THE TACO LIST

Roughly North-to-South from Salinas to Santa Barbara–with heavier population Paso to Santa Maria. Please note this is not a “Best Mexican Food” list. It is STRICTLY taquerias, and I only order ONE thing. Scroll to the bottom of this list for a rough outline of my parameters for “Tacos”. ◊◊ No No ◊ No ♦…

Resty Gossip 10.17

There’s a new eatery in the troubled spot on Chorro in Chinatown where the Iberian wine-shop was: about 5 tenants ago. THE HEALTHY CRAVE seems to promise more than just smoothies and I’m not sure what their shtick is, nor do I honestly care. Quite confident I will visit them exactly the same number of…

Top 5 Wine Service Peeves

Dear Restaurants: Can you please stop seating me without a wine-list.  This is wine-country.  THIS IS RIGHT SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING AND HIGHEST-ACCLAIMED WINE AREAS IN THE WORLD.  From where I’m sitting in your restaurant, I could hit 10 wineries with a 5-wood.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars…

5 Towns 5 Burgers

Every menu on the Central Coast has a burger on it.  It is something I have learned to accept in dining along the coast.  Burgers are popular, no doubt, and a welcome menu item and ubiquitous with American dining culture.  There are probably 300 burgers within 10 miles of where I stand and yes, I…

Foremost BUBBLE BAR

I have a fascination with ceviche.  Almost any culture–with seafood nearby–has a version of fresh fish *cooked* in acid and served immediately.  And ceviche is the centerpiece of the new Bubble Bar at one of San Luis Obispo’s pillars: Foremost Wine Company.  And now, the lively conversation and kitchen-interaction at the lately-silent center bar is…

Farmstead Kitchen Paso Robles

Well, HELLO GORGEOUS.  See, here’s the deal: people think all I do is go around shitting on restaurants.  While on the surface this may be true, the foundation for this activity is the simple fact my standards are higher than yours.  I come from the old school where people dress for dinner and wine is…

How to Own a Stress-Free Restaurant

OK so here’s the deal.  I have been a avid observer of the resty business for decades.  I am in absolute AWE of the dedication required for cheflife, having seen all of its upsides and downsides, the super-super high notes and the absolute bottoms of this profession.  I’ve seen the hours and the total impossibility…

SIX TEST KITCHEN

Six Test Kitchen is Arroyo Grande’s flash-in-the-pan new eating establishment heavy on preparation and light on substance.  The basis of this resty is not new–single-seating per night, pricy prix fixe accomodations, an allegedly whiz-bang young gun with  an alleged stellar resume who is–by reduction–basically a local kid cooking in his parent’s–BEAUTIFUL WALL-TO-WALL STAINLESS STEEL–garage.  Everything is ridiculously…

Have you been to Cass House?

  http://www.casshousecayucos.com/grill Why does this review have no words?  It just seemed so unnecessary for Cass House.  Safely and comfortably on the Soif Eats Restaurant Report at ♦♦♦ and can only go up, as there has never been a single flaw in service, ambience, food, pacing or wine-service.  The only reason Cass House Grill does not…

New Restaurants Blessed!

TAQUERIA 805 Food truck added to THE TACO LIST at ♦  Quite disappointing.  Really lackluster. EL COMPADRE Atascadero added to THE TACO LIST at ♦  Full-on gringo spot.  Would suffice only in an absolute PINCH. EFREN’S DELI Oceano upgraded on THE TACO LIST to ♦♦  Hadn’t visited for several years.  Was was a bit more impressed this time.  Soon to open a new…