Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant reviews by Kathy Marcks Hardesty

Crabby Christmas 2017

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We’re crabby! We love the late fall and early winter holiday season because it means it’s finally Dungeness crab season again! So when I read that San Francisco was back in its crabby season, and the Dungeness was finally safe…

Cioppino at Ember for December!

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Here is yet another one of the thousands of reasons we love Ember! Dan and I love Ember in Arroyo Grande so much that we visit at least once and usually more times every single month. And during this year’s…

AronHill Vineyards in Paso Robles

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My bi-weekly column, From the Vine, in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record, about AronHill Vineyards, was published today, Sunday December 3, 2017 My column featuring AronHill Vineyard is all about one of the few of the many Paso…

Thomas Hill Organics (THO) New Menu

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Revisiting THO SLO on its First Anniversary!  Hard to believe, isn’t it, that the SLO version of Thomas Hill Organics (THO, which was originally founded in Paso Robles) has already celebrated its first anniversary! So upon receiving an invitation to…

Vegetable Butcher–Freaking Amazing!

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It’s rare when a chef can impress us over and over again. And yet that’s exactly what the Vegetable Butcher Did! We have never been fond of tomato soup, but one taste of Chef Becky Windels version and we are…

More news about the Vegetable Butcher!

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The Vegetable Butcher Continues to Impress! We couldn’t wait to get back to SLO for Tamale Tuesday, and we were warmly greeted by “Lola” out front. Not surprising at all, we were very impressed once again. It was a meal…

The Vegetable Butcher–Chef Becky’s Nickname

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The Vegetable Butcher-SLO’s Hottest New Eatery The name alone would make you assume, naturally, that this great new eatery is a vegetarian restaurant but think again! Chef Becky Windels knows that most Americans love meat, so she hired Chef Bernard…

The New SLO THO–A Foodie Find!

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The New Talent at THO, August 2017 Ever since proprietor Debbie Thomas first opened Thomas Hill Organics (THO) in Paso Robles in 2009, we’ve published many reviews over those years about their creative seasonal cuisine. And indeed, THO, has gone…

Pico at the Los Alamos General Store

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From the Vine in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record was published today, covering Pico at the Los Alamos General Store. What can I say about Los Alamos and it’s tremendous growth as a culinary scene, simply wow! I…

The Spoon Trade–A Great Choice

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Uh oh! Correction, Sorry Friends! The new hours are accurate, but I made an error when creating this post. The Spoon Trade is not yet open for lunch on Thursday. When I spoke with Chef Jacob last Monday at lunch,…