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The Central Coast Guide to All Things Food and Drink

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nyone who’s stepped inside Captain Bill’s Subs in downtown San Luis Obispo during the height of lunch rush knows that this sandwich shop means business: owners Kris, Julie, and Raymond pride themselves on being able to satisfy every sandwich lover, even if it’s 1,000 customers in 2 hours (a feat the family has achieved more than once). It all boils down to “quality and speed,” Kris said. But perhaps even more impressive is the story behind how Captain Bill’s got its name. Julie’s father, Bill, became the owner of the submarine shop after he converted it from a dying sandwich chain into a thriving, independent sub shop, originally based in Phoenix, Arizona. “He couldn’t come up with a name,” Kris said as he told the now infamous family story. “But one day, Bill was at the bank making a deposit and there was an elderly woman ahead of him in line making a hefty withdrawal from her savings. As she left the bank, she was robbed.” Immediately springing into action, Bill managed to chase down the culprit and hold him under a citizen’s arrest until the police arrived. The money was returned to its rightful owner, and Bill’s employees bought a cake to celebrate. “The frosting read, ‘Our Hero, Captain Bill!’... And the name just stuck.” Ever since that fateful day, Captain Bill’s has been serving up nothing but the highest quality meats and cheeses on daily fresh bread, and often locally

sourced veggies—not to mention a unique selection of sandwich spreads, breakfast sandwiches, soups and much more. “While it’s tough to pick a favorite on the menu, one of our most famous subs is the Italian Munchie,” Kris said. “It’s stacked with ham, salami, pepperoni and provolone, with your choice of the works, and topped with our house Italian dressing.” Captain Bill’s slogan—“Food & Fun since 1981!”—sure rings true with this one. But in classic Captain Bill’s fashion, there’s an option for everyone. If you’re not feeling this meat lover’s choice, the Garden Goddess sandwich is sure to please. Artichoke hearts, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, sweety drop peppers, sprouts, Goddess dressing, and dill havarti top this mouth watering vegetarian delight. Make it vegan by dropping the cheese and adding Captain Bill’s signature cashew sun-dried tomato spread. Captain Bill’s is more than just a grab-and-go sandwich joint: It’s an inviting place for the community to gather, Julie said. “We have free wi-fi, it’s fun, it’s definitely flavorful, both the atmosphere and the food. We’ve got an outside patio where you can relax. It’s the ultimate meeting place to come grab a bite before hitting the town.” Between the scrumptious sandwiches and the homegrown feel the moment you walk in the door, Captain Bill’s Subs is your one stop lunch shop offering housemade soups and salads made fresh daily. As owner Julie said, “It’s just a fun place to be.” ❉

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VEGETARIAN Veggie Wrap Herb cream cheese, bell peppers, onions, cucumber, sweety drop peppers, herb cream cheese, tomato, wrapped in a tomato tortilla

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Garden Goddess Artichoke hearts, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, sweety drop peppers, sprouts, your choice of dill Havarti, onion, lettuce, tomato on a sub roll VEGAN

Cashew sun-dried tomato spread, avocado, sliced red onion, tomato and lettuce on vegan sub roll or bread

COLD SUBS Italian Munchie Ham, salami, Bologna, Provolone, your choice of mustard, mayo onion, lettuce, tomato, house Italian dressing on a sub roll

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HOT SUBS 6” HALF - $8.75 12” FULL - $13.25 Pastrami & Swiss Pastrami, Swiss, your choice of mustard, mayo, onion, lettuce, tomato, on a sub roll

Ray’s South Pacific Ham, Dill Havarti, bacon, pineapple, red onion, Teriyaki glaze, lettuce on a sub roll

Cal Philly Tri-tip, Swiss cheese, grilled bell peppers and onions, on a sub roll

Fruity Chicken Salad Roasted Chicken, mayo, grapes, pineapple, cashews, your choice of onion, lettuce, tomato on a croissant

French Dip Tri-tip, Provolone, side of au jus sauce on a sub roll

BLAST / BLT Bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, sprouts, your choice of mustard, mayo, onion on a sub roll

Spicy Mustang Tri-tip, pastrami, bell peppers and onions, pepper jack, horseradish, your choice of Dijon mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato on a sub roll

Chicken Curry Salad Braised chicken, South African curry, apple, cranraisin, your choice of onion, lettuce, tomato on a subroll/ croissant

UP IN SMOKE Ham, bacon, brisket with cheddar cheese and house BBQ sauce

TUNA SALAD Tuna salad, your choice mustard, mayo, pickles, onion, lettuce, sprouts, tomato, on a sub roll TAB (Turkey, Avocado & Bacon) Turkey, avocado, bacon, your choice of mustard, mayo, onion, lettuce, tomato on a sub roll Club Ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss, your choice of mustard, mayo, onion, lettuce, tomato on a sub roll

BBQ Tri-tip Tri-tip, cheddar, house BBQ sauce on a sub roll Meatball Mama’s Italian meatballs in marinara sauce with Provolone cheese on a sub roll Brisket 14-hour slow-and-low cooked beef brisket, house BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, on a French sub roll (try it on the pretzel bun)

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Captain’s Chili Ground beef, sausage, onion, bell pepper, tomato, tomato sauce, tri-color beans, Captain’s seasoning

Turkey & Cheese Turkey, Swiss, your choice of mustard, mayo, onion, lettuce tomato on a sub roll

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Mozzarella, fresh basil, tomato, pesto on toasted sub roll

Clam Chowder New England chowder with a splash of yummy

Salami & Cheese Salami, Provolone, with your choice of Italian dressing, mustard, mayo, onion, lettuce on a sub roll

BBQ Chicken with house BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese on a sub roll

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Ham & Cheese Ham, Swiss with your choice of mustard, mayo, onion, lettuce, tomato on a sub roll/croissant

Chicken Deluxe Chicken, dill Havarti, bacon, your choice of onion, lettuce, tomato, on a sub roll

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Hot Cal Poly Chick Pulled chicken, buffalo sauce, pepper jack, bacon, onion, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing, on a sub roll side of Pirate Booty

Breakfast Burritos $5 Bacon, Cheddar & Potato • Bell Peppers & Cheddar •Jalapeño Popper • Bell Peppers, Cheddar & Potato Croissants $5.50 Ham & Cheddar Bacon & Cheese

BREAKFAST SCRAM-BOWLS $5 Bacon & Cheddar • Tri-Tip & Cheese Brisket & Cheese • Turkey & Cheese Chorizo & Cheese BAGEL SANDWICH $6.50 Egg, bacon, cream cheese, tomato and onion on a bagel Egg Sandwich $6.50 Egg, cheddar, spinach on sourdough toast Avocado Toast $3.25 6 grain toast, avocado, tomato, sweety drop peppers Julie’s Toast $5 Toasted goat cheese, rosemary, walnuts, honey on sourdough EGG BITES $3 1074 HIGUERA ST. SLO CAPTAINBILLSSLO.COM 805-783-1074 Mon–Wed: 7am–7pm · Thurs: 7am–8:30pm Fri: 7am–9pm · Sat: Open Soon!

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BAYSIDE CAFE

Thomas Hill Organics’ al fresco dining.

In the MORRO BAY STATE PARK

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HOMESTYLE HAMBURGER 1/3 lb. choice ground beef on a brioche bun.

CALAMARI STRIPS Squid strips in seasoned breading.

“CATCH OF THE DAY” SANDWICH Charbroiled filet of fish on a wheat bun.

SPINACH SALAD Tossed with almonds, dried cranberries & feta cheese, with a sweet, tangy, house-made dressing.

TRI-TIP BEEF SUB On a French roll.

CAESAR SALAD Original Caesar salad. You may add chicken, blackened or charbroiled salmon, or shrimp.

CLUB SANDWICH Ham, turkey, bacon on toasted whole wheat bread. TUNA SANDWICH Dawn’s tuna salad on wheat bread. CRAB CAKE SANDWICH Rock crab cake on a whole wheat bun.

CALIFORNIA CLAM CHOWDER Bayside Cafe clam chowder topped with our Bayside Cafe spicy, green chile soup.

FISH & CHIPS - Beer battered & crispy.

BURRITOS, TACOS, TOSTADAS & ENCHILADAS

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CHARBROILED SALMON Served with rice pilaf & vegetables.

