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Reasonable Seafood resturants?

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Reasonable Seafood resturants?

My sister-in-law and I are coming out to SLO June 30th and will be in and around the area until July 7th. Where are some good and reasonable seafood resturants? It doesn't have to be in SLO can be on the coast. We will have a rental car and plan on going up the coast and perhaps even to Carmel one day. I like to eat where the local folks eat and I am not much into hype or touristy places. I like to experience life like a person that lives in the area. I can usually get a better meal and experience, rather than paying a lot for a "canned" experience of an area. Thanks for any suggestions. I look forward to exploring this area of California.

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1. Re: Reasonable Seafood resturants?

Here are a few choices just south of SLO in Pismo and Avila:

http://www.oldeportinn.com/

http://www.steamerspismobeach.com/

http://www.splashbakery.com/ (famous for clam chowder)

Morro Bay:

http://www.galleymorrobay.com/

http://www.dornscafe.com/

yelp.com/biz/the-outrigger-restaurant-morro-…

Seafood on the Monterey Peninsula:

http://www.massaroandsantos.com/

http://www.passionfish.net/

http://www.fishwife.com/

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Thank you so much for the information and links.. I am SURE we can find a nice place to eat from the listings you have provided. We also like to go thift store shopping and will trying to find some treasures there.

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3. Re: Reasonable Seafood resturants?

By far, hands down, best fresh seafood in a very casual atmosphere--

Taco Temple, in Morro Bay. Look no further...

Totally non-descript looking both inside and out, in a parking lot with a grocery store (across from the ocean, though), it has amazing fresh fish tacos and burritos, and outstanding desserts. Locals know this place, as you will tell by the crowd hovering outside the door waiting to get in. Most people have no idea it's there.

But beware--they don't take reservations (too casual), and they don't take credit cards (or non-local checks). But there is an ATM in the nearby grocery store (Spencer's Market). And while a fresh halibut or sea bass taco might cost up to $16, it's a huge thing, fills the plate, with fresh greens, not at all a greasy typical Mexican plate. Well worth it... You only need one taco (or burrito) to be full...guaranteed...

Much much much better than some of the average and expensive seafood you'll get in some of the more expensive and fancy restaurants with views up and down the coast.

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JFR.. that sounds like its right up our alley. My sister-in-law and I went to Costa Rica about 2 years ago and we ate like to locals. It was wonderful, we experienced the way life is there and it was never over $5.00 and was our main meal of the day. I will keep your posting with me as we will be in that area on the 4th. We had fish tacos just across the beach on the Pacific in CR at a shack but it was GREAT! so sounds like we can expect the same here. Any hints on how soon to get to Morrow bay to park for the fireworks? We don't want to be there in the sun from like 8am until 8pm.. HA

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5. Re: Reasonable Seafood resturants?

I think you'll like Taco Temple...you should keep in mind that it is not located where most of the other restaurants in town are (along the Embarcadero), but rather in what people refer to as "North" Morro Bay, which is really the frontage road along Highway 1 on the north side of town (just north of HIghway 41). But as I say, it is right across from the ocean, though separated by both Highway 1 and the frontage road. But the views are there. And of course, the fish tacos.

One more piece of advice: if you're getting a fish taco, I'd suggest springing for whatever they have as fresh fish as a special. It will cost more than their standard fish taco (roughly $16 vs. $6), but it's the difference between a great experience and a good one...though honestly, even the "house" fish tacos (usually Mahi Mahi or Alaskan cod) are just fine.

Fireworks?

Sunset will be around 8:30, and it's not really fully dark till about 9. You can probably find a parking place somewhere around 8 to 8:15, especially if you are willing to see the show away from the park where most people bring a blanket. I actually like to park up on Black Hill (on a good map--a road goes nearly to the top, by a golf course) in the middle of town, and get a unique view of fireworks from above.

Keep in mind, as others have said, Morro Bay is notoriously foggy in the summer. The hotter the day inland, the higher likelihood it will be cold and foggy on the coast. And by that, I mean 55 degrees, damp, and foggy. So fireworks in this situation become puffy glows in the fog, while you shiver from inside your car or wrapped in wool blankets. Bring warm clothes! I know it's summer, but this is the coldest season in California along the immediate coast in this part of the state...no lie...

Another fireworks tip--instead of Morro Bay, drive 10 minutes up the coast to the north and catch the fireworks show in Cayucos. Another beach town, but one often skipped by tourists racing from Morro Bay to Hearst Castle, because you have to get off the highway to see where the main drag is. Really nice little beach town, and--here's the big plus--the fog usually skips Cayucos. Don't know why, but the fog just tends not to sit there. So it will be warmer, and the fireworks will likely be visible.

By the way, Taco Temple is actually between where the fireworks shows in Morro Bay and Cayucos go off. So you could gauge the fog, ask a local while you eat what they would do, and go to the better show, whichever it is likely to be...

John

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6. Re: Reasonable Seafood resturants?

JFR Thanks again! I might go for the smaller town and the better chance of seeing fireworks w/o the fog. I will be bringing a sweat shirt type jacket with hoodie and a pair of pants that have zip legs so it can convert to pants.

Perhaps the Cayucos event would be even better and less crowded. Thanks again!

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