Top 5 Wine Service Peeves

Dear Restaurants: Can you please stop seating me without a wine-list.  This is wine-country.  THIS IS RIGHT SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING AND HIGHEST-ACCLAIMED WINE AREAS IN THE WORLD.  From where I’m sitting in your restaurant, I could hit 10 wineries with a 5-wood.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars…

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…

200 miles of Tacos

I haven’t counted lately, but there are probably well over 150 taquerias listed on my TACO PAGE and that is a LOT of information for all but the die-hard taco-freaks. I get emails, texts, DM’s almost daily, “HELP I’M IN _________ WHERE’S THE BEST TACOS??” Everyone wants a short-list. I’ve never made a TOP-10 or…

Resty Gossip 4.5

Have you been to ROSALINA yet? There’s quite a few out-of-the-way places I DON’T champion–because they are not worth it–but a few here locally really need to be on your *try* list. The RANGE people in Santa Margarita have slowly put together a ridiculous new spot across the street from them in Santa Margarita, progressively…

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 2.26

There’s an alcohol application up on the window of Naked Sushi downtown with the sushi menu still up alongside. Turns out it opened TODAY and a Park owns it, so full-on Korean and Japanese menu.  I looked at it today and it is mostly sushi with a few Korean things thrown in like bibimbap but…

Resty Gossip 2.18

Not much going on this week. This will be quick. I went to 5 GUYS for the first time. Been really curious, as I love a great burger and everyone raves about it. Easily some of the worst food I have ever experienced. How on earth can they sell such dretch? The fries are EASILY…

Resty Gossip 2.10

There’s an alcohol license up in the window of that thing on HWY 41 that used to be a BBQ-joint and a COMING SOON sign. Dear Dog who would drive out there for food. OK, I might. Got into DARWISH–the new Iranian place in Grover Beach–and as per my usual with fairly unfamiliar culinary territory,…

SLO BBQ Report

I have been promising a blog-post dedicated to local BBQ for some time.  This has been an interesting self-assignment and I’ve probably dallied far too long, but it is a great subject, with deep roots and STRONG opinions.  Also it doesn’t photograph well, so I thought I’d kick things off with some pickles! First of…

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…