Day 10 Dinner Debriefing: Moonstone Beach Grill

Well, it’s been an all-around strange day for food. Our hotel had a fairly ambitious breakfast, and today’s hot item was a sausage egg and cheese croissant, which I thought was brilliant, but they made it ahead and put it in a steam table, so it was soggy. 

Needed gas at about lunchtime, so we pulled off the freeway at a sort of truck-stop oasis. We learned that the Angus third-pounder deluxe is not the burger that is going to revolutionize eating at McDonald’s. 

There are a couple of well-respected restaurants here, but it’s a long walk to them, and it’s raining. Naturally, there are no taxis – this is wine country, who could possibly be having a drink with dinner here? So we walked just a block along the seashore to the Moonstone Beach Grill. The sourdough bread and clam chowder were both delicious. Caroline wasn’t feeling all that well, and did not enjoy her crab cakes. I had Sea Bass, fish and chips style. I was surprised to be offered malt vinegar with it. It wasn’t English style fish and chips, after all: it was breaded, not battered. It was pleasant enough, but when I offered Caroline a taste, she didn’t like it, either. She did eat a few of my fries. So the best part of the meal was the J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay. At home, that would be  too expensive of a wine for fish & chips,  but it’s an affordable wine in California. Actually, they are just around the corner at Paso Robles, and we plan to visit them tomorrow.

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