Resty Gossip 7.6

Yes, boys & girls, it’s been a long long time–three weeks maybe?–since I wrote and SOOOO much has happened and KEEPS happening, I probably won’t try to cram it all in to one blog, but maybe write several short ones this week. What I AM going to do is reflect all my notes from the…

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 very interesting subject, with deep roots and STRONG opinions.  And it also doesn’t photograph well, so I thought I’d kick things off with some pickles!…

Resty Gossip 12.27

6 TEST KITCHEN at their new Tin City digs is going into soft openings. Reservations are filling up fast for the new 12-top format with full-time somm, wine-list and pairing plans. You’ll be happy to know the originally-announced $50 corkage has been reduced to $40 (2-bottle max). So there’s that. Can’t wait to see the…

Santa Cruz Dreamin’

Got bored Sunday morning and packed a fast bag and threw it in the car. I know how sketch it can get on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day but decided to wing it North. This year’s Sunday-Monday-Tuesday situation meant NOTHING was going to happen work-wise so might as well be up the coast exploring. Contemplated Big Sur,…

Restaurant Report 12.18

Late afternoon snack out in Avila at OLDE PORT INN. Yeah, I know… I rolled my eyes too. Hey: When you’re out there on a nice sunny day, you can’t beat the views and service and drinks. Food will always be something I wish would step up a little. Everything is a watered-down version of…

Root 246–Seeing Pink

Sitting down with the new chef at Root 246 in Solvang, you notice her excitement is clearly difficult to contain. It takes well into a conversation about her food ideals and directional goals for the restaurant before it slips she has had her eye on this dream-position for some time. Right time/right place it turns…

Resty Gossip v.12.3

OLD SAN LUIS BBQ is opening a new location in Marigold Center by Tuesday Morning. Yay! TWO locations for their dry meat, powdered Parmesan and flavorless beans for people who have never had real food–all served gloriously in clamshell with plastic forks. I can’t wait. Speaking of Marigold, popped into SHALIMAR‘s new location there to…

Restaurant Gossip 11.18.18

FOSSIL WINE BAR in the crazy new EXPLODING downtown section of Atascadero has opened. Wine list is AMAZING. Best in the area. Very well curated and all OVER the place. Speaking of wine bars: Popped into BODEGA LOS ALAMOS in (you’re not going to believe this) Los Alamos yesterday and what an interesting place. It’s…

Restaurant Gossip 10.21

Hotel Serra on Garden Street is going to happen faster than you expect, and BRASSERIE SLO has announced the chef: James Anderson formerly of Casanova, La Bicyclette, and Affina on the Peninsula. Saw some action inside the old Pluto’s location across from Black Sheep on Chorro the other day. What’s your favorite of the 4…

Willow Pismo Beach

First of all, I have no pictures of food–or judgement–because the pretzel appetizer and tri-tip deviled eggs we ordered never materialized, and we were closed out without being charged, so… hmmm?  My wine glass with a tablespoon of Pinot Noir still remaining was whisked away while neighboring empties and bar-mops were ignored.  Loyal readers will…