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Believe it or not, but the food pictured above cost a whopping $64. The thought of getting ripped off made me grimace until I tasted the Alaskan King Crab Leg. I knew the raving reviews from Yelp wouldn’t steer me wrong 😉 It was THE BEST CRAB I EVER TASTED. Yes, I feel so strongly that I must shout. The crab meat was soooo sweet, tender, and there was enough in that single crab leg to get me full (along with buttered bread and a few spoonfuls of clam chowder, of course). It was so good that I’ve been searching high and low for a restaurant that serves Alaskan King Crab in San Francisco. When I realized that the “Alaskan King Crabs” of SF were dainty and still over-priced, I looked to Costco for an answer. I haven’t seen the crab legs at Costco in person yet, but at $200 a box I decided it was better not to torture myself with freezer window shopping.
Everything else I tried at the restaurant were also good. Of course, the Dungeness Crab couldn’t compare with the Alaskan King but it was still cooked perfectly. The bread rolls are soft-centered and crusty on the outside. The New England-style clam chowder was tasteful and served with oyster crackers–only slightly inferior to Splash Cafe.
Similarly to Splash Cafe, Cracked Crab doesn’t take reservations so there’s a wait 90% of the time. My visit was totally off-peak at 4 pm, and we still had to wait 20 minutes. If you visit during peak times, expect an 1 to 1.5-hour wait.
751 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Splash Cafe is one of the most popular restaurants in the little town of Pismo Beach. There’s typically a line down the block by 11 am, which is why I came around 10 am to get their infamous Clam Chowder (I hate lines!). Splash Cafe is a really casual seafood restaurant which means no reservations!
I’ve been here once before about 5 years ago, and I couldn’t wait to try their clam chowder again. It was even better than I remembered…perfectly creamy and a nice amount of clams stuffed in a buttery bread bowl. It was a tad salty, but not enough to stop me from devouring every morsel. Surprisingly, the Fish and Chips was a very big disappointment–well, just the fish. The fries were decent enough, but the fish tasted frozen and tough which I don’t understand since Pismo Beach is right by the ocean (as its name implies…). I’m sure they could have gotten fresh fish to fry every day if they wanted to.
The inside of Splash Cafe is decorated with promotional stickers customers place on beams and various other places as well as hand-painted murals with odd-looking clams. So, if you have a business or simply want to promote a product you like, make sure to bring a sticker for your visit! It’s also a good idea to call in your order and take a short walk to the beach to eat. That way, you’ll have beautiful scenery along with tasty chowder 🙂 Be warned that it can get quite windy by the ocean, though.
I also remember seeing this restaurant featured on Tori Spelling’s reality show “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood”. It’s the episode where Dean surprised Tori with a tour bus so they can take a trip to San Francisco for her book signing of sTORI Telling. From what I remember, they ended up with 6 (?) styrofoam boxes full of food for the 4 people on that tour bus. There was a HUGE line on the show, too. Being the B-lister that she is, Tori Spelling obviously didn’t have to wait in line like the rest of us common folk…
197 Pomeroy Ave., Pismo Beach, CA
Mo’s Smokehouse BBQ is right off the Pismo Beach Boardwalk on Pomeroy Avenue where there’s a strip of restaurants and souvenir shops. It was the first restaurant we tried during our little mini-vacay, and it started our trip off on a decent note. Apparently, this bbq establishment is part of a franchise, but this is the only one I’ve seen. I went at 8 pm on a Friday night and almost all the tables were full though the line wasn’t too bad to order. It’s the kind of restaurant where everyone orders with the cashier, you get a number and place that on your table so a waiter knows where to put the food once it’s ready. I’m not sure what you call that…half service?
The BBQ Sampler (pictured above) looks a lot better than it actually was. The ribs and shredded pork were both tough. My jaws actually started hurting by the end of the meal. The corn bread muffin was dry, but the honey butter it came with was quite good. The chicken was the best thing on the plate. The only problem was there wasn’t enough of it. The chicken meat was smokey and tender. Smothered in their house bbq sauce, it was heaven.
These potato chips are 10 times better than any potato chip I’ve ever had. I don’t know if it’s the fact that they’re freshly made or the salty sweet seasoning, but they sure were addicting. Definitely the best thing and the must-try item off the menu. My boyfriend was hesitant on ordering this since he couldn’t imagine anything better than Kettle Chips, but my insistence paid off! He even liked the chips more than the garlic fries he ordered, which happily gave me an opportunity to say “I told ya so!” The garlic fries were also good (A LOT OF GARLIC!), but the chips just took the cake. The chips were still addicting after sitting over 24 hours in the hotel room’s mini fridge though admittedly not as good.
221 Pomeroy Avenue
Pismo Beach, CA 93449