Where to carbo-load in Pismo Beach

Jennifer Ball - AXS Contributor
By: AXS Contributor May 9, 2014
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Carbohydrates are a favorite food group among millions of Americans, and there are plenty of them to be found. Whether it's in sandwiches, breads, pizzas, pastas or cakes, many people can't get enough sugars and grains. If you're in the Pismo Beach area to catch the Amgen Tour of California, you're in luck - the quaint beach town offers many options for tourists and locals alike to feast on carbs. Here are some of the tastiest options.

The 2014 Amgen Tour of California will pass through Pismo Beach on May 15 in Stage 5. Read more on the all-AXS guide to Amgen.

  • 3.Rosa’s Ristorante Italiano
    What’s your favorite type of pasta? Do you like yours filled or plain? Thick or thin? Long and slurpy or shaped into bow ties and twists? Ro
    Rosa's Ristorante Italiano

    What’s your favorite type of pasta? Do you like yours filled or plain? Thick or thin? Long and slurpy or shaped into bow ties and twists? Rosa’s offers 15 different pastas, from penne and ravioli to cannelloni and lasagna. Regulars recommend the “Summer Pasta” – rotelli with sautéed chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic and olive oil – and the “California Pasta” with artichoke hearts, shiitake mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes in a cream sauce. Other offerings include an extensive list of antipasti, pizzas, and meats. Don’t pass up on the complimentary bread that comes to your table fresh out of the oven. Reservations are recommended during the weekends.

  • 2.Honeymoon Café
    Honeymoon Café is Pismo Beach’s staple breakfast and brunch spot, beloved by locals and tourists alike. Featuring organic, local ingredients
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    Honeymoon Café is Pismo Beach’s staple breakfast and brunch spot, beloved by locals and tourists alike. Featuring organic, local ingredients, Honeymoon offers a variety of wraps, sandwiches, and breakfast burritos (try the “Pig Pen” burrito, with perfectly-seared carnitas, fried egg, beans, onions, and the works). Sunday brunch brings with the griddle specials, which can range from apple cinnamon french toast to pumpkin pancakes. A dog-friendly outdoor patio allows diners to enjoy Southern California sunshine while feasting on breakfast.

  • 1.Splash Café
    A must-try tourist attraction, Splash Café’s clam chowder lives up to the hype created by the line that wraps around the block. The chowder
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    A must-try tourist attraction, Splash Café’s clam chowder lives up to the hype created by the line that wraps around the block. The chowder is thicker than anything you’ll find on the east coast, but is plenty creamy and expertly seasoned. Clams are steamed and minced in-house and have still a light ocean flavor to them. Potatoes aren’t overly abundant, and the soup arrives at your table hot but not taste-bud searing. Where are the carbs, you may ask? In the sourdough bread bowl, baked fresh and featuring a toasted cutout top. If you don’t want to wait, call in for take out and bypass the line.

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