SHRIMP SCAMPI Capers, lemon, garlic, tomatoes, green onions, with white wine butter & a dash of cream tossed with linguine. SEAFOOD PASTA Scallops, clams, shrimp, lobster & assorted fresh fish in light mushroom basil cream sauce. Tossed with linguine. COQUILLES ST. JACQUE Puff pastry topped with mushrooms & large scallops sauteed in sherry & cream. Served with rice pilaf. BLACKENED AHI Pan seared served with ancho cream sauce, garlic mashed potatoes & vegetables. GRILLED MANGO SPRING ROLLS Served with Asian dipping sauces.

BAYSIDE STEAMERS Clams, mussels, crab claws, scallops, lobster, & shrimp with white wine, lemon, & green onion. Enough for two.

TENDER SLOW ROASTED TRI-TIP Served with garlic mashed potatoes, with vegetables & creamed horseradish sauce. CHICKEN MARSALA 8 oz. boneless chicken breast topped with marsala mushroom cream sauce served with garlic mashed potatoes & vegetables. FRIED BRIE SALAD A wedge of breaded, deep-fried Brie on top of mixed greens, with fresh fruit, and candied pecans, served with balsamic vinaigrette. SCALLOPS ON FRIED GREEN TOMATOES Topped with spicy scallion aioli.

Desserts Made In-House

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rom its humble beginnings as a CSA, Thomas Hill Organics remains one of the first authentic farm-to-table restaurants in SLO County. The choice Paso Robles downtown destination, Thomas Hill ranks among the top restaurants in the nation for locally-minded ethos—with a focus on organic ingredients and a wine list that will entice both the epicurious and the loyal. The green and breezy center courtyard remains the favorite spot to sit, though the famous restaurant and bar is now becoming a hot spot for a wine flight or sweet bite. The latest editions include a dessert bar and a Piano Lounge set up for live acoustic music. Served in the relaxing, freshly decorated front bar and lounge area, the Dessert Bar welcomes guests of all ages to enjoy a selection of treats crafted both in-house and by local purveyors, paired with local coffee, tea, beer, and wine. New Chef Libry Darusman has been leading the way with his exciting culinary artistry. “Chef Libry has extensive experience working in high-profile restaurants,” owner Debbie Thomas says, “but he also has a worldly palate and a willingness to get creative in the kitchen.” The chef has a flair for the exotic, balancing acid and heat,

and incorporating the main ingredients into the sauces and gels he drizzles and dots his plates with. “I am a big fan of dishes that are hot and cold,” said Darusman, who invented a version of s’mores for the dessert bar that creates a steamy fog when you open the s’more inside a mason jar. Watching him make this dish is an extraordinary experience. He creates our favorite campsite treat on a wood round with a torch. Other times, Darusman is concocting one of his new creations using liquid nitrogen. “Whether it’s a hot dish that has a cold component to it or a cold dish that has a hot component to it, I think the contrast of those two when you’re eating it is fun and it’s only something you can get from temperature,” Chef says. “At the restaurant we try to use any byproduct we have—whether it’s from veggies or herbs. We try to use as much as we can,” Darusman said. “Fresh pasta is something we do a lot of. It’s something I’m very passionate about. We really like to cook from scratch, so it’s a lot of house-made crème fraîche, ricottas, pickling, and fermenting, ... things like that.” At Thomas Hill Organics, you can always find additions to the menu that surprise you, as the specials wax and wane with the seasons, so be sure to stop by as we move into spring. ❉

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OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11 am - 2 am | Happy Hour EVERY DAY 3-6 pm | Wine Down Wednesday Enjoy your lunch, dinner and drinks by the fireplace or on the patio

— two convenient locations — PISMO: 197 POMEROY AVENUE SLO: 1491 MONTEREY STREET

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#blacksheepslo 1117 Chorro St., SLO | 805.544.7433 | www.BlackSheepSlo.com

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Community Culture By Crystal Ship

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ld SLO BBQ’s philosophy is simple, much like the food on its menu—unpretentious, high quality, consistent, and built by and for the community. “We don’t complicate any of the dishes that we serve,” owner Matt Pearce said. “Our tri tip sandwich is meat on a buttered bun. Our pork sandwich is meat on a buttered bun. And, of course, the buns are made local ... We try our best to stay true to the heart of the Santa Maria-style. It’s a bare bones, simply seasoned, meat should taste great on it’s own kind of BBQ. All the sauces come on the side.” SLO BBQ’s commitment to this simplicity shines in every meal they serve. Meat is king. They only use hand-trimmed black angus tri-tip, seasoned with a family rub, grilled over red oak, and delicious every time. Pearce hopes his restaurants’ food represents the cuisine and the culture of the Central Coast in an affordable and accessible way. Culture is an important part of what Old SLO BBQ does, and the culture isn’t just about the food they serve. It’s imbedded into the connections they foster within the community they’re a part of. The restaurant supports as many local businesses as possible. Digital West provides their phone and internet service, Tognazzini provides beverage service, and Sentinel Security provides alarm and monitoring service. They get their all their bread from Edna’s Bakery and Brian’s Breads. Cattaneo Brothers provides their linguiça. Produce comes from Bautista Farms and Green Gold Organics has a strawberry field dedicated to producing berries for the restaurant. Pearce said they try to help out lots of community organizations too. SLO BBQ is a part of fundraisers and provides discounted meals for

nonprofits, churches, schools, and more. They’ve partnered with Wood’s Humane Society, Family Care Network, Operation Surf, and the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center, to name a few. Being involved with the community is an important part of why Pearce said he opened the business in the first place. “I feel like the most enduring companies are companies that are focused outward, allowing them to make big impacts on cultures and communities they’re in.” Pearce said. “SLO impacted the culture of my business before we ever opened the doors. People in SLO care about each other. So, I constantly ask myself, ‘how does Old SLO BBQ benefit the most people?’ Through benefiting the most people, I hope my business can be sustainable and enduring.” He was intrigued by what a business could do and why some businesses succeed and some fail. Pearce used the example of Arthur Guinness to explain. The Irish entrepreneur who founded St Jame’s Gate Brewery in 1759—and yes, brewed that luscious Guinness Irish stout—was a man who focused on making his workers’ quality of life better. Guinness created workforce housing for his employees, encouraged education, and paid a fair wage. Thus, Pearce said, he believes in paying a fair wage and providing opportunities for advancement within his company, which now has two restaurants in San Luis Obispo and a large catering operation. “The business isn’t just about supporting me and my family. It’s about being able to support my employees and generously support our community,” Pearce said. “It’s important to me to have a business structured this way so that it’s sustainable. I hope my business can encourage others to do good in the community too.” ❉

OLD SAN LUIS BARBECUE COMPANY

670 Higuera Street & 3870 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo 805-285-2473 · OldSanLuisBBQ.com

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A comfortable space for beer lovers and families alike

6907 El Camino Real in Atascadero

805-399-BEER

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Dine at our tasting room or take it to-go VIVANT FINE CHEESE PLATE

Served with Marcona Almonds, Dried Fruit, Fresh Local Bread $14.50 Featured Cheeses: Big Rock Blue, Manchego, 5-year Gouda, Fromage d’Affinois, Honey Bee Goat Gouda Add Castlevetrano Olives, Salami, Prosciutto or Chorizo $2.00 each

Open Daily at 8am Serving Breakfast Until 3pm Lunch & Dinner Menu Sampling:

with:

Variety of Eggs Benedicts Breakfast Specials

Daily-made Biscuits Eggs Benedicts Vegetarian Dishes Mexican Specialties

COLD SANDWICHES

Served on fresh locally-made Ciabatta with Salad or Kettle Chips $12.50 TURKEY: Roasted Turkey, Creamy Havarti, Pesto Mayo HAM: Black Forest Ham, Holey Cow Swiss, Dijon Mayo VEGGIE: Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Red Peppers, Pesto Mayo

PANINIS

Served on fresh locally-made Ciabatta with Salad or Kettle Chips $12.50 TURKEY: Roasted Turkey, Creamy Havarti, Pesto Mayo HAM: Black Forest Ham, Holey Cow Swiss, Dijon Mayo GOURMET GRILLED CHEESE: Fontina, 2 year Gouda, Havarti FIG & PROSCIUTTO: Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella, Fig Spread Add Caramelized Onions and Roasted Red Peppers $2.00

