Splash is our neighborhood go-to when we're in a hurry or need a great loaf of freshly baked bread.
Their big loaves of pesto-parmesan or tomato basil bread are perfect for big dinner parties. They're huge and tasty and look homemade. Yah, take the credit for it.
Every Friday they bake Challah, which is perfect for Sunday's french toast.
Their pastries and baked good cases are filled with delectable and gorgeous treats. At 7 P.M. all the pastries in the left hand case are only 1.00 each. Wow, great bargains.
All of their hot dogs, sandwiches etc. are good, but not memorable. What they're famous for is their clam chowder, but I am ambivalent about it. Sometimes it feels waaaaay too thick, but people love it, especially when it is served in a sour dough bread bowl (carbohydrate overload anyone?).
Lines of customers commonly stream out the doors and onto the patios, but it is usually worth the wait. You can eat outdoors on side patios (quite small), or indoors at fast-food type booths.
The owners of this restaurant are community minded and generous. You can find another Splash Cafe in downtown San Luis Obispo between Marsh St. and Higuera (right by the Barnes and Noble), and the mother ship is in Pismo.
These restaurants are always busy and are fantastically successful. There must be lots of reasons for that.
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