“Morro Bay is a great place to spend an extended weekend to relax and unwind…”
With the holidays here, we are either being visited by family or visiting family ourselves. For this Thanksgiving, we went to visit family in California – mostly to help with house maintenance, but we did find time for some fun.
My husband had told me of when he used to drive from Monterey, CA to Morro Bay for clam chowder. He described it as the best clam chowder that he has ever had. I had been to Boston (albeit a long time ago as a teenager), but from what I had remembered, the clam chowder there was pretty good as well (the best, in my book). Challenge accepted! We took a day trip from Fresno to Morro Bay to check out this infamous clam chowder.
On our search for clam chowder…
When we arrived, it was pouring rain. I was a little sad because I wanted to take a walk onto the pier and take pictures of the bay. Since we would be sitting down for our meal, I was hoping that, by the time we finish, the rain may let up. We decided to eat at Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant. My husband had the clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and fish and chips. I ordered some raw oysters, clam chowder and a side salad.
With the first bite of the chowder, you can taste the freshness of the clams – and there was a good number of them in the soup, too! I mean, I’ve had other clam chowders that were more like cream of potato with maybe a hint of clam juice (i.e. NOT clam chowder). With this chowder, you can tell its CLAM.CHOWDER. I even had a bay leaf in my soup portion (now I know ONE of the ingredients – haha!) For the bread bowl, it was kept warm and moist from the chowder itself and was delicious as well as functional!
The fish (in the fish & chips) as well as the oysters were fresh (no fishy smell or aftertaste). Even my Mother-In-Law, who is not a “fish person” liked the fish & chips. How amazing is that?!
By the way, yes, driving all that way for chowder was really worth it, too!
There are a number of dockside restaurants that one can choose from. We just happened to go to Tognazzini’s by chance. From what I saw on Yelp for that area, a lot of the dockside restaurants had really good reviews as well.
When we had finished our meal, the rain had become nothing more than a light sprinkle and eventually stopped. After purchasing some salt-water taffy (next door to the restaurant), we took a walk out onto the pier.
Of course, there was Morro Rock, which gave the town and bay it’s name. The rock, itself is a volcanic plug and is connected by a causeway to the shore, making it a tied island. It is also protected, so climbing the rock and disturbing the wildlife is prohibited.
Speaking of wildlife, they seem to think that this is a popular hangout as well.
I also learned that this is a good area for hiking, paddle-boarding, boating and wine-tasting (to name a few of the activities available here). This would definitely be a great place to spend an extended weekend to relax and unwind.
Have you been here also? Share your experiences below in the comments section!
Want to learn more? Click on the links below and maybe plan your next stay there!