Iconic eatery serves up award-winning clam chowder along Central Coast
Splash Cafe – the popular eatery known worldwide for its award-winning clam chowder now boasts three locations – the original Pismo Beach eatery and two sites in San Luis Obispo.
Pismo Beach destination
Under the ownership of Ross and Joanne Currie, the Splash Café restaurants have seen steady growth and the popularity of its clam chowder soar. The Curries perfected and improved the recipe when they bought the original Pismo Beach location at197 Pomeroy Ave. in 1991. On any given day in Pismo, a line stretches out the door and around the building with customers waiting for the fresh clam chowder, seafood, burgers and a selection of breakfast fare. Customers are known for driving hundreds of miles – from the Central Valley of California, Los Angeles and points north – just to have dinner at Splash and return home.
Monterey Street in SLO
The Curries opened their second location, the Splash Cafe & Artisan Bakery at1491 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo, in 2005; there they added pastries, breads, cakes and their signature sourdough bread bowls that compliment the clam chowder, all baked daily. They also began featuring organic and fair trade chocolates from Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates, a company established by Joanne Currie’s brother Tom Neuhaus, a food science professor at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo.
The newest debut, the Splash Cafe Seafood & Grill located in the CP Downtown Centre at 893 Higuera St. in SLO, offers fresh grilled seafood and American fare, fresh baked goods, artisan chocolates and, of course, the famous clam chowder. “We had been considering a third location for some time and when this location became available it seemed like a perfect fit,” says Joanne. New menu items for the downtown crowds include flatbreads, panini sandwiches, salads and wraps, a selection of seafood tacos and deluxe grilled burgers. The newest Splash eatery is a sponsor of Concerts in the Plaza as well and offers a special “Fish Friday” each week when customers mention the concert.
Oh, that famous clam chowder
Continuing to grow, Splash Cafe clam chowder made its debut in California Costco locations in 2009 and opened its catering division in 2010. Between all of its locations, Splash Cafe sells more than 30,000 gallons of its clam chowder per year. Visit Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach at 197 Pomerey Ave.; (805) 773-4653; in San Luis Obispo at 1491 Monterey St., (805) 544-7567 or 893 Higuera St., (805) 439-2990. All locations are open daily, check out www.splashcafe.com for hours, menus and catering options.