By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Olde Port Inn unless indicated.)
The historic Olde Port Inn Restaurant is nestled at the end of the Harford Pier. This is one of the few piers wide enough to take the quarter-mile drive to the restaurant.
Surrounded by water and wildlife, the Olde Port Restaurant is the perfect setting for a romantic lunch or dinner.
At night, their specially crafted see-through bottomless-glass tables become windows into the sea. The sea life is active at night while you watch the fish and seals swimming down below.
This is the place to watch the reflections of the sun as it sets across the ocean. Guests have views of the ocean from every table.
You will find fresh fish here.
David Whitestine, the Executive Chef and General Manager, explained, “We buy locally and from around the world.
Our fish and clams arrive overnight from New Zealand and are still alive for a week the way we keep them. The halibut is sushi-grade.
We do not have frozen or old fish, everything is always fresh.”
Many restaurants in central California’s wine country are creative in designing their dishes.
The Olde Port Inn Restaurant offers a menu with unique combinations.
Chef David describes some of his creations. “The prawn appetizer is stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese, wrapped in bacon, then lightly breaded and fried. They are delicious with a little cocktail sauce.
Our rock cod-fish taco is different because it is sautéed, not fried like at the other restaurants. The cod is fresh caught, not frozen. We sauté the cod in olive oil with white wine, onions, garlic, cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice.”
If you wish to taste various seafood during your meal begin with a Dungeness crab and Mexican white prawn salad. This is a healthy choice served with honey mustard vinaigrette dressing and cocktail sauce.
Next choose the Fisherman’s Platter entrée filled with grilled fish, large prawns, sea scallops, cockle clams and deep-fried calamari. Other fish can be substituted for he fried calamari.
Chef David advised, “If guests are not in the mood for seafood, the mushroom appetizer is prepared with white wine, sherry, butter and garlic. Our soy sauce adds more flavor for dipping into the sourdough bread. This is a traditional dish with a spin.
The Olde Port Inn is a restaurant, not an Inn. They are on the Harford Pier, in Port San Luis Harbor, bordering to Avila Beach village.
The Stewardship travel program offers behind the scenes tours and experiences around central California’s wine country.
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There are two airports with direct flights from Las Vegas to Santa Maria and Santa Rosa.
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