Popular restaurant offers eclectic dining options
–Fishing boats and kayaks are navigating the tranquil bay, surfers are eagerly paddling out towards the rock and sea lions are raucously barking from a nearby piling. There’s plenty to see along Morro Bay’s enchanting Embarcadero waterfront and the enticing aromas wafting from the Blue Sky Bistro on the Bay is the perfect accompaniment to these world-class views.
This popular restaurant, located within Marina Square, offers eclectic breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Often referred to as the best breakfast spot in town, breakfast burritos are especially popular along with a specialty known as “The Rock” featuring scrambled eggs, potatoes, cheese, onions and bell peppers, with choice of ham, bacon or sausage topped with salsa, guacamole and sour cream, all served with toast or warm tortillas. Fortunately, this fashionable location offers breakfast until 4 p.m. each day. Furthermore, they’re open 365 days of the year, they open at 8 a.m. each day and have a special menu just for kids!
Owners Denise Robson and Alan Harrison took over the cafe in August 2010 after they had already fallen in love with the area several years earlier on one of their frequent business trips from Atlanta, GA. They created an interior that is exceptionally warm and inviting with a beautifully designed wood bar, colorful artwork on the walls and panoramic views of the entire bay including awe-inspiring Morro Rock.
Their delectable menu items are prepared fresh daily, they passionately support local, organic farmers and food purveyors and always strive for the highest quality products available including Mary’s Chicken and Joebella Coffee.
Since Morro Bay is such a quaint, coastal fishing town, mouth -watering lobster bisque (People’s Choice Favorite Soup for two years in a row at Morro Bay’s Soupabration Event), Mahi Mahi tacos, linguini and clams and Shrimp Louie are among the many favorites found on their impressive menu. They use local seafood, primarily from nearby Tognazzini Fish Market, as much as possible and always remain within the Pacific Northwest region.
“It’s important to have our food made fresh to order and everything here is grilled or broiled instead of deep fried,” Denise said. “We strive for the best quality, freshest dining options at moderate prices which further adds to the overall value. Furthermore, the friendliness of our staff also keeps people coming back. We offer a true sense of place here on the Embarcadero!”
“Our staff is what makes Blue Sky Bistro what it is! AJ, our manager, is a tireless and dedicated person who is passionate about our purpose, our team and our customers. He brings many things together in the workings of the Bistro,” Denise said. “Members of our kitchen staff have brought family traditional recipes from Mexico to provide us with some great “South of the Border” dishes like our popular Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Burritos, Nacho dishes with Chorizo and Chile Verde and many more tasty selections to spice things up.”
Since food and wine go hand in hand they have become involved in creating their own house wines with the assistance of local wine experts. Blue Sky “Silver Lining” is the name of the house chardonnay which was created with the assistance of Jeff Branco, previous winemaker for Justin Vineyards and Rotta Winery. They are currently looking into creating a new red blend to add to the menu, as well. Numerous local wines are also featured here including: Le Vigne, Tobin James, Adelaide, Dusi and Sextant.
Showcasing local musicians is yet another way Blue Sky Bistro supports its local community. As members of Big Big SLO, the sounds of a wide range of musicians can be enjoyed Fridays and throughout the weekend and happy hour runs from 4 – 6 p.m. daily. “Live, local music brings in all ages which keeps things here even more upbeat,” Denise said.
Community-minded in every sense of the word, they eagerly share the area’s bountiful offerings with their customers, which is greatly appreciated. “They want to know more about our county and we eagerly share that moment with them. One regular customer named Diana used to come to the restaurant every single day. We celebrated her 99th, 100th and 101st birthdays at the Bistro. We threw her a party each time, invited regulars and made it the best event in February,” said Denise.
Having built their business on community activism and by participating in hundreds of fundraising events, they’ve been involved with everything from high school sports and music programs to helping raise funds for local cancer victims, supporting elderly assistance, donating to homeless dinners at the local Vets hall. They are actively involved with many local event venues including the Morro Bay Bird Festival, Community Action Partnership’s (CAPSLO) annual Afternoon of Epicurean Delights and the Lions Club.
Wave of the future
When asked what new ventures might be on the horizon in 2016 a few key items came to mind including more heat and lighting for the outside dining area. “It’s important that our customers are comfortable during the evening hours,” Denise said. “We also want to encourage Morro Bay to get more involved with holiday celebratory lighting beyond just the annual boat parade. Let’s really light it up!”
Having recently purchased five acres of land near the farm belt of Los Osos Valley Road, they look forward to soon growing much of their own produce as strong supporters of a “Sustainable Program” and the “Farm to Table” concept.
Furthermore, part of the new vision is to start a small winery out there one day. “Anything is possible,” Denise said.
They don’t use Styrofoam and are strong believers in recycling, they believe in healthy, fresh food, they support local purveyors and strongly believe in giving back to their community. “Owning a local restaurant is the fast track way of getting to know your community. This is the dream,” Denise said.
Blue Sky Bistro on the Bay is located at 699 Embarcadero in Morro Bay. For more information call (805) 772-8988 or visit BistroOntheBay.com.