New Restaurants Blessed!

TAQUERIA 805 Food truck added to THE TACO LIST at ♦  Quite disappointing.  Really lackluster. EL COMPADRE Atascadero added to THE TACO LIST at ♦  Full-on gringo spot.  Would suffice only in an absolute PINCH. EFREN’S DELI Oceano upgraded on THE TACO LIST to ♦♦  Hadn’t visited for several years.  Was was a bit more impressed this time.  Soon to open a new…

Vegetable Butcher SLO

San Luis Obispo’s newest restaurant–and most talked about–is Vegetable Butcher, downtown on Marsh.  I have had the pleasure of dining there twice in the past week–once for lunch and again a few days later for dinner.  Here’s a few quick hits. THE most talked about item on the menu is the kale appetizer.  Actually, calling…

BLUE HERON OPENING

THE most anticipated restaurant opening for the entire food & wine community here on the Central Coast has easily been BLUE HERON in the Baywood section of Los Osos.  Finally, after months and months of watching the build-out slowly creep towards fruition, the invites to family, friends, industry and media soft-openings started arriving.  I was lucky…

2 Additions to CENTRAL COAST TACO GUIDE

JALAPENO CITY in Paso Robles added to Taqueria List at ♦♦  Under new ownership and tacos were REALLY good and to be truthful, the rest of the Mexican food looked very nice too.  I was the only white person dining in restaurant the day I visited.  This is my new #2 taco stop in Paso Robles…

5 Towns 5 Burgers

Every menu on the Central Coast has a burger on it.  It is something I have learned to accept in dining along the coast.  Burgers are popular, no doubt, and a welcome menu item and ubiquitous with American dining culture.  There are probably 300 burgers within 10 miles of where I stand and yes, I…

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…

Gardens of Avila at Sycamore Springs

GARDENS OF AVILA at Sycamore Springs  Avila Beach, reduced to  ♦ This is one of those situations where all things working together surrounding the dining experience are so dreadful, it casts a serious blight on the meal.  Three phone calls which went to answering machine, a transfer from the front desk which resulted in same,…

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…

TASTE SLO

Not sure what the official name of this resty is… there’s TASTE SLO and TASTE CATERING & EATERY and TASTE 2900 on various signs, paperwork and addresses, in addition to just plain old TASTE, so I think I’ll go with that.  After the *meh* which was UTOPIA, this is a fun new work-over with interesting…

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…