Monthly Archives: January 2015

Simply the best…from great chefs

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A salute to some of my favorite, creative dishes by Central Coast Chefs! Dining out as often as we do–not every meal is, shall we say, unforgettable. One thing’s sure though, Dan and I shared many memorable dishes over the…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

Grab these wines while they’re still around! I am loving the fact that I can much more easily promote great wines from our local wineries. Believe it or not, when I started recommending wines in New Times in 1996, I…

Three delicious wines, all quite affordable

When I was in Santa Maria last weekend, I stopped by BevMo! where I found this delicious trio of wines. Although I provided links to each winery’s webpage, that mostly for information, but you can easily pick up the wines…

Discover Low Country Cuisine at NEO

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Low Country Cuisine on Hilton Head Island As I noted in my previous review about our trip to Hilton Head Island (HHI), Dan and I made some delicious discoveries while getting to know that ritzy little section of South Carolina.…

Some great new wines at value prices

Two new Paso Robles and Santa Maria Valley wines This set of wine reviews is all about the outstanding wines produced in Paso Robles. Those who of you have followed me a long time know I’m not much of a…

An excellent value restaurant joins the Top Ten

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The Rib Line by the sea, good, cheap, and plenty of it! When I first wrote a review of the Rib Line in SLO, owner and chef Brian Appiano didn’t have the Grover Beach location, just a small strip mall…

S.Y. Kitchen–the Italian favorite for locals!

S.Y. Kitchen for traditional Italian cuisine and amazing cocktails! I’ve had so many SLO and Santa Barbara food people call me or tell me in person about this very popular restaurant headed by the Italian born chef Luca Crestanelli, I salivated at…

Our Top Ten Good Value Restaurants!

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The Central Coast Critic’s New Top Ten List of Good Value Restaurants Whenever we create our Top Ten lists, they’re based on our recent dining experiences at the restaurants listed. Now we don’t get to all of them as regularly as…

An outstanding lunch at Luna Red in SLO

Luna Red Offers International Delights! Chef Shaun Behrens at Luna Red is one or our most versatile and creative cooks in San Luis Obispo. He takes what he learns when he is dining out, whether it’s locally or in another…

Three collectible Central Coast wines

Three wines well worth drinking and collecting Last week, following a trip to Buellton, and a visit to Lido restaurant in Shell Beach, Dan and I enjoyed three exceptional Central Coast wines that are sure to please everyone, whether you…