Resty Gossip 1.21

It seems–despite a complete lack of ANY publicity whatsoever–Restaurant Month is indeed happening in January in SLOco. Right now! I had no idea. I thought it had been replaced with this ridiculous, bad-for-business, revolvingly-funded 25% gift-card program. But I saw a flyer at the visitor center and it had probably 30 spots on it, all…

Resty Gossip 11.13

Well, the big news everyone’s being assaulted with this week is of course several local restaurants being identified by the Michelin people. “Did you hear Hatch got a Michelin star???” I have heard enough times this week to be nauseous. Let’s get something clear right off the bat: Nate’s, Hatch, In Bloom, LPC, Ember etc….

RESTY GOSSIP 10.2

LURE FISH HOUSE of Ventura fame going into the most expensive gast station in SLO, and the most re-modeled new building lacking ANY tenants what-so-ever in the history of SLO. Can you imagine waht gas would be at that Shell right now?? haha $9.00/ fershure. I’m not angry about this addition at all. Sure it’s…

Resty Gossip 9.4

Couple of closures announced: A-TOWN DINER is gone or will be shortly. Apparently quite an institution, though I never ate there. So there’s another prominent space open–isn’t it right in front of Diamond Adult World? TIN CANTEEN’S abrupt announcement shocked a few. “Due to circumstances beyond our control”. Now, I DID eat there several times–but…

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 7.10

KULT is done. MILANES & THAI BOUNTY are done. PORT HOUSE is done. Somerset Grill is now Baja-inspired PEQUIN. Two new-ish restaurants out up the 1 got menu make-overs from their adequate-but-lacking brew-pub offerings to full-scale gastro-pub lists: FOGHORN BREWHOUSE in Baja Cayucos and THE OLD ALEHOUSE in Los Osos. New owners at the former–new…

Resty Gossip 6.19

Been out to Mulligan’s recently? So here’s a covid success story of sorts. Before the pandemic, COMPLETELY unknown resty–one of my favorite *secret* places to visit and plug–lots of parking, rarely busy, decent food. At the first ‘opening up’ to outdoor dining, Mulligan’s began a hearty marketing campaign: installing signs downtown and on leading roads,…

Resty Gossip 5.22

Highlight of my last weekend was FINALLY sliding into Pig Iron at the Templeton Mercantile. Been watching this thing from the sidelines for a couple years now but just never pulled the trigger. Nice location, plenty of sunny people-watching–not that Main Street Templeton is exactly a PARADE, but still. There’s also quite a bit of…

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…