Cayucos - two destination dining locations?
OK, Hoppe's is pretty much the given fine cuisine in the area, with Windows on the Water and perhaps Shawn's on Main, both in Morro Bay.
Imagine my surprise to open the Feb. 15 edition of New Times and see Kathy Hardesty's reco for Schooner's Wharf. For those not familiar with downtown Cayucos, it's across from the saloon and has wooden carved pirates and a pelican out front. I must admit in 50+ years of visiting the area I had never set foot inside, it just seemed.... well, so wrong!
From the article I learned that there was a new young chef, apparently quite skilled and creative. Armed with that info we attempted to stop in for lunch today (Sunday), unfortunately they didn't start serving until 11:30 AM, and Lady PB (a non imbiber) wasn't willing to let me (the driver and and a major imbiber) wait in the bar for a half-hour. I did do a once over of their menu and am planning to make a return trip, Ahi (Sashimi grade) burger, Oysters Rockefeller, Dungeness Crab pot stickers, Coastal Steamers, some great salad selections, and dinner entrees that look like they belong in much fancier (and expensive) digs. PB says, check it out, and if you don't I will, just hope it's as good as it sounds.
Business often takes me through Cayucos at afternoon prep time --4-ish-- and when I stop for a coffee at a shop nearby, the smells coming out of that restaurant! They are not shy of garlic, and butter, as the lovely odors indicate. Unfortuneately, we live too far away to considerate for a dinner run. Que lastima! sure smells good!
Hmmm, very interesting PB. I never even thought about going in there, it looked way too touristy. The article has gotten my attention, though. Hubby and I will have to give it a try. The article also mentioned that Hoppe's has a wine bar with appetizers and salads and such. This is good to know for those time you want something nice, but don't have time for a meal. Thanks for the info.
Interesting. Will have to check it out. I love the bar. It is the fun kind of "old salt" hangout with all the kitche nautical crap hanging all over. I swear the guys I have seen hanging out there have probably been sitting at that bar since they got off the stagecoach at the corner.
The food always looked very deep fried fish on a greasy plate kind of thing so I never bothered. But the view from the patio, the drinks, and the local color always made it a must stop. I will have to eat something next time.