SALAD

Mixed Greens with house made Balsamic Vinaigrette topped with Marcona Almonds, Fresh Goat Cheese, and Dried Cranberries $12.50 Side Salad $6.50 · Add Turkey $3.00 · Add Chicken $1.50

BEVERAGES

Local Beer $4 · Wine By The Glass - price varies Pellegrino Water $3 · Specialty Sodas $3 · Ice Tea $2 · Bottled Water $2

Featuring Local Wines & Beers Local Farm Fresh Ingredients Fresh Local Catch Joebella’s Roasted Organic Coffees

Happy Hour 7 Days A Week From 3pm-5:30pm Great Happy Hour Menu • Live Entertainment Alfresco Dining with 14 Waterfront Tables Dog Friendly · Casual Relaxed Atmosphere

Best View On The Bay! 699 Embarcadero, Morro Bay · 805-772-8988 Look for the blue umbrellas at Marina Square

Visit www.bistroonthebay.com for complete menu

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Vivant Fine Cheese

VOTED BEST CHEESE SHOP IN SLO COUNTY

821 Pine Street, Suite B · Paso Robles 805-226-5530 · info@vivantfinecheese.com

Retail Store & Tasting Room Hours: Mon–Thurs: 10am–5pm Fri: 10am–6pm · Sat: 10am–6pm · Sun: 10am–5pm

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OCEAN VIEW DINING IN PISMO BEACH Get lost in panoramic ocean views on our elegant patio while enjoying market-fresh, regionally-inspired classic seaside dishes from our showcase kitchen and wood-fired grill.

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pismo beach , ca

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Treebones Resort in South Big Sur

Unique Yurt Lodging and Two Restaurants PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY CHRISTOPHER McGUINNESS

Going into the Restaurant and Hospitality Business ... Prepared By Beth Giuffre

“Taste another world nearby”

30 min. drive North of Hearst Castle on Hwy 1

Lunch Daily

Noon–2pm Ocean View Appetizer Menu on outside bar starting at 4:30pm daily Inside Dining 6–8:30pm nightly

Offering farm to table cuisine with greens and vegetables harvested daily from our on site garden.

WILD COAST SUSHI BAR We offer an “Omakase”, coursed out meal designed by the Chef. $100 pp The Sushi Bar is open Wed-Sunday with two seatings nightly: 4:30pm & 7:00pm.

For Sushi reservations please call front desk or email First priority is to stay-over guests. Reservations only. (March – November)

Dinner Reservations recommended Call Front Desk 805.927.2390 71895 Hwy 1 Big Sur, CA 93920 1-877-424-4787 · www.treebonesresort.com

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ot many people know that Allan Hancock College offers a phenomenal Culinary Arts and Management Program. Those who graduate with a Certificate of Accomplishment can find immediate work in the service industry, whether it be general manager of a SLO County hotel or restaurant or managing a catering company. Allan Hancock graduates are usually hired on the spot “sometimes even before they graduate. “You’re career ready after two years,” Ron Lovell, Allan Hancock College Assistant Professor of Culinary Arts said. “You can get a living wage job right out of the gate. “The number of jobs for hospitality and culinary are forecast to increase by 30 percent in the next ten years,” Lovell added. “There will always be a high demand for hospitality employees..” The Allan Hancock culinary program isn’t all about becoming a cook. The jobs in hospitality span a wide range of management positions as well. “We’re demanding high wages for reasonable work hours and if you have a degree you’re really treated like a professional,” he said. “Sometimes people think the hospitality industry is like the old days of less educated employees and a lot of grueling hours and no benefits—but that has changed.” The Culinary Arts and Management Program at Allan Hancock consist of four majors that end in certification: Baking, Catering and Events Management, Food Production Supervision, and Food Services Production and

Restaurant Management. Most programs can be finished in one to two years. The Food Services Production and Restaurant Management Program, for instance, requires 32 units in classes that range from Beverage Management to Basic Nutrition for Health. Students will learn about culinary professions and food sanitation, while also gathering knowledge on life management and food production costs. Recommended electives include: Pairing Wine and Food, Marketing, and Food Science. Programs partner with local hotels, restaurants, and nonprofits for handson practical experience for students in the Hancock culinary program. One day they may cater a lunch for some business professionals, and another day they are making and serving soup for the Empty Bowls fundraiser. At Allan Hancock College, there is an understanding that living on the Central Coast may mean some students don’t have the luxury of not working while they further their education. The Career Technical Classes allow students to begin working immediately so they can pay rent and their tuition while they’re in school. “Students can get placed in a job in the industry and actually work on the weekends while they go to school during the week,” Lovell said. Allan Hancock also offers the Hancock Promise, which provides local high school graduates with a year of free tuition. The promise includes more than $1,200 in tuition and fees during their first year. ❉

ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE

Santa Maria Campus: 800 South College Drive, Santa Maria For information on the Hancock Promise Scholarships, email promise@hancockcollege.edu or call 805-347-7550 · hancockcollege.edu

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Ragged Point offers beautiful private accommodations and creative gourmet dining in an unparalleled garden environment while treating its guests with that “Million Dollar View” overlooking the dramatic coastline of the gateway to Big Sur. It has also become a popular location for special occasions such as weddings, receptions, meetings, seminars and parties.

A Sampling of our Menu BREAKFASTS

LUNCH & DINNER

Lox Plate Beet-cured salmon, capers, sliced tomato, red onion, and hard-boiled egg, with a toasted bagel and dill cream cheese. $16

Caesar Salad Chopped Romaine lettuce with shaved Parmesan cheese, house made croutons and cream Caesar dressing

Breakfast Parfait Layers of fresh berries, strawberry yogurt, plain yogurt, and chunks of crunchy granola. $10

Fall Salad Crisp endive and Brussels sprouts tossed in a caramelized apple vinaigrette with dried cranberries, blue cheese, chopped bacon, orange segments, and candied walnuts. $16

Crunchy French Toast Two slices of thick brioche bread, dipped in batter, coated with corn flakes, and cooked a golden brown. Served with warm maple syrup and your choice of bacon or sausage. $14 California Veggie Scramble Mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, spinach, peppers, and garlic, topped with Monterey Jack cheese and avocado. Served with breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, and toast. $12 Big Sur Omelet Bay shrimp, spinach, mushrooms, and Swiss cheese, topped with sliced avocado. Served with breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, and toast. $16

STARTERS Walnut Chicken Walnut-crusted chicken breast with kumquat jam, red jalapeño oil, and micro cilantro. $13

Ragged Point Burger 1/2 lb angus beef patty on a sesame brioche bun, with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle. Add cheese, grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms, avocado, bacon or 1 egg. Chicken & Pear Pastrami-seasoned sliced chicken breast with anjou pears, red onions, crisp baby arugula, goat cheese, and cranberry aioli on warm toasted ciabatta. $18

SPECIALTIES Sirloin A half-pound grilled top sirloin, roasted corn fricassée, sweet potato hash, and crispy onions. Served with a side of béarnaise sauce. $29

Albacore Slider Albacore patties, black bean purée, corn slaw, tomato, and onion, with avocado-lime crema. $16

Fish & Chips Fresh Pacific rockfish, beer-battered and fried to perfection. Served with steak fries, tartar sauce, and lemon wedges. $17

Pumpkin Tart Pumpkin-goat cheese mousse piped over sautéed spinach and forest mushrooms in a flaky phyllo cup. Topped with crisp sage leaves and white truffle oil. $12

Zucchini Roll Grilled zucchini, spinach, red onion, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, and avocado. Rolled in grilled naan bread and drizzled with roasted pepper aioli. $16

Soup of the Day Our chef’s freshly made soup of the day in a cup, bowl or bread bowl.

Restaurant Reservations 805-927-5708 Breakfast Service 8am–11am • Lunch Service 12pm–4pm • Dinner Service 5pm–9pm • Please call for winter hours The Ragged Point Cliff House has stunning views and is a great place for a special event, meeting, party, or celebration. Call hotel reservations 805-927-4502 for more information.

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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS… Enjoy a local, casual cafe that believes in wholesome food made with fresh ingredients, along with a feeling of being at home.

Now Selling Zorro’s Salsa & Hot Sauce

Chile Verde Blueberry Pancakes Salmon Salad Fish & Chips Burgers & More!

