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 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…

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…

Mersea’s, Bayside, REVOLUTION

MERSEA’S Avila Beach added at  ♦   Highly anticipated new restaurant on the Harford Pier in Avila Beach owned by Dorn’s and a sister-resty to Duckies in Cayucos.  Beautiful new building, nicely appointed, lovely spot.  The food leaves a lot to be desired.  Let’s be honest, this is a tourist spot and whatever location the Dorn…

Taco Additions 4.20

THE FULL TACO LIST GARCIA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Atascadero added at a stellar ♦♦  FINALLY a place for tacos in Atascadero.  I have long disparaged this town for its plethora of Mexican Restaurants–and the complete horridness of all of them.  Seriously, if you want to experience the worst Mexican food on the planet, hit up any of…

Taqueria Edits to List

By popular demand, all Taquerias removed from THE RESTAURANT LIST and moved to a separate list:  THE TAQUERIA LIST.Too many complaints about the taco-joints getting lost in the big list and the ◊◊ and ◊◊◊ being unfair and confusing in regard to street-food and I agree so they have been eliminated and everything is back…

Grading Notes

The restaurant list in the PREVIOUS POST is current and constantly evolving.  I update and edit the original list rather than posting additional modifications as the restaurant scene evolves daily around us.  Each set of definitions contains a general list of items–some concrete and some very subjective.  A restaurant is not required to fulfill all of the…

Kitchenette, Upper Crust and Budget Cafe SLO

FULL 805eats RESTAURANT LIST KITCHENETTE in Templeton added at  ♦  Emphasis on the ‘ette’.  Curt menu, and small items.  Fun little Ladies-Who-Lunch items delicate-sized and beautiful.  Winelist not published, you point at a regional map on the wall and receive something from their extremely limited grouping of forgettable Paso super-market wines.  People rant and rave…

Taco + SALVADOREAN Update 2.25

COMPLETE TAQUERIA LIST HERE LOS TAMALES POBLANOS in Oceano added at ♦  Quite good tacos, very authentic with their own touch.  No credit cards, simple menu, very low-key operation.  Nothing overwhelmingly impressive.  Might return merely for support, as there are far better tacos nearby. LOS COMADRES SALVADOREAN in Santa Maria added at  ♦♦  Now here…

Edit to List

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST EMBER in Arroyo Grande raised to ♦♦♦  Everything is firing on all cylinders here.  Food ranges from interesting to stunning each month as the menu changes.  Occasionally something shows up which doesn’t translate well, but it typically goes away quickly.  Great wine list and service.  This restaurant will never get…