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We're nearing the end of a California road trip, have had all too many mid-range to expensive meals, and are longing for a really basic, grubby-but-good place to eat tonight in Morro Bay. The ideal place would be:

-in view of the bay
-suitable for a fairly well-behaved four-year-old.



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  1. Fresh fish, great garlic fries and outstanding chowder. Arrive before 6 pm as they close early.
    If closed, try Tognazzi's Dockside. Both are popular with families.

    Giovanni's Fish Market
    1001 Front St, Morro Bay, CA 93442

    1. Clam chowder at Dorn's is great - nice friendly local place with great view across the water to Morro Rock and away from the immediate waterfront scene. Chocolate cake for dessert. Their logo is "fresh and local". http://www.dornscafe.com/ Just there last night and ordered extra clam chowder to take home with us.

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      1. re: glbtrtr

        We were up last week, and our favorite is always Giovannis, but I am positive they do not serve dinner...as we walked down the embarcadero- we sampled some chowder at Rose's, and it was fantastic- they had a sister shop with an arcade next door, so we stopped for the kids. We ended up going in to check out the bar (for quarters!) and it had a brilliant view- and cool atmosphere. Taco Temple on the North end of town- if they are open for dinner- that would please anybody!
        Enjoy where EVER you go!

        Taco Temple
        2680 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442

      2. Taco Temple should fit your needs. Or Bayside Cafe on the marina in the state park. You'll probably have a wait at either place.

        Taco Temple
        2680 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442

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        1. re: sgbslo

          Second Taco Temple.

          Taco Temple
          2680 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442

          1. re: katydid13

            + 78 on Taco Temple. I know that this is late and Taco Temple does not have a good water view.

            Taco Temple
            2680 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442