BEST MEXICAN FOOD People’s Choice Award 1st Place

Clam Chowder

“Great food, excellent service and a comfortable and warm atmosphere. Great friends and good times. ¡Gracias! and thank you.” —Cindy and Family

PRESERVE THEM!

WHERE THE LOCALS GO! Traditional American Cuisine and Mexican Specialties B R E A K FA S T • L U N C H • D I N N E R

ZORRO’S CAFE & CANTINA I N D O O R & O U T D O O R PAT I O S E AT I N G

NEWLY REMODELED • OPEN DAILY: 7:30AM - 9PM 927 Shell Beach Rd • Shell Beach 805-773-ZORO • zorroscafe.com

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Free delivery on custom gifts!

MORRO BAY’S KITCHEN GADGET BOUTIQUE Open Wed – Sat 11am – 6 pm 898 Main St. / Harbor Ave. Morro Bay www.TheHermitCrab.Shop @TheHermitCrabMorroBay

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Join us inside the café or out on the patio to discover our Old New Orleans Specialties and authentic Louisiana-style cooking. Ask about Party Portions for take out too! HOME DELIVERY:

1819 Osos Street

FREE PARKING (across from SLO railroad station)

San Luis-iana, CA 805.544.2100

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OPEN DAILY FROM 10AM TO 6PM Open late on Fridays until 8pm

Tuesday - $3 Tacos (12-5pm) | Wednesday - 50 cent wings (12-5pm) Thursday-Sunday - Full pairing menu available | Live music - Friday (5:30-8pm) & Sunday (1-4pm)

3090 Anderson Road, Paso Robles | 805.369.6100 | rabblewine.com

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CAREERS START HERE Culinary Arts

www.hancockcollege.edu/cte

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NEW Owners! Still Family Owned & Operated!

PHOTO BY BETH GIUFFRE

Elevated California Coastal in Pismo Beach By Beth Giuffre

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he new Vespera on Ocean luxury hotel restaurant Somerset Grill is the next best thing to a getaway vacation on a tropical island, yet the expertly prepared comfort food makes you feel right at home. Modeled to be a neighborhood place, the restaurant provides relaxation to unwind over drinks and coastal, regionally-inspired, locally-sourced American food, but with that theatrical open kitchen and wood fire centerpiece. Located along Pismo Beach’s famous stretch of sand, with a stunning panoramic view of the pier, Somerset Grill is sits inside the Vespera on Ocean, a brandnew 124-room upscale hotel which opened last October. The restaurant provides market-fresh, Oceanside Americana cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with an oceanfront poolside bar and breezy al fresco dining. Wherever you’d like to sit, you are offered craft cocktails, local beer and wine, and a gorgeous sunset view. What makes Somerset even better, is world-class chef James King, who moved to SLO County from Santa Barbara to open Somerset. “We’re the newest edition to Pismo Beach,” King said. “We have all sorts of space and we need people to come and fill it … and you can’t come unless you have a good time.” The dining room decor is sophisticated custom furnishings

and plush booths, with a high-energy showcase kitchen and wood-fired grill that also acts as a rotisserie oven. Inside is warm and convivial, but for a coastal experience, the beachfront bar is the place to be. During the day you can people watch as locals and visitors walk along the wooden boardwalk. The poolside patio is dotted with fun little camps of light brick fire pits and white Adirondack chairs. Guests find the atmosphere perfect for catching up on some conversation, and ideal for taking a breather. The seafood choices are many: The already famous Central Coast Lobster Roll, Seaside Chowder, a Spicy Poke Stack, or Crab Cakes are featured for starters. Oysters on the Half Shell are popular, and the chef uses caviar to flavor many of the plates. One of King’s signature dishes is the Brewer’s Half Rotisserie Chicken brined in a German wheat beer and served with herb-roasted baby potatoes and corn succotash. King takes a simple and honest approach to the plates he serves at Somerset. He will make the plate look gorgeous, but his goal is not to go overboard with fancy aesthetics. “I like chicken pot pies and baked potatoes,” he said, and he lets the fresh, local ingredients speak for themselves. “Next time you come to Pismo Beach, please stop by and say hi,” King said. “I’m always in the kitchen, so we’d love to have you.” ❉

SOMERSET GRILL

147 Stimson Avenue, Pismo Beach 805-779-4065 · somersetgrillpismo.com

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Serving East Coast Style Grinders on the West Coast since 1970. In SLO since 2008.

Come see they really are giant!

1901 Broad Street in SLO On the corner of Upham & Broad

Open 7 Days a Week! giantgrinderslo.com (805) 543-6700 @giantgrinderslo

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FREE PEANUTS with your in-house Food Order! Toss Your Shells on the Floor!

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Cozy, Alaskan Atmosphere Beer and Wine  Video Games  Patio SALADS • BURGERS • GRILLED SANDWICHES BAKED and COLD SANDWICHES

100+ local & international wines • craft beers & wine tasting appetizer menu / cheese & charcuterie

Board Games, Card Games and a Cool Pizza Deal!

MENU SAMPLE DENALI

Pepperoni, Salami, Sausage, Mushrooms, Black Olives, Bell Peppers, Onions.

VEGGIE

Mushrooms, Zucchini, Black Olives, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers and Onions.

ROADKILL

Reindeer Sausage, Pepperoni, Salami, Italian Sausage and Canadian Bacon.

bayside window / gorgeous view • live music networking events

GARLIC CHICKEN

Garlic Sauce, Minced Garlic, Grilled Chicken Breast, Red Onion and Parsley.

CHICKEN CORDON BLEU

Ranch Dressing Sauce, topped with Mozzarella Cheese, Canadian Bacon, Grilled Chicken Breast, Red Onions, Swiss Cheese and a sprinkle of Parsley.

BUFFALO STYLE CHICKEN

“Buffalo Style” Secret Sauce, topped with Spicy Grilled Chicken, Red Onions, and a Sprinkle of Cheddar and Parsley.

See Our Menu at Klondikepizza.com

FREE PEANUTS

with your in-house meal order. 104 Bridge Street • Arroyo Grande Village 805-481-5288

2059 S. Broadway • Santa Maria 805-348-3667

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OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 601 Embarcadero Suite 5, Morro Bay savorypalette.com @savorypalette

805.772.8388

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1325 N. “H” St. #C · Lompoc · (805)736-8899 Hours: Mon-Thurs: Lunch: 11am-3pm · Dinner: 5pm-10pm · Fri: 11am-10:30pm · Sat: 12pm-10:30pm · Sun 12pm-10pm

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NOW WITH TWO LOCATIONS! MORRO BAY

2680 N. Main Street · 805-772-4965

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Fusion with Flare

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By Crystal Ship

he first ingredient for his pho is beef bones, which are cleaned before being baked overnight. “It’s a good smell,” @bites chef Ly Ngoc Chi said. Dropping them in water after pulling the bones out of the oven, the pho cooks for at least 14 hours to maximize flavor. Then, the broth is seasoned with raw sugar, fish sauce, Vietnamese herbs, and spices like coriander. The whole process takes at least 24 hours. It’s not just authentic. “It’s a real pho,” Chi said. And he should know. Chi’s been teaching people how to cook it for more than three decades. Chefs in Germany, Switzerland, France, and Texas all know how to make the real deal because of Chi, who cooked at five-star hotels for years, including Saigon’s New World Hotel. As part of his job, he taught his secrets to chefs at sister hotels all over the world, trading Vietnamese recipes for those from other nationalities. “We all worked together,” Chi said. They combined flavors and figured out what worked well together and what didn’t. Those trips helped build the menu of international cuisine that Chi and his fellow chefs in Saigon dished out to guests like American President Bill Clinton. Chi served beef brisket pho to Clinton, who also noshed on more international fare, such as fried food, burgers, and waffles. “They ate everything ... . Every time the group came, hundreds of people came with him,” Chi said. “When we were cooking for them, it was very difficult. So many people.” President George W. Bush also made a trip through Saigon’s New World Hotel, and yes, Chi dished up some fine food for Bush as well. Eventually, Chi found his way to Austin, Texas, where he continued to work as a five-star hotel chef, but he was ready for change—something and

