Blue Moon, PICO and more 11.5.17

It has been an exciting month in dining around the Central Coast and a few additions and updates to THE RESTAURANT LIST have transpired. ​ The most exciting thing, of course, is the opening of BLUE MOON OVER AVILA overlooking the beach on Front Street in Avila Beach.  I live nearby and have been watching the…

How to Own a Stress-Free Restaurant

OK so here’s the deal.  I have been a avid observer of the resty business for decades.  I am in absolute AWE of the dedication required for cheflife, having seen all of its upsides and downsides, the super-super high notes and the absolute bottoms of this profession.  I’ve seen the hours and the total impossibility…

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT 7.23

A few days ago, someone told our most-prominent local food writer she wasn’t a real critic because she doesn’t review chains. So for the entire staff over at AM920 KVEC: Nice crispy tostada shell, definitely fried this morning in fresh oil, a little heavier shmear of beans than ‘corporate’ advises, but they have definitely rested…

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…

Five Bargain Wine Country Getaways

The internet is rife with amazing wine-country resort destinations which will pamper and polish you but what about something a little less plush?  Maybe you’re not planning on hanging out in the spa all day but instead have wine and food destinations and non-stop spa amenities or being propped-up poolside are not on the schedule….