Taqueria Updates 3.10.18

Lots of updates to THE TACO LIST!  Some decent, some quite bad.  Been all over and STILL keep finding places I haven’t tried.  #work CAYUCOS GAS STATION & DELI is downgraded to ♦♦   My last 3 visits have been noticeably different.  Although nothing appears to have changed behind the counter, the tortilla treatment is different,…

SLO Resty Gossip 1.21.18

Sooooo much going on right now, and I only manage to hear half of it. Villa Creek in Paso Robles is becoming ON BAR. Next Door Bistro in Paso have completed their expansion and remodel and the tiny place next to the cheese shop is gone and the NEW place is around the corner on…

SLO Resty Gossip 12.19.17

“Ridge” coming soon at the old bacon & brine location in the ‘vang. The California Taco folks… Thomas Hill Organics’ San Luis Obispo location has been shuttered. Which–judging from nearly 100% of feedback, and my own experience–will not cause a lot of tears. Central Coast Meat Market in Pismo Beach is doing short little 10:30…

Taco Notes SLO 12.15.17

El Matador SLO Is a newer spot in the ever-changing little strip of bro-heavy spots along Chorro Street. I went in here on a fluke (and because I have to try them ALL) and honestly was quite impressed. The tacos are not bad at all! And when I visited, the restaurant was full of Mexicans–local…

Taco Updates–SM Oaxacan 12.13.17

Alebrijes Oaxacan On E. Main Santa Maria in the old Tortillia Mexico #5 location. Quite good, make sure you get the horchata out of the bathtub and not the machine (this takes some pointing and I *believe* if my Spanish was working that day, they call the stuff in the machine “horchata” and the stuff in the…

TACO LIST additions 12.10.17

A little mini-taco-tour through Salinas last week… Tico’s Tacos turns out to be a small family chain of sorts.  Oh boy.  Yeah… just don’t go here.  One of the more horrible taco experiences I have stumbled into in recent memory.  Its location nearby 2 of my favorite wine-shops in Salinas made it an easy visit. If…

SLO Resty Gossip v.12.8.2017

Work continues on Petit Paris in Mission Mall at the back end off Higuera Street. Nourish SLO is open next door to Granada Hotel & Bistro where my favorite used clothing boutique Turn of A Dress used to be. La Esquina Taqueria is open in The Creamery. These are the Ciopinot Seafood Grille people and…

SLO Resty Gossip 11.26.17

Panolivo in Paso Robles closed. I guess everybody’s probably heard that by now. So sad. one of my favorite restaurants, although I always was concerned about their longevity. That demographic is… Well… but they were there what 17 years? Did I read that? Mint + Craft, restaurant number 5 and the most recent addition to…

5 Gift Ideas for your Cook

What to give a serious food & wine person for the holidays is always difficult.  Set in their ways, craving simplicity while embracing creativity, the pricey flash-in-the-pan gadgets will probably be smiled upon–and then ignored.  And the kitchen is already filled with well-used basics.  Let’s put it this way:  Unless you KNOW, any addition to…

locall resty gossip 11.8.17

Giuseppe’s Pismo will be opening after Thanksgiving. The bakery in the breezeway between Uptown Espresso and Buona Tavola? You know the only thing to actually hold down that spot longer than a year in the past decade? It has gotten too big and is moving out and in its place is going Restorative Cafe. Mattei’s…

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…

Picky Eater

The term *Picky Eater* gets tossed around a bit. I hear it frequently–often directed at me, typically for being critical of a dish or establishment. Let’s do a little refresher-course: A person who doesn’t like stupid waiters, bad wine-lists, crying babies, TV’s everywhere, tourist food, wet tables, uninspired presentations, confused service, freezing dining rooms and…