Poly Picks 2024

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The city of San Luis Obispo provides a lot for its residents and those attending Cal Poly. Breweries that embody the spirit of the Central Coast and barbecue joints that bring together a community give SLO a unique personality that has caused thousands of people to call it home. Picnic spots by the ocean, sunsets over a canyon and celebrating an Irish holiday with your peers before sunrise create lasting memories that will stay with Cal Poly students throughout their lives.

This publication honors San Luis Obispo by acknowledging the best that San Luis Obispo has. Using data from a survey we asked the community where is the best people-watching spot, what place has the best hangover breakfast, what’s the best Cal Poly class and many more. Hopefully, within these pages, you’ll read about something that evokes cherished memories, or maybe you’ll discover something new to check out. Either way, I hope you enjoy this year’s edition of Poly Picks. Congratulations to the winners of 2024 Poly Picks!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Best Breakfast Burrito 2. Best BBQ 3. Best Date Night 4. Best Italian 5. Best Pizza 6. Best On Campus Venue 8. Best Sushi 9. Best Thai 10. Best Burger 11. Best Vegetarian 12. Best Sandwich 13. Best Sweet Treat 14. Best Girl Dinner 15. Best Late Night Munchies 7. Best Ice Cream
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Poly Picks 2024 • 3 16. Best Indian 28. Best WOWie Activity 17. Best Taqueria 18. Best Coffee Shop 20. Best People Watching Spot 21. Best Beach 22. Best Surf Spot 23. Best Picnic Spot 24. Best Night Time Activity 25. Best Alternative Library Spot 26. Best Off Campus Study Spot 27. Best Hike 19. Best Açai Bowl 29. Best Sunset Spot 30. Best Student Celebration 31. Best Cal Poly Class 32. Authentically SLO 33. Best Thrift Store 46.  Best Bar 34.  Best Rec Center Class 35.  Best Living Complex 36.  Best Delivery Service 38.  Best Boutique 39.  Best Tattoo/Piercing 40.  Best Barber Shop 41.  Best Surf Shop 42.  Best Farmers’ Market Vendor 43.  Best Auto Shop 44.  Best Dispensary 45.  Best Winery 37.  Best Salon 47.  Best Brewery 48.  Best Hangover Breakfast 49.  Best Happy Hour 50.  Best Craft Cocktail




The humble breakfast burrito–let's face it, most have had enough of these morning staples to last a lifetime. But sometimes, a restaurant can transcend the ordinary into the exquisite. Kreuzberg hits all the right notes with this delectable creation, including a warm flour tortilla wrapped around two eggs, your choice of sausage, ham, steak, bacon, avocado, or soyrizo, filled to the brim with tater-tots, cheese, sour cream, and salsa. When you bite into this savory work of art, you are making a commitment, and when it comes to choosing the breakfast burrito that stands out in a competitive crowd, Kreuzberg takes the cake. Cal Poly

BEST BBQ Firestone

Continuing its reign of dominance over this category, Firestone Grill once again wins Poly Picks best barbeque award! Going to Firestone is more than just a barbeque sandwich. When you go to Firestone, you are going for an amazing experience filled with live sports, music, memorabilia hanging on the walls, and of course, a delicious barbeque feast.

Firestone brings a taste of traditional southern BBQ to San Luis Obispo, with flavor-packed menu items such as BBQ chicken, classic burgers, ribs, and the

students have spoken, and it's a flavorful, eggy ensemble that surpasses SLO's more pedestrian breakfast options.

Kreuzberg California, founded in 2010, is San Luis Obispo’s taste of Berlin, Germany. Attempting to mimic the cafes in Berlin, owners James and Corinn started the two-story artsy cafe with the "dusk till dawn" mentality. Located in the heart of SLO, 685 Higuera St, Kreuzberg remains an integral part of SLO's vibrant downtown scene around the clock.

Step inside, and you'll find the cafe's sprawling murals and a predominantly black-and-white color scheme with decorative plants. Visitors and locals are attracted to the cafe's artsy aesthetic but stay for the delicious food, drinks, and overall ambiance. The cafe's atmosphere includes a spacious open floor concept

with comfy places to sit, study nooks, an espresso bar in the middle of the room, and plenty of outdoor seating with beautiful string lights. The companionable hiss of milk steaming in harmony with the chatter of happy diners provides the perfect backdrop to socialize, study, or just fuel up before or after a long day.

In the mornings, Kreuzberg serves excellent coffee (with beautiful foam art), espresso, alcohol, pastries, various breakfast items, and the Poly Picks Winning Breakfast Burrito.

Whether you're experiencing their award-winning breakfast burrito or just tucking into a corner to study for school or people-watch, this vibrant, welcoming locale serves up an experience you’ll want to repeat.

famous Tri-Tip Sandwich. With their juicy tri-tip combined with a savory BBQ sauce between two pieces of French roll, this sandwich trumps the competition.

Firestone is a great option for lunch and dinner, with prices that won’t break the bank. The BBQ grilled chicken and burger clocks in at under $6, with the portion sizes ensuring that you are getting your money’s worth, and then some! Firestone also has you covered on all the drinks you could want with a BBQ meal, with a collection of draft beers, cocktails, wine, and soda.

Going to Firestone is more than just a barbeque sandwich.

For people who like to dine inside, Firestone has an awesome indoor seating area packed with TVs that always show live sports, incredible sports memorabilia and great music. And for those who like to sit outdoors, Firestone has a very large patio area with a sunshade, tables for large groups, and that same groovy music.

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Flour House

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Turn down the lights, sip a glass of wine and share a pizza for your next romantic date night; look no further than the Italian charm of Flour House. The authentic pizza napoletana is not only a SLO local favorite, but the restaurant is renowned around the country, ranked as having some of the best pizza in the US. If you’re looking for authentic southern Italian love, Flour House is the place to taste your hand-stretched pizza in a scorching wood-burning oven made by a real pizzaoili. Want to turn up the heat in other ways? The romantic mood setting and soft music are ideal for cozying up with your significant other.


What was once actually a Cal Poly senior project has turned into one of the most beloved San Luis Obispo restaurants. If you need your Italian fix, drop by Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica for a blended mix of southern Italian roots in a Central Coast package. Whether you want a sandwich for lunch or fresh in-house-made pasta for dinner, Giuseppe’s has you covered. Enjoy a classic traditional pizza like a Margherita, or opt for something spicier with hot Italian peppers (if you desperately want pineapple on your pizza, they’ll accommodate you too!).

The restaurant maintains a modern yet intimate atmosphere with dim lighting and elegant glass light fixtures with soft music in the background. Be sure to share something sweet like a gelato before heading out, or try a signature after-dinner Italian cocktail like a negroni or espresso martini. A dinner here with your amore will have you both saying “ti amo” by the end of the night.

If you’re looking for authentic southern Italian love, Flour House is the place to taste your handstretched pizza in a scorching woodburning oven made by a real pizzaoili.

Grab something sweet before heading out, such as a spumoni gelato or Sicilian pistachio cheesecake. As a proud SLO local, many of Giuseppe’s ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, figs, olives and wine are locally grown in Edna Valley and collaborate with Cal Poly students in production. Now that’s amore!

Giuseppe’s is located at 849 Monterey St. in downtown San Luis Obispo. They are open every day for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. then take a riposo (break) until dinner time. Sunday through Thursday,

If you need your Italian fix, drop by Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica for a blended mix of southern Italian roots in a Central Coast package.

they reopen at 4:30 p.m. until closing at 9:30 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, catch them until closing at 10:30 p.m.

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Opening in early 2023, Antonia’s Pizza is new, but not novice. Whenever guests push the door open there is always someone in the Antonia family to greet those entering. Oftentimes customers are greeted with a smile and a question asking how their day is going. Antonia’s comforting and familial atmosphere is apparent from the second you step inside.

When you walk in, on the left of the front counter are often two large pizzas, that range from a regular cheese or pepperoni to BBQ chicken, that you can very easily pick up and take with you for around $2. Not only do they have cheap

pizza, they have a whole novel of other food items to pick from. Their menu includes a wide variety of food, from salads to all kinds of Mediterranean food, they are as Italian as a pizza place in the United States could come.

Their menu also includes a have-totry meatball sub. It’s one of the most comforting sandwiches you will ever have. Something about their savory and rich marinara, the toasted Italian roll, the melted cheese embracing the meatball, with a wonderfully rich and calming seasoning, not too salty, not too plain, is just absolute perfection.


Imagine you’re in between classes drinking your favorite matcha latte, and you just so happen to be sitting inside a serene and inviting coffee shop that just so happens to be located on your college’s campus.

