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SLO CAL 2021 Restaurant Month will look the same, in some ways, and different in others. Throughout January, you’ll be able to take part in one of the largest events we’ve ever organized! While our posters list participating restaurants by city, we wanted to give you a breakdown of other classifications to help you best take advantage of the entire month. Whether that’s taking your kids out to grab a treat or a romantic take-out meal with your loved one, SLO CAL Restaurant Month is ready for you. Especially for those on a budget, we’ve compiled a few must-hit spots, as well as those catering to dietary restrictions. Oh, and don’t be afraid to come back, again and again! SLO CAL restaurants will love to know you have a smile behind your mask, helping support small businesses and the hard-hit hospitality industry throughout January. Read on to map out your January 2021 a little easier!

 
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GLUTEN FREE

Whether Celiac or trying to limit your gluten intake, SLO CAL has a few restaurants explicitly offering gluten-free options. Jamba is one with the GF label. With five locations participating in Arroyo GrandePaso Robles and San Luis Obispo, you’re sure to find a GF blend up and down the Central Coast. If a burger sounds ideal, San Luis Obispo’s Burger Village has similar organic (and exotic) options you can swap the bun out on for a Udi gluten-free substitute. Since their entire burger menu is available to Restaurant 2021 attendees, you’re sure to find a suitable option, including for those vegetarians. Luna Red is on the more expensive end, but feeds up to three! Their Dinner Pack is all gluten free with a choice between paella, pot roast or whole chicken and a choice of two sides for $65.

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VEGETARIAN

While there are quite a few restaurants that offer pescatarian smorgasbords, we’re looking strictly at vegetarian options appearing for SLO CAL 2021 Restaurant Month. Since Burger Village and Jamba offer their entire Restaurant Month menu, your options are pretty comprehensive in finding opportunities that skip animal protein. Burger Village is located in San Luis Obispo, while we have four Jamba locations participating from Arroyo Grande to Paso Robles. For those taking out near the beach, Gardens of Avila maintains a beautiful chef garden in the Avila Valley, so you may also be contributing to a locally sourced dish. The Sycamore Mineral Springs kitchen offers vegetarian options on their entire first-course selection, with a fried polenta entree and some lovely third course (dessert) options! Cass Winery in Paso Robles offers three menus to decide from for $30 each, with one just for vegans—organic greens with shiitake bacon and candied garlic will get you started before eggplant melanzani, and ending with an apple cranberry crisp. We know, a barbecue joint seems like it may not fit in vegetarian options, but Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ taco tray can be substituted for veggie tacos and their quesadilla can become a veggie quesadilla. Hey, it’s an option! Similarly, with San Luis Obispo’s Eureka!’s house-made beet and kidney bean veggie burger patty for your main course, and the crispy Brussel sprout appetizer and cocktail options will pair quite nicely. Linnaes is offering a shared three-course vegetarian dinner for two for $30. The shared main entree will rotate, so check their menu daily on Instagram. Luna Red is on the more expensive end, but feeds up to three! Their Vegan Pack offers a paella option with three sides. A quick takeaway at Captain Bill’s Subs offers their hot and cold sandwich menu for Restaurant Month 2021, including their Vegan Sub. Lunch option in Santa MargaritaAncient Peaks Winery, offers a lovely cheese plate to begin in addition to a selection of salads and a margarita veggie, served warm on grilled ciabatta with Swiss, marinated artichoke hearts, tomato onion, bell pepper and pesto. Topping it all off (or to begin with, if you decide on a waffle for breakfast) is Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt and Waffle Shop in Morro Bay. Enjoy their whole waffle menu and toppings, including warm peaches or apples, bananas and strawberries, or chocolate-covered marshmallows topped with nuts and/or granola.

 

BREAKFAST

Just two explicit breakfast options cover this year’s SLO CAL Restaurant Month: Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt and Waffle Shop in Morro Bay and the five participating Jamba locations from Arroyo Grande to Paso Robles. Enjoy a breakfast smoothie for $1, when you buy a full-priced one. Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt and Waffle Shop in Morro Bay has quite a few toppings on hand for their waffle deal, including warm peaches or apples, bananas and strawberries, or chocolate-covered marshmallows topped with nuts and/or granola.