somewhere with a little less heat. “Texas is too hot, very hot, and here the weather is good,” Chi said. “I worked in the hotel for 35 years already, so maybe I can open my own business here.” And that’s exactly what he did. Chi and his brother, who lives in SLO, put their heads together and found a spot to open a restaurant. In February 2019, the family started renovating the building on Santa Rosa Street that once housed a Carl’s Jr. Calling the new restaurant @bites, the place is family-owned and operated, but run by Chi. “And he can make the final decision,” his nephew Vince Tran said with a laugh. “He’s the boss.” Pho is definitely on the menu, as is a little bit of fusion from Chi’s worldly exposure and a lotta bit of grilled meats. Grilled shrimp. Pork ribs. Korean beef. Shaking beef. Kabobs. Plus the fabulous flavors of Hot Salted Grilled Chicken. That poultry is seasoned with a mix of chilies, salt, some secret Asian spices, and garlic, that’s tongue-tingling, and like all of the meaty meals, it comes with your choice of sides. Fried rice, chow mein, mashed potatoes, fries, steamed rice, beans, soup, salad. The choices are endless, really. “So we have pho and we have something for other people too,” Tran said. With that focus on grilled protein, you could definitely say that @bites is also a little bit Texas. With Texas-sized portions, too, all for around $15 to $16 per meal. One thing’s for sure, @bites is different than your standard SLO foodie fare. “We mix together everything,” Chi said. “Not only Vietnamese food, not only Asian food, we mix it with Western food to make new items.” Visit the newly opened @bites in San Luis Obispo’s University Square off Foothill Boulevard and Santa Rosa Street. ❉

@BITES

195 North Santa Rosa Street, San Luis Obispo 805-909-9909 · AtBites.com

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Come taste and see Madeline’s Cellar very own vintages! Superbly hand-crafted, varietal wines in collaboration with Wine Maker Jeff Branco.

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Chicken strips and BBQ sauce with jack cheese, steamed hot with lettuce, tomato, red onion and ranch dressing on a soft French roll

THE AMBER

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THE TURKEY VEGGIE

Turkey, herb cream cheese, avocado, with mayo, mustard, lettuce, sprouts, tomato, red onion, cucumber, Italian dressing and S&P on a wheat roll

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Bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado with red onion and mayo on sliced sourdough

Thinly sliced BBQ'd tri-tip and pepper jack cheese steamed and stuffed into a sourdough roll – ask for BBQ sauce or salsa, your choice

Turkey, jack cheese and cranberry sauce with lettuce and mayo served on sliced sourdough

Ask about our breakfast burritos (till 1 pm)

Madeline’s Restaurant 805.927.4175 · Open Daily 5pm-9pm

Madeline’s Wine Shop & Tasting Room 805.927.0990 · Open Daily 11am-5pm Since 1999 on 788 Main Street, Cambria

WE DELIVER Mon–Fri 10am–2pm ($30 minimum)

OPEN Mon–Fri 7am–6pm · Sat & Sun 8am–6pm

30 years @ Osos & Leff Streets in San Luis Obispo Order online: gussgrocery.com

madelinescambria.com

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BREAKFAST 7A–2P steel cut oatmeal 7 (v, gf) dates, chia, flax, hemp & buckwheat seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon honey butter, choice of milk acai bowl 11 (vg, gf) house granola with pepita, chia & flax seeds, coconut chips, banana, fresh berries, local honey cr’q monsieur 12 ham, gruyere, whole grain mustard bechamel, country bread add an egg, madame 2.5 posole verde 14 braised pork shoulder, linguica sausage, hominy, jalapeños, feta, avocado, cabbage mix, scotch egg soft scrambled 13 san daniele prosciutto, country toast mushroom polenta 13 (gf) shitake, crimini & oyster mushrooms, bacon, red onions, soy sauce, baby spinach, parmesan, poached egg corned beef hash 14 (gf) red potatoes, apple cider cabbage, creamy mustard sauce, sunny egg breakfast burrito 11 bacon, potato croquette, guacamole, white cheddar, house made salsa, scrambled egg chilaquiles 13 (v, gf) soy chorizo, black beans, guajillo, avocado, feta, corn chips, crème fraîche, sunny egg

brown rice bowl 10 (v, gf) kimchi pickles, feta, kitchenette hot sauce, sunny egg add pork 4 sweet potato hash 14 (gf) crispy pork shoulder, red or green bell peppers, onions, jalapeños, crème fraîche, kitchenette hot sauce, sunny egg breakfast tacos 13 beer braised pork, crispy red potatoes, cilantro, green onion, cotija, crème fraîche, repollo, kitchenette sauce, scrambled egg loaded avocado toast 13 applewood smoked bacon, sliced tomatoes, arugula, sunny egg soy chorizo burrito 7 (v) brown rice, black beans, guajillo, avocado, white cheddar, house made salsa, scrambled egg

SALADS

charter oak cheeseburger 12 double 16 lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, spicy house pickles, special sauce

ranch hand 14 grilled chicken, bacon, cherry tomatoes, white cheddar, sunflower seeds, avocado, spring mix, scotch egg

grilled cheese italiano 13 (v) burrata, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil pesto

spicy vietnamese 13 roasted turkey, asian noodles, cucumbers, fresh herbs, peanuts, chili vinaigrette, cabbage mix, mixed green

roasted turkey club 14 (v) applewood smoked bacon, jack, avocado, tomatoes, red onions, caper-thyme aioli

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eggs benedict 15 ham, baby spinach, hollandaise, poached eggs

LUNCH 11A–2P

turkey bahn mí 14 roasted turkey, pork, pickled carrots, jalapenos, cucumber, sriracha mayo, repollo, sweet chili vinaigrette

1321 Nicholson Avenue, Santa Maria (805) 928-6196 www.coolhandlukes.com

almond french toast 13 strawberry jam, cream cheese spread, honey whipped cream

ricotta pancakes 13 (v) blueberry compote & lemon curd

veggie sandwich 14 (v) spinach, marinated artichoke hearts, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, roasted red peppers, daikon sprouts, mozzarella, basil pesto, caesar dressing

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fried egg b.l.t.a. 10 bacon, arugula, tomatoes, avocado, jack, house made aioli, brioche bun

roasted pork breakfast burrito 13 red or green peppers, brown rice, black beans, avocado, white cheddar, house made salsa, scrambled egg

pastrami reuben 14 braised red cabbage, swiss, dijon mustard, russian dressing

We Offer Catering, Great Lunch Specials and Happy Hour Specials

morning glory 11 bacon or turkey sausage, cheddar, hollandaise, scrambled eggs, house made english muffin

daily salads in our deli case a.q.

quinoa tostada 13 (v) black beans, cherry tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, feta, house made tomatillo salsa, jalapeno vinaigrette, cabbage mix, mixed green chicken & herb 14 cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, pickled carrots, radishes, feta, avocado, mixed herb dressing caesar 10 chopped romaine, red onion, house made croutons, parmesan, creamy caesar dressing add chicken 4

Beverages include: specialty coffees, teas, kombucha, sodas, juice, beer & wine

See our menu online: kitchenettetempleton.com (v) vegetarian, (vo) vegetarian option, (vg) vegan, (vgo) vegan option, (gf) gluten free, (gfo) gluten free option

In our commitment to quality and in support of the true cost of food, we use local, organic, fair trade and sustainably raised agriculture whenever possible.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 7am-2pm

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field salad

ffoor lloocals, bbyy lolocals

Both locations open at 11am daily to fill all your BBQ lunch and dinner needs! We now offer online ordering!

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Visit oldsanluisbbq.com to place your pickup order for either location.

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Delivery available through UberEats, Doordash, FoodJets, and GrubHub

cowboy corn pie ENTREES

SIDES

BEER & WINE POUR BY THE OUNCE!

PIT PLATE

FRESH-CUT FRENCH FRIES

Hand-trimmed certified Angus tri-tip, perfectly seasoned and grilled over a red oak pit. Served on locally made artisan sourdough or French roll with homemade salsa or BBQ sauce.

TRI-TIP $12.75 | CHICKEN $11.75

REG $2.30 | LG $3.75

PULLED PORK $11.75

Fresh-cut potatoes with sea salt.

Served with garlic bread and your choice of a second side.

