Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant reviews by Kathy Marcks Hardesty

SLO Health & Fitness Acai Competition

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The Central Coast’s Best Acai! Upon learning that I was would be among the judges at the acai bowl competition during the local health convention featuring local acai specialists, many friends said they couldn’t wait to hear who won! Even…

Love Ribs?

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If you love baby back pork ribs like we do, get yourself to Ribline! Ever since our first taste of the tender-licious, perfectly sweetened sauce on the baby back ribs at Ribline in SLO on Los Osos Valley Road, we’ve…

Little Misses, More than Expected!

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We love and fully support our local restaurants, as long as they live up to expectations, but there were many misses during our holiday dining experiences! Cindy’s Waterfront in Monterey Too many times, the disappointments exceeded the satisfactory parts. That’s unacceptable.…

Big Hits, Little Misses in Reviews

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The Trouble with Yelp…It’s the Reviews! We here at Central Critic have never had much respect for Yelp, not until lately that is. Now don’t take this wrong, we still hate the lame reviews written by people who clearly have…

Chef Brian Collin’s Ember–Number One!

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We Salute SLO’s Number One Chef at Ember! After two plus years of dining at least twice a month at Ember (and it’s often more times), there is no doubt about the passion, creativeness, quality, and fair prices make this…

The Ballard Inn — Still Number One

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Chef Budi Kazali — Still the Best in Santa Barbara County I have some important news about The Ballard Inn & Restaurant in the tiny hamlet of Ballard, halfway between Los Olivos and Solvang. This is your last week to…

THO Opened in SLO

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Thomas Hill Organics (THO) Offers the Freshest Foods from Local Farms! For those of you who are big fans of Thomas Hill Organics, like we are, we’re sure you already know THO is now open. It’s located in the gorgeous…

Michael Mina’s Stripsteak Waikiki Reigns

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Michael Mina’s Stripsteak Highlighted Our Visit to Honolulu! Dan and I received an excellent offer to visit the Maui Westin in Kaanapali after a five-year absence, and we gladly took them up on the low-priced deal. Since it’s our 25-year…

Welcome Back, to Ember!

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It’s Always Good to Return Home and to Ember! No matter what type of vacation we take, short or long, exotic or our former home in San Francisco, we love getting back to our current home. And what, you may…

Mesa Grill in Las Vegas

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We Love Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Dan and I were married in Las Vegas at the Little White Chapel 25-years ago. That’s one of the reasons we return every couple of years. Ocassionaly, we return because…