Resty Gossip 9.9

Well, here’s one you’re gonna like. No conversation about dining on the Central Coast can get too far along without mention of at least one of the trifecta of steak and BBQ. I have seen week-long threads with thousands of comments–often going to near-fisticuffs–over which is better: Jocko’s, Hitching Post, or Far Western. Everyone has…

Restaurant Report 9.1

Kinda of a slow week. FOREMOST WINE COMPANY in San Luis Obispo closed. I feel like McCain’s funeral here. Sure, there were flaws but I loved this restaurant and have both been a guest and dined independently here probably 5 or 6 times in its 2-year? 3-year? run. As much as I loved it though,…

RESTAURANT REPORT v.8.19

WILLOW Pismo Beach is now WILLOW KITCHEN & COCKTAILS which definitely has a nice ring to it. Finally got back in for a follow-up to my initial grand-opening let-down. Still an odd place–full and airy and quite battleship grey with lots of juxtapositioning vibes going on. But it’s cheery and busy and has a nice…

Restaurant Gossip 8.10.18

Shin’s Poke is open on Pomeroy in Pismo. In one of the strangest business plans I’ve ever attempted to follow, Mattie’s is closed in Pismo, will be torn down and reopen in a new hotel being built on the spot in 1 year. #takingbets #dothemath The curs-ed corner location on Higuera in SLO most recently…

Get Crafty!

Yesterday’s KRUSH 92.5 Craft Mixology cocktail throw down at the Mid-State Fair with CorkDorks Adam Montiel and Jeremy West in front of a live audience was a huge success and a blast. First place went to Fish Gaucho for their pistachio ice cream float in a tin-cup with dry ice. Second place went to perennial…

Taco Updates 7.7

Keep finding new places to taco, and I’ve been bad about updating THE TAQUERIA LIST. EL RINCON OAXAQUENO Santa Maria (S) lands on the list at ♦♦ It’s alright. TACO MAFIA San Miguel I ate at probably almost a year ago and somehow never included it. It’s *ok* they’re just really big and fairly boring….

Restaurant Gossip 7.1

SCONOS Arroyo Grande in the Comfort Market location opening at end of week–ignore the current hours up on the FB page. LE PETITE PARIS San Luis Obispo in Mission Mall one week?!?!?! EMBER Arroyo Grande brunch/bistro place next door (to Ember) bogged down in construction issues. ROSALINA Santa Margarita bogged down in construction issues also…

Restaurant Gossip v. 6.25.18

Gus’s Grocery owners have revitalized Spirit of San Luis at SBP. Jeffrey’s Wine Country BBQ is open in that cool alley space they’ve been working on forever in Paso Robles behind Tudor Winery and next door to Taste in the Alley and the Paso Robles Visitor Center. Central Coast Cafe is open in Atascadero in…

Restaurant Gossip v.6.12.18

Bistro Laurent is becoming BL Brasserie. The Mark is open in the old 7 Hands/Marston’s spot. Wine list is 3 Sextant’s. La Petite Parisienne is never opening, I’m convinced. Streetside Ale House people to Artisan Paso. Might wanna buy stock in big-screen companies. Broad Street Public House is open and apparently serving food in the…

Foremost BUBBLE BAR

I have a fascination with ceviche.  Almost any culture–with seafood nearby–has a version of fresh fish *cooked* in acid and served immediately.  And ceviche is the centerpiece of the new Bubble Bar at one of San Luis Obispo’s pillars: Foremost Wine Company.  And now, the lively conversation and kitchen-interaction at the lately-silent center bar is…