COWBOY CORN PIE $3.05

SELF SERVE TAPS FEATURING CRAFT BEER, WINE & CIDER

SLIDERS

DRINKS

CHICKEN SANDWICH

TRI-TIP $3.85 | CHICKEN $3.45 PULLED PORK $3.45 CANDIED BACON TRI-TIP $4.85

A savory family recipe with diced jalapeños and cheddar cheese.

SANTA MARIA PINQUITO BEANS $2.65

FRESH STRAWBERRY LEMONADE $2.95 REFILLS

Locally farmed pinquito beans, prepared ranch style, with bacon, ham and spices.

HAND-SCOOPED MILKSHAKES

TRI-TIP SANDWICH

$10.95

$9.50

Thinly sliced grilled chicken breast, topped with sauteed red onion, melted jack cheese. Served on ciabatta bread with our homemade salsa, BBQ or cilantro lime creme sauce.

PULLED PORK SANDWICH

$8.95

Slow-roasted pork shoulder. Served on a locally made ciabatta roll with our homemade cilantro garlic BBQ sauce.

LINGUICA SANDWICH

$8.95

A locally made Portuguese-style sausage, grilled and served on an artisan Frech roll with sauteed peppers and onions.

Served on a mini sourdough roll with your choice of sauce.

BBQ CHEF SALAD

$8.25

Locally farmed mixed greens, red onions, peppers, crumbled blue cheese, bacon, and hard boiled eggs. Served with housemade ranch, blue cheese or roasted garlic vinaigrette dressing.

STRAWBERRY FIELD SALAD $8.50 Locally farmed mixed greens topped with crumbled Gorgonzola chesse, fresh strawberries, candied pecans and dried cherries. Served with blush wine vinaigrette dressing. ADD MEAT TO YOUR SALAD: CHICKEN OR PORK $2.85 TRI-TIP $5.60

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APPLE-CUCUMBER-JALAPEÑO COLE SLAW $2.65 A lightly dressed California version of this classic BBQ side.

GARLIC BREAD

$1.95

Locally made artisan roll dipped in butter and topped with a Parmesangarlic blend.

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$1.00

Vanilla, Strawberry or Chocolate $4.95 Add Malt &.50

CHOCOLATE-BACON

$6.70

CHOCOLATE-STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKES $5.95 ROOT BEER FLOAT SOFT DRINKS

$3.85

$2.95

Give your next event a touch of down-home cooking with catering by Old SLO BBQ Co. AVA IL ABLE FOR PICK-UP OR DELI VERY

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670 HIGUERA ST (805) 285-2473

3870 BROAD ST SUITE 3

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Proud To Be the Preferred Grocery Store of Cal Poly Athletics!

Voted Best Grocery Store in SLO County!

www.californiafreshmarket.com

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VEGETABLE BUTCHER 712 MARSH ST., SLO

(805) 439-4801 INFO@VBCULTUREKITCHEN.COM VEGETABLEBUTCHERSLO.COM

BEST FOOD BEST NORTH COUNTY RESTAURANT

FISH GAUCHO

1244 PARK ST., PASO ROBLES

(805) 239-3333 INFO@FISHGAUCHO.COM FISHGAUCHO.COM

BEST NORTH COAST RESTAURANT

ROBIN’S RESTAURANT 4095 BURTON DRIVE, CAMBRIA

(805) 927-5007

(805) 783-1001

CIOPINOT

(805) 547-1111 LACOHEN@CHARTER.NET CIOPINOTRESTAURANT.COM

BEST MEXICAN FOOD

TAQUERIA SANTA CRUZ 1308 MONTEREY ST., SUITE 140, SLO

(805) 752-1016 BEST CHINESE FOOD

MANDARIN GOURMET 1316 MADONNA ROAD, SLO

(805) 541-4590 BEST JAPANESE FOOD

INFO@NOVORESTAURANT.COM NOVORESTAURANT.COM

BEST SOUTH COUNTY RESTAURANT

EMBER RESTAURANT 1200 E GRAND AVE. SUITE 101, ARROYO GRANDE

(805) 474-7700

GOSHI

772 PINE ST., PASO ROBLES

(805) 227-4860 GOSHIPASOROBLES.COM

BEST THAI FOOD

NOI & DOI’S 2ND ST. CAFÉ 1325 2ND ST., LOS OSOS

CAFÉ ROMA

1020 RAILROAD AVE., SLO

(805) 541-6800

INFO@THESPOONTRADE.COM THESPOONTRADE.COM

CAFEROMASLO.COM

BEST NEW RESTAURANT OF 2018

YANAGI SUSHI & GRILL

3070 LIMESTONE WAY, PASO ROBLES

(805) 369-2787 TINCANTEEN@GMAIL.COM TINCANTEENPASO.NET

BEST BREAKFAST

KITCHENETTE 105 S. MAIN ST., TEMPLETON

(805) 400-1006

INFO@KITCHENETTETEMPLETON.COM KITCHENETTETEMPLETON.COM

BEST BREAKFAST BURRITO

FRANK’S FAMOUS HOT DOGS

950 CALIFORNIA BLVD., SLO

(805) 541-3488

BEST WEEKEND BRUNCH

VENTANA GRILL

2575 PRICE ST., PISMO BEACH

(805) 773-0000 VENTANAGRILL.COM

BEST HANGOVER FOOD

FRANK’S FAMOUS HOT DOGS 950 CALIFORNIA BLVD., SLO

(805) 541-3488

JOCKO’S STEAKHOUSE 125 N. THOMPSON AVE., NIPOMO

(805) 929-3686 JOCKOSSTEAKHOUSE.COM

BEST BURGER

SYLVESTER’S BURGERS

BEST SUSHI

555 JAMES WAY, PISMO BEACH

(805) 773-3535 1203 MARSH ST., SLO

(805) 541-5282 YANAGISUSHIGRILL.COM

BEST POKE

BEST DOUGHNUT

BEST BUTCHER

SLODOCO

793 FOOTHILL BLVD., SLO

(805) 782-9766 6917 EL CAMINO REAL, ATASCADERO

120 E BRANCH ST., ARROYO GRANDE

BRANDON@SLODOCO.COM SLODOCO.COM

INFO@AGMEATCOMPANY.COM AGMEATCOMPANY.COM

(805) 460-7045

(805) 489-2693 BEST FOOD TRUCK

BEST DESSERT

100 MADONNA ROAD, SLO

THE GRILLED CHEESE INCIDENT

MADONNAINN.COM

(805) 602-1380

MADONNA INN

LOS OSOS

(805) 784-2433

BEST RESTAURANT FOR A FIRST DATE

BEST BAGEL

CIOPINOT

HOUSE OF BAGELS 158 HIGUERA ST., SUITE A, SLO

(805) 594-1818

HIGH STREET DELI

BEST SANDWICH

BEST FARM/PRODUCE STAND

BEST RAMEN

350 HIGH ST., SLO

1075 THE PIKE, ARROYO GRANDE

HIGHSTDELI.COM

INFO@RUTIZFARMS.COM RUTIZFARMS.COM

KUMA.

