Archive | July, 2011

Great Eats in San Luis Obispo

25 Jul
I’ve been living in San Luis Obispo for 4 years now and people always ask me where to go eat. Heres some pics of places/food that I recommend.
 

Heart Attack Burger: Fried Egg, Bacon, Avocado, CheddaCheese & Sylvester Sauce

Sylvester’s Burgers, 1099 Santa Ynez Ave. Los Osos, Ca 93402, (805) 528-0779 
 
 
Garlic Fries
 
 Sylvester’s Burgers, 1099 Santa Ynez Ave. Los Osos, Ca 93402, (805) 528-0779 
 
 
 
Mushroom Burger: Sautéed in wine, garlic & butter, with Swiss Cheese & Sylvester Sauce
Sylvester’s Burgers, 1099 Santa Ynez Ave. Los Osos, Ca 93402, (805) 528-0779 
 
 
 
Strawberry Shake
Sylvester’s Burgers, 1099 Santa Ynez Ave. Los Osos, Ca 93402, (805) 528-0779 
 
 
 
 
California Burger – Avocado, Pepper Jack Cheese & Sylvester Sauce  
Sylvester’s Burgers, 1099 Santa Ynez Ave. Los Osos, Ca 93402, (805) 528-0779 
 
 
 
Veggie Burger
Splash Cafe, 1491 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 805-544-7567
 
 
 
Clam Chowder 
Splash Cafe, 1491 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 805-544-7567
 
 
 
Creekside Burger: Angus beef with Grilled sweet onions, Double smoked bacon, Roma tomato and Horseradish mayonnaise
Creekside Brewing Company 1040 Broad Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 805-542-9804
 
 
 

Chicken Marsala with Herb mashed potatoes and Sautéed seasonal vegetables

Creekside Brewing Company 1040 Broad Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 805-542-9804

 

 

 

Spring Club: Roasted turkey with melted cheddar cheese, bacon, Ranch dressing, cucumber, tomato, lettuce,mayo, toasted French Roll

High Street Deli 350 High Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  805-541-4738

 

 

 

Killer Cornbread with Cheddar Cheese and Chilies

Big Sky Cafe 1121 Broad Street San Luis Obispo CA, 93401  805-545-5401

 

 

 

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Salad

Big Sky Cafe 1121 Broad Street San Luis Obispo CA, 93401  805-545-5401

 

 

 

Gumbo YaYa: Chicken Gumbo with Andouille Sausage & Shrimp & Rice


Big Sky Cafe 1121 Broad Street San Luis Obispo CA, 93401  805-545-5401

 

 

 

Grilled Cheese, Eggplant & Chipotle Chicken Sandwich


Big Sky Cafe 1121 Broad Street San Luis Obispo CA, 93401  805-545-5401

 
 
 
Keftedes: Spiced ground lamb patty with grilled soft pita bread, tomatoes, red onion, lettuce, and tzatziki sauce, served with peasant potatoes
The Wild Donkey Cafe 1131 Broad Street San Luis Obispo CA, 93401  805-788-0898
 

 
 
Chicken Shishkabob: Broiled free range chicken breast with onion, and red and yellow peppers on a bed of Island rice
The Wild Donkey Cafe 1131 Broad Street San Luis Obispo CA, 93401  805-788-0898
 
 

POLLY DOLLY Burger: Chicken, avocado, sprouts, bbq, lettuce, cucumber, pepper jack, whole wheat bun
 
Mothers Tavern (MoTav) 725 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-541-8733
 
 
 
 
TRUFFLED MAC & CHEESE:  White truffle oil, parmesan, cheddar, jack cheese 
Mothers Tavern (MoTav) 725 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-541-8733
 
 
 

Shredded BBQ Pork Sandwich: Slowly smoked & tender pork topped with delicious coleslaw
Mo’s SmokeHouse BBQ 1005 Monterey Street San Luis Obispo, California 93401  805-544-6193
 
 
 
 
 
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich: Crispy boneless chicken, spicy BBQ sauce, melted bleu cheese crumbles, lettuce, tomato on warm focaccia
Pappy McGregor’s 1865 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA     805-543-5458
ABC Burger: Avocado, smoked bacon, american cheese with 1000 island dressing
Pappy McGregor’s 1865 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA     805-543-5458
Fried Pickles
Broad Street Tavern  1127 Broad St  San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  805-787-0571

Broad Street Burger

Broad Street Tavern  1127 Broad St  San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  805-787-0571

 
 
 

1/3 Lb Hamburger

Firestone Grill 1001 Higuera San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  805-783-1001 

 
 
Asian Chicken Salad: Lettuce, red bell peppers, rice noodles, mandarin oranges and chicken
Firestone Grill 1001 Higuera San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  805-783-1001 
 
 
 
 
 
Basket of Fries
Firestone Grill 1001 Higuera San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  805-783-1001 
 
 
 

Tri-Tip Steak Sandwich: Tri-tip and BBQ sauce on a french roll
Firestone Grill 1001 Higuera San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  805-783-1001 
 
 
 
 

