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sano Mar 13, 2007 11:59 AM

Took a long weekend off to visit friends in Morro Bay.

Drive- South Orange County, up the beach. Wanted a really fast lunch, so stopped at Tinkers in Summerland. It's been better. This time the patties seemed a bit gristley, the bacon even moreso. Sigh. Should have gone to Superica.

Morro Bay sunsets are hard to beat. Dinner at Taco Temple salvaged the day. They seated the 4 of us right away; amazing , considering it was Friday evening prime time and there were couples waiting. Service was slow as they were breaking in a new cook. To pacify us they treated us to bowls of papaya salsa and guacamole. Then the appetizers arrived. Very nice nachos and a huge plate of golden fried calamari. Happpy us. Specials on the board included huge plates of mussels in artichokes, flatiron steak tacos, killer rellenos.... I went for seared scallop tacos ... a load of scallops on mixed greens and stuff on tortillas. The others had salmon tostadas and halibut tacos.. Everybody was happy, stuffed and took home a box with enough left over for large lunch. Again apologizing for the somewhat slow service, the manager sent us home with a big slice of chocolate cheese cake, which we sliced into big chunks and served like petitfours... Taco Temple... comes through with flying colors.

Day 2 dinner: Tognazzinis... inside. The patio was closing, so we sat inside. Though we were a table of 15 semi-rowdy re-unioners, the waitress was unflappable. The big Morro Bay oysters were plucked fresh from the tank, grilled, and served on the half shelll bathed in garlic butter and white wine. Fat fresh and decadent. The fish displayed on the patio were all on the menu.... each species described down to the boat that caught it. SHimmery fresh rock cod any way you wanted it: veracruzana, mojo de ajo, fried, or simpley grilled with lemon. Fries were crisp, beer was cold. They K.I.S.S. and do it well.

I mourn the demise of the Fish Bowl down the way, and am relieved Tognazzinis fills the void. Good Oysters, good F&C, good simple grilled rock cod.

One breakfast out: Le Parisienne has good cofffee, good croissant. What esle could one need?