Resty Gossip 10.10

Well, boys & girls: it’s been a year… and what a blurry year. A lot has happened since March 19, 2020, and here we are in the surreal new normal. Covid-restrictions have come and gone; masking has become de rigueur, parklets seem to be standard–even to the extent of some restaurants seemingly DOUBLED their dining…

10 towns 12 Burgers

Every menu on the Central Coast has a burger on it–it’s something I have learned to accept in dining along the coast.  Burgers are popular, no doubt: a welcome menu item for no-fuss dining and ubiquitous with American culture.  There are probably 300 burgers within 10 miles of where I stand and yes, I could…

Resty Gossip 7.26

Well, we’re back at it again. Good job, California. The dining industry is turned upside-down again. Did I ever tell you how much I hate eating outdoors? So here’s what you have to do–and my apologies to those resties scrambling to adapt to street-dining, I get it but hey: facts are facts–just look around for…

Resty Gossip 7.5

This month’s award for strangest new food-concoction/concept goes to HIDDEN KITCHEN for their savory waffles. Alongside their sweet waffles and smoothie creations are 5 or 6 hearty blue-corn waffles piled high with eggs and mushrooms and chipotle and avocado and beans and bacon and salsa and–well–YOU NAME IT. Pretty sure my first words upon opening…

SLO Public Market v5.2

Been drawing a lot of parallels in my mind–along with other foodies–and finally sat down and put it on paper. Curious how the new SLO Public Market stacks up against similar destinations in wine country? Here’s a little black & white for you. As you can see, there is nothing–and I mean literally NOTHING–for foodies…

Resty Gossip 4.29

What is there to talk about? There’s so much. I’ve debated all month whether to write about things, and just finally put it all off until now. Obviously, there isn’t too much new gossip on resty openings or special events, that part of this column is empty. There were many calls in the early hours…

SLO BBQ Report (PG) 3.24

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 great subject, with deep roots and STRONG opinions.  Also it doesn’t photograph well, so I thought I’d kick things off with some pickles! First of…

Resty Gossip π

Popped into the new iteration of DRAGON PALACE in Grover and I know the previous owners were Vietnamese but I feel like maybe there is a new “new owner”??? because I don’t recognize anybody inside and I was fairly familiar with the former management. Everyone in the place seemed younger and far more ESL than…

Taco updates 2.29

Did a little housekeeping on THE TACO LIST. Remember, it is always on the front page of eatdrink101.com right there at the top. You don’t know how often people say, “Where is the taco list?” or ask me to sent them a link and it is right there at the top, in front, all the…

Resty Gossip 2.27

Apparently, GINA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT in the village of Arroyo Grande has been transferred to new owners. Expect some closures as they tidy things up a bit. I haven’t eaten there in 15 years. I’m assuming nothing has changed. Good down-home food. Unlike blanket *best Italian* questions that get trotted out, I always configure my discussions…