RESTY GOSSIP 10.12

Got into LIDO for the first time since Chef Pfaff (formerly of NOVO) took over. He’s been promising me big things, and Lido rarely disappoints. Ambiance, maybe just a tiny bit, but that is my ONLY possible complaint. the food is always just drop-dead gorgeous, the service has literally no equal in the area, and…

RESTY GOSSIP 9.15

THE CARISSA at SLO Brew opened last night. It was designed to be a low-key ‘friends & family’ softie thing, because the last time SLO Brew had a grand opening, things got kinda outa hand. I didn’t go–I had a few industry friends in from out of town–so don’t know how big it got.  I…

Resty Gossip 5.19

Minor tremors this week when I worked up the nerve to go to POPEYE’S LUISIANA KITCHEN, which I merely thought was Popeye’s Chicken but apparently this is full-on Southern food, something I probably know the LEAST about than any cuisine on the planet. (a few paragraphs from here, you will discover I really don’t know…

Resty Gossip 5.11

Found some new tacos this week. AGAVE GRILL in Nipomo. I’ve been searching for an above-average taqueria in Nipomo since La Placentia has somewhat dropped off in quality and La [completely blankin out here] over in old town shut down. I am sad to announce Agave Grill is NOT it. Added to the TACO LIST…

Resty Gossip 5.5

After my less-than-stellar banh mi experience last week, ducked into LINCOLN DELI for a refresher course. Actually, I went twice, but the first time made the mistake of going at 12:05 on a weekday. Line was out the door. Homie don’t play that. So went the next day and oh boy oh boy oh boy…

Resty Gossip 4.27

There’s gonna be a lot of tacos in this weeks gossip, I’m warning you. I’ll ease you in to it all with a fish taco at the bar in CUSTOM HOUSE out in Avila. Pretty bad tortilla, lots of *stuff* I don’t need, but like everything at Custom House, solid and well-designed for the clientele….

Resty Gossip 4.20

Oh wow. Spring is here and so much going on. Sorry I skipped last week, but was doing my taxes–YES AT THE LAST MINUTE–and the restaurant blog lost the toss. Happy Passover, first-off, and last night’s seder at SALLY LOO’S in SLO. Chef Spencer Johnston’s new Turntable Supper Club is the hottest new pop-up, and…

RESTY GOSSIP 3.31

OK, so it’s been a few weeks since I wrote a Resty Gossip and SO MUCH has happened. Some of this will be REALLY old news, but it still amazes me around here how some seemingly ancient restaurant news can be fresh to so many. First up: a selfish note, because quite a few have…

Resty Gossip 1.24

THREE new taco places are opening in SLOco: TAQUERIA SANTA CRUZ in the little horrid strip of restaurants on Foothill beside 24HR Nautilus between Dominos and Popeye’s Chicken; TACOS EL VEIJON on the strand in Morro Bay between Taco Temple and Chapala; and EFRENS #5 up on Laurel. Veijon is the only one I am…

Resty Gossip 1.6.19

Apparently, it’s Restaurant Month–that most hated of events for chefs and staff alike. Why is it always in January? Is is because everyone is broke after Christmas and no one goes out? Is there up-sale potential? Maybe in beverage. SLO is January, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez up the ante a bit–paring it down to…