We were looking for lunch along old historic Highway 1, Main St and decided to check out the authentic looking San Benito House and Inn. Oddly designed on a relic old HMB family parcel, finding the actual restaurant and beer hall is confusing. Enter from the side street, Mill St, where there is more parking. Along Main on the same property is a sandwich shop evidently catering to the take out crowd. A twisting hotel corridor connects the two food areas. A long barroom also faces Mill. You might need to ask someone where its best to sit to enjoy your food on the premises. They acted like it was a chore to direct us to seating.
So, once the logistic challenges were resolved, we chose a couple hefty but tasty sandwiches on specialty breads and enjoyed the nostalgic decor. Although we were the only patrons, it took quite a while to get our order. They probably carry the sandwiches from their take out counter around the corner. Service was not impressive and the waitress acted like she could care less about our patronage. There is a huge choice of craft beers on draft. I think this place primarily caters to genuine HMB locals and hold the weekend hordes of "cattle" from over the hill in contempt. But it was a Wednesday for us!
Bottom line: San Benito is evidently suffering from crowd-itis of some sort as the help can barely stomach the weekends and their surfer clientele. I won't be coming back here as there are plenty of other choices in Half Moon Bay.
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