Dorn's Original Breakers Cafe 801 Market Ave., (805) 772-4415. B-L-D daily; $-$$. Reservations advised.
Here since 1942, this casual restaurant features a great bay view and is especially pleasant at breakfast, when the menu offers a choice of hearty options. I had a satisfying omelette stuffed full of sautéed mushrooms, but was also tempted by a linguica omelette and a lox and bagel (the chocolate-chip pancakes with chocolate syrup that I remember from long ago are no longer on the menu). My partner was very happy with his all-American crispy bacon and eggs plate. Each item was served with a choice of two housemade blueberry muffins, three buttermilk pancakes, or toast. The extensive dinner menu features fresh local fish and an award-winning Boston clam chowder. While we dined, we thoroughly enjoyed the room’s spot-on view of the rock and even saw several majestic brown pelicans fly by.
|exterior of Dorn's Original Breakers Cafe in Morro Bay, California|
|interior of Dorn's Original Breakers Cafe in Morro Bay, California|
|mushroom omelette at Dorn's Original Breakers Cafe in Morro Bay, California|
|bacon and eggs at Dorn's Original Breakers Cafe in Morro Bay, California|
Giant Chess Board Embarcadero Rd./Front St., in Centennial Park, (805) 772-6278. M-F 8-5. Reservations required.
At the base of a 44-step stairway (Dorn's is at the top) is one of the two largest chessboards in the U.S. (The other is in New York City's Central Park http://travelswithcarole.blogspot.com/search?q=Central+Park.) The redwood chess pieces stand 2- and 3-feet high and weigh from 18 to 40 pounds, making a game here physical as well as mental exercise. Both the stairway and the chess pieces were made from redwood reclaimed from two dismantled town water tanks. From noon to 5 p.m. each Saturday, the Morro Bay Chess Club sponsors games on the giant 16- by 16-foot concrete board, and non-members are welcome to challenge.
|Giant Chess Board in Morro Bay, California|
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