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…

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 Gossip 12.9.18

MCCONNELL’S FINE ICE CREAM opened down on Monterey in SLO kinda next to where Muzio’s used to be. Next door to JUNK GIRLS and by MINT + CRAFT. No relation to the fine, upstanding writer of these scribblings but thanks for asking almost DAILY. It IS wonderful ice cream though. Pretty much the only one…

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…

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT 7.23

A few days ago, someone told our most-prominent local food writer she wasn’t a real critic because she doesn’t review chains. So for the entire staff over at AM920 KVEC: Nice crispy tostada shell, definitely fried this morning in fresh oil, a little heavier shmear of beans than ‘corporate’ advises, but they have definitely rested…

THE RESTAURANT LIST

This list is constantly evolving with new restaurants added weekly.  All links are the restaurant’s own website unless unavailable.  Organized *roughly* North-to-South with further divisions in larger areas. Asterisk* indicates permanently closed. (Click here for a brief description of the ◊♦♦♦♦ ratings) If you came to this page looking for tacos, ALL TACOS are HERE NORTH COAST-SONOMA-MENDOCINO-NAPA-MARIN-SF…

THE TACO LIST

Roughly North-to-South. Please note this is not a “Best Mexican Food” list. It is STRICTLY taquerias. Scroll to the bottom of this list for a rough outline of my parameters for “Tacos”. ◊◊ No No ◊ No ♦ Maybe ♦♦ Definitely ♦♦♦ Always LOS GRULLENSES Salinas  ♦♦♦ TAQUERIA JALISCO Salinas  ♦ RESTAURANTE EL OAXAQUENO Salinas ♦♦♦…

Grading Notes

The restaurant list in the PREVIOUS POST is current and constantly evolving.  I update and edit the original list rather than posting additional modifications as the restaurant scene evolves daily around us.  Each set of definitions contains a general list of items–some concrete and some very subjective.  A restaurant is not required to fulfill all of the…