Taco Notes SLO 12.15.17

El Matador SLO Is a newer spot in the ever-changing little strip of bro-heavy spots along Chorro Street. I went in here on a fluke (and because I have to try them ALL) and honestly was quite impressed. The tacos are not bad at all! And when I visited, the restaurant was full of Mexicans–local…

TACO LIST additions 12.10.17

A little mini-taco-tour through Salinas last week… Tico’s Tacos turns out to be a small family chain of sorts.  Oh boy.  Yeah… just don’t go here.  One of the more horrible taco experiences I have stumbled into in recent memory.  Its location nearby 2 of my favorite wine-shops in Salinas made it an easy visit. If…

SLO Resty Gossip 11.26.17

Panolivo in Paso Robles closed. I guess everybody’s probably heard that by now. So sad. one of my favorite restaurants, although I always was concerned about their longevity. That demographic is… Well… but they were there what 17 years? Did I read that? Mint + Craft, restaurant number 5 and the most recent addition to…

Blue Moon, PICO and more 11.5.17

It has been an exciting month in dining around the Central Coast and a few additions and updates to THE RESTAURANT LIST have transpired. ​ The most exciting thing, of course, is the opening of BLUE MOON OVER AVILA overlooking the beach on Front Street in Avila Beach.  I live nearby and have been watching the…

Picky Eater

The term *Picky Eater* gets tossed around a bit. I hear it frequently–often directed at me, typically for being critical of a dish or establishment. Let’s do a little refresher-course: A person who doesn’t like stupid waiters, bad wine-lists, crying babies, TV’s everywhere, tourist food, wet tables, uninspired presentations, confused service, freezing dining rooms and…

Wine Secrets Revealed

“Where do you shop for wine?”  Easily the most-asked question I get–sometimes several times per day.  “Where do you find these wines I have never seen before in my life?!?”  The beauty part is: most of them right here under your nose.  At local shops.  Owned by real people–not national corporations.  When I turn the…