Good news first.
I didn't have super high expectations at the CRACKED CRAB, since touristy seafood joints in seaside towns are often mediocre. They had a local crab on the menu...I forget the name..I think it was listed as "whole local rock crab". You could order it by the pound. The waitress tried to dissuade us from ordering it. She tried really hard...telling us that there wasn't much meat in it at all. However, uninterested in eating seafood flown in from Alaska or down from SF, we went for the local crab. It was fantastic. Really meaty and delicious, it just took some work and some cracking to get at it. I thought this crab was even tastier than dungeness with a nice sweetness to it. The local crab was cheaper than others $23 per lb where dungenss was about $33 or more.
After finishing , we asked why she had tried to dissuade us from it. Apparently many of their traveling customers have never had crab and when they get this big, hard crab on their plate and find that they have to work to get the meat out...they send it back.
Anyway, I highly recommend the cracked crab, if only for that local crab...
Last night I ate at Talay Thai after reading a few recs on here....sadly, it was the worst thai food I've had in many years. I had tom kha gai, pad thai, and pad see iw. The two noodle dishes were smothered in sauce. The pad see iw, was just noodles, tons of meat, and two or three broccoli chunks. All of these tasted like they were prepared very carelessly. When travelling to small towns where I'm unsure of the local fare, I often go for thai food, since even mediocre thai is usually pretty decent. I've been able to survive many business trips to Medford, OR that way...
this time it didn't work out.
Admittedly, I'm spoiled by living close to LA's thai town....anyway, if your snobby about thai food, avoid this one. However, the place was packed so they seem to be doing something right enough for most folks. Maybe I'm just a thai food scrooge.
There is another thai place in nearby Grover Beach which I almost opted for....I think it's Little Thai....couldn't find much info on it though.
Next time I plan on heading up to Cayucos to try Hoppe after working up an appetite surfing Morro bay.