We visit Pismo about once a year and have tried a variety of restaurants there. We had a late, delicious lunch at Guiseppe's, and when 7:00 rolled around, we wanted a simple cup of chowder to finish the night out during the sunset. We know our chowder, sampling it at pretty much every restaurant we ever go to, and especially look forward to chowder on the coast, even though there are some very good places to get chowder in our hometown, Fresno, but that's a different review. All we wanted was two cups of clam chowder, onion rings, a bloody Mary, and a Blue Moon. I thought the prices were decent, but I guess you get what you pay for. Chowder was three bucks a cup, and bloody mary was on special for 3 bucks, and was well garnished, the only plus to our experience. Blue Moon on tap was 5 bucks, with no orange slice garnish, and it tasted very funky and bitter like something was wrong with the keg or the glass was dirty. You pay as you order. The cashier looked at me like I was crazy when I asked for a receipt. All seats inside were filled, and we wanted to sit outside anyway for the sunset. For thIs very simple order we waited literally 30 minutes, I even went in half way to check and see that they hadn't forgotten we were outside. When the food came, the soup was what I imagine the gruel in Oliver Twist was like. A thin mesh of potato and a few clams. It was brought together with what seemed like a mix of skim milk and water, and it left an awful taste in our mouths, neither of us could finish even half a cup of it. The texture was also as though they had precracked crackers inside of it, making it more mushy and unpleasant.
If you want the best chowder in Pismo, go to Rosa's! We've had there chowder four times, consistently flavorful and flowing with fresh clams, and I would have gone there, had we not just been there the night before. You do have to pay more for that one, but the differance in quality is astounding.
Furthermore, the onion rings sucked, maybe because we had the taste of the chowder lingering as we ate them. The ranch was watery and weird, I hope nothing nasty was done to it because i asked them for a receipt and checked to make sure they didn't forget about us. Nobody really seemed to care to work there, and definitely didn't care about the efficiency of their business. All these good reviews are about their main food stuff, so I guess we just got the dregs of the kitchen asking for chowder and rings.
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