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August 13, 2003
The building is very small but the food is out of this world. My suggestions are the clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl or the fish and chips. Don't make the mistake we did and order both per person. It was too much. We took the fish and chips back to our condo for dinner that night.
The clam chowder was delicious and the fish and chips were made from fresh fish, not the small, mostly breaded fish.
It is a must stop. **Oh, I didn't know at the time but you can order toppers. You can have shredded crab or shimp toppings to your soup. Yummy!
From journal San Luis Obsipo/Avila Beach
by Barber E. Lane
Lake Forest, California
November 13, 2002
We wanted a quick, filling, delicious, non-fussy meal and the Splash Cafe was perfect. It was not only filling, delicious, and very reasonably priced, but it was a lot of fun as well.
Upon entering the cafe it seems more like a take-out fast food eatery. You can order and pick up at the front counter or make your way through the crowded, noisy, concrete floored entrance to the dining area in the back where you can wait your turn at a small table. We secured a three seater bistro elevated style, perfect for our fun meal. The energy level and positive vibes are very uplifting not bothersome.
We all ordered the same, New England clam chowder in a bread bowl. Both the bread and the chowder were some of the best I've ever eaten. Our total bill (including tax and tip) for 3 comfortably full people was under $20. There are several other seafood items on the menu, but the chowder is what most people come for.
On your way out you can even purchase a container of the creamy steamy chowder to take home to enjoy later. No vacation to the Pismo Beach area should be without a stop at the Famous Splash Cafe. I can see why they are a landmark and sell 10,000 gallons of the stuff each year. Magazines like Bon Appetit and Gourmet have even asked for their recipe. Yummy!
From journal San Luis Obispo County Finds