You might have stepped into a Scout Coffee if you’re a college student in San Luis Obispo. Scout Coffee has three locations for students to choose from: one in downtown San Luis Obispo, one on Foothill Boulevard and one on Cal Poly’s campus.

One drink that makes Scout feel like a blissful oasis is their sparkling tea. This drink mixes sparkling water with the customer’s choice of herbal tea for a refreshing beverage on a sunny day. A delicious option is the hibiscus herbal tea.

When perusing the store after ordering, you will find trinkets and gifts you might just want to pick up for your loved ones.

Scout’s ethereal feel and marketplace environment make it a way for friends to gather over coffee and spend a little time together, though equally accommodating students who come to sit and spend time

Antonia’s comforting and familial atmosphere is apparent from the second you step inside.

alone studying or unwinding. There are also plenty of cushy pillows on benches for customers to relax with.

“Our goal has always been to create inspiring spaces with great people and amazing products,” Scout founders Jon and Sara Peterson said.

As you take your headphones out, return your mug to the beaming server and head to class, you’ll feel energized to take on the rest of the day.

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McConnell’s is more than a longstanding ice cream institutionit’s a beacon of timeless indulgence and artisan craftsmanship local to the Central Coast. From its humble beginnings in Santa Barbara, California, just an hour and a half from San Luis Obispo, McConnell’s has captivated the Central Coast’s hearts and taste buds with its frozen delights.

The quaint shop usually has a line reaching out the doorway - and for good reason. Walking into the shop, guests are enveloped by the smell of freshly baked

cookies and the chill of the ice cream counter. The variety of flavors alone is sufficient to amaze any customer, and upon tasting each creation, one finds that each variety of ice cream is perfectly crafted to be a balanced and flavorful invention. From the classic Golden State Vanilla to the unique Eureka Lemon & Marionberries, McConnell’s will satisfy everyone’s cravings.

If dairy isn’t your forte, McConnell’s has a variety of dairy-free options available for lactose-intolerant ice cream lovers in San Luis Obispo. From Cookies and Cream to Passionfruit Lemon Swirl, everyone



Goshi is the place to go for fresh fish, sushi rolls, nigiri and more. In the corner of the Creamery Marketplace on Higuera Street, a wooden fish hangs outside a door decorated with white decals stating Goshi Japanese restaurant. Greeted upon entry, customers are seated at the sushi bar or near the windows. Customers can witness the chefs in their artistry skillfully handcrafting meals or experience tranquility over an appetizing meal as the view outside blooms with lush greenery and is complimented by the flowing stream of the neighboring creek.

From nigiri, hand rolls, and sushi rolls there are numerous choices to choose from. There is a wide variety of rolls with raw and cooked options. A standout among their offerings is the Hokkai Roll, cherished by many for its authentic

has the opportunity to experience the decadence of McConnell’s creations.

In a world filled with fleeting trends and flavors, McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream stands as a pillar of consistency and quality. With each spoonful, it invites us to slow down, savor the sweetness, and appreciate the simple pleasures that bring us together. So next time you’re craving a scoop of happiness, treat yourself to the unparalleled delight of McConnell’s Ice Cream.

From nigiri, hand rolls, and sushi rolls there are numerous choices to choose from.

crab filling and adorned with salmon and salmon roe on top. Its impeccable presentation and blend of flavors will undoubtedly leave you craving another serving. Goshi also provides an array of other Japanese dishes such as udon, rice bowls and takoyaki. Goshi has two locations, one in San Luis Obispo and one in Paso Robles.

There may be a wait time if visiting during peak hours as Goshi is a highly recommended restaurant, reservations are available at www.goshislo.com.

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Papa Thai’s Cafe

Papa’s Thai is home to the best Thai food in all of SLO, opening just 4 years ago. Papa’s Thai Cafe offers a variety of delicious Thai dishes, and you can never go wrong with the traditional chicken pad Thai, a customer favorite. Known for its friendly staff and authentic meals, this eatery is a must-try for anyone passing by.

A notable mention is Papa’s classic pad thai, thin rice noodles topped with a creamy peanut sauce, bean sprouts and your choice of protein between chicken, tofu, pork and beef. This meal has been a crowd favorite since the business’s opening in 2020. Perfectly paired with

every dish is their classic Thai tea, a delicious, creamy, afternoon pick-me-up.

With many gluten-free and vegetarian meals, Papa’s has options to offer for anyone with certain dietary restrictions. All but one of their 7 fried rice dishes are gluten-free, as well as pad Thai egg noodle options.

Aside from the amazing appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes and desserts, you can expect to walk inside and immediately feel welcome. The owner of Papa’s Thai Cafe, who calls himself “Papa”, is a friendly face to all, and has created relationships with frequent

customers, most likely remembering what your usual order will be. Stop by Papa’s for a delicious and authentic Thai meal, and a memorable experience with friends and family.

Known for its friendly staff and authentic meals, this eatery is a must-try for anyone passing by.
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Tucked away in the heart of San Luis Obispo, a culinary gem awaits students, families, locals, visitors and foodies alike. As you walk in you’re instantly welcomed with the smell of sizzling beef, freshly baked buns and a hint of smoky barbecue sauce wafting through the air.

The restaurant has an honorable reputation for its delectable gourmet burgers, craft beers and vibrant atmosphere.

Eureka’s burgers are gourmet and crafted with care, the Angus beef patty is all-natural and carrot-fed from Santa Carota.

“Having tried an extensive amount of items on the menu, my favorite burger would be the double smash burger. I will usually go for that or the Eureka house burger but the double smash is my go to choice,” affirms Eureka’s hospitality guide and Cal Poly student Xan Tassos.

The Double Smash burger is a unique burger with a tasty twist. Comprised of parmesan-crusted brioche, two juicy patties, American cheese, house pickles, onion and garlic aioli.

If interested in a more classic approach, sink your teeth into the signature Eureka Burger, featuring a juicy Angus beef patty topped with tangy housemade sauce, crispy bacon, melted cheddar cheese and caramelized onions; all sandwiched between a toasted brioche bun.

For those seeking a vegetarian option, the Veggie Beet Burger is a musttry. This colorful creation boasts a housemade beet and kidney bean patty, perfectly complemented by house pickles, tomatoes, onions, arugula and a zesty lemon vinaigrette.

But it’s not just about the burgers at Eureka. The restaurant offers a vast selection of the best local craft beers and artisanal cocktails adds another layer of enjoyment to the dining experience.

Whether you’re craving a mouthwatering burger, a cold craft beer, or simply a lively atmosphere to unwind with friends or family, Eureka Burger in San Luis Obispo delivers a one-of-a-kind dining experience that delights senses and leaves a lasting impression.


Before walking in the door, Doja Cat’s new single can be heard by customers. The music is loud enough for the chefs to dance while they cook, but quiet enough for the customers to order at the counter. The smell of seasoned impossible breakfast beef and locally farmed vegetables wafts through the small restaurant as students line up to order.

Vegan student, Montana Shultz explains that she went vegan for sustainability reasons years ago and that Ziggy’s makes it easier for her to continue

her journey doing so. When asked about her favorite meal from Ziggy’s, Shultz’s immediate response was the “Crunchwrap Supreme.”

Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Ziggy’s offers a wide range of cuisine - from breakfast burritos to tacos, to salads. However, their most beloved item on the menu is the “Crunchwrap Supreme.” The Crunchwrap is loaded with seasoned impossible beef, smooth melted pepperjack cheese, crispy tostada shells, house-made sour cream and chipotle aioli, diced tomatoes, thinly chopped lettuce, and grilled in a flour tortilla. As a knockoff to Taco Bell’s

long-lasting Crunchwrap Supreme, Ziggy’s uses dairy-free and vegetarian ingredients to offer the same flavors but allows for a better outcome for the environment.

Dining is available through in-person ordering, Ziggy’s website, or DoorDash. Knowing your order produces fewer greenhouse gasses than the average fast food meal makes Ziggy’s food taste even better!

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High St. Deli

Within a residential neighborhood, on the corner of High and Carmel Street, people can be frequently seen waiting outside a vintage white building with a green overhead. Chairs and tables align the front and side of the establishment with vintage signs decorating the exterior and interior, this is the popular High St. Deli. High St. Deli offers a wide variety of sandwiches, or sandos as they’re typically called, such as the BLT, West Coast Hoag and the Mother Nature Veg. Then there is the build-your-own sandwich, which customers can individualize to their liking as they walk inside the building,

with wooden barrels in the center. On top of them lie paper forms and pens, giving visitors the ability to customize their sandwich from the start or make specific requests for one of their signature High St. Deli sandwiches. Visitors have the option of switching things up allowing the sandwich maker to add their choice of additional ingredients, known as the “Make it Stoney!”.

