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…

Resty Updates 9.10

Lots of things to add to THE RESTAURANT LIST: HAPY BISTRO in Pismo Beach whole-heartedly added at ♦♦ for their plate-licking renditions of Greek and Meditteranean food.  Wine-list passable. Re-visited MARISOL in Shell Beach for dinner after a) a long absence and b) an embarrassingly bad lunch experience.  The memory of the lunch has thankfully been…

SIX TEST KITCHEN

Six Test Kitchen is Arroyo Grande’s flash-in-the-pan new eating establishment heavy on preparation and light on substance.  The basis of this resty is not new–single-seating per night, pricy prix fixe accomodations, an allegedly whiz-bang young gun with  an alleged stellar resume who is–by reduction–basically a local kid cooking in his parent’s–BEAUTIFUL WALL-TO-WALL STAINLESS STEEL–garage.  Everything is ridiculously…

Have you been to Cass House?

  http://www.casshousecayucos.com/grill Why does this review have no words?  It just seemed so unnecessary for Cass House.  Safely and comfortably on the Soif Eats Restaurant Report at ♦♦♦ and can only go up, as there has never been a single flaw in service, ambience, food, pacing or wine-service.  The only reason Cass House Grill does not…

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…

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…

Top 5 Wine Service Peeves

Dear Restaurants: Can you please stop seating me without a wine-list.  This is wine-country.  THIS IS RIGHT SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING AND HIGHEST-ACCLAIMED WINE AREAS IN THE WORLD.  From where I’m sitting in your restaurant, I could hit 10 wineries with a 5-wood.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars…

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…