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SLO County report

Tom Hall | May 4, 200502:43 PM

Went back to Cayucos again. One breakfast at Hoover Beef Palace in Templeton. Good enough food- had the French toast combo with bacon and eggs. My wife said (she is from Casper, WY) that it reminded her of Wyoming except no smoke. Great spot for the retro feel and all the brands and Cattleman of the Year displays.

Went to Dorn's in MB (not my pick) and did not think it special- just average. It was overbooked, crowded with a looong wait to be seated.

Had lunch twice at Taco Temple. Loved it but beware: not much for decore; the offerings have a jumble of flavors- spices, fish, sauces and vegetables somewhat mixed together so people who like food groups separated with distinct "pure" flavors won't appreciate the place. We were 1/2 on dessert: stunning chocolate bread pudding and undercooked carrot cake. Also it is CASH ONLY. I plan to eat at least three meals there next time I go.

We had calamari and chips for lunch one day at Schooner's Wharf in Cayucos- price is creeping up but the deck view, service and food remain solid.

The biggest new news I have is that Ian McPhee in Templeton appears to be back in form at least for lunch. We ate there twice. My wife had an Asian influenced prawn dish with a peanut sauce and salad that was perfectly cooked. I had a scallop salad special that was well cooked but not enough flavor variety for me. On a second visit we shared an excellent soup of the day and both had an Ian's special salad off the menu which has greens, bacon and goat cheese that we both really enjoyed. The current offering appear to be Cal cuisine with Asian or BBQ accents. Good stuff and an excellent wine list available.

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