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Central Coast - Fusion or Tourist Trap

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Central Coast - Fusion or Tourist Trap

Josephine | Oct 9, 2002 03:53 PM

Spent a long weekend on the Central Coast. A warm, clear, not a cloud in the sky weekend. Saturday we toured Hearst Castle, had a long picnic at Hearst State Beach, and watched the elephant seals a little further north. Your basic all day in the sun.

Drove back to Cambria and checked into our motel on Moonstone Beach. First floor ocean view room, that is until we got back from the village and everyone had checked in and cars now blocked our view. Not to worry. We grabbed our wine and settled on the lawn chairs overlooking the ocean. Sun beating down on us, warm ocean breeze. Heaven.

We had dinner reservations at Robins at 7:30. As we were sitting there in the sun, I got to thinking that I didn’t want to leave that view. I didn't want to get showered and changed out of my shorts. I wanted to watch the sun go down. I suggested to my husband that we not go into the village and that we just go down the street to Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill. He of course was delighted since it would mean not having to drive anywhere.

So at about 6ish I called Robins to cancel and got a very warm “Thank you so much for calling” response. Then cleaned up a bit and strolled over for dinner. There were lots of people hanging out waiting for a table on the deck. We put in our name and went to the lounge and ordered a drink. After only a 5 minute wait we were escorted to front and center seats on the deck. The rest of the other people were in larger groups.

Having opted out of a chowhound experience at Robins, we settled in for dinner. Now the review.

We ordered a cup of clam chowder, a glazed walnut, gorganzola and romaine salad and grilled halibut, all to be shared. We each ordered a glass of wine after we finished our drinks.

A loaf of warm crusty sourdough was served with the chowder.

Clam Chowder was very tasty. There was something different about it but I couldn’t figure out what it was after only having two smallish spoonfuls before my husband had polished it off.

Salad and halibut were served at the same time as I had requested.

Salad was not your typical dinner starter size. It was BIG. Chopped romaine with lots and lots of glazed walnuts and cheese with a light vinegerette. I got this close to jumping up and running back to the room for the perfectly ripe pear left over from our picnic. But I didn’t want to cause a scene when other diners spotted the pear and clustered around me wanting “just a slice please!” It would have taken that salad to the next level. But all in all it was very good. I gave my husband about a third of it and there was still a third left when I finished.

Grilled halibut was served on a bed of orange cream sauce with rice pilaf and perfectly steamed mixed veggies. It was not a hugh piece but nicely grilled and moist. Very good actually.

Total cost food, two drinks and two glasses of wine, with tax and tip I think was $65.00. Not bad.

Now was this a chow experience? Taste wise, no. But it was better than I had anticipated. And a chow experience also has to take into account the atmosphere. As the sun set over the ocean and we were eating our dinner, we kept looking at each other and grinning. We were delighted to be there. Not for one minute did I regret our decision to forego Robins fusion for this place.

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