Chowing and Chatting

Bread Bowl taken by John Penny

After a two-hour drive, the beach was just a sideshow. The main event was to come after a long wait in line. We had come to eat one thing and one thing only: Clam Chowder from Splash Café, and it was going to be a trip.

It was maxing 105 degrees back home, and we had woken up at 6 a.m. to get to the destination. Yet, here we were escaping the heat and ordering hot chowder in the 75 degree weather at 10 a.m. Believe me when I say it was worth it.

I thought we outsmarted the system by arriving at the opening hour of 10 a.m.! Which is still considered breakfast time in my book. However, there I was with 20 other people waiting to get a taste of the heavenly Clam Chowder from Splash Café. It was still a better than the hour long wait you get when you hit Splash at lunch or dinner time, when the line wraps around the block of the tiny restaurant.

There we stood, the four of us against the bright, mural covered walls. Waiting for the most delectable chowder out there. While we waited in line, we met people from all over California and even a few outsiders. The chowder had brought us all together that morning at 10 a.m.

Every person agreed that this was the best clam chowder one could get on the West Coast, and believe me I have had my fair share of clam chowder. The texture melts into your mouth. The clams are masqueraded in the thick, creamy consistency of the chowder. You don’t even have to chew them.

Splash Café’s clam chowder is a dish that has to be ordered at Splash Café. Meaning the frozen packs that they sell in stores are simply a disgrace. Nothing can top the experience of waiting in line knowing you are about to taste the best clam chowder to ever land on your taste buds. The sea breeze and weather only enhance the clam chowder’s taste as you consume it.

Splash Café by Redroom Studios

Finally, it was my turn to order. To fully experience the clam chowder at Splash Café, you must order it in a bread bowl.

“Hello! Clam chowder in a bread bowl please. I would like it to go,” I said. I could barely contain my excitement.

In less than five minutes my order was ready. The four of us took our bread bowls to the beach, and camped out on the sand just near the pier. We sat in silence, looking at the ocean, and enjoying the chowder.

The key is to order the chowder to go. By the time you get to your destination, the chowder has marinated in the bread bowl just long enough to get the inside bread soggy. Next step, you take your spoon and scoop the sides of the bread bowl into your chowder. You then enjoy the most divine chowder you have ever tasted.

If you are ever in Pismo Beach, California, wait in line at Splash Café. It is worth it. The wait will never top the memories you make standing in line and eating clam chowder with your friends.

Images used:

Splash Café by Redroom Studios

Bread Bowl by John Penny

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