Best of 2019: House of Eats

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Best North County Restaurant


Fish Gaucho

1244 Park St., Paso Robles

F-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; M-W, 3-9 p.m.

(805) 239-3333

info@fishgaucho.com

fishgaucho.com

@fishgaucho

facebook.com/FishGaucho

Best North Coast Restaurant


Robin's Restaurant

4095 Burton Drive, Cambria

Sat.-Th., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun.-Th., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 927-5007

anthony@robinsrestaurant.com

robinsrestaurant.com

facebook.com/RobinsRestaurant

Best San Luis Obispo Restaurant


Novo

726 Higuera St., SLO

M-Th., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; F, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 543-3986

info@novorestaurant.com

novorestaurant.com

@novorestaurant

facebook.com/NovoRestaurant

Best South County Restaurant


Ember Restaurant

1200 E Grand Ave. suite 101, Arroyo Grande

M-T, closed; Sun., W, and Th., 4-9 p.m.;F-Sat., 4-10 p.m.

(805) 474-7700

info@emberwoodfire.com

emberwoodfire.com

@emberrestaurant

facebook.com/emberrestaurant

Best South Coast Restaurant


The Spoon Trade

294 W Grand Ave., Grover Beach

M-F, 4-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m.

(805) 904-6773

info@thespoontrade.com

thespoontrade.com

@thespoontrade

facebook.com/thespoontrade

Best New Restaurant of 2018

NEW NIBBLES A dream came true in 2018 for all of the Tin City fans out there: A place to nosh between wine tastings—and it’s good, too. With a seasonal menu scrawled on butcher paper, wood-fired pizza, fresh pasta, and more, the Tin Canteen won over the bellies of our readers as the Best New Restaurant of 2018. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • NEW NIBBLES A dream came true in 2018 for all of the Tin City fans out there: A place to nosh between wine tastings—and it’s good, too. With a seasonal menu scrawled on butcher paper, wood-fired pizza, fresh pasta, and more, the Tin Canteen won over the bellies of our readers as the Best New Restaurant of 2018.

Tin Canteen

3070 Limestone Way, Paso Robles

W-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 369-2787

tincanteen@gmail.com

tincanteenpaso.net

@tincanteenpaso

facebook.com/TinCanteenPaso

Best Breakfast


Kitchenette

105 S. Main St., Templeton

M-Sun., 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

(805) 400-1006

info@kitchenettetempleton.com

kitchenettetempleton.com

@kitchenettetempleton

facebook.com/kitchenettetempleton

Best Breakfast Burrito


Frank's Famous Hot Dogs

950 California Blvd., SLO

M-Sun., 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 541-3488

facebook.com/franksSLO

Best Weekend Brunch


Ventana Grill

2575 Price St., Pismo Beach

Sun.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 773-0000

ventanagrill.com

@ventanagrill

facebook.com/VentanaGrillPismoBeach

Best Hangover Food


Frank's Famous Hot Dogs

950 California Blvd., SLO

M-Sun., 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 541-3488

facebook.com/franksSLO

Best Vegetarian Food


Vegetable Butcher

712 Marsh St., SLO

M, 5-9 p.m.; T-Th., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; F-Sat., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun., Closed

(805) 439-4801

info@vbculturekitchen.com

vegetablebutcherslo.com

@vegetablebutcherslo

facebook.com/vegetablebutcher

Best Seafood


Ciopinot

1051 Nipomo St., SLO

Sun.-Th., 5-9 p.m.; F-Sat., 5-10 p.m.

(805) 547-1111

lacohen@charter.net

ciopinotrestaurant.com

@ciopinot

facebook.com/CiopinotSLO

Best Mexican Food


Taqueria Santa Cruz

1308 Monterey St., suite 140, SLO

Sun.-Th., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; F-Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

(805) 752-1016

Best Chinese Food


Mandarin Gourmet

1316 Madonna Road, SLO

M, W-Th., 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; F-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-9:30 p.m.

(805) 541-4590

slochinesefood@gmail.com

mandaringourmetslo.com

@mandaringourmetslo

facebook.com/mandaringourmet

Best Japanese Food


Goshi

772 Pine St., Paso Robles

T-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-1:45 P.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Sun., 5-9:30 p.m.

