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…

Taco Trifecta 10.23

THE TACO LIST TACOS EL TIZON in Santa Maria added at ♦♦♦  One of my favorite taquerias on the Central Coast has expanded from their one location in Lompoc to a new spot in North Santa Maria and it is every bit as good at the original.  Full rotisserie al Pastor with slabs of pineapple, THE…

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…

Updates 6.30

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST Although it is also on THE TACO LIST, I am including PAPI’S GRILL on the Restaurant list because it just really isn’t classic taqueria fare and is REALLY REALLY good.  The Asada-chipotle taco is mind-boggling.  ♦♦ Two more successful dining experiences at HARMONY CAFE at its new location in Cambria…

Resty Edits and Additions to The List

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST Added OCEAN GRILL Avila Beach at ♦♦  Well done, good service, Interesting winelist, food excellent. Lowered CHOP STREET Pismo Beach to ♦  because lunch-time ordering logistics are so awkward, wine list has become boring, food still excellent. Added EUREKA! San Luis Obispo which had been forgotten somehow even though I…

Pismo, and SIDECARSLO re-visits + TAPROOM

SEA VENTURE Pismo Beach continues to barely scrape by at ♦♦  Keep wanting to really love this restaurant and while things are rarely *dreadful*, it just never pleases at the level many in the area expect it to.  Re-visited recently and as usual, a few things were stunning (abalone app) and several other items continued on the…

Market SM

You all remember Central Market, right? The only–and I mean THE ONLY–place worth eating at in Santa Maria after Chef Rick’s closed. It was OK… in a ‘ladies-who-lunch’ sorta way, the deli/store out front and the counter ordering somewhat turned me off from considering it a serious dining establishment, but it was decent food. Have…

Taco Additions 9.24.15

THE TAQUERIA LIST VALLARTAS SUPERMARKET (South Santa Maria) Just can not get enough of these locations.  This is the brand new location on Broadway South of Stowell and it is huge and beautiful and the food is AMAZING.  Eaten here several times since opening.  Just a shocking array of food and drink sure to blow away #teamgringo….