For almost a century, SLO residents have been able to depend on High St. Deli for their freshly made sandwiches with each bite providing a flavorful and satisfying experience. High St. Deli is open from

For almost a century, SLO residents have been able to depend on High St. Deli for their freshly made sandwiches with each bite providing a flavorful and satisfying experience.

11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily with parking available on the adjacent streets. There are also valuable deals every day with orders from 4:20 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., visitors can get their sandwich at a discounted price. Specifically for students, Cal Poly and Cuesta students can get a discount on their sandwiches with their student ID. Orders can also be placed online at orders.highstdeli.com/high-st-deli/menu.

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Madonna Inn Cake

Food can define a culture and community in a way nothing else can. When it comes to San Luis Obispo dessert, the Madonna Inn takes the cake (quite literally) in a way so authentically Central Coast. Whether it’s for a date night, satisfying a sweet craving, or after getting dinner with your girls, the cake at Madonna Inn suits every flavor occasion. Getting a single slice is great for yourself or a small group, or jump for a full cake in a variety of sizes starting at six inches to a full layer, double sheet for all your friends or a larger party. If you’re buying a larger cake, be sure to call the bakery and order ahead since these cakes are always in demand. Or, you can pop into the Copper Cafe for a more casual meal and slice of cake afterward. Madonna Inn cake is most famous for the iconic pink Champagne cake, but feel free to venture out into the worlds of tasty lemon coconut, raspberry delight, black forest or whatever tames your sweet treat craving. Fluffy and delicate, it’s sweet in a way that won’t make you sick. Topped with gorgeous pink chocolate shavings on top, this cake looks just as good as it tastes. Madonna Inn cake is a staple of SLO culture– and you’ve gotta tap into the local culture through taste. Add it to your next sweet treat outing with your besties, because at Madonna Inn you can totally have your cake (and eat it, too).

Sweet Spotlight: Carrot Cake

Many would say that carrot cake isn’t for everyone… But this carrot cake is. Dig in and experience how each thick moist layer boasts a rich, spiced carrot cake with pineapple-infused cream cheese filling and frosting, adding a tropical twist to balance out the sweet and tangy notes. Enjoy a satisfying crunch of slivered toasted almonds covering the sides for a “healthy” kick, so you get your veggies and antioxidants all in one place… at least, you can tell yourself that.

Be sure to appreciate the artistic flair of marbled chocolate fondant topping with adorable buttercream-made carrot decorations bordering the top in an orange circle. Don’t be shy; give this carrot cake a chance, because all cake deserves love. Even the ones most people would rather not try.

Honorable mentions: Toffee Crunch and Banana Nut

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SLO Froyo

The relatively recent TikTok trend of “girl dinner” has finally made its way to SLO, and SLO Froyo takes the cake on this one. Girl dinner started as a trend of women eating snack boards for dinner rather than traditional entrees. Girl dinners today include much more than just snack boards- in fact, they encompass everything that a person deems comfort food and here in SLO, SLO Froyo is the perfect spot when in desperate need of a girl dinner.

Located in the heart of downtown, SLO Froyo is a family-owned and operated business that not only puts out delicious frozen yogurt but also extends a helping

hand to the community by engaging in fundraisers. SLO Froyo is consistently changing its flavor options as well as offering a wide variety of toppings to customers providing them with creative

SLO Froyo is the perfect spot when in desperate need of a girl dinner.



Finding a late-night snack in SLO is already difficult enough as is, and finding places that are open 24/7 is an even more daunting task. Luckily, SloDoCo, a familiar favorite among the community, has its doors open all day every day. Living in a college town, it is inevitable that students will be up late engaging in everything from studying to walking back from a house party and the only thing on their mind is biting into a sweet treat. SloDoCo is the perfect spot to satisfy your cravings with racks of over 100 freshly baked and unique doughnuts. On top of that, they even offer vegan and gluten-free options.

The atmosphere at both SLO locations can be described as serene and inviting and it is the perfect place to wind down and for many, get work done. If you are not craving a doughnut during your study session, SloDoCo also offers a variety of teas ranging from Thai tea to raspberry tea. There are also a few savory items on their menu such as croissants if that is what you are feeling that day. It is clear that SloDoCo really does offer something for everyone so the next time you find yourself in need of a latenight snack, be sure to stop by for a few minutes, or maybe a few hours.

freedom. SLO Froyo is coined as the ideal girl dinner because it allows you to fill up your cup as much or as little as you please. You are also able to fully customize what you add to your froyo which if you are anything like me is great because my cravings highly vary from day to day. The next time you are feeling a light treat, or a girl dinner as we call it, you should highly consider visiting SLO Froyo, and I guarantee you will walk away from it feeling satisfied.

SloDoCo is the perfect spot to satisfy your cravings with racks of over 100 freshly baked and unique doughnuts.
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Shalimar, a beloved Indian and Pakistani restaurant has been delighting locals and visitors alike with its aromatic spices, flavorful dishes and warm hospitality. Upon stepping into the restaurant, guests are immediately greeted by a kaleidoscope of colors and aromas that transport them to the bustling streets of Mumbai or the markets of Delhi. The décor is a vibrant assortment of rich hues and elegant paintings that decorate the wall to create an inviting ambiance.

The food complements the beauty of the interior design perfectly. You can begin your culinary venture with their lamb

samosas and vegetable pakora to start your meal with a savory beginning before diving into a main dish like their Shalimar Tandoori Special. A tandoori mix with seafood, lamb and chicken all marinated with fresh vegetables.

At Shalimar, you are promised a wonderful experience of simplicity and great taste. They provide lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch buffets for guests who just can’t get enough. As a bonus, they can also be found at the downtown farmer’s market on Thursdays if you’re looking for something quick and delicious.

At Shalimar, you are promised a wonderful experience of simplicity and great taste.
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Taqueria El Guero

Tucked away in the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo, Taqueria El Guero brings a taste of Mexico to the Central Coast. Owner Oscar Macias found inspiration for the restaurant through his family’s traditional Mexican recipes.

The menu features all the classic options like burritos, tortas, and quesadillas. However, Taqueria El Guero specializes in birria-style tacos, a staple of family celebrations for Macias. Traditionally made with goat meat, Macias prepares the dish with melt-in-your-mouth stewed beef, pillowy handmade tortillas, creamy

cheese, with a side of vibrant orange consommé. When put together, each ingredient explodes with flavor, and the broth greets you like a warm hug.

El Guero got its name from a nickname Macias had as a child. The term “guero” in Mexican culture generally refers to someone of a lighter complexion, which Macias has been called since an early age. Originally from Michoacán, Macias uses recipes that have been passed down by his grandparents and tweaked to bring the flavors of his home to life in San Luis Obispo.

The restaurant’s interior features vibrant decor and glass windows to the kitchen, so you can watch your food as it’s being made. Taqueria El Guero offers something for everyone, with vegetarian and kids options available. Because each item is traditionally made for Mexican celebrations, any day at this taqueria can feel like a party. With each dish made from family recipes, the only problem you’ll have is deciding which dish to order.

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Alocal favorite coffee company –Scout has three locations across San Luis Obispo. One on Cal Poly’s campus, one downtown off Garden St. and one off Foothill. Scout is known for its gourmet coffee as well as its freshbaked pastries. Whether you’re a college student sleeping in on the weekends or a family enjoying their Sunday, Scout is a gathering place. First opening in 2014 on 1130 Garden St., owners Jon & Sara Peterson began selling their roasted coffee, HoneyCo Coffee Roasters. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. customers flow in and out through Scout’s doors every day. With the library being closed, seats are filling up with college students

during the week. Brighton Ring, a business sophomore, goes to Scout once a week to plan out her week. “It’s a great place to lock in or enjoy yourself and get a nice cup of coffee with your friends,” Ring said.

Scout is known for its gourmet coffee as well as its fresh-baked pastries.

Aside from its own roasted coffee, Scout makes its own syrups and almond milk. Some of its more popular syrup flavors include honey lavender and vanilla bean. They also sell a variety of teas and make honey tea bowls which contain tea and foamed milk. These are great for the rainier days in SLO or if you’re beginning to feel under the weather. This summer Scout is expanding to Morro Bay and adding a fourth location to the collection.