(805) 227-4860

goshipasorobles.com

570 Higuera St., suite 155, SLO

T-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-1:45 P.M.and 5-9:30 p.m.; Sun., 5-9:30 p.m.

(805) 543-8942

goshislo.com

@goshislo

facebook.com/GoshiSLO

Best Thai Food


Noi & Doi's 2nd Street Café

1325 2nd St., Los Osos

M-W, F-Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

(805) 439-3441

facebook.com/pages/category/Thai-Restaurant/Noi-and-Dois-2nd-Street-Cafe-633228183522635

Best Italian Food


Café Roma

1020 Railroad Ave., SLO

M-F, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-9 p.m.; F, 5-9:30 p.m.; Sat., 5-9:30 p.m.; Sun., noon-8 p.m.

(805) 541-6800

caferomaslo.com

facebook.com/caferomaslo

Best Sushi


Yanagi Sushi & Grill

555 James Way, Pismo Beach

M-F, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

(805) 773-3535

1203 Marsh St., SLO

M-Th., 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; F, 11:30 a.m.-9:50 p.m.; Sat., noon-9:50 p.m.; Sun., 5-9:20 p.m.

(805) 541-5282

yanagisushigrill.com

facebook.com/yanagisushislo

Best Poke


PokiRito

848 Foothill Blvd., SLO

M-Th. and Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; F-Sat., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

(805) 439-2541

poki-rito.com

@pokirito.slo

facebook.com/pokirito

Best Mediterranean Food


Petra

1210 Higuera St., SLO

M-Sun., 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

(805) 439-1999

eatpetra.com

@petraslo805

facebook.com/petraSLO

Best Indian Food


Shalimar

3820 Broad St., SLO

M-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.; 5-9:30 p.m.

(805) 781-0766

shalimarslo.com

facebook.com/shalimarslo

Best Fried Chicken

JUST ADD SYRUP Readers believe that The Spoon Trade does fried chicken right. This Grover Beach hot spot serves organic fried chicken on a sourdough waffle with spiced honey, rosemary, and kimchi. Delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • JUST ADD SYRUP Readers believe that The Spoon Trade does fried chicken right. This Grover Beach hot spot serves organic fried chicken on a sourdough waffle with spiced honey, rosemary, and kimchi. Delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

The Spoon Trade

294 W. Grand Ave., Grover Beach

M-F, 4-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m.

(805) 904-6773

info@thespoontrade.com

thespoontrade.com

@thespoontrade

facebook.com/thespoontrade

Best Pizza


Woodstock's Pizza

1000 Higuera St., SLO

M-Th., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; F-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

(805) 541-4420

woodstockSslo.com

@woodstocksslo

facebook.com/woodstocksslo

Best Barbeque


Firestone Grill

1001 Higuera St., SLO

Sun.-W, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Th.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

(805) 783-1001

contact@firestonegrill.com

firestonegrill.com

@firestonegrill

facebook.com/FirestoneGrill

Best Steak


Jocko's Steakhouse

125 N. Thompson Ave., Nipomo

Sun.-Th., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; F-Sat., 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

(805) 929-3686

jockossteakhouse.com

Best Burger


Sylvester's Burgers

Los Osos, Atascadero, Oceano

M-Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

sylvestersburgers.com

@sylvestersburgers

facebook.com/syl.burgers

Best Ramen


Kuma.

2011 10th St., Los Osos

M-Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 528-6767

kumabowls.com

@kumabowls

facebook.com/Kuma.Bowls

Best Chicken Wings


Spike's

570 Higuera St., SLO

T & Sun., 4-9 p.m.; W & Th., 4 p.m.-midnight; F & Sat., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

(805) 544-7157

spikespub.com

Best Salad


Firestone Grill

1001 Higuera St., SLO

Sun.-W, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Th.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

