SLO BBQ Report

I have been promising a blog-post dedicated to local BBQ for some time.  This has been an interesting self-assignment and I’ve probably dallied far too long, but it is a very interesting subject, with deep roots and STRONG opinions.  And it also doesn’t photograph well, so I thought I’d kick things off with some pickles!…

Resty Gossip 1.24

THREE new taco places are opening in SLOco: TAQUERIA SANTA CRUZ in the little horrid strip of restaurants on Foothill beside 24HR Nautilus between Dominos and Popeye’s Chicken; TACOS EL VEIJON on the strand in Morro Bay between Taco Temple and Chapala; and EFRENS #5 up on Laurel. Veijon is the only one I am…

Resty Gossip 1.6.19

Apparently, it’s Restaurant Month–that most hated of events for chefs and staff alike. Why is it always in January? Is is because everyone is broke after Christmas and no one goes out? Is there up-sale potential? Maybe in beverage. SLO is January, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez up the ante a bit–paring it down to…

Restaurant Report 9.30

Not much going on this week. The furor over ALEX being demolished has almost faded. On to something else to be gratuitously infuriated about. Bunch of new spots in Guadalupe opening. Little one-holers. CHINO’S TACOS… GUADALUPE CAFE… LA PLASITIA OAXAQUENA… Speaking of Guadalupe, I want to re-cap Chef Maili taking the Halme (get it? Get…

RESTAURANT GOSSIP 4.25

LA BODEGA Pismo Beach is open. Jenna Congdon installed as wine director at SLO PROVISIONS and BLUE MOON OVER AVILA. Drove by the new DEL’S PIZZERIA in Pismo and there were tables with tablecloths on the floor, which seems crazy. EDIT 4.30: First week of May–straight from Darren Delmore’s mouth. GROVER BEACH SOURDOUGH, Spoon Trade’s…

Farmstead Kitchen Paso Robles

Well, HELLO GORGEOUS.  See, here’s the deal: people think all I do is go around shitting on restaurants.  While on the surface this may be true, the foundation for this activity is the simple fact my standards are higher than yours.  I come from the old school where people dress for dinner and wine is…

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…

Wine Secrets Revealed

“Where do you shop for wine?”  Easily the most-asked question I get–sometimes several times per day.  “Where do you find these wines I have never seen before in my life?!?”  The beauty part is: most of them right here under your nose.  At local shops.  Owned by real people–not national corporations.  When I turn the…