The Açai Project

The closest you can get to a taste of sunshine is in an Açaí Project bowl. As described on their website, food at The Açaí Project is “designed for optimal taste and health.” Fresh fruits and organic ingredients are handprepared to create the perfect balance of tasty and healthy.

The tang of strawberry and pineapple compliments the sweetness of honey and kiwi in the Kahuna bowl, which also consists of banana, mango, granola, and toasted coconut atop an organic açaí base.

And if fruit isn’t really your thing, maybe chocolate and peanut butter is! The Gimme S’more bowl is another unique option for those who favor a richer flavor.

The Açaí Project caters to their SLOcal area with distinct regional offerings. With bowl names like Madonna, Pirate’s Cove, and 805, there’s a special sense of local pride in every bite.

It’s not just their food that makes

The Açaí Project stand out. The open, welcoming environment is a perfect place to catch up with friends and soak

up the sun or grab a bowl or smoothie on the go.

You can get your taste of sunshine (or s’mores) every day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Açaí Project, located at 872 Foothill Blvd in the University Square Shopping Center. Your taste buds will thank you.

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Morro Bay

Miles of beautiful, diverse, and raw coastline surround San Luis Obispo. With so many incredible options for choosing the best surf spot, Poly Picks voters have a difficult decision when it comes to “best surf spot”.

For 2024, voters once again selected Morro Bay as the location with the best breaks. Morro Bay provides visitors and locals with stunning sights. Whether you’re driving the 101 from San Luis Obispo, or coming down from Cayucos, seeing the 576-foot boulder towering over the city of Morro Bay never gets old.

Morro Bay offers surfers consistent and sizable surf. Whenever there is swell in

San Luis Obispo County, Morro is usually a safe bet. If you aren’t sure, just jump on Surfline and look at the multiple camera angles streaming video of the spot 24/7. The best surf at Morro typically shows up in the fall and winter months, however, the spot can provide great waves yearround.

Morro Bay provides surfers with convenience and accessibility. The spot is a mere 18 minutes from Cal Poly to the beach. With multiple free parking lots, Morro Rock tends to bring in a crowd. If you are looking for a more secluded surf, simply walk north on the beach. Great waves break up and down the whole of Morro Strand.

Have friends who are not a fan of surfing? No worries, the expansive beach is walkable for miles at all tides. If you get lucky, you might even see people riding horses on it.

Between the beautiful views, quality surf, and accessibility, Morro Bay provides SLO residents, students, and visitors with opportunities for great adventures and memories.



Farmers’ Market

For the locals of San Luis Obispo, there is one place to be on a Thursday night: the SLO Farmer’s Market. Once a week, downtown San Luis Obispo completely transforms into blocks of food, drinks, live music and fun. This weekly event becomes the perfect way to explore downtown SLO and observe the locals in their element.

The Farmer’s Market takes up five blocks in downtown San Luis Obispo from 6 p.m. 9 p.m. every Thursday. With live music playing on Higuera Street all walks of SLO life are brought in.

The booths at the Farmer’s Market sell food, drinks, jewelry and other items

handmade by the vendors. One of the best aspects of the Farmer’s Market is the mix of over 100 vendors, as they range from local businesses to residents who have a creative side, making the market extremely unique.

The market also features several local bands playing live music in the street. This gives an overall good feeling to the market as a whole and gives local bands the chance to play for a live audience.

While most attendees choose to walk through the blocked-off streets of downtown, many Farmer’s Market enthusiasts bring their own chairs to sit


Avila Beach

The Central Coast is blessed with gorgeous beaches, none better for whale watching, paddle boarding, or sunset-watching than Avila, home of the Point San Luis Lighthouse. With plenty of shops and activities, Avila is a mustvisit on your upcoming weekend plans. On land, you can take a bike ride down the Bob Jones Trail for three miles of stunning Avila sights.

If you want to venture into the aquatic world, drop by the aquarium to see some sealife, or book a kayak or boat charter trip and see them up close and personal

in their natural habitat. Avila is known for its calm waters, which makes it perfect for swimming, paddling, or a romantic walk along the shore.

On a casual day with your friends, take a walk down the pier and relax as you whale watch; there’s no better spot to catch a glimpse of gray and humpback whales. Then go down to the shore and dig your toes in the sand, catching some rays as the sun goes down. If you’re feeling hungry, grab some lunch at Custom House or Ocean Grill and dig into some seafood, as fresh as it gets. Avila

in and watch the residents walk-through. With some freshly made food and a good view, this makes for the perfect evening.

People watching at the Farmer’s Market will give you a new perspective on SLO and its people and will put a smile on your face. As weather permits, the Farmer’s Market will go on every Thursday night at 6 p.m. on Higuera Street.

is also incredibly dog friendly, including in restaurants and shops, so be sure to bring your pup and experience the beach with man’s best friend.

Avila is a must-visit on your upcoming weekend plans.
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Farmer’s Market

What would SLO be without its infamous Thursday night Farmer’s Market? Every Thursday night at 6 p.m., the streets of downtown are sure to be packed and lined with over 100 unique vendors. There are vendors selling everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. You will also find local organizations promoting the work they create. The overall ambiance of the market is lively and uplifting, making it the perfect setting to hang out with friends and family.

One of the most appealing aspects of the farmers market is the entertainment. Every week there is a rotation of artists and performers that bring something new and exciting to the table. There are always crowds gathered around a given performer showing their support and sometimes even joining in on the act and dancing along.

Taking up five blocks of downtown, the farmers market contains all you would need to have a fun and relaxing night


The UU

You might be familiar with the University Union as the place of departments, events, ASI and more but recently the UU has served as a go-to study spot for students. With the Kennedy Library under construction, students have been looking for alternative study spots, especially during midterms and finals season.

The UU has what students need with food and refreshments available on the first floor with Starbucks indoors and Mustang Station and Red Radish right outside. There are also numerous seating options, stools and cushioned chairs provide seating to work individually or

to collaborate on group projects. Since studying has no time frame, the second floor of the UU is open 24/7, though there are select days on which this differs, to plan and know ahead of time, the hours are available online at www.asi.calpoly. edu/facilities/facility-hours/.

Wondering if some of the resources available in the library continue to be available? The UU has it covered. Printers are available on the second floor with designated quiet rooms in the Chandler and San Luis Lounge along with computers from the library available for use in the San Luis Lounge. While there

out with delicious food complimented with great entertainment. It is such a popular and well-known aspect of SLO, so arriving early is always a good option. There is an abundance of things to see and experience at the weekly farmers market so my question for you is: what are you doing next Thursday night?

are numerous places to study on and off campus, the UU serves as the best alternative library spot.

The UU serves as the best alternative library spot.

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Shell Beach

While Avila Beach is one of the most popular places to spend a beach day, driving 10 minutes further south offers the perfect opportunity for a beachside picnic. Located between Avila Beach and Pismo, Shell Beach is much more secluded and is the perfect place for a picnic with a friend or loved one. Many students pack up a bag with food from their fridge or stop by Trader Joe’s to grab some snacks. If you have a car, freshmen even have the option to bring food from Vista Grande or another oncampus option. Shell Beach has a couple of different access points off N Silver

Shoals Dr., Searidge Ct., or Beachcomber Dr. The benefit of picnicking at Shell Beach is all of the different options for setting up a picnic. Whether you’re higher up on the bluff in the grass or on the actual beach itself there’s plenty of space. The beach is rocky which provides a flatter surface to set food on and has plenty of alcoves to tuck yourself away from the wind.

The one downside of picnicking on the beach itself is the possibility of a high tide. When the tide is high, Shell Beach doesn’t have much of a beach to sit


Nautical Bean

If you follow the sound of espresso machines and good music, odds are you’ll end up at Nautical Bean. As you walk in and look to your right, David Bowie might be staring at you, alongside other notable paintings, and a TV playing Cartoon Network. Moving through the coffee shop, you can choose to sit down next to a familiar peer, a knight statue with a stormtrooper helmet, or three different arcade games. No matter the choice you make, it will be the right one.

Established in 1998, Nautical Bean started its coffee shop journey in Shell Beach and moved to its iconic home

on Parker St in San Luis Obispo in 2018. It is most notable for its 1980s and 90s pop-culture ambiance, which creates a safe and inviting space for all identities. The walls are decorated with stickers, skateboards, paintings of all genres, and other paraphernalia that celebrate its values as an establishment.