2011 10TH ST., LOS OSOS

(805) 528-6767 KUMABOWLS.COM

SPIKE’S

(805) 544-7157 SPIKESPUB.COM

BEST SALAD

FIRESTONE GRILL 1001 HIGUERA ST., SLO

(805) 783-1001 CONTACT@FIRESTONEGRILL.COM FIRESTONEGRILL.COM

BEST TACO

TACO TEMPLE 2680 N. MAIN ST., MORRO BAY

(805) 772-4965 TACOTEMPLE.COM

BEST BURRITO

LAS DELICIAS DE ZACATECAS 12304 LOS OSOS VALLEY ROAD, SLO

RUTIZ FARMS

(805) 541-4738

BEST GROCERY STORE

BEST DELI

CALIFORNIA FRESH MARKET

LINCOLN MARKET & DELI

SLO, PISMO BEACH CALIFORNIAFRESHMARKET.COM

496 BROAD ST., SLO

(805) 543-3443

BEST COFFEE SHOP

LINCOLNMARKETANDDELI@GMAIL.COM LINCOLNMARKETANDDELI.COM

SCOUT COFFEE

BEST BAKERY

HELLO@SCOUTCOFFEECO.COM SCOUTCOFFEECO.COM

299 MARSH ST., SLO

BEST CHEESE SHOP

BREAD@HOUSEOFBREAD.COM HOUSEOFBREAD.COM

821 PINE ST., SUITE B, PASO ROBLES

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

INFO@VIVANTFINECHEESE.COM VIVANTFINECHEESE.COM

HOUSE OF BREAD

(805) 226-5530

NOVO

BEST COFFEE ROASTER

726 HIGUERA ST., SLO

SLO ROASTED COFFEE

(805) 543-3986

1172 LOS OLIVOS AVE., LOS OSOS

INFO@NOVORESTAURANT.COM NOVORESTAURANT.COM

(805) 528-7317

BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

SLO BREW ROCK

BLACK SHEEP BAR & GRILL

(805) 543-1843

1117 CHORRO ST., SLO

POKI-RITO.COM

SPLASH CAFÉ

BEST MEDITERRANEAN FOOD

197 POMEROY AVE., PISMO BEACH

(805) 542-0105

1210 HIGUERA ST., SLO

1491 MONTEREY ST., SLO

PETRA

(805) 439-1999

(805) 544-7567

HABITBURGER.COM

1200 E GRAND AVE., SUITE 101, ARROYO GRANDE

BEST NORTH COAST BAR

EMBER RESTAURANT

3820 BROAD ST., SLO

(805) 781-0766

1133 GARDEN ST., SLO

(805) 592-2929

(805) 474-7700

SHALIMARSLO.COM

SEEDSONGARDEN.COM

INFO@EMBERWOODFIRE.COM EMBERWOODFIRE.COM

BEST FRIED CHICKEN

BEST ICE CREAM / FROZEN YOGURT

BEST FISH MARKET

294 W. GRAND AVE., GROVER BEACH

(805) 904-6773

INFO@THESPOONTRADE.COM THESPOONTRADE.COM

BEST NORTH COUNTY BAR

STREET SIDE ALE HOUSE

BEST JUICE PLACE

DOC BURNSTEIN’S ICE CREAM LAB

BEST DRINK

BEST MEAL TO TREAT YOURSELF

BEST INDIAN FOOD

THE SPOON TRADE

BLACKSHEEPSLO.COM

839 HIGUERA ST., SLO

SPLASHCAFE.COM

SEEDS

(805) 544-7433

BEST CHEAP EATS

EATPETRA.COM

SHALIMAR

SLOROASTED.COM SLO.ROASTED.COFFEE

BEST MAC & CHEESE

855 AEROVISTA LANE, SLO

THE HABIT BURGER GRILL

(805) 773-4658

SLO

VIVANT

(805) 542-0255

BEST CHOWDER

(805) 439-2541

(805) 547-1111 LACOHEN@CHARTER.NET CIOPINOTRESTAURANT.COM

SLOBREW.COM/THE-ROCK

848 FOOTHILL BLVD., SLO

1051 NIPOMO ST., SLO

HOUSEOFBAGELSCC.COM

(805) 439-2361

POKIRITO

ARROYO GRANDE MEAT COMPANY AND VILLAGE BUTCHER SHOP

SYLVESTERSBURGERS.COM

LOS OSOS, ATASCADERO, OCEANO

570 HIGUERA ST., SLO

BEST SOUTH COAST RESTAURANT

TIN CANTEEN

BEST STEAK

GOSHISLO.COM

(805) 543-8942

BEST ITALIAN FOOD

(805) 904-6773

CONTACT@FIRESTONEGRILL.COM FIRESTONEGRILL.COM

BEST CHICKEN WINGS

(805) 439-3441

294 W GRAND AVE., GROVER BEACH

1001 HIGUERA ST., SLO

570 HIGUERA ST., SUITE 155, SLO

INFO@EMBERWOODFIRE.COM EMBERWOODFIRE.COM

THE SPOON TRADE

BEST BARBEQUE

1051 NIPOMO ST., SLO

BEST SAN LUIS OBISPO RESTAURANT 726 HIGUERA ST., SLO

WOODSTOCKSSLO.COM

FIRESTONE GRILL

SLOCHINESEFOOD@GMAIL.COM MANDARINGOURMETSLO.COM

(805) 543-3986

1000 HIGUERA ST., SLO

(805) 541-4420

BEST SEAFOOD

ANTHONY@ROBINSRESTAURANT.COM ROBINSRESTAURANT.COM

NOVO

BEST PIZZA

WOODSTOCK’S PIZZA

STREETSIDEALEHOUSE.COM

THE SIREN

900 MAIN ST., MORRO BAY

(805) 225-1312

INFO@THESIRENMORROBAY.COM THESIRENMORROBAY.COM

PIER 46 SEAFOOD MARKET

BEST SAN LUIS OBISPO BAR

BLACK SHEEP BAR & GRILL

ARROYO GRANDE VILLAGE, SLO

1131 ROSSI ROAD, TEMPLETON

DOC@DOCBURNSTEINS.COM DOCBURNSTEINS.COM

PIER46SEAFOOD.COM

(805) 434-1950

ATASCADERO, PASO ROBLES

1117 CHORRO ST., SLO

(805) 544-7433 BLACKSHEEPSLO.COM

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BEST WINERY FOR SPARKLING WINE

LAETITIA VINEYARD & WINERY 453 LAETITIA VINEYARD DRIVE, ARROYO GRANDE

(805) 481-1772

INFO@LAETITIAWINE.COM • LAETITIAWINE.COM

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BEST BREWERY

BARRELHOUSE BREWING CO. SLO, PASO ROBLES BARRELHOUSEBREWING.COM

BEST TASTING ROOM

BEST SOUTH COUNTY BAR

MASON BAR & KITCHEN 307 E. BRANCH ST., ARROYO GRANDE

(805) 202-8918 MASONBARAG.COM

BEST SOUTH COAST BAR

HARRY’S NIGHT CLUB & BEACH BAR 690 CYPRESS ST., PISMO BEACH

(805) 773-1010 HARRYSPISMOBEACH.COM

EDNA VALLEY VINEYARD 2585 BIDDLE RANCH ROAD, SLO

(805) 544-5855 EDNAVALLEYVINEYARD.COM

BEST TASTING TRANSPORTATION

(805) 620-7233 SLOSAFERIDE.COM

BEST DRINK WITH A VIEW

VENTANA GRILL

BEST DISTILLERY

2575 PRICE ST., PISMO BEACH

2725 ADELAIDA ROAD, PASO ROBLES

VENTANAGRILL.COM

MONICA@REFINDDISTILLERY.COM REFINDDISTILLERY.COM

LUIS WINE BAR

RE:FIND DISTILLERY (805) 239-9456 BEST PLACE FOR A BEER

(805) 773-0000 BEST WINE BAR

1021 HIGUERA ST., SLO

(805) 762-4747

CENTRAL COAST BREWING (805) 783-BREW

LUIS@LUISWINEBAR.COM • LUISWINEBAR.COM

CENTRALCOASTBREWING.COM

EDNA VALLEY VINEYARD

BEST FANCY COCKTAIL

2585 BIDDLE RANCH ROAD, SLO

1127 BROAD ST., SLO

EDNAVALLEYVINEYARD.COM

INFO@SIDECARSLO.COM SIDECARSLO.COM

EDNA VALLEY VINEYARD

BEST MARGARITA

(805) 544-5855

SIDECAR COCKTAIL CO. (805) 540-5340

FISH GAUCHO 1244 PARK ST., PASO ROBLES

(805) 239-3333 INFO@FISHGAUCHO.COM FISHGAUCHO.COM

BEST RED WINE

(805) 544-5855 BEST WHITE WINE

2585 BIDDLE RANCH ROAD, SLO EDNAVALLEYVINEYARD.COM

BEST DOG-FRIENDLY WINERY

KELSEY SEE CANYON VINEYARDS 1947 SEE CANYON ROAD, SLO

(805) 595-9700

BEST BLOODY MARY

INFO@KELSEYWINE.COM • KELSEYWINE.COM

1127 BROAD ST., SLO

NICOLE SIGMAN-BLACK SHEEP BAR & GRILL

SIDECAR COCKTAIL CO. (805) 540-5340 INFO@SIDECARSLO.COM SIDECARSLO.COM

BEST CIDER

TIN CITY CIDER 3005 LIMESTONE WAY, PASO ROBLES

(805) 293-6349 INFO@TINCITYCIDER.COM TINCITYCIDER.COM

BEST LOCAL IPA

BARRELHOUSE BREWING CO., MANGO IPA

BEST IN CLASS

SLO SAFE RIDE

284 HIGUERA ST., SUITE D, SLO

BEST BEVERAGE SLINGER

1117 CHORRO ST., SLO

(805) 544-7433 BLACKSHEEPSLO.COM

BEST DIVE BAR

MCCARTHY’S IRISH PUB 600 MARSH ST., SLO

(805) 544-0286 McCarthysIrishPubSLO BEST SPORTS BAR

FIRESTONE GRILL

Owner Joel Cox is an Academy Award-winning Film Editor who brings his professional and creative love of film to his wine. His meticulous and diligent eye for a well-crafted scene in a movie is brought to life in our beautiful, extraordinary wines that will surely captivate your palette and produce a memorable experience for you to embrace. Come taste and see how we experience wine and friends. Ask about our Wine Club too!

