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…

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…

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 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 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…

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…

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…