Jeff received his first Ph.D program acceptance letter last week. To Akron. Ohio. And you know what I did? I sat down and promptly made a SLO Bucket List. If you’re going to force me to leave this place (kicking and screaming I might add), there are a few places I need to see, things I need to do, and most importantly, restaurants I need to eat at before we go. I figure this way I’ll have something positive to focus my energy on instead of wallowing in my own misery over the next few months. I’ll keep you posted on the move possibilities, but for now, I’d like to push it out of my mind, thank you.
This weekend, Jeff and I decided to go to a restaurant in Avila that was at the top of my list–Olde Port Inn. The restaurant is located at the very end of Avila Pier, right next to the fish market, so you know the fish is as fresh as can be.
The power went out as soon as we walked in the door–not a comforting sign with the nuclear power plant so close by! We decided to brave it out, however, and listened to the host’s stories of other past outages as we waited for a table.
The view is the real reason to visit this place. Huge glass windows line the walls and most of the tables have a see-through glass top that goes right down to the ocean. Hello, barnacles!
Of course, you always pay for the view in a place like this, and to make things more affordable (and so we could also have beer!), we decided to split a small order of fish and chips for $16 (note: the picture shows my half portion only).
For the price, the food was pretty underwhelming. The fish, though fresh, was only breaded and seasoned lightly, with little flavor. The fries were also pretty standard and needed to be consumed with the vast amount of ketchup served on the side. Perhaps the view is supposed to make up for the food?
Despite the less-than-satisfactory food, Olde Port Inn is definitely an experience with strong local roots and an interesting history. The original owner, a local fisherman, built the place in 1967 with unwanted cedar from the local mill, hoping to create a spot for people to enjoy the fresh seafood being fished off the pier daily. Slowly, with increasing popularity and demand, he was able to expand and rebuild the restaurant until his son eventually took over for him.
You can check out more about the restaurant here!