Restaurant Scribblings 10.14

ALDI In Arroyo Grande showing big aesthetic changes to the building shell, meaning they will be opening later rather than sooner. I can’t wait–I’m a total grocery-store junkie and when traveling will often pull off to roam a strange market just to see how things are presented and laid out. I’ve never actually been inside…

Restaurant Gossip 10.7

Remember when the excellent FIG GOOD FOOD in Atascadero closed and there were so many rumors about what she was doing… going to Templeton… things like homeless shelters or non-profits and such? Well it all pretty much dropped off my radar–forgotten–until something popped up this week and reminded me. Apparently: FIG AT COURTNEY’S HOUSE exists…

Restaurant Report 9.30

Not much going on this week. The furor over ALEX being demolished has almost faded. On to something else to be gratuitously infuriated about. Bunch of new spots in Guadalupe opening. Little one-holers. CHINO’S TACOS… GUADALUPE CAFE… LA PLASITIA OAXAQUENA… Speaking of Guadalupe, I want to re-cap Chef Maili taking the Halme (get it? Get…

Restaurant Gossip 9.25

SAIGON CUISINE in Orcutt is open. Probably will hit that up SOON. Heard another rumor of another Viet place up in Santa Maria proper, maybe even Town Center West. Finally got into LA ESQUINA TAQUERIA on San Luis Obispo. This is, of course, from the CIOPINOT people. Calling it a taqueria is kinda stretching it,…

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….