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Jocko's in Nipomo/Longish

daveb | May 4, 200402:20 PM

The wife and I went to dinner at Jocko's last Sunday after having spent the day at the annual Saucelito Canyon Winery picnic, which is another story. Fortunately we had reservations as the place was packed and a line out the door, and were seated promptly at the appointed hour. We were greeted with the requisite Central Coast relish platter, including butter & dill pickles, carrots, celery, pepperoncinis and the like, and a Waverly cracker and bread stick basket. She ordered the pork chops ($18) and I asked for the boneless 18 oz. spencer steak, medium rare thank you ($26). As the chops (and steak) are grilled on the oak grill in the back, the waiter informed us that it would take approximately 35 to 40 minutes, which it in fact did. We enjoyed a bottle of the Bishop's Peak 2001 pinot noir, which is made by Talley and at $18 the bottle an outstanding value. (They have a Talley sauvignon blanc on the list also, and at $15 is a real deal, too). Sides included an acceptable baked potato for her and limp french fries for me. Rice was an available option. Also included in the tariff was a green salad and choice of ice creams and sherbet for dessert. The people watching alone was worth the price of admission ($67.00 before tip), and we took one of the double chops home, marvelling at the 3" thick chop (did I mention "double?)that was dry rubbed and grilled to juicy perfection, and most of my absolutely perfectly prepared steak, also dry-rubbed and grilled as requested. We both agreed that the value and quality far exceeded our much beloved Hitching Post (Casmalia) and Guadelupe's fabled Far Western Tavern. It will be difficult if not impossible to not go to Jocko's when we are in the Central Coast for dinner. Many thanks to the Chowhounds who recommended it.

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