HARMONY CAFE added at ♦♦ even though *closed because he is a very talented chef and opening a new resty soon in Cambria.
INDUSTRIAL EATS Buellton added at ♦♦ Really one to watch. Great service and excellent house-prepared food-stuffs. Innovative menu and interesting wine. I don’t think I’ve ever given a counter-ordering resty this high of marks.
OLD VILLAGE GRILL Arroyo Grande added at ♦ Good, standard fare. Boring fries. Good in a pinch.
OLD STONE STATION Cambria added at ♦ Mildly interesting menu, decent service, boring winelist. doesn’t suck.
BOB’S WELL BREAD Los Alamos added at ♦ Honestly just wasn’t blown away despite the buzz. It is really quite good. Will definitely try again. He makes a MEAN baguette.
GARLANDS Grover Beach added at ♦ Barely escapes the ◊ for being quite filthy and obnoxious staff but really quite a darling greasy spoon dump and burgers identical to In & Out. Average fries.
PLAZA BISTRO Sonoma added at ♦♦ Really great food, nice atmosphere, excellent service and decent wine list.
LA ARCADA BISTRO Santa Barbara added at ♦♦ A very pleasant lunch-time spot and always argue between this and ANDERSEN’S next door since MIMOSA* closed.
PETRO’S Santa Barbara added at ♦♦♦ A fabulous dining experience, with a great family staff and wonderful wines. Food nearly perfect. Everything amazing.
SIDECAR San Luis Obispo added at ♦♦ I feel this the best of the downtown drags for lunch. Menu well-planned and nicely-presented. BTG list always intrigues. The BEST FRENCH FRIES IN THE COUNTY.
PAPI’S GRILL Pismo Beach added at ♦ even though only eaten there twice and they have some bugs to work out. I feel once they hit their stride it could merit a ♦♦ lunch-spot. Food is excellent.
TAO ASIAN FUSION Pismo Beach added at ♦♦ because everything is prepared at a level far exceeding expectations and service is admirable. A resty like this is a welcome addition to our boring mix of Thai and Sushi seemingly everywhere.
THE FIG CAFE & WINEBAR Glen Ellen added at ♦♦♦ Incredible winelist, fabulous service, amazing food. Really nearly perfect.
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