THE TACO LIST

Roughly North-to-South. Please note this is not a “Best Mexican Food” list. It is STRICTLY taquerias. Scroll to the bottom of this list for a rough outline of my parameters for “Tacos”. LOS GRULLENSES Salinas  ♦♦♦ TAQUERIA JALISCO Salinas  ♦ RESTAURANTE EL OAXAQUENO Salinas ♦♦♦ TICO’S TACOS Salinas  ◊ TAQUERIA HIDALGO  Chualar   ♦♦ LINDA TAQUERIA…

San Luis Obispo: 5 Towns 5 Restaurants

Spring has SPRUNG, and whether you are local or out-of-town, it is prime-time to take a drive up the Central Coast of California.  Living where people vacation has its plusses, but the best part is knowing where to eat a bit off the path of the visiting hordes.   As someone who travels throughout California…

5-Cities Top New Restaurants

The Central Coast restaurant scene is always shifting, and there are a group of amazing new resties in the Arroyo Grande-Grover Beach-Pismo Beach area.  “I’ve never heard of that!” is the common response.  GET OUT AND EAT!  Here’s your list: Chop Street Pismo Beach  ♦♦Comfort Market Arroyo Grande  ♦♦Ember Arroyo Grande  ♦♦♦Figueroa Mountain Brewery  Arroyo Grande  ♦Graze Kitchen Pismo…

The Spoon Trade Grover Beach

THE SPOON TRADE in Grover Beach is the newest in an ever-expanding group of Central Coast restaurants to open in the collective Arroyo Grande-Grover Beach-Pismo Beach area.  Two visits in, I can safely say it comfortably completes an EMBER-COMFORT MARKET-SPOON TRADE trifecta for amazing, quality food, daringly conceived and perfectly presented.  From the tartare to…

Rooster Creek Tavern Arroyo Grande

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST ROOSTER CREEK TAVERN Several years in and this place still packs it in every night–and most lunches–serving above-average food in a pleasant atmosphere.  Remember, this was the FIRST serious resty to come to Arroyo Grande.  Those of us who have lived here for any number of years remember the days…

Resty Notes 8.28.15

THE FULL RESTAURANT LIST THE SIX  Decided to try this “Gastro-Pub” because one recently opened here in Arroyo Grande (MASON BAR) and have visited a couple times and just am not all that blown away.  And… a good way to get a grip on an evolving food-trend is to experience it in LA or SF….

Dudley Market, Bell St. Mason Bar 8.22.15

THE FULL RESTAURANT LIST DUDLEY MARKET  Happened upon the BRAND NEW addition on Dudley Street in Venice Beach.  Been open a little over a week.  It is in the infamous corner location on Speedway and Dudley where Henry’s Market has been a fixture for decades.  Almost kinda sad, but there’s fewer bums now.  Of course…

Resty Updates 8.9.15

THE FULL SOIFEATS RESTAURANTS LIST SANTA YNEZ KITCHEN  in Santa Ynez added at  ♦♦♦  for so many reasons.  Incredible winelist, perfect, calm, confident, un-hurried service, and ingredients and dishes top-quality. KUNFUSION in Pismo Beach re-visited.  It always feels so *healthy* dining here.  Maybe it is just the over-complicated menu.  I think this restaurant would easily…

Resty Add: Figueroa Mt. Brewing AG

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN BREWING COMPANY is finally open in Arroyo Grande and while I am not a beer-drinker, this is probably the most exciting restaurant to come to town.  Yes, the past couple years have brought us a plethora of quality dining options but a local hot, hip hi-vis chain like this…

Resty Additions 7.16

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST CENTRALLY GROWN added at  ♦♦   Nice remodel and always a lovely location.  Quite popular and busy.  Did not eat dinner, just lunch from the deli and market downstairs and taken upstairs to eat with a glass of wine and the fabulous views.  Ridiculously expensive.  $45 for a sandwich, a salad…