Pad Thai

Thai Boat  3212 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-594-1638

Pad See Ew

Thai Boat  3212 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-594-1638


Spicy Noodle with Shrimp

Thai Boat  3212 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-594-1638


Fried Wontons

Thai Boat  3212 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-594-1638

Salmon on Focaccia: Vine-ripened tomatoes, pickles, red onion, lettuce, tartar sauce

Novo Restaurant and Lounge  726 Higuera StSan Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-543-3986


Singapore Chicken Satay:
 Grilled skewers of chicken, peanut sauce, jasmine rice, cucumber salad

Novo Restaurant and Lounge  726 Higuera StSan Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-543-3986


Calamari with Housemade tartar & sweet chilli sauces

Novo Restaurant and Lounge  726 Higuera StSan Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-543-3986


Grilled Salmon Salad
Spring greens, roasted beets, french beans, vine-ripened tomatoes, crumbled bleu cheese, caramelized pecans, raspberry vinaigrette

Novo Restaurant and Lounge  726 Higuera StSan Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-543-3986


Potato Samosas
Indian spiced potatoes in wonton skins dipped in hot oil, mint chutney & yogurt

Novo Restaurant and Lounge  726 Higuera StSan Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-543-3986


Fresh Shrimp Avocado Spring Rolls

Novo Restaurant and Lounge  726 Higuera StSan Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-543-3986


Burger on Dutch Crunch Roll
Angus beef, jarlsberg cheese, sautéed onions, mushrooms, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, mayonnaise

Novo Restaurant and Lounge  726 Higuera StSan Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-543-3986


Nachos
Pork carnitas (shredded pork), black beans, white cheddar, pico de gallo, tortilla chips, avocado, sour cream

Novo Restaurant and Lounge  726 Higuera StSan Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-543-3986

Big Tex Wrap: Grilled chicken and fresh grilled vegetables with garlic smashed potatoes, barbecue sauce, chipotle sour cream and roasted corn salsa

Mondeo Pronto  893 Higuera St Ste D4, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401   805-544-2956

Buzz Burrito: Eggs, cheddar cheese, avocado, sour cream, sausage, potatoes, and a side of salsa

Breakfast Buzz  295 Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405  805-784-0232

Grilled Ham and Cheese Fondue: Grilled ham, tomato, and melted mozzarella cheese on toasted sourdough

Black Sheep Bar and Grill  1117 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  805-544-7433


Bon Appétit!

Artisan in Paso Robles

18 Jul

I recently graduated from Cal Poly and brought my family to Artisan in Paso Robles. According to Gayot, it is the best restaurant on the central coast and it exceeded my expectations. Everyone was very happy with their food and the service was just as amazing. Heres a list of dishes that we tried.

abalone and asparagus with a white cream sauce

morel mushroom toast, soft poached farm egg, pancetta

cod with potatoes and clams

atlantic scallops, l.b. prawns, spanish chorizo, mussels, clams, saffron

sea bass with artichokes

peach buckle, blueberry crisp, peach crème fraîche

warm cookies

churros y chocolate

panna cotta, strawberry panzanella, pistachio sorbet

I would recommend the scallops and the peach buckle. Delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant. I loved it!

Artisan
1401 Park Street
Paso Robles, California 93446
Phone 805.237.8084

Butternut Squash and Basil Bechamel Lasagna

13 Jul

I’m not a huge lasagna fan mostly because I don’t like red sauce so I decided to try this vegetarian version. Also, I’m a huge fan of butternut squash so it was perfect! 😉

Butternut Squash and Basil Bechamel Lasagna

adapted from Batter Licker

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 (1½ to 2-pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3 1/2 c. 2% milk
1 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 c. fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
8 oz. (approximately 12) no-boil lasagna noodles
2 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 c. grated Parmesan

Directions:
1)Preheat oven to 400F
2)Toss cubed squash with oil, 1 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. black pepper, and pour onto baking sheet. Roast until squash is tender, approximately 25 minutes.


3)Remove from oven


4)Transfer squash to food processor, and blend until smooth, adding another 1/2 c. water to help the blending process. Season roasted butternut squash puree to taste with additional salt and pepper, and set aside.
5)In medium pan over medium heat, melt butter. Meanwhile, heat milk in microwave (about 1 minute) or saucepan until hot. Once butter has melted, add flour, and whisk for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in hot milk. Increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer, whisking often, until bechamel sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Whisk in nutmeg.


6)Transfer half of the sauce to a food processor (if using blender, allow to cool before blending). Add basil, and blend until smooth. Return basil sauce to remaining bechamel sauce in pan, and stir to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
7)Preheat oven to 375F, and place rack in center of oven.
8)Lightly butter 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish. Spread 3/4 c. basil bechamel sauce over bottom of prepared baking dish. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles on top of sauce. Spread 1/4 of the squash puree over the noodles. Sprinkle with 1/2 c. mozzarella. Drizzle 1/2 c. basil bechamel over the mozzarella.
9)Repeat layering 3 more times.

10)Cover baking dish tightly with foil. Bake for 40 minutes.
11)Remove foil cover, and sprinkle remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses over top of lasagna. Continue baking uncovered until sauce bubbles and cheesy top is golden, 15 minutes longer. Allow to cool before serving.

Bon Appétit!