(805) 783-1001

contact@firestonegrill.com

firestonegrill.com

@firestonegrill

facebook.com/FirestoneGrill

Best Taco


Taco Temple

2680 N. Main St., Morro Bay

M-Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 772-4965

tacotemple.com

@tacotemple

facebook.com/tacotemplemorrobay

Best Burrito


Las Delicias De Zacatecas

12304 Los Osos Valley Road, SLO

F, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; M-Th. & Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

(805) 439-2361

facebook.com/Las-Delicias-de-Zacatecas-1662090407408018

Best Chowder


Splash Café

197 Pomeroy Ave., Pismo Beach

Sun.-Th., 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; F-Sat., 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 773-4658

1491 Monterey St., SLO

Sun.-Th., 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; F-Sat., 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

(805) 544-7567

splashcafe.com

@splashcafe

facebook.com/SplashCafeChowder

Best Juice Place


Seeds

1133 Garden St., SLO

M-Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

(805) 592-2929

seedsongarden.com

@seedsongarden

facebook.com/seedsongarden

Best Ice Cream / Frozen Yogurt


Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab

Arroyo Grande Village, SLO

Sun.-Th., NOON-9 p.m.;F-Sat., NOON-10 p.m.

It's been a busy year for SLO County's favorite ice cream maker. While its parlors in SLO, Arroyo Grande, and Santa Maria continue to be locals' go-to shops for scoops of Motor Oil, Birthday Cake, or Mint Fudge Oreo, the company recently announced plans to open 100 new parlors across the state, starting in the Sacramento area. But the expansion won't diminish its presence locally, CEO Michael Boyer said. "We are committed to the idea of continuing to be based here in SLO," Boyer said. "We definitely are committed to keeping the majority of our manufacturing and corporate team here."

—Peter Johnson

doc@docburnsteins.com

docburnsteins.com

@docburnsteins

facebook.com/docburnsteins

Best Doughnut


SLODOCO

793 Foothill Blvd., SLO

M-Sun., 24/7

(805) 782-9766

6917 El Camino Real, Atascadero

M-Sun., 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

(805) 460-7045

brandon@slodoco.com

slodoco.com

@slodoco

facebook.com/slodoco

Best Dessert


Madonna Inn

100 Madonna Road, SLO

M-Sun., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

(805) 784-2433

madonnainn.com

@madonnainn1958

facebook.com/MadonnaInn

Best Bagel


House of Bagels

158 Higuera St., suite A, SLO

M-Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

(805) 594-1818

houseofbagelscc.com

facebook.com/HoBagels

Best Sandwich

CHAMPION SANDWICH MAKER High Street Deli just can’t lose with the sandos they serve up daily. For several years running now, this High Street sandwich shop has won Best Sandwich in SLO County. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • CHAMPION SANDWICH MAKER High Street Deli just can’t lose with the sandos they serve up daily. For several years running now, this High Street sandwich shop has won Best Sandwich in SLO County.

High Street Deli

350 High St., SLO

M-Sun., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

(805) 541-4738

highstdeli.com

@highstreetdeli

facebook.com/highstreetdeli

Best Deli


Lincoln Market & Deli

496 Broad St., SLO

M-Sat., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

(805) 543-3443

Lincoln Market and Deli is more than just a sandwich shop. It's a place for sando slayers and register rock stars to become a family and create relationships with their customers. Owners and operators Mike and Becky Hicks have created a space for all to eat and have a good time. "We really have always tried to be that neighborhood hub, and, throughout the years, even more so a community hub for the entire city of San Luis Obispo," Mike said. While there's plenty to eat and drink, Becky said there are many market, wellness, and gift items from local merchants that customers can pick up on their visit.

—Karen Garcia

lincolnmarketanddeli@gmail.com

lincolnmarketanddeli.com

@lincolnmarketdeli

facebook.com/LincolnMarketandDeli

Best Bakery


House of Bread

299 Marsh St., SLO

M-F, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.;Sun., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

(805) 542-0255

bread@houseofbread.com

houseofbread.com

@house_of_bread

facebook.com/HOBSLO

Best Outdoor Dining


Novo

726 Higuera St., SLO

M-Th., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; F, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 543-3986

info@novorestaurant.com

novorestaurant.com

@novorestaurant

facebook.com/NovoRestaurant

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant


SLO Brew Rock

855 Aerovista Lane, SLO

M-Th., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; F-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

(805) 543-1843

slobrew.com/the-rock

facebook.com/slobrewrock

Best Cheap Eats


The Habit Burger Grill

839 Higuera St., SLO

Sun.-Th., 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; F-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

(805) 542-0105

habitburger.com

@habitburgergrill

facebook.com/habitburger

Best Meal to Treat Yourself


Ember Restaurant

1200 E Grand Ave., suite 101, Arroyo Grande

W-Th., Sun., 4-9 p.m.; F-Sat., 4-10 p.m.

