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Giovanni's Morro Bay- stick with the market

paso_gurl_100 | Apr 4, 200812:07 PM

I had a break between two appointments in Morro Bay last week. Since DS was home from college, I thought I would make him a nice seafood pasta dinner. I stopped at Giovanni's. They have built a wall to separate the cooked food operation from the fish market (raw) food. For $28 bucks I got: one dozen huge pacific oysters suitable for grilling, about 10 littleneck clams, about 10 mussels, a filet of rock cod, and a one lb. filet of salmon. They packed it up in ice, as I had another appointment in Atascadero before my drive to Paso Robles. I should have just walked away there. But I had missed lunch and I was hungry. So, since there was NOBODY waiting at the window (a rarity), I thought I would grab a crab cocktail or something. Well, I didn't have any cash on me (story of my life), so I HAD to use my debit card. They have a minimum purchase policy, so I went ahead and ordered a small fish and chips as well. The patio looks really nice, they have bought new furniture and kinda cleaned off alot of the pigeon poop. But, OMG, the service was TERRIBLE. They made me late for my appointment, I waited 30 minutes to get my order! When I went around the corner, there were 3-4 other people waiting. The guy at the window filled the orders (which were ALL fish and chips, btw) ONE AT A TIME! ugh. So rather than grab 5 trays and fill them all with fries, then the fish, etc, he would take a cardboard tray, go to the fries, fill one tray, get the fish, take it it to the window. The cocktail was okay, but the fish and chips were flavorless. Frozen crinkle cuts w/ no salt and very bland, previously frozen fish. I left there, speeding down hwy 41, very disappointed because my bargain turned into a not-so-good deal. Luckily, what I prepared myself was just delightful :-)

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