There is always a seat waiting for a customer in one of the nooks of the coffee shop. Whether it’s a booth for a group project or a single table for an individual, there are plenty of inviting pieces of mismatched furniture for students to use. In case there is a

on. In this case, sitting up above in Ebb Tide Park or Palisades Park are both wonderful options. The only negative of sitting above is missing out on a classic California beach sunset, with crashing waves and surfers in the background.

diversion of focus due to hunger, Nautical Bean serves great food all day long, alongside their coffee and other beverages. The meals range from breakfast foods like bagels to salads and sandwiches for lunch.

It’s safe to say this notable study spot is a student’s home away from home. The cozy interior and all-inclusive environment invites students to feel at ease, even in their most stressful times.

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Bishop Peak

Astunning volcanic plug nestled within oak woodland, sage scrub, and chaparral, lies Bishop Peak an iconic landmark of San Luis Obispo. Named after its homage, “Obispo,” the Spanish word for Bishop, is known for hiking, bouldering, and breathtaking views of San Luis Obispo County. Rising 1,559 feet above the sea, Bishop Peak is an accomplishing summit offering 360-degree views of San Luis Obispo. For hikers, several trailheads lead to the top, depending on your preferred intensity of the hike. The Patricia Drive route offers a seasonal cattle pond, a shaded forest, and an open chaparral on the south side, while the Highland Drive trailhead offers

a more technical route, involving more steep and rocky challenges in the broad, shadeless expanse.

Along with diverse hiking trails, the peak also offers multiple areas for bouldering or rock climbing. As a 20 million-year-old volcanic plug, and one of the nine mirror sisters, the rock features very uniform characteristics, with some cracks, mostly face, and a lot of slabs, and is known as the most popular local cragging spot in the county. Various climbing styles such as bouldering, sport, trad, and mixed are available.

Whether you are hiking, biking, or climbing to the top the views from the peak are breathtaking, featuring sights from as far as Pismo Beach to Morro Bay.


Beach Bonfire

SLO and the central coast are widely recognized for their beautiful outdoors, especially the beaches. Many people have been to the beach, but having a bonfire alongside the oceannow that’s a completely different ball game. Being such a unique and exciting endeavor, these beach bonfires are one of the most popular outings that the freshman engage in during WOW week. These bonfires, which are quite literally providing light and warmth, are the perfect way to share stories and foster stronger connections between the freshmen. The purpose of WOW week

is to allow the freshmen some time to meet some familiar faces and make the transition to college a little smoother before starting classes. These bonfires can play a vital role in lots of their firstweek experiences at Cal Poly because of the shared experience it creates between the group.

Not only do these bonfires create a comforting environment, but they also usually have something sweet in store for the freshmen- that being smores. Roasting marshmallows by the fire and pairing it with chocolate and graham crackers is the ultimate dream dessert.

On a cloudy day, feel immersed in the clouds as they surround the mountain with a golden light and crisp air. For plant enthusiasts, this is a perfect hike to look at some coast live oaks, and bay trees, as well as sagebrush, coyote bush, and monkeyflower. Birdwatching is another common activity that takes place on the rock, so keep an eye out for jays, and passerine birds, as well as golden eagles, bald eagles, owls, and vultures.

Bishops Peak offers so much to the San Luis Obispo community and should be honored and respected so make sure to keep the trails clean and pick up after your dogs!

Grover Beach, located nearly 15 minutes from campus, is the go-to spot for holding bonfires and even after WOW week, you will surely run into college students sitting around the bonfire.

Grover Beach, located nearly 15 minutes from campus, is the go-to spot for holding bonfires.

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Perfumo Canyon

Located in the Irish Hills, Prefumo Canyon sits above the City of San Luis Obispo and provides stellar views of the surrounding hills and ocean. The drive up to Prefumo Canyon is just as scenic as the actual viewpoint itself. It can be accessed through Sea Canyon Rd. or the more common route off Los Osos Valley Rd. After turning onto Prefumo Canyon Rd. from Los Osos Valley Rd. you drive through a neighborhood before emerging into a heavily forested area and drive along Prefumo Creek. The smell of eucalyptus becomes apparent within the first mile of the over four-mile drive to the top.

As you drive further up the windier the road gets and the further away from the city you feel. The road provides a perfect opportunity to roll down your car windows and take in the fresh ocean breeze. From the top, you can see all the way to Morro Bay and gain access to an incredible view of Morro Rock. You’re also able to see the whole length of Cuesta Ridge from the top. Be prepared for the temperature to drop nearly 10 degrees from what it is down in the city. The top of the hills are pasture-like and a great place for you and your friends to frolic while the sun goes down. During the

winter season viewing the sunset can be just as enjoyable from the warmth of your car. Even better is to bring a nice warm meal up with you and an extra blanket.

Be prepared for the temperature to drop nearly 10 degrees from what it is down in the city.

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St. Fratty’s

Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant sea of green as the highly anticipated St.Fratty’s Day celebrations kick off around the Cal Poly campus. The clock strikes 3:17 a.m., marking the beginning of a daylong extravaganza that sees students spilling onto the streets, converging in backyards, and climbing rooftops of surrounding houses. It’s a spectacle that transforms the usually studious atmosphere into a kaleidoscope of laughter, lively music, and red solo cups.

St.Fratty’s Day is renowned to be the highlight of the student calendar here at Cal Poly. The student-led festivities

began in 2009 by a fellow Cal Poly student who had dreams of creating an event that brought together all types of students around campus to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day together. St.Fratty’s is now a cornerstone of the university experience.

Despite Cal Poly not holding the official title of a “party school,” St.Fratty’s Day proves that this university knows how to throw an unforgettable celebration. The event captures the essence of camaraderie, breaking down barriers between different student groups, and creating a sense of unity beyond the academic confines of campus life.



Before every Fall and Spring quarter, students rush to log onto their Schedule Builder to add Beekeeping as a class for good reason. With only 48 seats available each quarter, the class is very hard to come by due to such high demands. Taught by Jeremy Rose and Patrick Frazier, students of all ages and majors swarm to register for the class.

Appealing to even those with a fear of bees, students sign up to gain more knowledge and respect for the bees and what they do for the environment. Students can see how

gentle the bees are and therefore become less fearful of them.

During the lab section, students get to come to class and interact with live bees. Of course, with the right protection suits on, students can get a hands-on learning experience.

Cal Poly has offered a Beekeeping program in one way or another since the 1950s. Students can learn how important it is to keep bees alive and thriving. Students can learn by doing - from taking care of the hives to the production

Despite Cal Poly not holding the official title of a “party school,” St.Fratty’s Day proves that this university knows how to throw an unforgettable celebration.

of the honey itself. Honey from the beekeeping class is bottled up and sold at Campus Market located on Cal Poly’s campus.

If you want to be one of the lucky 48 students who get the pleasure of observing and protecting bees during class time, register for Beekeeping this Spring quarter!

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Students, families, and individuals bustle in and out at any hour with a box of sweets. Students gather around tables, studying with their laptops and notebooks as they have headphones in, or they are catching up and talking with their friends, making SloDoCo the place to be. The name, SloDoCo, includes San Luis Obispo and is a staple in the SLO community. Students can count on getting their delicious doughnuts and a drink to accompany them 24/7. Visitors can get their caffeine fix through coffee and teas but there are also noncaffeinated options such as milk, juices and more. A well-lit glass display with wooden shelves showcases the wide creative assortment of doughnuts for guests as they step inside the welcoming and aromatic shop.

If looking for classic, filled, gluten-free or vegan doughnuts, SloDoCo has it all. With over 100 different doughnuts, there is always something new to try. From floral sweet lavender to colorful galaxythemed to crunchy nostalgic snack toppings, visitors can consistently count on a new flavored doughnut. SloDoCo also provides variations to well-known flavors through their toppings.

SloDoCo has two locations in town, one on Foothill Boulevard and one on Higuera Street. With its constant fluid foot traffic, students and SLO residents’ attendance, SloDoCo is a staple and a must-visit destination when in town.

Poly Picks’ Favorite Donut!

The Chai Cream Cheese pillow is a fluffy dough contrasting with a hint of crunchiness from the sprinkled sugar on top and a rich smooth filling.

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SloDoCo has monthly specials, in February there were Valentine-themed doughnuts such as Love Bug Raised and Conversation Hearts while toward the end of the calendar year, there are holiday-themed doughnuts.


Goodwill Bins

San Luis Obispo County is widely known for its thrifting community. Streets downtown are home to more upscale stores such as Calico and Fred and Bettys. While these stores provide more curated items, the art of “digging through bins,” is more entertaining for many.

