2 Additions to CENTRAL COAST TACO GUIDE

JALAPENO CITY in Paso Robles added to Taqueria List at ♦♦  Under new ownership and tacos were REALLY good and to be truthful, the rest of the Mexican food looked very nice too.  I was the only white person dining in restaurant the day I visited.  This is my new #2 taco stop in Paso Robles…

5 Towns 5 Burgers

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

Drooling Over 2016 and Anticipating 2017

2016 was an exciting year of dining around the Central Coast, presenting itself with many new spots opening, some well publicized and eagerly anticipated, some barely noticeable and some just discovered by me for the first time.  2017 also is shaping up to be a banner year of eating out–the economy is providing many with…

Puffer’s of Pismo

They keep coming:  Another tiny chef-driven eatery serving inspired creations in an intimate setting.  PUFFER’S OF PISMO is the brainchild of the inimitable Charlie Puffer and his conversion of a former–and completely forgettable–winebar into a speakeasy-sort of indoor-outdoor night-spot is complete.  I have been watching and waiting for him to get completely dialed-in with regular…

THE OYSTER LOFT Pismo Beach

THE OYSTER LOFT  Pismo Beach:  Oh wow, rarely has a restaurant been so excitedly anticipated and taken so long to be realized.  I went to this resty probably 4 months ago for a special BUBBLY FEST event and have been waiting patiently for it to open to the public ever since.  Rumors of soft-openings began…

TOP 5 PISMO BEACH RESTAURANTS

Ahhhh… Pismo.  Everybody knows Pismo.  Over 100 restaurants crammed into a little 20-block area and all of them boasting their Clam Chowder Bread Bowl or BBQ or Clam Strips are WORLD FAMOUS–many with lines out the door of undiscriminating palates.  But where can you get GOOD food in Pismo Beach?  REAL food–food on par with…

5-Cities Top New Restaurants

The Central Coast restaurant scene is always shifting, and there are a group of amazing new resties in the Arroyo Grande-Grover Beach-Pismo Beach area.  “I’ve never heard of that!” is the common response.  GET OUT AND EAT!  Here’s your list: Chop Street Pismo Beach  ♦♦Comfort Market Arroyo Grande  ♦♦Ember Arroyo Grande  ♦♦♦Figueroa Mountain Brewery  Arroyo Grande  ♦Graze Kitchen Pismo…

New and Re-Visits SLO PISMO CAMBRIA + WINE

THE FULL RESTAURANT LIST Central Coast Restaurants Additions and Re-visits. CHIPWRECKED in Pismo Beach has been on my radar for several years and I just rarely make it down there into the full-on tourist-trudge by the pier.  Menu overly-complicated for what it is, I’m sure a second or third visit would streamline my understanding of…

The Spoon Trade Grover Beach

THE SPOON TRADE in Grover Beach is the newest in an ever-expanding group of Central Coast restaurants to open in the collective Arroyo Grande-Grover Beach-Pismo Beach area.  Two visits in, I can safely say it comfortably completes an EMBER-COMFORT MARKET-SPOON TRADE trifecta for amazing, quality food, daringly conceived and perfectly presented.  From the tartare to…

Rooster Creek Tavern Arroyo Grande

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST ROOSTER CREEK TAVERN Several years in and this place still packs it in every night–and most lunches–serving above-average food in a pleasant atmosphere.  Remember, this was the FIRST serious resty to come to Arroyo Grande.  Those of us who have lived here for any number of years remember the days…