffled cauliflower, celery root puree, Tuscan kale and grilled leek vinaigrette
- Spaghetti "Vongole" with littleneck and manila clams, tomato concasse, garlic, chili, and white wine
- Slow roasted pork shoulder, with braised lacinato kale, Iacopi Farms butter beans, and sweet and spicy tomato jam

Sam's Chowder House: 185 University Ave., Palo Alto; 650-614-1177. www.samschowderhouse.com

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Posted by adiymom, a resident of Community Center,
on Oct 8, 2013 at 7:29 pm

yum! can't wait for another food adventure in Palo Alto!! Seafood is the next frontier:-)


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Posted by DateGuy, a resident of another community,
on Oct 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

I'm definitely adding this to my Date Nite list. Thanks for the tip.


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Posted by love-to-eat, a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills,
on Oct 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Finally - a great seafood option in Palo Alto! We will look forward to going there with our family - I've had the seafood off their mobile truck when it's in the area, and it's great!


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