Harper Chapman-Robbins, Soil Science sophomore is a frequent thrifter. “The main draw to go to the bins is the fact that the clothes are priced by weight,” Chapman-Robbins said. The Goodwill Bins, otherwise known as the Goodwill Outlets are where clothes from regular

Goodwill locations are taken after not selling in-store. Because items are priced by weight, you’re able to get a lot more items for a lot less money than you’d spend at a normal thrift store. You can get a pound of clothes for under $4. Another added benefit of going to the bins is “the wide selection of clothes that are available,” Chapman-Robbins said. It’s a lot more unique than going to a store that already has people sort out the items. You can find anywhere from new going-out clothes to an old vintage jacket. It’s also a budget-conscious place to go shopping for your home. The bins



Located within the heart of campus, the Cal Poly Recreation Center’s yoga classes stand out as a sliver of peace within the hustle and bustle of college life. The classes offer a sanctuary to those who seek a break from the academic rigor of the student schedule, providing a space for physical rejuvenation and mental clarity.

The yoga classes offered vary slightly per quarter, and the Rec Center currently offers free classes for Hatha Yoga, Power Flow, Vinyasa Flow, and Yoga Flow, with varying times and instructors throughout

the week. Acro Yoga is an additional fee-based class offered during winter quarter, in which you and a chosen partner can explore movement and acrobatic fusion. Whether you’re looking for a class that’s slower-paced and relaxing or a class that combines fitness with the mindful practices of yoga, the Rec has you covered.

The variety of yoga instructors are all highly experienced in the practice and bring a wealth of knowledge, guiding students through various poses and breathing exercises. Their expertise ensures that participants receive

also have a section for home decor and appliances. You could walk out with a toaster oven or even a new armchair. They also include a wide variety of accessories including: bags, shoes and hats. Bins rotate every hour, but going in the morning before the selection is picked over provides the best potential outcome for finding something unique.

proper guidance in alignment, breathing techniques, and mindfulness, fostering a positive and educational experience for all.

As yoga classes in the San Luis Obispo area often range from $20 to $30 per class, the Rec Center is a cost-friendly way to foster the practice of yoga. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi and vinyasa expert, or a beginner taking the first steps in your journey, the Rec Center’s classes invite you to embrace the transformative power of yoga and join a community dedicated to holistic well-being.

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Mustang Village

What is a dream house or apartment to you? Plenty of college students would describe their spot as cozy and affordable, close to campus and centered around a lively community.

After their first year of studying at Cal Poly, a vast majority of students are looking for a place to call home off campus. For nervous parents and eager students, Mustang Village offers a safe new adventure for future living.

Mustang Village is a seven-minute walk from the entrance of Cal Poly’s campus

and is located near Foothill Boulevard, a bustling social district with many eateries and convenience stores. Let’s take a look at what your day could look like if you lived at Mustang Village.

From the moment your alarm wakes you up in your Mustang Village townhouse, you know it’s time to explore. Opening the windows, you can find the sun peaking over Reservoir Canyon into your bedroom.

The morning calls for a time to hit the gym before you go on the rest of your day. Mustang Village’s gym is fully

equipped so you can do a quick spin class, run on the treadmill, or lift like your favorite powerlifter.

After your workout, you might be getting a little hungry, so it’s time to make some food. Cook up a patty, or grill those dogs on the provided barbecue grills nearby. And once you finish your meal with the sun still shining down on Mustang Village, you can meander outside and find the hammocks that you can swing your worries away on.

If you’re feeling like it’s time to take a swim, Mustang Village offers two pools that residents can dive into if it’s a little too warm outside. Lawn chairs and tables surround the pools.

Days look like this when residents choose Mustang Village. Though you’ll never know what to expect, you can count on its versatility!



When the munchies hit at 11 p.m., on-campus residents and students who live close to campus have a quick delivery service to bring them ice cream, snacks, and other commodities. Quickie, which was created by Cal Poly students, satisfies the late-night craving with students who deliver your product to your doorstep for a flat $5 fee. You’ll find students working for the delivery service, who ride electric bikes or scooters to ensure promptness.

The app has plenty of options to choose from. Between pints of Ben & Jerry’s

Brownie Batter, to Allergy medication and Pizza Rolls, Quickie serves as a fully-stocked convenience store at your fingertips. Occasionally, you’ll find specialty items such as Fraternity posters or even rolling papers.

Popular among the on-campus freshmen, Quickie utilizes flashy, college student-centric marketing strategies to spread their message wide. Known now as “Bag Rizz”, each order is served in a Cal Poly-colored green bag, with a personal message written directly to the customer. Quickie “flashers” also known as delivery people, always put on a smile and good attitude when arriving to bring

customers their goods. They certainly don’t want your ice cream to melt.

When I ordered my ice cream, I placed my order at 10 p.m., and 12 minutes later got a text notifying me that my flasher had arrived outside my door. I walked outside, was handed my bag, and enjoyed my cold pint of Ben & Jerry’s.

Quickie caters to a college audience, providing a fun, fast, and easy-to-use delivery service when students need it most and is open every day between the hours of 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Since 2005, Tigerlily Salon & Spa has been serving the downtown area with cutting, coloring, highlighting and styling hair service. They also offer other services such as spray tan, makeup, waxing and facials

From the moment you step through the door, you enter an atmosphere of elegance and luxury. The salon’s chic interior, adorned with plush furnishings and modern decor, sets the stage for a truly indulgent experience.

If you have never been to Tigerlily before, their website provides a section where you can submit a digital consult and



Nestled in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo lies the locallyowned boutique BlackWater, a cherished destination renowned for its vintage treasures and artisan crafts. Upon stepping inside, visitors are greeted with a family-centric energy filled with a palpable warmth, as the attentive staff strives to create a welcoming and professional atmosphere for every guest. Operating as a beloved family-owned establishment, BlackWater is deeply committed to fostering connections within the community and offers an array of ethically produced gifts that resonate

schedule your appointment ahead of time. Additionally, they also have a section that has profiles of everyone on their team, including the services they offer, prices and a fun bio about them.

So, whether you’re in need of a little self-care or simply seeking a moment of respite from the chaos of everyday life, look no further than Tigerlily Salon in San Luis Obispo.

From the moment you step through the door, you enter an atmosphere of elegance and luxury.

with the soul. Inside, visitors embark on a captivating journey through time and style, surrounded by a diverse array of unique finds that celebrate individuality and craftsmanship. From retro clothing to exclusive antiques and fragrant incense, the store’s shelves are brimming with treasures, each whispering its own tale of quality, beauty, and sustainability.

With meticulous attention to detail evident from floor to ceiling, BlackWater exudes a charming eccentricity that enchants visitors with each visit. As the seasons change, the store transforms

accordingly, embracing the enchantment of Halloween and the cozy warmth of Christmas, solidifying its position as a beloved fixture in San Luis Obispo’s cultural landscape, and offering gifts that bring joy and meaning to all who enter its doors. From locally sourced clothing to handmade jewelry and home decor, the store sets a high standard for quality and originality along the Central Coast.

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Electric Monarch Tattoo

Located by the North end of Monterey Street, a shop adorned with an eye-catching gold and black butterfly accompanied by bold golden lettering stands out among the other storefronts. The golden butterfly represents Electric Monarch Tattoo. A tattoo shop where high-quality tattooing by experienced artists is at the forefront of the business. Each one of the artists takes pride and care in their craft while fostering a friendly and comfortable environment. Cleanliness and hygiene are paramount in any tattoo studio, and Electric Monarch excels in this regard. Their interior is neatly designed examples of tattoos on their walls add to the stylish aesthetic of the whole store.

Before scheduling your appointment, Electric Monarch showcases their various artists on their website where you can see for yourself the various art styles of their artists. If you’re feeling more spontaneous, Electric Monarch also offers walk-ins. So whether you’re a seasoned tattoo enthusiast or someone looking to try something new, Electric Monarch is there to bring your tattooing visions to life.

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The Ritual

Nestled in the back of a quaint retail store in downtown San Luis Obispo you can find The Ritual Barbershop, where good looks come about. When you first step inside, you realize The Ritual is more than just clean cuts. You get a vibe that you are “cultured” and so are the people about to cut your hair.

Since its opening in 2013, The Ritual’s objective has been to offer traditional values with a modern business style. When I went in to get a cut, the conversation flowed nicely, and from start to finish my appointment was

smooth and efficient. Anytime someone asks for a haircut rec near campus, the Ritual is the place to go!

When you first step inside, you realize The Ritual is more than just clean cuts.