1001 HIGUERA ST., SLO

BARRELHOUSEBREWING.COM

(805) 783-1001

Mystic Hills Vineyard

BEST HAPPY HOUR

CONTACT@FIRESTONEGRILL.COM FIRESTONEGRILL.COM

79550 Watkins Lane, San Miguel, CA

BEST LIQUOR STORE

Tasting by appointment only Call today: 805.610.1099

SLO, PASO ROBLES

LUNA RED

1023 CHORRO ST., SLO

(805) 540-5243

SANDY’S LIQUOR

INFO@LUNAREDSLO.COM LUNAREDSLO.COM

(805) 543-2499

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MysticHillsVineyard.com

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Los Olivos

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Santa Ynez

Casa Cassara Winery is a small family owned and operated business. The Cassara Family currently grows Pinot Noir, Grenache and Syrah on their Estate Vineyard located in the Sta. Rita Hills. We are a small winery producing about 1200 cases per year at our facility in Buellton by winemaker Mikael Siqouin. Come by our Tasting Room which is kid and dog friendly, meet Dan and Bridget Cassara, and enjoy the family atmosphere, as well as our knowledgeable staff. 1607 Mission Drive, Suite 112, Solvang (parking lot behind building) Open Sun–Thu 12–6pm, Fri & Sat 12–7:30pm · ccwinery.com Closed Tue from Labor Day to Memorial Day · 805-688-8691

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FOXEN and foxen 7200

Second Sundays at FOXEN! In addition to our Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, we’ll have live music and a featured food truck!

7200 & 7600 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria Open daily from 11am to 4pm 805-937-4251 · www.foxenvineyard.com

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Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards is a small family-owned winery located in the heart of “Sideways” country in Santa Barbara County. We farm 400 acres of estate-grown, hand-picked grapes located in 3 different microclimates. Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards was voted 2017 “The Best Tasting Room in the Santa Ynez Valley” by readers of The Santa Ynez Valley News. 1645 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang Open daily from 10:30am to 5:30pm · Open later on Fri and Sat. 805-686-9336 · www.LLwine.com

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MORRO BA BAY To San Luis Obispo

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To San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles

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Bianchi Winery & Tasting Room

The exceptional wines of Bianchi are the product of great estate and select Central Coast vineyards, artisan wine making and our family’s dedication to producing premium wines. Bianchi offers a full menu of different varietals. Come visit our tasting room off Highway 46 East.

3380 Branch Road, Paso Robles Open daily 10am to 5pm 805-226-9922 · bianchiwine.com

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Madeline’s Wine Tasting Room

For more than 20 years, Madeline’s in Cambria, caters to wine lovers by serving wines from small production boutique wineries of the Central Coast as well as hard-to-find vintages from around the world, including our premier Madeline’s Cellar wines created with Jeff Branco. Come visit Madeline’s and find our well-stocked tasting room full of what you just can’t get in the larger groceries and discount stores. Visit our award-winning restaurant next door for delicious wine pairings, too! 788 Main Street, Cambria Open daily 11am to 5pm 805-927-0990 · 805-927-4175 · madelinescambria.com

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Red Soles Winery & Distillery

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Chronic Cellars

The concept of Chronic Cellars came about during the harvest in 2004. We had used the term “The Chronic” to describe likable objects before, but we had never considered it a suitable descriptor for wine. One evening we laughed about the idea of a wine that targeted a casual lifestyle. From dream to reality, our first wines went public in 2008. Stop by and try our handcrafted wines in a fun and casual atmosphere. 2020 Nacimiento Lake Drive, Paso Robles Open daily 11:30am to 5:30pm 805-237-7848 · www.chroniccellars.com

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Mystic Hills Vineyard

Mystic Hills Vineyard is a boutique, family-owned vineyard nestled in the beautiful rolling hills outside of Paso Robles. Owner Joel Cox is an Academy Awardwinning film editor who brings his professional and creative love of film to his wine. Joel, Judy, and their family focus on sustainability while creating a unique tasting experience. 79550 Watkins Lane, San Miguel Tasting by appointment only 805-610-1099 · info@mystichillsvineyard.com

From the first crush in 2004, award-winning duo Randy and Cheryl Phillips have enjoyed the “dust to vine to barrel” process. Together they run the business of crafting rich and complex wines, proud that each varietal in their line-up is 100% Estate grown. Come on out to Miracles Ranch in the heart of Willow Creek District for premium wine and spirits. 3230 Oakdale Road, Paso Robles · info@redsoleswinery.com Open daily 11am–5pm. Spirits tastings end at 4pm. 805-226-9898 · www.redsoleswinery.com

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5225 Hwy 41 (at Creston Road), Paso Robles Tasting room open Fri 4–8pm, Sat/Sun 11am–5pm, or by appt. Call or text Roger 630-461-8602 · www.stangervineyards.com

Vista Del Rey Vineyards

Celebrating our 24th anniversary! Get off the beaten path and experience many styles of Zinfandel, Barbera, Zin-bera and more while enjoying a panoramic view of the Santa Lucia Mountains from this acclaimed dry-farmed vineyard. Enjoy gourmet food products, private label goodies and Oliveto olive oils, gems, minerals, fossils and jewelry.

STANGER

“No live music, no entertainment, no food, no fun–just ultra-premium wines!” Owner Roger Janakus, STANGER descendant from France’s Alsace region, is known for his reserve wines from the “Willow Creek District” of Paso Robles. Acclaimed by wine critics alike, STANGER reserve wines are a must on any wine tasting “to do” list. Come to the “Old World Style” tasting room at the Creston House (Vacation Rental) where the owner or winemaker is often there to make your visit a memorable one.

7340 Drake Road, Paso Robles Open most Sundays 11am–5pm; special event weekends and weekdays by appointment. 805-467-2138

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Autry Cellars

Artisan winemaker Steve Autry is proud to welcome wine lovers to his boutique winery featuring 12 varietals and his latest exclusive offering, Autry Cellars Brandy. Get an intimate sense of the winemaking process as you view tanks, barrels, and press on your way to the tasting room. Enjoy award-winning wines inside or on the outside deck with great views. 5450 Edna Road, San Luis Obispo Open 7 days a week 11am to 5pm 805-546-8669 · autrycellars.com

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Sinor-LaVallee Estate Wines

Sinor-LaVallee features Estate wines from the organically-grown, Bassi Vineyard near Avila Beach, intentionally crafted by 2012 San Luis Obispo’s Winemaker of the year Mike Sinor. Enjoy wine tasting or wines by the glass at our tasting room in downtown Avila Beach. Visit us to experience our limited production, estate grown, hand-crafted wines: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Pino Gris, Albarino, and “Pet Nat.” 550 First Street, Unit A, Avila Beach Open 7 days a week 12–6pm 805-459-9595 · www.sinorlavallee.com

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Verdad and Lindquist Family Wines

Two wineries under one roof: The Verdad and Lindquist Family Wines tasting room is located in the historic village of Arroyo Grande. The space is warm and inviting with a cool outdoor patio. Produced by husband and wife winemakers Bob Lindquist and Louisa Sawyer Lindquist, they make pure, balanced wines from organic, biodynamic and sustainable vineyards from the Pacific-influenced Central Coast. Featuring organic and biodynamic wines specializing in Rhone, Burgundy and Spanish varietals. 134-A West Branch Street, Arroyo Grande Open 7 days a week 805-270-4900 · www.verdadwine.com

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