 

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LUNCH

Take a swing at Mulligan’s Bar & Grill in Avila Beach, or their sister kitchen at Blacklake Bar & Grill in Nipomo. Either way, you’ll get to enjoy your choice of a burger at the club with fries and a beverage (including beer or wine). Head to Paso Robles for Jeffry's Wine Country BBQ sharable trays, which are available at 15 percent off throughout January with SLO CAL’s 2021 Restaurant Month. In the mood for barbecue, but you’re in San Luis Obispo or Grover Beach? Head to the Rib Line for a four-course array at $30 per person. Back in Paso Robles, we have some wineries participating through their take-out tasting rooms, including Cass Winery at $30. Cafe Bovino has your splash of vino in Templeton for the $40 package. While Ancient Peaks is a Santa Margarita winery, you’ll have to order your splash of wine separately. Lunch continues in San Luis Obispo with cocktails at Eureka! Pick up their crispy glazed Brussels and two delicious burgers with your spirits fix for $40. Or try the variety of exotic and organic patties at Burger Village, offering any two burgers off their menu with fries, drinks and dessert for $50. Prefer a sandwich? Hot or cold subs are available just across San Luis Obispo at Captain Bill’s Subs. This joint is planned two at a time for a total of $30 for two subs, chips, drinks and cookies! Wednesday through Saturdays in San Luis Obispo, try Popolo. Beginning at 11 am, you’ll be able to try their $31-38 per person meals, including barbecue prime rib, top sirloin or oven-roasted Cornish game hen.

 

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DINNER

Still hungry? We’ve found ourselves at dinner, and many kitchens are still open! Starting back with Paso RoblesJeffry's Wine Country BBQ offers sharable trays at 15 percent off through January. In the mood for barbecue, but you’re in San Luis Obispo or Grover Beach? Head to the Rib Line for a four-course array at $30 per person. Dinner continues in San Luis Obispo with cocktails at Eureka! Pick up their crispy glazed Brussels and two delicious burgers with your spirits fix for $40. Or try the variety of exotic and organic patties at Burger Village, offering any two burgers off their menu with fries, drinks and dessert for $50 for two (a bargain at $25 per person). Wednesday through Saturdays in San Luis Obispo, try Popolo. Until 9 pm, you’ll be able to try their $31-38 per person meals, including barbecue prime rib, top sirloin or oven-roasted Cornish game hen. Let’s throw some new places in the mix, starting with the south coast. Sycamore Mineral Springs’ Gardens of Avila has a three-course offering for $40 per person. Take yourself to Marisol at The Cliffs in Pismo Beach for perhaps one of the most generous offerings this entire 2021 Restaurant Month. Marisol’s entire three-course menu is available for just $40 per person. You could get out the door with a maximum savings of $28 per dish! SeaVenture Beach Hotel & Restaurant is $40 per person as well with a similar three-course option, highlighting fair from the nearby ocean. Somerset Grill at Vespera gives you a price reprieve with a $30 per person option, and of course, an upgraded menu for $40 per person and a plethora of add ons and additional items. Let’s venture inland to San Luis Obispo for some land protein. Alex Madonna’s Steak House has just what the cowboy ordered: beef ribs or prime rib. Salmon is also available, but the pièce de résistance is the selection of pink champagne cake or black forest cake to finish it all off. Hotel San Luis Obispo’s Piadina has their Italian tinged three-course menu at $35 per person. SLO Provisions also finds this middle ground at $35 per person, and will switch up their offerings midway through the month. Explore their menu, and return for a second time for a whole new flavor! Driving up to the north county, hit up the Oak & Copper Bistro at Oxford Suites Paso Robles for the opposite end of the spectrum. At our highest value: $45 will get you a three-course menu, beginning with steamed clams. 

 

