Resty Updates 8.9.15

THE FULL SOIFEATS RESTAURANTS LIST SANTA YNEZ KITCHEN  in Santa Ynez added at  ♦♦♦  for so many reasons.  Incredible winelist, perfect, calm, confident, un-hurried service, and ingredients and dishes top-quality. KUNFUSION in Pismo Beach re-visited.  It always feels so *healthy* dining here.  Maybe it is just the over-complicated menu.  I think this restaurant would easily…

My Generation GIUSEPPE’S EXPRESS

I love GIUSEPPE’S EXPRESS in Pismo Beach for lots of things:  gelato, salads, wonderful desserts, deli meat and Italian grocery items–wine, olive oil and pasta–but also for their simple little dry panini cold sandwiches stacked up in the case just like they sell on the street in France.  I had two this week–with interesting results….

Resty Add: Figueroa Mt. Brewing AG

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN BREWING COMPANY is finally open in Arroyo Grande and while I am not a beer-drinker, this is probably the most exciting restaurant to come to town.  Yes, the past couple years have brought us a plethora of quality dining options but a local hot, hip hi-vis chain like this…

Taqueria List Additions 7.16

THE TACO LIST LA CHIQUITA added at  ♦♦  Very nice carniceria-style tacos.  Well above average.  The chili colorado is also amazing. LA PRINCESSA  added at  ♦♦  also.  Small seating area, classic groceria/carniceria-style hot plates and small corner seating.  Good meat and decent ‘marinade-style’ al pastor tacos.  Good house salsa ‘picante’. TAQUERIA GUERRERO in Grover Beach…

Resty Additions 7.16

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST CENTRALLY GROWN added at  ♦♦   Nice remodel and always a lovely location.  Quite popular and busy.  Did not eat dinner, just lunch from the deli and market downstairs and taken upstairs to eat with a glass of wine and the fabulous views.  Ridiculously expensive.  $45 for a sandwich, a salad…

Terravant Winery and Restaurant

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST The restaurant at Terravant is largely unknown.  No one I have spoken to since dining there a couple weeks ago has any knowledge of it.  So FIND it:  The restaurant at Terravant Winery is WONDERFUL.  Terravant is a large custom-crush facility at the end of the street down past Industrial…

Monterey-Carmel-Pacific Grove additions

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST Weekend in Monterey, and while I have several long-standing favorite dining spots, it is always good to try new things.  First stop: CORKSCREW CAFE in Carmel Valley.  Nice atmosphere, well-rounded menu and winelist.  Lots of local Carmel Valley wines, which is nice because–other than a few bottlings of Talbott and…

7.8 Additions to Taco list

THE TAQUERIA LIST LA PRINCESA MARKET on North Broadway in Santa Maria added at ♦♦   Nice, quaint little market, good seating.  Above-average meat, good seasoning, great salsa.  An above-average taco experience. EL TACO DE MEXICO in Grover Beach added at  ♦   Passable, decent tacos.  A not-horrible but boring marinade very common at LOTS…

Updates 6.30

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST Although it is also on THE TACO LIST, I am including PAPI’S GRILL on the Restaurant list because it just really isn’t classic taqueria fare and is REALLY REALLY good.  The Asada-chipotle taco is mind-boggling.  ♦♦ Two more successful dining experiences at HARMONY CAFE at its new location in Cambria…

Adds and edits 6.29

THE CENTRAL COAST RESTAURANTS LIST THOMAS HILL ORGANICS in Paso Robles added at  ♦♦♦♦   I have dined at this resty probably 10 times in the past ten years and SOMEHOW it has never made it from my notes to The List.  One of my favorite resties in Paso Robles and easily deserving its inclusion…