Top-25 Wines of 2018

Good evening and welcome to Chez Soif. We hope you enjoy your dining experience. I will be taking your wine order. Here is my list carefully curated to reflect the best things I have tasted throughout 2018. Take all the time you need, and remember: these wines are available retail for a substantial discount. I…

Restaurant Gossip 11.18.18

FOSSIL WINE BAR in the crazy new EXPLODING downtown section of Atascadero has opened. Wine list is AMAZING. Best in the area. Very well curated and all OVER the place. Speaking of wine bars: Popped into BODEGA LOS ALAMOS in (you’re not going to believe this) Los Alamos yesterday and what an interesting place. It’s…

Foremost BUBBLE BAR

I have a fascination with ceviche.  Almost any culture–with seafood nearby–has a version of fresh fish *cooked* in acid and served immediately.  And ceviche is the centerpiece of the new Bubble Bar at one of San Luis Obispo’s pillars: Foremost Wine Company.  And now, the lively conversation and kitchen-interaction at the lately-silent center bar is…

LA BODEGA TAPAS Pismo Beach

Being seated for dinner on a Friday night at 9 o’clock is a rather rare event in San Luis Obispo County–even in a bustling tourist-strip like Pismo Beach. The sidewalks roll up pretty early fo this demographic, and here-to-fore the speakeasy across the street was your only option for food and wine at these hours….

On Bar Paso Robles

Had the opportunity to join some friends at On Bar in Paso Robles on their 4th or 5th night open.  This is of course in the old Villa Creek location downtown.  These people own a small restaurant in Templeton the name of which escapes me and I have never been.  Aside from numerous service gaffes…

Restaurant Gossip 3.10.18

POKE CHEF to the old Moose Deli in Pismo Beach WOODSTOCK’S PIZZA expanding into the old Pie-Hole SLO 5 GUYS opened in SLO BEACH BURGER closing in Oceano and moving to Morro Bay LOTUS BAKERY in Mission Mall SLO opening opening Mar 14? Don’t believe it. MARGIE’S DINER off LOVR closing FULL MOON TASTING ROOM…

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…