Gardens of Avila at Sycamore Springs

GARDENS OF AVILA at Sycamore Springs  Avila Beach, reduced to  ♦ This is one of those situations where all things working together surrounding the dining experience are so dreadful, it casts a serious blight on the meal.  Three phone calls which went to answering machine, a transfer from the front desk which resulted in same,…

THE DOWNTOWN SLO EDITION

Several restaurants added to THE Soifeats RESTAURANT LIST… All in SLO… all I have had the opportunity–or misfortune–to dine at on numerous occasions and almost all are part of the downtown-ish midtown lunch or pub core. THE GIANT GRINDER  Part of a grouping of 4 or 5 sandwich shops within as many blocks of mid-town constantly…

TASTE SLO

Not sure what the official name of this resty is… there’s TASTE SLO and TASTE CATERING & EATERY and TASTE 2900 on various signs, paperwork and addresses, in addition to just plain old TASTE, so I think I’ll go with that.  After the *meh* which was UTOPIA, this is a fun new work-over with interesting…

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…

TOP-5 SLO Brewpubs

Readers of this blog will know of my affection for brew-pubs and tap-rooms.  NOT.  Lots of un-inspired brown food, heavy on grease and salt, a winelist completely devoid of anything interesting, walls of televisions vying for your attention, and a bro-heavy clientele wearing the first thing they found on the floor that afternoon.  I am…

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…

MILESTONE TAVERN San Luis Obispo

MILESTONE TAVERN  San Luis Obispo’s newest restaurant and already a serious contender in the tap-room/lunch-bites category for the area.  Being a couple blocks from Cal Poly and with an emphasis on beer, I had low expectations from the beginning for anything interesting being realized.  Expecting a total bro-spot, I stopped in to view the menu…

60 PARK–Morro Bay

60 PARK Morro Bay. Those who read this blog regularly or follow on Instagram will know I plug a couple restaurants in Morro Bay HARD–along with practically a complete avoidance of almost ALL of the rest. I LOVE Morro Bay and, yes: I’m a local. Locals constantly question me, “WHY would you go to Morro…

BOTTLE NIGHT Winelist Specials

Many restaurants proud of their wine-lists have a weekly special allowing exploration of the cellar for a deep discount.  I have made a list of restaurants on the Central Coast who have made these Wine Discount Specials apparent to me.  These specials are often not advertised heavily,  and sometimes are discontinued during special dates, heavy…