(805) 474-7700

info@emberwoodfire.com

emberwoodfire.com

@emberrestaurant

facebook.com/emberrestaurant

Best Fish Market


Pier 46 Seafood Market

1131 Rossi Road, Templeton

M-Th., Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; F, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

(805) 434-1950

pier46seafood.com

@pier46seafood

facebook.com/pier46seafood

Best Butcher


Arroyo Grande Meat Company and Village Butcher Shop

120 E Branch St., Arroyo Grande

T-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; M, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

(805) 489-2693

info@agmeatcompany.com

agmeatcompany.com

Best Food Truck

MORE CHEESE, PLEASE Grilled cheese master chef Mike McGourty puts his heart and soul into the gooey goodness he dishes out from The Grilled Cheese Incident food truck. And New Times’ readers like what he’s laying down. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • MORE CHEESE, PLEASE Grilled cheese master chef Mike McGourty puts his heart and soul into the gooey goodness he dishes out from The Grilled Cheese Incident food truck. And New Times’ readers like what he’s laying down.

The Grilled Cheese Incident

Los Osos

HOURS VARY

(805) 602-1380

facebook.com/The-Grilled-Cheese-Incident-670802139705734

Best Restaurant for a First Date


Ciopinot

1051 Nipomo St., SLO

Sun.-Th., 5-9 p.m.; F-Sat., 5-10 p.m.

(805) 547-1111

lacohen@charter.net

ciopinotrestaurant.com

@ciopinot

facebook.com/CiopinotSLO

Best Farm/Produce Stand


Rutiz Farms

1075 The Pike, Arroyo Grande

T-F, noon-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

info@rutizfarms.com

rutizfarms.com

facebook.com/Rutiz-Farms-906412942812804

Best Grocery Store


California Fresh Market

SLO, Pismo Beach

M-Sun., 6 a.m.-midnight (SLO); 6 a.m.-11 p.m. (Pismo Beach)

californiafreshmarket.com

facebook.com/CaliFreshSLO

Best Coffee Shop


Scout Coffee

SLO

M-Sun., 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Since Sara and Jon Peterson opened Scout Coffee on Garden Street in downtown SLO in 2014, this charming brick-walled cafe serving its own HoneyCo Coffee Roaster beans has been a resounding hit with locals, college students, and visitors. Its quick success allowed the Petersons to open another location on Foothill Boulevard—with a more open and spacious vibe—which helped Scout earn 2018 Business of the Year honors in the 35th California Assembly District. "We appreciate all of your support of our little dream," the Petersons said on Scout's website. "Our goal has always been to create inspiring spaces with great people and amazing products, in a way that truly adds value to the community around us."

Peter Johnson

hello@scoutcoffeeCO.com

scoutcoffeeCO.com

@scoutcoffee

facebook.com/scoutcoffee

Best Cheese Shop


Vivant

821 Pine St., suite B, Paso Robles

Sun.-Th., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; F-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

(805) 226-5530

info@vivantfinecheese.com

vivantfinecheese.com

@vivantfinecheese

facebook.com/VivantFineCheese

Best Coffee Roaster


SLO Roasted Coffee

1172 Los Olivos Ave., Los Osos

M-F, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.

(805) 528-7317

sloroasted.com

@sloroasted

facebook.com/SLO.Roasted.Coffee

Best Mac & Cheese


Black Sheep Bar & Grill

1117 Chorro St., SLO

M-Sun., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

(805) 544-7433

blacksheepslo.com

facebook.com/blacksheepslo


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