Resty Gossip 4.8.22

New sandwich shop in Morro Bay: Gilligans or something, also a new Chinese spot–which I may have to seek out because the one Chinese resty we DO have is one of the worst I’ve ever had and even better: Morro Bay’s reigning self-appointed foodie dip-tard HATES the new one. So I MUST visit. Across the…

Resty Gossip 2.13.22

Top 10 Places to Dine on Super Bowl Sunday WITHOUT a TV: BELL’S https://www.bellsrestaurant.com/ THE SPOON TRADE https://thespoontrade.com/ PUFFER’S https://puffersofpismo.com/ MOON OVER AVILA https://www.bluemoonoveravila.com/ NOVO https://www.novorestaurant.com/ GRANADA https://www.granadahotelandbistro.com/ BRASSERIE SLO https://www.hotelcerro.com/slo-restaurants/brasserie-slo/ MISTURA https://www.misturarestaurants.com/ THE OLDE ALEHOUSE https://www.facebook.com/theoldealehouse945/ TOP DOG https://topdogcoffeebar.com/ LUNADA GARDEN BISTRO https://www.lunadagardenbistro.com/ ROBIN’S https://www.robinsrestaurant.com/ BLACK CAT BISTRO https://www.blackcatbistro.com/ BISTRO LAURENT http://www.bistrolaurent.com/ I WAS…

Resty Gossip 11.21

When I first started scribbling on these pages maybe 10 years ago, I complained constantly about how Paso got all the good restaurants, and SLO seemed to plod along with the usual suspects of pretty safe stuff. OK, maybe not *complained*, but observed loudly. Anchored by the Artisan-Bistro-Villa Creek trilogy, but also Panolivo, THO, Mistura,…

Resty Gossip 11.7

Focusing this week entirely on SLO PUBLIC MARKET, as completion nears and many openings pending. The owners have announced TWELVE new restaurants expected to open mid-November and 90% of businesses open by December 11. Orange Theory Fitness and Tractor Supply have been open for some time, and PARKER CLAY opening yesterday. Despite my dreary post…

THE TACO LIST

Roughly North-to-South from Salinas to Santa Barbara–with heavier population Paso to Santa Maria. Please note this is not a “Best Mexican Food” list. It is STRICTLY taquerias, and I only order ONE thing. Scroll to the bottom of this list for a rough outline of my parameters for “Tacos”. ◊◊ No No ◊ No ♦…

RESTY GOSSIP 10.30

Who’s had MONIKA’S MACARONS??? Along with LA PARISIENNE in Morro Bay, this is easily the best-kept dessert secret in the area. OK–and maybe DE PALO & SONS. Seriously, though: I just can’t get enough of those pistachio things (YES THE GREEN ONE) Salted caramel too. Oh and mocha! Of all the things Garden Street has…

RESTY GOSSIP 10.24

Have you been to the new HIGH ST. DELI in Los Osos yet? Baywood, actually. Menu’s a bit different–not quite as large as the midtown location–but has most of the favorites. PLUS–and this is key–a WINE SHOP on site! Yes, there’s a place to buy wine in Los Osos now besides the Shell station and…

Resty Gossip 10.17

There’s a new eatery in the troubled spot on Chorro in Chinatown where the Iberian wine-shop was: about 5 tenants ago. THE HEALTHY CRAVE seems to promise more than just smoothies and I’m not sure what their shtick is, nor do I honestly care. Quite confident I will visit them exactly the same number of…

Resty Gossip 10.10

Well, boys & girls: it’s been a year… and what a blurry year. A lot has happened since March 19, 2020, and here we are in the surreal new normal. Covid-restrictions have come and gone; masking has become de rigueur, parklets seem to be standard–even to the extent of some restaurants seemingly DOUBLED their dining…

10 towns 12 Burgers

Every menu on the Central Coast has a burger on it–it’s something I have learned to accept in dining along the coast.  Burgers are popular, no doubt: a welcome menu item for no-fuss dining and ubiquitous with American culture.  There are probably 300 burgers within 10 miles of where I stand and yes, I could…