March 16, 2018

Morro Bay: Dorn's Original Breakers Cafe+Giant Chess Board


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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
exterior of Dorn's Original Breakers Cafe in Morro Bay, California


interior 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
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
bacon and eggs at Dorn's Original Breakers Cafe in Morro Bay, California
Dorn's Breakers Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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
Giant Chess Board in Morro Bay, California


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