Santa Maria


RIP Jim Clendenen

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Sunday night the news of the passing of Jim Clendenen, "The Mind Behind" and founder of Au Bon Climat, began to send shock waves through my circles. Jancis Robinson MW's remembrance of his larger t...

Weekend Tri Tip | Nipomo, Santa Maria, Orcutt

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Sunday morning, April 2, "toodie jane" joined me in Santa Maria to see what might be left of the weekend tri tip barbecue culture here. In 2006, the Santa Barbara County health authorities cracked ...

La Michoacana Azteca Ice Cream Paleteria | Santa Maria

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 months ago

To celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month, I tried to get caught up on posting on the memorable ice cream places I'd sampled over the last year. That included posting about my latest visits to ...

La Tradicional Ice Cream Shop #2 | College Square Plaza - Santa Maria

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

In March 2019, my brother and I stopped at the new branch of La Tradicional Ice Cream. Two years before we had tried the original across town and felt it was the best of the town's many paleterias....

La Real Michoacana Paleteria y Neveria | Santa Maria

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

In January 2019, I tried my seventh paleteria in this small town. Santa Maria is paleta-ville central. And new ones have opened since then so I’m not done yet. Not that I'm complaining about this m...

La Tradicional Michoacana Ice Cream Shop | Santa Maria

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

On the way back from Santa Barbara in April, we stopped in Santa Maria for a paleta break. This was my first visit to La Tradicional Michoacana and it's my new favorite in the area. The staff were ...

Santa Maria (Santa Barbara Co.)

by Nutraxfornerves 5 years ago

OK, so this isn't the most common destination. I need to make multiple trips to take care of family business. I'm interested in great breakfasts; lunch & dinner places that work for one person, and...

Paleteria y Neveria Fruit HDZ Juices | Santa Maria

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

Passing through Santa Maria a couple weeks ago, I stopped at the new launch of Fruit HDZ Juices in the Stowell shopping center. By my count this is the sixth paleteria in this town, which must be s...

Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab | Enos Ranch - Santa Maria

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

The newest location of Doc Burnstein's opened in Santa Maria's Enos Ranch shopping center three weeks ago. I took a look on Thursday. Because there was a longer than expected line, I didn't wait fo...

Cubanissimo Cuban Food Truck | Paso - SLO - Santa Maria - Lompoc

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Cubanissimo launched its food truck a little over a year ago. It's been on my radar, and finally the truck's schedule and mine coincided for me to catch up with it last month at one of its regular ...

How Bien Nacido Vineyard fought off the Alamo fire

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Having just visited Bien Nacido Vineyard, Au Bon Climat and Qupé in April, I followed in horror the news that this site was threatened by the Alamo fire. Here's the story of how the vineyard team d...

New Food Happenings on the Central Coast

by kaki3152 5 years ago

There are two new restaurants on the Central Coast: (1) Jade=Phillippine food in the Same shopping center as Klondike's. (2) Cajun food in Guadalupe, looks good. Has anyone tried them ye...

Paleteria Linda Michoacan-Santa Maria

by kaki3152 14 years ago

In this weeks' LA times, thee was a great article on Mexican paleterias, which are Mexican ice cream/sorbet shops. After I read the article, I felt compelled to go to the only paleteria I know in S...

Restaurants that Serve Lamb in Santa Maria?

by cawildflowr 4 years ago

My cousin lives in Santa Maria, Ca and mentioned that they would love to find a place that serves Lamb. Does anyone know of a restaurant that serves lamb dishes?

Jade's Filipino Food

by kaki3152 5 years ago

Finally got around to visiting this new restaurant — Jade's Filipino Food. Located in the Western Village Shopping Center (close to my gym) 2025 S, Broadway, Santa Maria, it is a relatively new res...

Seeking Outstanding Chili Rellenos in Santa Maria

by Bruce in SLO 13 years ago

I am a big fan and seldom find them done well. Any proven hits in the greater Santa Maria area? Had a couple terrific ones in Monterey and Salinas but none in SLO or local places.


by Redneck Wonder 10 years ago

I know there is a place to get carne asada fries in Santa Maria I just don't know exactly where and what the name of the place is? Can someone help me out?

Good Eats in Santa Maria?

by Clinton 10 years ago

Been going to Santa Maria at least once a month and trying the same old places over and over. Places like Jocko's, Ichiban Japanese, Silver Spur, Crab Cove, Zoe's Hawaiian, Stinky's, Coco's, etc. N...

SANTA MARIA BBQ-- We all know about Jocko's and The Far Western Tavern... but what about the trailers?

Mr Taster
by Mr Taster 12 years ago

Greetings from Los Angeles, Santa Maria 'hounds! Taking a cue from this recent post about why SM BBQ isn't found at more restaurants.... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/552574 ...it's led me to...