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DATE NIGHT LOCATIONS

Thinking of a delightful indulgence with your loved one for SLO CAL Restaurant Month? Our dinner analysis above may be overwhelming so let’s whittle things down. Appearing for the first time in this analysis is The Rooftop at Inn at the Pier. Head to this Pismo Beach local for a three-course delight, including swordfish or short ribs for your entree. Staying near the water, Sycamore Mineral Springs’ Gardens of Avila has a three-course offering for $40 per person. Take yourself to Marisol at The Cliffs in Pismo Beach for perhaps one of the most generous offerings this entire Restaurant Month. Marisol’s entire three-course menu is available for just $40 per person. You could get out the door with a maximum savings of $28 per dish! SeaVenture Beach Hotel & Restaurant is $40 per person as well with a similar three-course option, highlighting fair from the nearby ocean. Somerset Grill at Vespera gives you a price reprieve with a $30 per person option, and of course, an upgraded menu for $40 per person and a plethora of add ons and additional items. Let’s venture inland to San Luis Obispo for some land protein. Alex Madonna’s Steak House has just what the cowboy ordered: beef ribs or prime rib. Salmon is also available, but the pièce de résistance is the selection of pink champagne cake or black forest cake to top it all off. Hotel San Luis Obispo’s Piadina has their Italian tinged three-course menu at $35 per person. SLO Provisions also finds a middle ground at $35 per person, and will switch up their offerings midway through the month. Explore their menu, and return for a second time for a whole new flavor! Driving up to the north county, hit up the Oak & Copper Bistro at Oxford Suites Paso Robles for the opposite end of the spectrum. At our highest value: $45 will get you a three-course menu, beginning with steamed clams. 

 

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY PLACES TO TRY

Are you with all of your loved ones and find your wallet won’t flex as much? Try out the five participating Jamba locations, from Arroyo Grande to Paso Robles for a sweet chill, and bargain to boot. Speaking of boots: cowboy up at the Rib Line for their four-course array at $30 per person. Head to Paso Robles for Jeffry's Wine Country BBQ sharable trays, which are available at 15 percent off throughout January with SLO CAL’s Restaurant Month. San Luis Obispo offers sandwiches (hot and cold) at Captain Bill’s Subs at $30 for two: subs, chips, drinks and cookies! Are burgers more your flavor? The whole Burger Village menu is available for SLO CAL Restaurant Month 2021. Split for $25 per person, the menu offers two burgers, fries, drinks and dessert. Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt and Waffle Shop in Morro Bay offers a fun waffle menu at a discount for SLO CAL Restaurant Month. Don’t miss out on topping off your SLO CAL experience with warm peaches or apples, bananas and strawberries, or chocolate-covered marshmallows finished with nuts and/or granola.

 

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DON’T FORGET THE WINE

Perhaps the best thing about SLO CAL Restaurant Month is or proximity to wineries. Paso Robles tasting rooms, like Cass Winery with three, three-tiered menus to choose from, however wine from their menu will need to be purchased separate. Cafe Bovino at Bovino Vineyards has your splash of vino in Templeton for their $40 package with a fixed menu of tomato bisque, pork tenderloin and orange ginger spice cake. Ancient Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita in Paso Robles is serving lunch options, but you'll have to order your splash of wine from their menu separately.

 

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DRINKS INCLUDED

Take a swing at Mulligan’s Bar & Grill in Avila Beach, or their sister kitchen at Blacklake Bar & Grill in Nipomo. Either way, you’ll enjoy a burger at the club with fries and a beverage (including beer or wine) for $16 per person. San Luis Obispo’s Eureka! Pairs crispy glazed Brussels and two delicious burgers with cocktails for $40.

 

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CHEAP EATS

Starting small, SLO CAL Restaurant Month has five participating Jamba locations, stretching from Arroyo Grande to Paso Robles. Enjoy a cool smoothie for $1, when you buy one at full price. Next up: hot or cold subs are available in San Luis Obispo at Captain Bill’s Subs. This joint is planned two at a time for a total of $30 for two subs, chips, drinks and cookies (that’s $15 per person)! Maybe you want to take a swing at Mulligan’s Bar & Grill in Avila Beach or their sister kitchen at Blacklake Bar & Grill in Nipomo. Either way, you’ll get to enjoy your choice of a burger with fries and a beverage (including beer or wine) for $16 per person. San Luis Obispo’s Eureka! Pairs crispy glazed Brussels and two delicious burgers with cocktails for $40 (that’s $20 per person). Burger Village offers any two burgers off their menu with fries, drinks and dessert for $50 for two (that’s $25 per person). Top it all off with Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt and Waffle Shop in Morro Bay. Their waffle menu is $11.95 per person, allowing you to finish your SLO CAL experience with warm peaches or apples, bananas and strawberries, or chocolate-covered marshmallows topped with nuts and/or granola and ice cream!

 

30 PLACES

Rib Line

Cass Winery

Somerset Grill

Ancient Peaks

Cafe Bovino

 

40 PLACES

Gardens of Avila

Marisol

SeaVenture

Somerset Grill

The Rooftop at Inn at the Pier

Alex Madonna Steak House

Popolo

Cafe Bovino

 

Learn more at SLOCAL.com/restaurantmonth 

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