Here are some of my favorite spots in San Luis Obispo County — enjoy!
Cubanissimo food truck — Thanks to Arqui and Chrystal Trenado, the flavors of his native Cuba have come rolling into San Luis Obispo County, and will soon open a restaurant in Orcutt — here’s a recent article.
In Arroyo Grande …
Comfort Market — from-scratch comfort food, great beer and wine options.
Ember – Wood fired, farm fresh, top notch; perfect for special occasion or stellar weeknight dinner.
In Atascadero …
Bristols Cider House – Started by Brits from Bristol, authentic not-too-sweet ciders on tap and in the bottle.
Joebella Roastery & Cafe — my daily fix!
Tent City Brewing Company — 15 taps of craft beer … that’s all you need to know.
In Avila Beach ...
Gardens of Avila at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort — farm-fresh ingredients in scenic setting.
Ocean Grill — great view, farm fresh ingredients, specialities are seafood and wood-fired pizzas.
In Baywood Park …
Noi’s Thai Takeout — this tiny spot often sells out, and with good reason!
In Cambria …
Allocco’s Italian Bakery — authentic, old-fashioned Italian baked goods.
Linn’s –family-run farm & restaurant with twists on home-style comfort food.
In Cayucos …
Lunada Garden Bistro — delightful family-run restaurant, great food and beautiful garden areas.
In Grover Beach …
Spoon Trade — a must destination, true farm-to-table cuisine with upscale and comfort food creations.
In Los Osos …
Nichol’s Pizza — Great pizza crust! Family-owned and -operated. Good beers on tap.
In Morro Bay …
Bayside Cafe — a local favorite on the marina for 30 years, great views, great from scratch food (including desserts).
Flavor Factory — hand-ground burgers, from scratch soups, great desserts, craft drafts.
Frankie & Lola’s — whimsical approach to down-to-earth food made from scratch.
House of JuJu — Burgers by the bay, grilled fish tacos, flatbtreads, craft beers and NO fryer!
Libertine Pub — eclectic rotating tap selection with a pub menu.
Wee Shack — fresh old-school burgers and hand-cut fries.
In Paso Robles …
Artisan — farm-to-table supporter of local producers.
Blue Moon Southwestern Grill — wonderful from-scratch sauces (for dishes) and salsas (for chips … and dishes).
Fish Gaucho — great agave/mescal selection, good food, very reasonable happy hour.
Mistura — authentic Peruvian fare!
The Grill at Hunter Ranch Golf Course – great views and buffet spread with killer bacon.
Thomas Hill Organics — creative approach to farm-to-table — also in San Luis Obispo.
In Pismo Beach …
Chipwrecked — gourmet potato chips … yes, gourmet potato chips .. you’re welcome.
Sea Venture Hotel — Grab a seat by the window and enjoy Chef Casey’s farm-to-table menu.
In San Luis Obispo …
Apple Farm — Yes, the decor is a bit country kitschy, but the food is farm fresh and a combo of comfort food/wine country cuisine; and if you love from scratch desserts …
Beda’s Biergarten – Authentic German fare and beers in fun atmosphere.
Big Sky Café — market-fresh fare with an eclectic, international approach.
Del Monte Café — Comfort food in a old house in SLO, family-owned and -operated.
Flour House — spot-on authentic pizza Napolitano and housemade pastas.
G Brothers — authentic BBQ and Mexican from a casual family-owned spot.
Lincoln Market & Deli — neighborhood spot with a vintage vibe.
Lotus Asia’s Best — authentic Vietnamese w/ spot-on Bahn Mi and Pho.
Luna Red — stylish downtown restaurant serving global tapas.
Mee Heng Low Noodle House — casual noodle house in historic Chinatown.
Novo Restaurant & Lounge — great setting by the creek downtown and fun, eclectic menu.
Oasis — spot-on Moroccan.
Ribline — two locations in SLO, one in Grover Beach — the name says it all!
Slo Provisions — rotisserie chicken, from scratch deli salads and daily specials, beer & wine, Southern hospitality.
Thomas Hill Organics — creative approach to farm-to-table — also in Paso Robles.
In Santa Margarita …
Southern Station — Southern-inspired breakfast and lunch, good beer on tap, family-owned and -operated (related to Del Monte Cafe in SLO)
The Range — no website, no reservations, no credit cards, just spot-on hearty food with a classic approach.
In Templeton …
BarrelHouse Brewing Company — “A small batch barley & hop project – liberty & justice for ale” — great indoor/outdoor space.
Kitchenette — a fast-casual breakfast & lunch spot with a commitment to local and from-scratch fare.
Martin’s on Main — throwback burger joint.
Pier 46 Seafood Market — great fresh fish market, plus small cafe.