Resty Gossip 9/11

A-TOWN DINER is back. And if I cared I’d look up the name of it for you. HEMMINGWAY’S chef walked out, so all my friends lookin for kitchen-staff there’s one out there. Did you know the AIRPORT has brisket on Saturday? THE CARRISA postponed brunch til next Sunday citing “un-readiness”. MORE RESTAURANTS SHOULD DO THIS….

Resty Gossip 9.4

Couple of closures announced: A-TOWN DINER is gone or will be shortly. Apparently quite an institution, though I never ate there. So there’s another prominent space open–isn’t it right in front of Diamond Adult World? TIN CANTEEN’S abrupt announcement shocked a few. “Due to circumstances beyond our control”. Now, I DID eat there several times–but…

Resty Gossip 8.27

Should probably lead off with PUFFER’S OF PISMO, since that’s what everyone’s gnashing their teeth about. Listen: they’re re-structuring things a bit, eh? How many times has he remodelled that place? Let him take a week off and align his focus. I always wondered how long Andy was going to stay there. No one’s ever…

Resty Gossip 8.7

This space intentionally left blank. What are you going to go to first, Hemingway’s or Cielo? Both open. Raves for the former from the sort of people who eat at places like that and rave about them–not a peep about the latter, yet. Across the street from the Italian joint, The Carlton Hotel and associated…

Resty Gossip 7.10

KULT is done. MILANES & THAI BOUNTY are done. PORT HOUSE is done. Somerset Grill is now Baja-inspired PEQUIN. Two new-ish restaurants out up the 1 got menu make-overs from their adequate-but-lacking brew-pub offerings to full-scale gastro-pub lists: FOGHORN BREWHOUSE in Baja Cayucos and THE OLD ALEHOUSE in Los Osos. New owners at the former–new…

200 miles of Tacos

I haven’t counted lately, but there are probably well over 150 taquerias listed on my TACO PAGE and that is a LOT of information for all but the die-hard taco-freaks. I get emails, texts, DM’s almost daily, “HELP I’M IN _________ WHERE’S THE BEST TACOS??” Everyone wants a short-list. I’ve never made a TOP-10 or…

The Best 12 Restaurants in Paso Robles

FOUR different times this week people have messaged me about where to eat in Paso Robles, and TWO times in the past month I have threatened to make a list. It’s just SO explosive up there right now. I fully feel the pendulum has swung back to NoCo after dawdling about SoCo for a decade….

Resty Gossip 6.19

Been out to Mulligan’s recently? So here’s a covid success story of sorts. Before the pandemic, COMPLETELY unknown resty–one of my favorite *secret* places to visit and plug–lots of parking, rarely busy, decent food. At the first ‘opening up’ to outdoor dining, Mulligan’s began a hearty marketing campaign: installing signs downtown and on leading roads,…

Resty Gossip 6.12

Finally got into SPIRIT OF SAN LUIS at the airport… Airport restaurants and 19th-hole restaurants share typically share the same doldrum-y food, but this place is pretty good. Seemed to be a lot of locals eating there–it was packed on a weekday lunch–and not many actual travelers. I guess the Gus’s people still own this?…

Resty Gossip 5.22

Highlight of my last weekend was FINALLY sliding into Pig Iron at the Templeton Mercantile. Been watching this thing from the sidelines for a couple years now but just never pulled the trigger. Nice location, plenty of sunny people-watching–not that Main Street Templeton is exactly a PARADE, but still. There’s also quite a bit of…