THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST
A revisiting of LUNA RED in San Luis Obispo. Holding steady at ♦♦ Menu has changed to a very bistro-ey single cardboard sheet but the wine list seems to have expanded considerably. I can’t help but think these moves are in response to FOREMOST WINE COMPANY moving into the downtown corridor. I would really love to give them ♦♦♦ as they are my favorite of the three resties owned by this group but just can’t do it. It was there at one point…. not there anymore.
I have been very hard on NOVO over the years. It is voted the best restaurant in San Luis Obispo over and over and therefore opens itself to criticism. Wine-service has always been dreadful, and the food I have found clunky, awkward and poorly-integrated over and over and over. I try to visit at least once a year to be fair. I had a lovely lunch there last week and am happy to announce an upgrade to ♦♦. A decent dinner could put this thing up where it belongs.
SCRATCH KITCHEN in Lompoc added at ♦♦ Such an amazing place right out-of-the-bag. See RECENT POST Keep an eye on this one. Based on wine-list and a couple dishes alone this one could go ♦♦♦ really easily soon.
THE MOXIE CAFE in Santa Maria added at ♦ Bright, clean, lovely, but OMG *yawn*. And I hate cafeterias.