Just returned from a fantastic weekend in the Central Coast. Before I left, I requested help with a tentative and ambitious plan for chow and wine. Thank you to all the ‘Hounds who replied!
The original thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/495797
Our lodgings in Cayucos were beautiful and we weren’t very motivated to leave. My friends were really burnt out (one recovering from mono, the other in her last semester of law school), so we spent a lot more time in than out. Thus, my report won’t be as extensive as my original query, but we did have great chow while we were there. Lots of cooking at home, so I’m including good resources for groceries in my report.
**Cayucos Chevron Station for cinnamon rolls- Unfortunately, this fabulous little place is closed and there’s construction happening at the site. I don’t know whether they’re retrofitting the station or tearing it down, but it doesn’t look like it’ll be done any time soon. There’s no signage to indicate what is happening.
**Justin Inn & Winery- I was pretty disappointed in our tasting here. The ’07 Sauvignon Blanc wasn’t as good as the ’05 from my last tasting. For lack of a better word, it was duller. The flavors weren’t too different, but the ’07 was far less pronounced than the ’05. The ’05 Tempranillo was excellent. I love tempranillo and this one is one of the best I’ve had in a while. ’05 Isoceles and the Obtuse port weren’t great. Service at the tasting room was excellent and, at $5 a tasting, it was worth going through the bad ones for that tempranillo.
**Adelaida Cellars- We loved Adelaida. Since it was a Thursday afternoon, we had the tasting room to ourselves and were able to taste four extra wines on top of their already-large tasting menu. Sally, who was helping us, was amazing and very knowledgeable. All of the wines were nicely balanced. There were several really good ones, but none were bad. I purchased the ’05 Rhone-style red and my friends purchased the ’06 Rhone-style white and the ’05 Cabernet Sauvignon. I returned on Saturday to buy another bottle and it was a zoo… they had opened the warehouse area and had tasting stations. The tasting room was purchasing-only. If you’re planning to go, I strongly suggest trying to go on a weekday and asking for Sally.
We had two more wineries on the list, but Le Cuvier was closed on Thursday and we also stopped by Tablas Creek. Their tasting was $10 and lots of reds (too much red wine gives my friend a migraine), so we skipped it. It’s gorgeous out there right now and if you take Adelaida Rd. out to Paso Robles, it’s a beautiful drive.
**Pasolivo- Fantastic service and the oils are gorgeous. The current harvest had just been bottled, so most were available. Oils available were California varietals (our favorite… light and grassy), Italian varietals, Citrus, Tangerine, and Lemon (another favorite). Lime was last in their lineup and they were in the process of bottling when we visited. Along with the oils, they were carrying house-made dukkah seasoning and black button sage honey from Katz & Company. Both, combined with the flavored oils, were an amazing combination.
**Farmer’s Market (parking lot of Spencer’s Market in Morro Bay)- This really is a great alternative to the SLO Farmer’s Market if you’re not in the mood for crowds. It’s much smaller, but there were plenty of good-quality choices available. Strawberries are starting to become available and they were a bit pricey, but the stand in the very back has the cheapest berries. Lots of greens, asparagus, artichokes, root veggies, eggs, squash, and honey. This farmer's market occurs during 3-6pm on Thursdays.
**Morro Bay Albertson’s- I really like this particular branch, which carries lots of local wines. Since we didn’t make it out to Chumeia for tasting, we picked up a bottle of their ’06 Chardonnay. It was a very good dinner wine and Chumeia’s tasting room is at the top of the list for my next visit.
**Carlock’s Bakery- Donuts!! On Fridays, Carlock’s makes French-style donuts from scratch. While the donuts taste similarly to regular donuts, what sets them apart is the texture. They’re insanely delicate and fluffy, with a nice crisp crust. They’re not heavily glazed, allowing the dough’s sweetness to come through. I also picked up my favorite maple thumbprints, which are a buttery cookie rolled in crushed walnuts and topped with a big dollop of maple glaze in the middle (see picture).
Call the night before to reserve the donuts.
**Thai Boat- Great little place in Morro Bay for decent Thai. The one big downside was that they took a very long time to make the food, which is a little strange for a take-out joint. We showed up around 2:30pm and had to wait 45 minutes for our food. Next time, I plan on calling ahead. The staff was very friendly and the menu comprised of curries, noodles, soups, and stir-fries. Their spring rolls are surprisingly good for a basic wrapper/cabbage/vermicelli roll. Nicely fried and served with sweet plum sauce and cucumbers. My Thai fried rice with squid was perfectly done with lots of egg and tomato and lightly seasoned with curry powder. My friends both ordered pad see-ew, but one was perfect while the other was overcooked and oversalted.
It looks like I will return in the next 2 months, so there will be another report. We really wanted to try Artisan for brunch, but couldn’t squeeze it in because we had long drives home. I’ve compiled a detailed list of all the recommendations from the other thread, so I’ll keep working my way through it.
1024 Los Osos Valley Rd, Los Osos, CA
1219 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442
11680 Chimney Rock Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446
5805 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA
Pasolivo Olive Oil
8530 Vineyard Dr, Paso Robles, CA