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 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…

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…

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….

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…

Taqueria List Additions 7.16

THE TACO LIST LA CHIQUITA added at  ♦♦  Very nice carniceria-style tacos.  Well above average.  The chili colorado is also amazing. LA PRINCESSA  added at  ♦♦  also.  Small seating area, classic groceria/carniceria-style hot plates and small corner seating.  Good meat and decent ‘marinade-style’ al pastor tacos.  Good house salsa ‘picante’. TAQUERIA GUERRERO in Grover Beach…

7.8 Additions to Taco list

THE TAQUERIA LIST LA PRINCESA MARKET on North Broadway in Santa Maria added at ♦♦   Nice, quaint little market, good seating.  Above-average meat, good seasoning, great salsa.  An above-average taco experience. EL TACO DE MEXICO in Grover Beach added at  ♦   Passable, decent tacos.  A not-horrible but boring marinade very common at LOTS…

Edits and Additions

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST HARMONY CAFE added at  ♦♦  even though *closed because he is a very talented chef and opening a new resty soon in Cambria.INDUSTRIAL EATS Buellton added at  ♦♦  Really one to watch.  Great service and excellent house-prepared food-stuffs.  Innovative menu and interesting wine.  I don’t think I’ve ever given a…

Taco additions 5.2.15

THE TAQUERIA LIST Added PAPI’S GRILL in Pismo Beach at  ♦♦  Gotta work some logistical bugs out, but food–though NOT CLASSIC TAQUERIA FARE–is excellent.  The Chipotle Asada taco is to die for. Added the new EL TORO #2  location in Santa Maria on Broadway down around Battles.  Just as dreadful as the original EL TORO…