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Sep 24, 2008 10:21 PM

Help! Where to get one quality meal in Pismo Beach?

I have one day in Pismo Beach and would like a good food experience. Is there a seafood place with fresh, well-prepared fish?


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  1. Best bet might be the Cracked Crab on Price St.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Bruce in SLO

      Next time I'll try the Cracked Crab. I ended up in Avila Beach and ate at the Olde Port Inn on the pier. It was perfect for what I wanted: fresh fish and fresh vegetables.

      The clam chowder was quite good and noticeably homemade, filled with bacon, potatoes, celery, red pepper and clams. The lunch special was fresh rock cod, grilled with a beurre blanc and a mélange of sautéed snap peas, cauliflower florettes and julienned carrots. The triangles of sourdough were warm and seemed homemade or at least homebaked, crispy on the outside and soft and sour on the inside.

      The view out onto the ocean is fabulous and the day was beautiful. There was a nice wine list too.

      Overall it was a good, fresh honest meal with real ingredients and real cooking.

      1. re: Discerning1

        Pete's near the end of the pier also serves some good fresh (fast-food) seafood, with Mexican influences. Since they put up the patio cover, the ambiance has gone down, but if you can grab a sunny table, the views are better than OPI.

      2. re: Bruce in SLO

        As Mo says, don't know about chowda, but he sure knows about ribs. Mo's BBQ in downtown is always a good bet. But not for fish, sorry.

      3. One place that seems to stick out in my fading memory is Thai Talay, we've had a group dinner there for the past several years, the food's always been great and the fish dishes always seemed well prepared, of course we're in the area for the World of Pinot wine tasting so maybe some local hounds could provide a slightly clearer image.