Restaurants & Bars 3

SLO County report

Tom Hall | Nov 28, 200405:53 PM

Thanks to all the 'houndly reports from the past year that I relied on for our week or so in Cayucos and the area around it. We ate lunch out most days and cooked dinner at the house we were in so these are all basically lunch reports.

Scooners Wharf in Cayucos. We had fish and chips and calamari and chips here and both are very good. Nice selection of beer and wine is available and a great view from the second story patio and bar.

Panolivo in Paso. Good panini and an amazing variety of dishes and pastries available. Beautiful space. Service can be slow if one is in a rush so be aware.

Kelley's in Cayucos. Excellent coffee in and also to go for the house. Lousy, dry coffee cake.

Rusty Pig in Halcyon area of Arroyo Grande. A staggering selection of grilled and deli sandwiches, wraps, subs, baked goods and meal salads. Had a truly fine cheese burger. My wife had the grilled pork sandwich which was rather salty. Seats are somewhat exposed to the elements so one may need a jacket or sweater.

Buono Tavola in SLO. Great food and service. Had a very good Caesar salad despite the tomatoes in it. Parking is awful in downtown SLO and the space seems a little tired but not a problem when the food is so good.

Taco Temple in Morro Bay. This was the single most amazing place we ate at. HUGE salmon "taco" which is really more of a full meal salad and my wife had a burrito which could easily feed two people. Portions are gigantic. I love this place but some will not like it. The space is crowded and can be very busy. It is rather to very casual and I believe some may find too much spice and/or ingredients in, say my taco. Fabulous chocolate bread pudding finished off the meal.

Mare Blu in Baywood Park. Found an ad in a local paper stating that breakfast was available from 7:30-10:30AM, Mon-Fri but they told us at 10:12 that they had shut down breakfast service so I will never go back there again. We ate next door at the Sculpted Egg which was really expensive and was was pretty bad- stay away from this place, too.

DiRaimondo in Paso. Bought excellent cheese and sausage and pretty good bread for a picnic. Nice guy runs it.

Papi's in Paso. Had a couple very good and greasey gorditas.

Tasted wine at Garretsons and the co-op next to it, Zin Alley and Penman Springs which had a great dessert muscat. Wine Outlet in Atascadero and the Albertsons' in Morro Bay and Paso all have nice selections of wine.

The only questions I have are where to buy excellent seafood and meat to cook for dinner next time we visit.

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