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Stuck on Embarcadero in Morro Bay--Best Option?

So on Wednesday (3-28), I am going on a zoology field trip to Morro Bay. All of us are on a bus and we are going to be dropped off on Embarcadero and told to eat dinner and be back on the bus in 1 hour. I have seriously considered bribing the bus driver to take me up the hill to Taco Temple, but if that plan fails, what is my best option on Embarcadero for less than $20?

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  1. I am a fan of the Hofbrau, and have always enjoyed their roast beef sandwiches and beer battered fish and chips. See http://www.hofbraurestaurant.com for more info.

    1. I would try Giovanni's Fish Market for great fresh seafood.
      They close at 6 pm, so arrive early. The halibut is worth the extra price.
      http://www.giovannisfishmarket.com/

      1. It's been a year or more, gbg, but recall having a decent meal at a place called the Pacific Cafe (iirc), at 572 Embarcadero. There's always Windows on the Water on the high end, but understand that Marisol at the Cliffs in Shell Beach hired their chef away not long ago.

        A place on our list is:

        Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant & Mkt 805 772-8100
        1245 Embarcadero Blvd
        (805) 772-8100
        http://www.bonniemarietta.com/Docksid...

        If the bus drops you off near Giovanni's it'd be about a quarter
        mile walk north. Plastic chairs and tables right on the docks, a
        little past and behind The Hut, I believe.

        1. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. Unfortunately we arrived in Morro Bay very late and I was unable to bribe the driver to go to Taco Temple. I ended up at Rose's because it was one of the few things open. I ate the clam chowder in a bread bowl, not horrible but not spectacular. Doesn't even compare to Splash's. Oh well, hope to come back in my own car soon and visit some old favorites.

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          1. re: glazebrookgirl

            If you ever get to go back, avoid the clam chowder anywhere on the Embarcadero, as it all tends to be overly thick and pasty... if you like calamari and garlic, go for the calamari and garlic fries at Rose's... best anywhere!

            1. re: foodchick45

              The clam chowder at Rose's was actually really watered down and thin tasting. It needed a serious infusion of heavy cream! I knew I probably shouldn't have ordered it, but I gave in to my craving. One of those times when you know you are going to be dissapointed, but you can't help yourself. I did however, score some salt water taffy, and used that to console myself on the drive back home.

              1. re: glazebrookgirl

                I know I am too late for this trip, but maybe next time.

                I no longer eat on the Embarcadero. Not since I discovered The Bayside Cafe down at the marina. (All the way down at the southern end of the Embarcadero, and a bit further....where the boats are launched. The turn is through the eucalyptus trees just inside the entrance to the Morro Bay State Park, as I recall.)

                If you are looking for ambience, keep looking, but if you want utterly incredible fish and chips (dill and garlic beer batter and tartar sauce), please give Bayside a try. In other words, don't be put off by the plastic lawn chairs. Check the specials on the dry erase board...I have NEVER been disappointed. We love to eat outside, under the heaters.

            2. re: glazebrookgirl

              One of these days, I am going to buy a couple of quarts of Splash's clam chowder and make the seafood lasagne recipe they used to have on their website. It may still be there. I need to check.

              1. re: Ldychef2k

                Wife and I just saw Splash Cafe clam chowder available for sale in the freezer section at Costco.

                Yep, same Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach.

                That should make the seafood lasagne easier to make, but I hope this isn't a sign of the downhill slide of the Splash Cafe.

            3. A late response, I know, but I'm new to Chowhound and saw this thread as I was cruising the California board.

              The Orchid, the hotel restaurant at the Inn at Morro Bay ( http://www.innatmorrobay.com/dining ) is excellent for dinner. My wife (the Sturdy Wench) and I stay at the Inn about twice a year and I've found the service at the Orchid professional, attentive and very friendly. (Last time we were there the waitrons wore silk ties with a large orchid on them hand-painted by one of their own.) It's fine dining, with appropriate food quality and prices, but minus the stuffy atmosphere. We were comfortable and made to feel welcome even though we were casually dressed.