When you walk through the large wooden doors of Moondoggies, you are flooded by racks of skateboards, surfboards, shoes, clothes, and beachwear. As the scent of surf wax hits your nose, you are transported to the beautiful shores of California’s central coast.

Moondoggies Beach Club is a surf, skate, and clothing retail store located on the corner of Chorro and Monterey Street in downtown San Luis Obispo. Whether you’re there to buy a new board or just browse the aisles, this local surf shop brings a sense of culture, community, and lifestyle.

If you are looking for new gear, the store sells many popular surf and skate brands including Volcom, Seager, Brixton, Roarke, O’Neill, Roxy, Salty Crew, their inhouse Moondoggies brand, and more

“Working at Moondoggies has been a great experience. Our crew is made up of surfers, campers, and grounded individuals and it seems like we all have found a home working there,” says journalism major and Moondoggies employee Mackenzie Johnson. “The employees and customers have some of the best stories and adventures through the California Coast and if anyone were

to be looking for a local surf shop, they would find more than that really.”

Moondoggies is more than just a place to buy gear- it is an integral part of our San Luis Obispo community. So next time you are passing through downtown, make sure to stop by Poly Picks top rated surf shop of 2024!



California Sweet Roasted Corn

For some, there is no better pleasure in life than to purchase a hot ear of corn. The weekly farmer’s market in SLO gives people a new tradition and a new way to interact with farmers and small businesses. California Sweet Roasted Corn is characterized by a line of people awaiting their hot-off-the-grill cob of corn. Around the booth, people can be seen happily snacking on an ear as they walk by other vendors.

The most special part about California Sweet Roasted Corn is, well, the grilled sweet corn and the various options they provide customers with to customize it however they want. They offer pepper, among other spices, and plenty of better

to douse the corn in. Seeing people flock to the booth for a simple starchy vegetable weirdly brings a fond sense of community to the farmer’s market. It makes perfect sense that Cal Poly students love California Sweet Corn, it is the perfect vessel for all of your favorite things. And above all else, it’s such a wonderful treat.

California Sweet Roasted Corn is characterized by a line of people awaiting their hot-off-the-grill cob of corn.

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Certified Auto Repair

Having a reputable, five-star car repair service located right here in San Luis Obispo is like a dream come true. Located on Marsh, Certified Auto Repair has been serving the local community for over 25 years. Isaac Feldman has been the owner of the shop since 2014 and has led the team with a customer-first mindset, ensuring that all vehicles that they return to customers are safe and reliable. Certified Auto believes that having happy and well-equipped employees leads to satisfied and well-served customers. Upholding a positive and welcoming environment is therefore central to

their values, ensuring that every person has an experience that makes it easy to return to.

When Certified Auto claims that they are a big deal on Cal Poly’s campus, they are not kidding. In a town primarily filled with young college students, tasks like auto repairs are daunting and a lot of the time, confusing. Certified Auto’s honest and friendly technicians, make the process of repairing your car or having an oil change that much smoother. The next time you find yourself in desperate need of upkeep or any type of repair, don’t hesitate to contact Certified Auto. They’ll

Located on Marsh, Certified Auto Repair has been serving the local community for over 25 years.

always handle your vehicle as if it were their own, placing a great amount of care while taking great pride in the work they produce.

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Trusted by Cal Poly students and parents for more than 30 years VOTED #1 POLY PICK FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS IN A ROW FREE inspections with Cal Poly ID. Stop in before heading out on your next trip! By appointment only. 10% OFF all labor costs up to $100 with Cal Poly ID! By appointment only. www.carofslo.com 805.543.7383 393 Marsh St. San Luis Obispo, CA Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Complimentary Whalebird Kombucha on tap Conveniently located minutes from campus Online appointment requests Shuttle service available upon request Friendly, professional service, & we can work with your parents!

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Megan’s Organic Market

Shopping for and smoking weed is still a highly stigmatized topic in the U.S. In San Luis Obispo, Megan’s Organic Market works to downplay that stigma by making cannabis wholesome. Megan’s is a 100% women-owned enterprise that works to redefine society’s relationship with cannabis.

Inside, customers will be greeted by a cute, colorful and elaborately displayed array of cannabis products. They carry flower, pre-rolls, vaporizers, edibles, concentrates and even THC-based beverages. In fact, every Thursday they have a Happy Hour all day - buy one get one for only $1 on all Cann beverages.

Deals like this are what make it a favorite among Cal Poly students. As a first-time bonus, Megan’s offers a deal where new customers receive 10% off their first purchase. If you don’t know what to look for the staff is extremely friendly and more than happy to guide you through your journey with Mary Jane. After your first visit, they offer other deals unique to the different days of the week, all these can be found on their website.

So whether you want to kick back and relax for a night or just check out a cute storefront in San Luis Obispo, Megan’s Organic Market has you covered.


Edna Valley

In the picturesque hills of San Luis Obispo, amidst rolling vineyards and the gentle embrace of California sunshine, lies Edna Valley Winery. A vineyard that first began growing grapes in the 1800s. Since then, Edna Valley Winery has made a name for itself with its award-winning Chardonnay, the first variety planted in the Edna Valley.

Located just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, a combination of refreshing breezes and warm sunshine make visiting the winery akin to visiting some sort of oasis. Hardwood floors, lush seating, a vast view of the vineyard and

a welcoming atmosphere add to the paradise-like experience of this winery.

While Edna Valley Winery does have an emphasis on its flagship Chardonnay, it also offers five other varietal wines nationwide: Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.

For true wine enthusiasts, Edna Valley Winery also offers “The Language of Yes Wine Club” for those looking to receive first access to new releases and limitedproduction wines.

As a first-time bonus, Megan’s offers a deal where new customers receive 10% off their first purchase.

Edna Valley Winery has made a name for itself with its awardwinning Chardonnay, the first variety planted in the Edna Valley.

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The Mark

It’s Thursday night. You just left the pregame and you’re riding that perfect line between relaxed and socially cocky. Stoked to enter your first bar you cruise downtown, in an Uber or with a designated driver of sorts, and see a long line of rambunctious college students stretching past Kruezburg. If you find yourself in this situation there is a good chance that the long line in front of you is for The Mark.

One of the hottest bars in the downtown scene The Mark is a Swiss army knife of bars. When you first walk in you’re greeted by a dancefloor filled with a

around) people grooving along to the thumping beats of that night’s DJ. Behind the crowd is one of two bars, above the bar a bright neon sign says “Save Water Drink Tequila.” If you feel so inclined to abide by the sign you can order a drink right next to it or head to the back where a second bar is located, on the patio. This aspect of The Mark makes it fairly unique, as it gives guests a wide-open area to grab some fresh air and relax on some cushioned seats to get away from the humidity of the crowd.

Outside of the wee hours of the night, The Mark has much more to offer.

establishment, as up until 9 p.m. the kitchen serves menu items like steak asada tacos, ceviche w/ chips and ahi poke nachos. The Mark wouldn’t leave you hanging solely with food, they also have an array of flat-screen televisions and live music. A calendar of their performers can be found on their website.

Whether you’re searching for a fun place to spend the night, or just grab a bite during the day, The Mark Bar & Restaurant has you covered.

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SLO Brew Rock

In a town where the laid-back vibes of Central California meet the rhythm of live music, SLO Brew Rock stands as a testament to the fusion of craft brewing and musical greatness. Since opening in 1988 SLO Brew Rock has remained one of California’s longest-standing brewing pubs. Owned and operated by surfers and racnhers, SLO Brew Rock provides hand-crafted micro brews, quality dining and world-class entertainment that embodies the free-spirit nature of the Central Coast.

Their brewmaster Steve Courier has been brewing beers since 1998. He moved to SLO from Chicago when he was 8 years old and has been a central coast surfer at heart ever since.

“Craft beer on the central coast is blowing up. We’re going to be a craft beer destination and we’re trying to really own it and help foster the success of each other and the industry as a whole,” Courier said.

SLO Brew Rock isn’t just known for their beer. SLO Brew Rock is also a stage for live performances that elevate the experience to a whole new level. From local talents to nationally acclaimed acts, the stage comes alive with the energy of live music, creating an immersive experience that resonates with music enthusiasts of all kinds. Their stage has seen the likes of Neil Young, Snoop Dogg, Sublime and many others.

SLO Brew Rock is more than a venue, it’s an experience that leaves you with memories of great brews and good times. It is a true pillar of life on the Central Coast.

SLO Brew Rock is more than a venue, it’s an experience that leaves you with memories of great brews and good times. It is a true pillar of life on the Central Coast.
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Located in the heart of Downtown SLO, we offer a full bar with great sour beer, over 60 guest drafts on tap, and delicious food. We are more than just a brewery, we are a venue featuring special events such as brunch n beatz, live music, comedy nights, and private events.

