Cool Cat Cafe – Pismo Beach


There is no greater task then taking the whole clan out to eat and keeping everyone happy. The girls want healthy fish and salads; the boys want burgers, beer, fries and the kids want a place they can be noisy. I eventually got sick of spending every minute in my kitchen and declared we were going out to eat and they were all going to be in my review. 

I tried a new place based the fact they had a full liquor license as grown up juice can keep my family happy for hours.  Cool Cat Café is a new addition to downtown Pismo Beach occupying the spot where Chele’s resided for years, and I am happy to say it was a hit with my kinfolk. 

Gary, our patriarch was overjoyed to see that they offered a special Milk Shake Bar. After questioning the soda jerk about the quality, texture and temperature of the ice cream that goes into each shake, he ordered seven to share. First was a classic Black and White. Vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup is the only way a chocolate shake should be made and he quizzed the poor girl a couple of times to make sure she got the order right. With a mound of fresh whip cream and a cherry on top, this was the first hit of the night. 

Next was Pismo Mud Pie with coffee ice cream with real Oreo cookies and Hershey’s syrup. A very long discussion proceeded on to the merit of the thickness of the cream inside Oreo’s. The Grasshopper was a success with mint chocolate chip ice cream and Oreo cookies and Hershey’s syrup. The classic strawberry with bananas on top was the favorite of the under 5 crowd while the Root Beer Freeze using Barq’s root beer and vanilla ice cream was the favorite for the over 50 pack. The one the boys talked about for days after was the Bananas Foster with Tuaca and banana liquor blended with fresh bananas, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. The woman folk liked the Ferrari with Godiva Chocolate and Stoli vodka blended with Nutella and vanilla ice cream. 

Zach and Devyn Corpuel are owner-managers

We had family members anxious for clam chowder in a bread bowl. Cool Cats looked familiar with the requisite grilled top, doughy middle and steaming fish stew. Everyone was sated with their clam longing and we moved on to the main food. 

We ordered four burgers and all are made fresh daily with Certified Angus Beef and seasoned with Cool Cat Café’s special blend of spices. We added Frings that was half basket fries, half onion rings. The onion rings were tasty and the seasoning on the fries was a hit, especially dipped in the ranch dressing. 

The huge and spicy Chili Cheese Dog that was covered in homemade chili topped with shredded cheddar and sweet Maui onions was a hit with those brave enough to tackle this mountain of delectability. The big boys ordered the Steak and Ribs with a tender rib eye cut of steak served with slow cooked and smothered Baby Back Ribs.

The burgers were all large and came with a fresh baked bun. The Marilyn Burger promised that it would be hot. All loved this luscious burger covered with melted Jack cheese and mild green Ortega chili. The Luna was a fabulous burger dressed with bacon, melted jack cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and Thousand Island dressing.

The girl’s Fish Tacos consisted of fresh catch of the day, Ono blackened in Cajun spices. It was held together with two corn tortillas and filled up with jack and cheddar cheese, shredded cabbage, fire roasted garlic chili aioli sauce and a side of pico de gallo. Our token Vegetarian’s choice was the Jack La Lane. It was a black bean veggie burger on a fresh baked bun with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and sweet Maui onions. My favorite was the Ricky Ricardo, with grilled chicken breast piled atop a large serving of fresh mixed Kula greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons, egg, cheddar and jack cheese.

Miraculously all were happy with their meal and loved our friendly and attentive wait staff. I love it when I get it correct and keep the natives from revolting and sending me back into the kitchen.

The Cool Cat Café has spots in Maui and San Luis Obispo, the Pismo Beach location is located at 198 Pomeroy Avenue in Pismo Beach you can call them at (805) 773-1020
. They are open Sunday thru Thursday from 10:30am to 9:30pm
 and Friday and Saturday from 10:30am to 10:30pm.