Drooling Over 2016 and Anticipating 2017

2016 was an exciting year of dining around the Central Coast, presenting itself with many new spots opening, some well publicized and eagerly anticipated, some barely noticeable and some just discovered by me for the first time.  2017 also is shaping up to be a banner year of eating out–the economy is providing many with…

THE DOWNTOWN SLO EDITION

Several restaurants added to THE Soifeats RESTAURANT LIST… All in SLO… all I have had the opportunity–or misfortune–to dine at on numerous occasions and almost all are part of the downtown-ish midtown lunch or pub core. THE GIANT GRINDER  Part of a grouping of 4 or 5 sandwich shops within as many blocks of mid-town constantly…

Puffer’s of Pismo

They keep coming:  Another tiny chef-driven eatery serving inspired creations in an intimate setting.  PUFFER’S OF PISMO is the brainchild of the inimitable Charlie Puffer and his conversion of a former–and completely forgettable–winebar into a speakeasy-sort of indoor-outdoor night-spot is complete.  I have been watching and waiting for him to get completely dialed-in with regular…

TOP-5 SLO Brewpubs

Readers of this blog will know of my affection for brew-pubs and tap-rooms.  NOT.  Lots of un-inspired brown food, heavy on grease and salt, a winelist completely devoid of anything interesting, walls of televisions vying for your attention, and a bro-heavy clientele wearing the first thing they found on the floor that afternoon.  I am…

THE OYSTER LOFT Pismo Beach

THE OYSTER LOFT  Pismo Beach:  Oh wow, rarely has a restaurant been so excitedly anticipated and taken so long to be realized.  I went to this resty probably 4 months ago for a special BUBBLY FEST event and have been waiting patiently for it to open to the public ever since.  Rumors of soft-openings began…

MILESTONE TAVERN San Luis Obispo

MILESTONE TAVERN  San Luis Obispo’s newest restaurant and already a serious contender in the tap-room/lunch-bites category for the area.  Being a couple blocks from Cal Poly and with an emphasis on beer, I had low expectations from the beginning for anything interesting being realized.  Expecting a total bro-spot, I stopped in to view the menu…

BEST MORRO BAY RESTAURANTS: Local’s Edition

I live in San Luis Obispo County, and if there’s ONE consistent thing I hear involving dining–throughout the county–it is “Morro Bay?!?  I don’t go to Morro Bay.”  I get it CONSTANTLY from locals from Paso Robles to Santa Maria and everywhere in between.  Just like Pismo, YES: there can be massive crushes of tourists…

60 PARK–Morro Bay

60 PARK  Morro Bay.  Those who read this blog regularly or follow on Instagram will know I plug a couple restaurants in Morro Bay HARD–along with practically a complete avoidance of almost ALL of the rest.  I LOVE Morro Bay and, yes: I’m a local.  Locals constantly question me, “WHY would you go to Morro Bay?!?”…

TOP 5 PISMO BEACH RESTAURANTS

Ahhhh… Pismo.  Everybody knows Pismo.  Over 100 restaurants crammed into a little 20-block area and all of them boasting their Clam Chowder Bread Bowl or BBQ or Clam Strips are WORLD FAMOUS–many with lines out the door of undiscriminating palates.  But where can you get GOOD food in Pismo Beach?  REAL food–food on par with…

THE RESTAURANT LIST

This list is constantly evolving with new restaurants added weekly.  All links are the restaurant’s own website unless unavailable.  Organized *roughly* North-to-South with further divisions in larger areas. Asterisk* indicates permanently closed. (Click here for a brief description of the ◊♦♦♦♦ ratings) If you came to this page looking for tacos, ALL TACOS are HERE NORTH COAST-SONOMA-MENDOCINO-NAPA-MARIN-SF…