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SLO/Avila: Pete's Pierside

jsaimd | Jan 5, 200807:57 AM

I found a couple of reports on this place which led us to try it yesterday. The owner was very nice, a bit outgoing, and the food good.

I had a salmon and swordfish taco. Both had very fresh fish, a bit more cooked than I like, but the excellent accompaniments of pickled cabbage and a nice vinegary salsa mixture really made it. The black beans were of the ham hock tasting variety, very tastey, but not what most people are expecting. The rice was a bit soft, but tasted good.

My son had an excellent shrimp taco - the shrimp were perfectly cooked, which is more than I can say for most restaurants. My other son had a bean and rice burrito, which he enjoyed, but was caught off guard by the shrimp, which I had to dig out.

My husband had the chile verde burrito. He said the pork was perfectly done - tender and moist, and the verde actually tasted like green chilis. He also had the beef enchilada with salsa roja. I really wanted to try the crab enchilada, but there was wheat in the sauce, so I couldn't, so of course he was gentlemanly enough to try an enchilada (beef, since he doesn't do seafood). He said it was the second best enchilada he has ever had, and we eat a lot of Mexican food. The sauce was a "dark" sauce, heavy on the toasted dried chilis, which we prefer to the ranchero types that often come on burritos. It smelled ancho-y to me.

The owner wanted to point out that he just put on a roof, which was good timing, so we ate in comfort (if a bit cold) in the storm yesterday, accompanied by the barking of sea lions, and watching the boats get tossed about in the high surf. A fun experience.

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