Resty Gossip 3.19

CENTRAL COAST MEAT MARKET is gone. Noticed on one of my drive-by’s and shocked not one of my eyes & ears out there mentioned it. That leaves 2–that’s TWO, folks–TWO briskets in the county: Jefferey’s and G Bros. Three if you count the abysmal Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ. I had heard the new RIBLINE inside…

Resty Gossip 2.20

Gonna be rough & tumble this week folks. Read between the lines. Kicker’s survives amid the out-pouring of triggered millennial, neighboring business owners and the Karenosphere. Listen: if you didn’t read my column last week, I’m not re-hashing it here. Everything I speculated about the marketing there turned out to be dead-on during my visit….

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 1.29

I’ve avoided the whole “Clam Chowder” thing the entire 20 years I have lived on the Central Coast. My first exposure to this odd stew was the ridiculous line wrapping around Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach. One look at the demographic queued up told me I NEVER needed to experience this soup. And I love…

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 12.11

Today is THE LAST brunch at THE CARRISA until at LEAST January 15. Christmas is on Sunday, New Year’s is on Sunday, and the entire SLO Brew organization takes off Jan 2 thru 9. Also: only FOUR MORE DAYS OF Christmas at the Carrisa!!! Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and THAT’S IT FOREVER. Umi Sushi…

Resty Gossip 11.27

It’s been several years since eating at LUNA RED and I’m here to report it is as good as ever. The menu and wine list here has had numerous tweaks over the years, rising and falling in popularity with me, but right now it’s hitting pretty hard with lots of Iberian favorites and a nice curt…

Resty Gossip 11.6

4 new Mexican restaurants in Morro Bay because white people SURE love their bad Mexican food. The China Dragon is Katrina, the Thai resty is MAYA, the brand new and recently-vacated upstairs Cuban place is something I’ve forgotten, and the former 3 Stacks & a Rock is Federico’s from the Wineman in SLO–which is Hawaiian-Fresh…

Best of SLO(ish) v.2022

And now for the BEST OF SLO-ish awards: BEST TACO: La Tapatia2ND BEST TACO: Angeles de Puebla BEST BIRRIA: One of a Kind2ND BEST BIRRIA: Taqueria Santa Cruz BEST HAMBURGER: Hizenburger at High Street Deli2ND BEST HAMBURGER: The 100 Double at Mutiny BEST MARGHERITA PIZZA: Palo Mesa Wood Fired2ND BEST MARGHERITA PIZZA: Rod & Hammer…

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…