Phil’s Fish Market

7600 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing (831) 633-2152,

The line is often out the door and through the parking lot for a reason. Or reasons, really. The reasons include: incredibly fresh fish, cooked to order, served hot and fast. And award-winning cioppino, resplendent with red sauce and packed with seafood which, come Christmas time, means lining up and bringing your own darn bucket. And clams and oysters, shucked to order. And crab, endless amounts of it, which the staff on the sales side of the house will crack and clean and package for you to take home and feast. The parking lot is tiny, the interior is charmingly rustic and the food is fantastic. If it’s nice out, hit the patio and enjoy the sound of the waves and the cry of the gulls as your background music.