I can't think of anything I'd rather do more than to enjoy a cold beer, a great seafood lunch, as I sit next to a window, and gaze at an actual small, working harbor, with both pleasure craft, fishing boats and a wind surfer or two coming going about their day. Such is the life when you're enjoying an amazing lunch at The Galley Seafood Grill and Bar, in beautiful Morro Bay, CA.
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Photo: The Galley Seafood Grill and Bar is located along Morro Bay's embarcadero and is set out, over the bay, and offers an outstanding view of the harbor, as you enjoy an amazing lunch. Note the outside decks, which are common to Galley, and other restaurants in the area, where you can look out over the harbor.
It's early Wednesday afternoon, October 16, 2019, and we're in the mood for the most popular lunch of the embarcadero, fish and chips.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll note the small bar to the left, and as you pass the bar, you'll enter the dining room. The bar offers every variety of mixed drink, many domestic and exotic beers on tap, and a large selection of wine, mostly local varieties, as the central coast area of California is known as one of the nation's wine producing areas.
Photo: One page of the lunch menu. We stopped at the "top" of the menu, as we were in the mood for "Fish and Chips" before we entered the restaurant. Note you can substitute a green salad if chips aren't to your liking.
Photo: As an appetiser, each lunch comes with sourdough rolls and a small bowl of garlic butter for dipping. Our friendly server, Allison, places bread and rolls on the table. Note the view of the harbor we were treated to during our lunch.
Photo: Our two rolls, along with a little dish of garlic butter. The rolls were sourdough, which is pretty much native to California's central coast, and absolutely fresh, with a crunchy outside, and chewy inside. The combination of the rolls and garlic butter made for a great appetiser, as we looked out the window at the bay.
Photo: On this early Wednesday afternoon, the dining room was nearly full. Every table has a great view of the bay thanks to the windows that line the walls.
Photo: Meet our amazingly friendly server, Allison, who delivers our lunches with a smile. She was friendly, attentive and very efficient. Our lunches arrives in less than fifteen minutes after placing our orders, which makes for fast service.
Photo: Thanks, Allison for taking our picture, as we prepare to enjoy our lunch. Note the view of the bay we were treated to in the background of the photo.
Photo: From the "Lunch Menu," I ordered the quintessential dish of Morro Bay's embarcadero... "Fish and Chips." The menu describes this dish as "Fresh Pacific cod, lightly breaded, served with house-made tartar sauce." The menu didn't mention that the dish also contains a small bowl of ketchup, a slice of lemon, along with a sprig of parsley for garnish. Such a pretty presentation!
As the menu states, you get four pieces of cod, lightly battered, and deep fried to a golden brown. The fish was crispy on the outside, tender, white and juicy inside, and the bread-to-fish ratio was perfect, as the bread complimented the juicy fish, but didn't over power the taste of the delicious fish. I absolutely LOVE tartar sauce, and Galley's in-house made tartar sauce was tangy and absolutely amazing! I cut off little pieces of the fish with my fork and dipped them into the tartar sauce for a taste sensation.
The "chips," or actually fries, were very good, as they were average size, perfectly deep fried, and sprinkled with a little oregano, which I could "sort of" taste, but it added to the presentation. The fries were perfect, as they weren't salty or oily, and I absolutely loved them.
Such a great lunch of fish and chips! At $16.50 it wasn't cheap, but considering that you're dining on Morro Bay's embarcadero, and you're enjoying a great lunch, with a "million dollar" view of the harbor, I'll take this lunch any day.
Photo: My wife ordered "Fish and Chips," but the menu allows you to substitute a salad, rather than chips, so I suppose her lunch should be called "Fish and Salad..."
Her fish was identical to mine, and like me, she loved her fish. The salad was set on a bed of exotic lettuce, and included purple cabbage, carrot shreds, cucumber, tomato, and a small piece of orange for garnish. With the salad, you get your choice of dressing; she chose "Ranch," and it came in a small bowl, on the side, which is a nice touch and also adds to the presentation. I took a small sample of her salad and it was fresh, flavorful, and made for an excellent side dish, if "chips" aren't to your liking.
Our lunch was delicious, our server was both charming and friendly, the fine seafood was priced right, and the view was worth a million dollars. It's all there, and a lot more, at The Galley Seafood Grill and Bar, in Morro Bay.
The Galley Seafood Grill and Bar
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