Cass House Grill [memoriam]

CASS HOUSE GRILL  Cayucos   No one restaurant causes more confusion than Cass House Grill. Most old-timers register it with stuffy old prix fixe meals of astounding quality and high prices. But this is NOT the Cass House you all remember. Jensen is gone, there are new owners, and the entire property has been re-worked into…

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…

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…

Restaurant Scribblings 10.14

ALDI In Arroyo Grande showing big aesthetic changes to the building shell, meaning they will be opening later rather than sooner. I can’t wait–I’m a total grocery-store junkie and when traveling will often pull off to roam a strange market just to see how things are presented and laid out. I’ve never actually been inside…

Restaurant Gossip 7.1

SCONOS Arroyo Grande in the Comfort Market location opening at end of week–ignore the current hours up on the FB page. LE PETITE PARIS San Luis Obispo in Mission Mall one week?!?!?! EMBER Arroyo Grande brunch/bistro place next door (to Ember) bogged down in construction issues. ROSALINA Santa Margarita bogged down in construction issues also…

Restaurant Gossip v. 6.25.18

Gus’s Grocery owners have revitalized Spirit of San Luis at SBP. Jeffrey’s Wine Country BBQ is open in that cool alley space they’ve been working on forever in Paso Robles behind Tudor Winery and next door to Taste in the Alley and the Paso Robles Visitor Center. Central Coast Cafe is open in Atascadero in…

Restaurant Gossip v.6.12.18

Bistro Laurent is becoming BL Brasserie. The Mark is open in the old 7 Hands/Marston’s spot. Wine list is 3 Sextant’s. La Petite Parisienne is never opening, I’m convinced. Streetside Ale House people to Artisan Paso. Might wanna buy stock in big-screen companies. Broad Street Public House is open and apparently serving food in the…

Foremost BUBBLE BAR

I have a fascination with ceviche.  Almost any culture–with seafood nearby–has a version of fresh fish *cooked* in acid and served immediately.  And ceviche is the centerpiece of the new Bubble Bar at one of San Luis Obispo’s pillars: Foremost Wine Company.  And now, the lively conversation and kitchen-interaction at the lately-silent center bar is…