Penny’s All American Cafe slays the french toast game

Penny’s has it goin’ on. Wound up here after some Yelp research on my way to Santa Barbara and decided to stop in Pismo Beach. ‘Twas a very cute coastal cozy place.


Penny's All American Cafe

Review of Penny’s All American Cafe

Restaurant: Penny’s All American Cafe

Location: Pismo Beach, CA


Monday – Thursday 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday – 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday – 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday – 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Overall rating: 4.5/5


Penny’s All American Cafe has indoor and outdoor seating. 

Conveniently located off the 101 freeway, it was the perfect spot to stretch our legs and get some yummy breakfast. We were lucky to find some street parking close to the restaurant.


Penny’s All American Cafe has a homey feel with patriotic decorations.


Penny’s menu offers American classics and favorites for breakfast and lunch.

View their menu here.


I took a picture of them cause they were cute. 




Orange juice was nom nom and surprisingly the pulp did not bother me.

Coffee came in these deep blue mugs. Coffee was a big warm hug. (I need to study coffee flavors because I don’t know the right words to describe coffee lol).


Matt not paying attention to me


Salmon benedict

What Matt ordered: Salmon eggs benedict ($11.95) *special

The salmon benedict sounded way more appealing on the menu board. It wasn’t terrible, but the salmon was very overpowering. Since it was thickly cut, most of the bite just tasted fishy. I think it would’ve been better to have thin slices of salmon. The benedict easily fell apart, and the hollandaise was mediocre, but again I couldn’t taste its true flavor since the salmon took charge over the dish. The hashbrowns were cooked too lightly, especially for asking them to be well done.

What I ordered: Cinnamon french toast combo ($10.75)


Moments before I devoured my breakfast


Cinnamon french toast


I think this is love.

I definitely got the better dish (which is funny because I wanted the salmon benedict at first). Mmm, as I am recalling this french toast, my mouth is watering. It takes like Cinnabon!! I think that’s every cinnamon french toast’s end goal, but Penny’s has mastered the cinnamon flavor. What I loved most about it was that it wasn’t french toast sprinkled or doused in cinnamon, it was like eating the inside gooey sticky yummy inside of a cinnamon roll. It had a nice lingering taste that kept me craving cinnamon even after my meal. Syrup definitely compliments its flavor and wasn’t too sweet. My eggs were good and the bacon was crisp. Their bacon had a baked flavor to it, which I liked since it was a little different.


Obsessed with this french toast

Super impressed with the french toast and I think we got unlucky with the salmon benedict. This small restaurant is welcoming and I would definitely come back to gobble up this french toast any day.



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