1234 Broad St. San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401


Finney’s Crafthouse

Discover a cozy spot where you can enjoy delicious meals and refreshing beverages without breaking the bank. You can get excellent food and drinks for less than $10 that are designed to both entice your taste buds and satisfy you. This restaurant is the ideal escape after a long day at work or school or just surviving everyday challenges. Finney’s Crafthouse offers burgers, fries, and a beer for just $15, making it the best happy hour spot in SLO. Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., you can come enjoy some delicious food and drinks for the best price in town.

You’ll never be disappointed with their extensive menu featuring over 14

delicious food options, 6 handcrafted cocktails, and a diverse selection of wine and beer. From buffalo cauliflower to pizza and mini ahi poke tacos, their menu offers a diverse range of food options to satisfy any craving. Indulge in their buffalo cauliflower topped with bleu cheese, ranch, and a signature hot sauce. Their pizzas are also a crowd favorite, featuring a flatbread crust with less grease than traditional pizza. At Finney’s, you’ll find classic American plates, Italian dishes, and even seafood specialties to entice your taste buds.

And if that wasn’t enough to draw you in, Finney’s serves an amazing selection

of cocktails. Six delicious cocktails, which have been skillfully created with a variety of liquors and garnishes, are available on the happy hour menu. The Rasberry Smash is a specific hit among the crowd. In San Luis Obispo, it’s difficult to find a quality cocktail for only $9, but you need to look no further. Finney’s is an ideal spot to get fruity drinks, while they also provide affordable classics like margaritas and old-fashioned. In addition, thirty craft beers priced at just $5 each are available on the happy hour menu, along with a variety of wines such as Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Louisa’s Place

Located in downtown San Luis Obispo, Louisa’s Place Restaurant has been a staple of the city since 1958, never failing to meet its promise of great food and great service.

Best known for their traditional comfort breakfasts, Louisa’s Place holds a special place in the heart of SLO locals and has been voted “Best Breakfast” in SLO County over fifteen times. Louisa’s Place specializes in traditional breakfasts, with their menu consisting of many omelets, sandwiches, scrambles and pastries.

The homestyle cooking at Louisa’s Place provides comfort to all who visit. Each meal comes out warm and is clearly made fresh and with love.

Louisa’s Place offers a constant flow of coffee, and have even created their own drink: “The Quarentini.” The Quarentini is served hot and is a combination of their house coffee and hot chocolate. It is served with whipped cream and sprinkles that color-coordinate with upcoming holidays, making it the perfect cure for a weekend hangover.

At Louisa’s Place, the staff goes above and beyond to create a friendly and welcoming environment. They are personable with each customer, making regulars excited to return.

“Louisa’s Place is like walking into a place where everyone knows each other and is happy to be there,” Louisa’s Place

employee Julia Nunez says. “Working there I’ve realized the locals are the real regulars that view Louisa’s as a special place to them. The regulars establish friendships with the staff and that keeps them coming, along with the food of course.”

Louisa’s Place has been family-owned and operated since its opening in SLO. They serve breakfast and lunch every day from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. are open 365 days per year, making them the most reliable breakfast spot in SLO.

“The employees have been working there for years and are like family,” Nunez said. “Other customers and new employees see these interactions, and you can tell it makes them feel comfortable. Everyone is treated in a way that establishes a community at Louisa’s.”

Next time you’re in the market for a morning pick-me-up after a night out, be sure to head down to Louisa’s Place Restaurant.

Louisa’s Place holds a special place in the heart of SLO locals and has been voted “Best Breakfast” in SLO County over fifteen times.

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Hotel SLO High Bar

Located on top of Hotel SLO, the Hotel SLO High Bar isn’t just a watering hole; it’s an experience. From the moment you step in, you’re greeted with a sophisticated ambiance that effortlessly blends coastal vibes with the urban flair of downtown San Luis Obispo. The plush seating, ambient lighting and panoramic views of the city create an inviting atmosphere that sets the scene for a memorable evening.

What sets Hotel SLO High Bar apart is its commitment to crafting extraordinary cocktails. Their “High Bar Lemonade” packs a refreshing punch for those

looking for a twist on a classic spritz. This cocktail features the tangy embrace of a freshly squeezed lemon with a hint of lavender to elevate the experience, topped with a splash of Prosecco. Another popular cocktail on the menu is the “SLO Rated.” A tropical cocktail featuring Hawaiian Gold Pineapple and X-Rated Liqueur that carries vibrant bursts of flavors.

Next time you find yourself in need of a libation and a luxurious escape, make sure to raise your glass at Hotel SLO High Bar.

What sets Hotel SLO High Bar apart is its commitment to crafting extraordinary cocktails.

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The Results


1. Goshi

2. Shin

3. Arigato


1. Papa’s Thai

2. Thai Palace

3. Thai Delight Cuisine


1. Taqueria El Guero

2. Taqueria San Miguel

3. Taqueria Santa Cruz


1. High Street Deli

2. Lincoln Deli

3. Mr. Pickles


1. McConnell’s

2. Nite Creamery

3. SLO Froyo


1. SLO Froyo

2. Urbane Cafe

3. Taco Bell


1. Eureka

2. Finney’s Crafthouse

3. Sylvester’s


1. Ziggy’s

2. Novo

3. Burger Village


1. Shalimar

2. Jewel of India

3. Taj Palace


1. Kreuzberg

2. Hoagies

3. Lincoln Market & Deli


1. Giuseppes

2. Flour House

3. Mama’s Meatball


1. Flour House

2. Giuseppes

3. Bear and the Wren

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Results are In...

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BBQ 1. Firestone 2. Old SLO BBQ 3. G Brother’s BEST PIZZA 1. Antonia’s 2. Flour House 3. Woodstock’s BEST SWEET TREAT 1. Madonna Inn Cake 2. Brown Butter Cookies 3. Boba Stop BEST ON CAMPUS VENUE
Scout Coffee
Shake Smart
Starbucks BEST LATE NIGHT MUNCHIES 1. SloDoCo 2. Taqueria Santa Cruz 3. Nick the Greek BEST AçAI BOWL 1. The Açai Project 2. The Neighborhood 3. Shake Smart
Scout Coffee 2. Nautical Bean 3. Linnaea’s Cafe BEST BEACH 1. Avila Beach 2. Pismo Beach 3. Pirates Cove BEST SURF SPOT 1. Morro Bay 2. Montana de Oro 3. Cayucos BEST NIGHT TIME ACTIVITY
Farmers’ Market 2. Sunset Drive-in Theater 3. Barcade BEST SUNSET SPOT 1. Perfumo Canyon 2. Avila Beach 3. Top of the P BEST PICNIC SPOT 1. Shell Beach 2. Leaning Pine Aboretum 3. Terrace Hill



















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Farmers’ market
Dexter Lawn
Rec Center
Bishop’s Peak 2. Architecture Graveyard 3. Serenity Swing
Beach Bonfire
Farmers’ Market
The UU
Scout Coffee
Nautical Bean
Front Porch
St. Fratty’s
Pilates Fusion
Goodwill Bins
Fred & Betty’s
Calico Trading Co.
Electric Monarch Tattoo
Traditional Tattoo
Tiger Rose Tattoo
Bluebird Salon 3. Twig and Arrow BEST BARBER SHOP 1. The Ritual 2. The Chop Shop 3. The Barber BEST SURF SHOP 1. Moondoggies 2. Central Coast 3. Pancho’s Surf Shop
Wine Making
Mustang Village
The Academy
Valencia Apartments
Guayaki Yerba Mate


1. California Sweet Roasted Corn

2. Sequel Tea

3. Quesadilla Gorilla


1. Blackwater

2. Francescas

3. Blue Harvest


1. Quickie

2. Doordash

3. UberEats


1. Certified Auto Repair

2. Big Brand Tire and Service

3. Vintage Autobody

1. Megan’s Organic Market

2. Natural Healing Center

3. Slocal Roots Dispensary


1. The Mark

2. Frog and Peach Pub

3. Buffalo

1. Edna Valley

2. Frog and Peach Pub

3. Buffalo


1. SLO Brew Rock

2. BarrelHouse

3. Libertine


1. Finnery’s Crafthouse

2. Luna Red

3. Sidecar


1. Louisa’s Place

2. Charlie’s Place

3. Breakfast Buzz


1. Hotel SLO High Bar

2. Sidecar

3. Finney’s Crafthouse

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