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…

San Luis Obispo: 5 Towns 5 Restaurants

Spring has SPRUNG, and whether you are local or out-of-town, it is prime-time to take a drive up the Central Coast of California.  Living where people vacation has its plusses, but the best part is knowing where to eat a bit off the path of the visiting hordes.   As someone who travels throughout California…

2 Re-visits and a Grand Opening 11.21.15

FULL Soifeats RESTAURANT LIST HERE RAKU RAMEN San Luis Obispo.  Was not terribly impressed when first opened.  But a re-visit after almost 5 years of still being there (there’s a feat in itself!) told me I had been a little too hard on them.  Ordering logistics are still awkward and lines can be long.  Not much…

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…

Dudley Market, Bell St. Mason Bar 8.22.15

THE FULL RESTAURANT LIST DUDLEY MARKET  Happened upon the BRAND NEW addition on Dudley Street in Venice Beach.  Been open a little over a week.  It is in the infamous corner location on Speedway and Dudley where Henry’s Market has been a fixture for decades.  Almost kinda sad, but there’s fewer bums now.  Of course…

Steamers Pismo

About once every 5 years I am required to eat at Steamers for some reason or another… Ya know, it’s honestly not *that bad* of a restaurant, all things considered. Ambience is great; Tablecloths; Quite professional service (observing both my table and several around me with other waiters); Everyone over 50 is dressed for dinner–and…

Comfort Market

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST Third visit to COMFORT MARKET in Arroyo Grande. What a gem.  I think the combination of source-store–with a lot of the interesting ingredients–with resty is wonderful.  You see people pick things up and talk about them.  And food SHOULD be a conversation.  Of course, none of the from-scratch items are…

Chop Street

Got into Chop Street. Very nice since the remodel. And a good friend as hung artist. Ordering is a little bit awkward–especially for someone unfamiliar with the menu and trying to absorb everything. And there is a lot to absorb. Someone put a lot of thought (or market research… or consulting…) into this place–and it…

Graze Kitchen

Finally got into GRAZE. Bright, airy, the totally exposed kitchen give a bit of cafeteria-feel but thankfully we don’t have to slide our trays down the bars. At first cruise through the menu I thought I had stumbled into a vegetarian restaurant but going back over it noticed fairly obvious bits of meat tucked in…

Sidecar

Finally got into Sidecar’s new incarnation today. The menu on the wall is gone and in its place is a banner advertizing beer beer and moar beer. The art-nouveau/absinthe/speak-easy motif is gone and in it’s place just drab grey walls and funky furniture. The wine list is very deep and well-thought-out and the food is…