What a difference a year makes. Last September (2008), we made our trek to downtown Pismo Beach to eat at the Pierside Seafood Restaurant. It has always been a.....well.....uhhhh.......lets just call it a 'built on the beach, beachy style restaurant' where the deep fried fish & chips were pretty good.
Now, Sept. 22, 2009, we ate at the Pierside at sundown this evening. What a difference one year can make. The place was pretty empty, it was a Tuesday evening after all. We were seated up stairs which has a commanding view of the Pismo Pier extending out into the Pacific Ocean. Now, if you could just see through the filthy windows. The view also looked down on the torn fabric covered patio. All the tables were dirty when we first arrived. After being escorted to our table, we had to wait while a feeble attempt was made to wipe down one of the filthy tables. Once seated on the nicely duct taped booths, we ordered. The food was delivered promptly by a pleasent waitress who had to climb up and down the stairs. We noticed that the food portions had been cut down in size. Most prices increased. The little extras that management apparently feel customers don't care about (ie, salt water taffey at end of meal) have been eliminated. Even all of the fiberglass fish and other aquatic life replicas were missing.
If there are indeed new owners like we heard, one would hope that they get their act together soon, before they lose any more customers. My wife told me that she would like to avoid the Pierside Seafood restaurant on our next trip up to the Central Coast.