Escape from Fisherman's Wharf Cafe is a small hole in the wall in a strip mall on Contra Costa in Pleasant Hill. We have noticed it for years but never tried the food. Yesterday we were quite pleasantly surprised to have a really delicious lunch there. I had a fresh crab sandwich on sliced sour dough bread, with a touch of mayo, a big slice of ripe tomato, and crispy lettuce, wonderful sandwich with a huge portion of cold crab, not shredded up crab soaked with mayo, but true chunks piled onto the bread. Amazingly good, I was smiling bigtime comparing it to soggy sandwiches I've had at the real Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, always disappointing and very expensive. My sandwich yesterday was $10 and worth every penny!! My husband had clam chowder and garlic bread, which we smelled toasting. The chowder was full of little clams and potatoes and seasoned just right, while the two big chunks of garlic bread were hot and buttery with some partial cuts to make it easy to pull apart. Soup with bread for just $6.95. You order at the counter with a friendly and helpful lady then your meal is brought to your table. Unassuming décor and everything looked clean. We definitely will be back as the menu on the wall shows crab and shrimp cocktails, louies, salads, sandwiches, milkshakes, and coffee drinks. Plenty of free parking in the big lot at the strip mall so don't let the tiny shopfront discourage you from discovering this fresh seafood place for yourself.
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