Chowda please

Trip Start Sep 21, 2007
Trip End Sep 23, 2007

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Flag of United States  , California
Saturday, September 22, 2007

We stopped in Santa Cruz for breakfast at Zachary's, the bomb diddley of breakfast joints. My friend said it's the best breakfast in town. His claim was backed up by the local papers. We arrived around 3 p.m. and the place was closed - major disappointment.

Instead of eating at a second-class breakfast stop, we continued onto Monterey for some clam chowder or fish and chips.

I was five the last time I was in Monterey. All I remember were sea lions, good seafood and a pier carnival. It didn't look like anything changed. Everything is just smaller, only 'cause I grew.

Fisherman's Wharf is exactly what you might expect. The wharf was packed with cheesy souvenir shops and dozens of seafood restaurants. The restaurants had carnies in front of their establishments, all trying to draw you to their restaurants with samples and promises of better prices and better service.

Mike used his Sidekick to Yelp the best clam chowder in Fisherman's Wharf. The Old Fisherman's Grotto got the Yelp nod so that's where we headed. For $7 we got a giant bread bowl filled with creamy tasty clam chowder. I'm not sure if we were hungry or if the food was good, but at the moment it was the best chowder ever.

After 15 minutes of perusing and people watching, it was time to get back into the car and drive. The next part of the trip will send us on the famous PCH cliff drive before making a quick stop in Julia Pfeiffer Burns park to check out a waterfall.
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