Resty Gossip 2.12

Did you know there’s three Hawaiian spots here now? One in each town! You will never be more than 20 minutes from kalua pork and katsu chicken and SPAM musubi. Santa Maria (actually Orcutt) has Zoe’s, AG has Tropical, SLO has Nobu. Wait does Lahaina’s have Hawaiian food? I don’t remember seeing any. Does Paso…

Resty Gossip 8.7

This space intentionally left blank. What are you going to go to first, Hemingway’s or Cielo? Both open. Raves for the former from the sort of people who eat at places like that and rave about them–not a peep about the latter, yet. Across the street from the Italian joint, The Carlton Hotel and associated…

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 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 10.10

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. ┬áBurgers are popular, no doubt: a welcome menu item for no-fuss dining and ubiquitous with American culture. ┬áThere are probably 300 burgers within 10 miles of where I stand and yes, I could…

Resty Gossip 7.5

This month’s award for strangest new food-concoction/concept goes to HIDDEN KITCHEN for their savory waffles. Alongside their sweet waffles and smoothie creations are 5 or 6 hearty blue-corn waffles piled high with eggs and mushrooms and chipotle and avocado and beans and bacon and salsa and–well–YOU NAME IT. Pretty sure my first words upon opening…

Resty Gossip 1.26

Popped in to HALFWAY STATION 41 Saturday night after ESPRIT DU VIN because on Google it looked like they were open a bit later than normal and OMG was I met with a surprise. It’s, like, 7:30, the place is PACKED, several people I know, a crazy-good band is playing some mellow vibes. SO much…

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…