Three new restaurants have opened their doors in SLO County in the past couple of months and we took it upon ourselves to try them out – a major burden, we know. Each of these restaurants managed to bring fresh thinking and even fresher menus to the whole region – South County in Grover Beach, Downtown San Luis Obispo, and North County in Templeton.
Let’s start with The Spoon Trade located on 3rd Steet and Grand Avenue in Grover Beach. Owned by Central Coast locals, Chef Jacob Town, his wife Brooke Town, and Patrick Bergseid, The Spoon Trade menu offers modern American cuisine – creative and delicious and ideal for any appetite or budget. The menu is created daily and filled with memorable and drool-worthy items like Fried Chicken and Waffles with spiced honey and kimichi, Grilled Spanish Octopus with early girl tomatoes and salsa verde, and homemade Tagliatelle with seasonal ingredients like pumpkin, sage brown butter, toasted pecans and parmesan. Add to that their extensive wine and beer list full of local and international flare and you’ve got yourself one hot date spot. The Spoon Trade filled a much needed void down in Grover Beach and we cannot be more excited to go back, again, and again… and again. [Disclaimer, one of us at PS live just a few blocks away so we don’t doubt you will see us there more often than not.]
Moving up the Central Coast, we find ourselves at the newest addition to Monterey Street in Downtown San Luis Obispo – SLO Provisions. Owned by Dwyne Willis and Steve Bland, with Chef Jensen Lorenzen, formerly of Cass House in Cayucos, as consulting chef, this new casual eatery offers all-day take-away with house-roasted rotisserie meats, family-
style dinners, specialty sandwiches, farm-fresh salads and rustic-style baked goods. Perfect for calling in a hearty and healthy meal for your family of four and picking it up on your way home from work. We are living the dream, foodie friends. SLO PRO’s Family Dinner comes with one whole rotisserie chicken, roasted potatoes, side salad, and dessert of the day for less than $25. Now, when you get that “What’s for dinner?” text from your spouse or kids at 3 o’clock, you know just what to do and where to go.
One of our own was practically stalking the Food & Dining news of the Central Coast in anticipation of the opening of the new Kobayashi brother’s eatery, Kitchenette. Mike and Chris Kobayashi, of Artisan in Paso Robles, opened their newest addition serving lunch, dinner and brunch in the charming town of Templeton. Chef Chris uses local, organic, fair-trade and sustainably raised agriculture in the eclectic, yet simple menu. With prices topping out at $12 and items like croissant French toast, Croque Madames, pork short rib burritos, and bottled jams and jellies on the menu, Kitchenette is sure to be a mainstay in Paso Robles Wine Country. We foresee making quite a few stops here to grab a bite to eat on our way to meetings in Paso Robles this fall.