Restaurant Gossip 12.9.18

MCCONNELL’S FINE ICE CREAM opened down on Monterey in SLO kinda next to where Muzio’s used to be. Next door to JUNK GIRLS and by MINT + CRAFT. No relation to the fine, upstanding writer of these scribblings but thanks for asking almost DAILY. It IS wonderful ice cream though. Pretty much the only one…

Top-25 Wines of 2018

Good evening and welcome to Chez Soif. We hope you enjoy your dining experience. I will be taking your wine order. Here is my list carefully curated to reflect the best things I have tasted throughout 2018. Take all the time you need, and remember: these wines are available retail for a substantial discount. I…

Resty Gossip v.12.3

OLD SAN LUIS BBQ is opening a new location in Marigold Center by Tuesday Morning. Yay! TWO locations for their dry meat, powdered Parmesan and flavorless beans for people who have never had real food–all served gloriously in clamshell with plastic forks. I can’t wait. Speaking of Marigold, popped into SHALIMAR‘s new location there to…

Restaurant Gossip 11.18.18

FOSSIL WINE BAR in the crazy new EXPLODING downtown section of Atascadero has opened. Wine list is AMAZING. Best in the area. Very well curated and all OVER the place. Speaking of wine bars: Popped into BODEGA LOS ALAMOS in (you’re not going to believe this) Los Alamos yesterday and what an interesting place. It’s…

Restaurant Gossip v.10.28

JEFFREY’S WINE COUNTRY BBQ Grand Opening in Paso Robles is all weekend today and tomorrow, with lots of specials, his famous paella and I believe even HATCH with their mobile-cocktail cart. I’ll shut up about this restaurant now, because I know y’all are sick of hearing about it, but it’s GOOD. And not just the…

Restaurant Gossip 10.21

Hotel Serra on Garden Street is going to happen faster than you expect, and BRASSERIE SLO has announced the chef: James Anderson formerly of Casanova, La Bicyclette, and Affina on the Peninsula. Saw some action inside the old Pluto’s location across from Black Sheep on Chorro the other day. What’s your favorite of the 4…

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,…