Ebb Tide Park at Shell Beach, CA
I intentionally drove up the 101 rather than the 5 freeway, intentionally stopped in Pismo Beach, just so that I could intentionally visit the Splash Cafe while on a roadtrip to San Francisco. I will boldly claim that Splash Cafe has the best clam chowder in the entire state, if not all the states this side of the Mississippi. If you're ever in the area, just GO. You'll thank me later.
Taken near Pismo Beach, CA