Fish Fiend? All About the Craft? There’s a flavor for every taste bud in SLO CAL
What kind of SLO CAL foodie are you? With an inventive restaurant scene on the rise, rolling vineyards dotted by hundreds of wineries, craft breweries upping the beer game, emerging distilleries serving up creative cocktail culture and one-of-a-kind agritourism adventures, there’s never been a better time to sip, nosh, and explore SLO CAL flavor.
You go for the French toast, 24/7. Your mimosa is always half full. You believe that morning is a “state of mind.”
You’re SLO CAL Personality: Bruncher with Benefits
From trendy avocado toast and zesty chilaquiles topped with runny egg (Foremost Wine Co.), to breakfast salads of kale, local quinoa and pickled beets (Artisan), brunch has never been bolder in San Luis Obispo County. Swap your average mimosa for a bright Edna Valley rosé, a retro sparkling wine cocktail made with local spirits or a Bloody Mary bolstered with homegrown accouterments (Sidecar). Don’t forget to wash it all down with the region’s finest third wave coffees, distinctly roasted for a palate-pleasing awakening.
Nothing beats salty, sea air. Raw oysters need no accouterments. If it was swimming just moments ago, you want dibs on it.
Your SLO CAL Personality: The Fish Fiend
Taste the real catch of the day at Gardens at Avila or Lido at Dolphin Bay. Thanks to SLO County’s close proximity to the Pacific, local fishermen haul in fresh catches each morning at Avila Beach’s Harford Pier, including native lingcod, rockfish, sea bass and more. You can also find flavorful farmed Morro Bay oysters on many menus, including 60 State Park Restaurant & Lounge, alongside a splashy new trend: tender Octopus imported from Spain and found at restaurants such as La Cosecha.
A pint of quality craft beer is greater than a six pack of swill. You live and breathe malt, yeast and hops. You know the difference between bitters and tinctures.
Your SLO CAL Personality: All About The Craft
With some craft breweries growing their own hops, experimenting with native yeasts and blending local fruit into the mix, a beer is never simply “just a beer” in SLOCAL (Barrelhouse Brewing Co.). The same goes with local hard cider, which ranges from bone dry to fruit-infused. With hundreds of boutique wineries utilizing cutting-edge growing practices—plus a happening distillery scene offering up a fresh take on gin, whiskey and more—there’s always a reason to toast good taste.
You always want to know if “it’s local.” Farmer’s-market-obsessed. Ranchers are rockstars in your book.
Your SLO CAL Personality: Friend of the Farmer
When the land is this fertile, chefs have license to paint with nature’s most breathtaking seasonal flavors Try Thomas Hill Organics or Cass House Grill, where vibrant edible flowers, earthy foraged mushrooms and local, site-specific heritage breed meats come together to elevate San Luis Obispo County cuisine to new heights of farm-to-table artistry.Carefully curated entrees aren’t just good for the earth: this ultra conscious plating gives more love to your taste buds, too.
Nothing beats grandma’s cooking. If there’s love in it, you want a bite. Seconds? Duh.
You’re SLO CAL Personality: King of Comfort
Warm, cozy, and filling, comfort food gets a fun, funky twist in SLO CAL. Crave-able classics are reinvented with fresh ideas like swapping beef for a tender portabella mushroom topped with goat cheese and garlic aioli at Guest House Grill and tacos made with southern-style barbecued pork are topped with a Latin lineup of spicy adobo and crunchy cabbage at Rib Line by the Beach. Wake up starving? Taste a spin on an a.m. icon with the region’s famous Cowboy Benedict—two biscuits topped with ham, eggs, and country gravy at F.McLintocks Arroyo Grande.
You strive to meet your food. Farm-to-fork is more than an expression. You’re always up for an adventure, especially if it includes a snack.
You’re SLO CAL Personality: The Culinary Explorer
By all means, taste the wonders of San Luis Obispo County—but don’t forget to take it all in with your other four senses, too. Sample luxurious local olive oil at olive oil ranch The Groves on 41, smell the sweetness of nature’s bounty at Harmony Lavender or sign up for educational hands-on farm excursions with FARMstead Ed. When you know how that delicious food go to your plate, it only tastes that much better.