Have you discovered The Grill in Cayucos?
If you were to call me right now and ask, “Do you want to go to lunch?” I’d say yeah! Let’s meet tomorrow at the Cass House and dine at The Grill!
You know me well enough by now to understand that. When I’m big on a hot new Central Coast restaurant like the Grill, I’m eager to return often. You know what else, I would strongly recommend that you order the awesome lobster roll. It’s Chef Cory Bidwell’s most popular dish on the menu. Now, you know there has got to be a good reason for that.
After tasting it, I understand why even though his entire menu offers a fantastic selection of fabulous-unique dishes you’ll only find here. I can also safely tell you, it’s the best lobster roll I’ve ever been served. That said, I am a West Coast native who’s only to been the East Coast on a few occasions. Yet I still believe even a Easterner would agree with me on this review!
The lobster, so perfectly prepared, practically melts in your mouth. I tasted the roll, which I thought was brioche, and it was great on its own. Their pastry chef, Tara Jara (a graduate of the Cordon Bleu in Las Vegas), explained that brioche has much more butter. She described the delightful bread that cradles your lobster roll as, “milk bread.” Make sure you have time to visit the bakery for her decadent blueberry muffins, Meyer lemon scones, and popovers. Do as I did and order some to take home for dessert or breakfast the next day, you won’t regret it.
Just as I found the perfectly dressed side salad worth eating on its own. I’ll be torn over ordering this again on my next visit (soon), so I’ll have to make sure I return with Dan so we can share several of the chef’s excellent dishes.
So what are we waiting for, my friends, why don’t we make it tomorrow at 12:30?
Of course, you don’t need me to be there with you, I encourage you to get there asap with your BFF or your soulmate!
But please do not skip reading over the menu because I was raving about the lobster roll. You would be missing out on the many other great dishes. For instance, I started with this amazing appetizer of cantaloupe with prosciutto, goat cheese, and edible flowers. Although I was there alone I ate every bite and that was no small plate. Both of my dishes were excellent with the Tablas Creek 2015 Rose, even though I’d normally choose Chardonnay to pair with lobster or Dungeness crab. I think that dry Rose, whether it’s made from Pinot Noir, Grenache, or a blend, is one of the most versatile wines you can drink at lunch. Not to mention that it tastes so good on it’s own, too. By the way, I don’t think of Rose as strictly a summertime wine, Dan and I drink it year round. Wines on tap at the Grill are sold by the glass, 1/2-liter, or 1-liter. They also have a very well chosen wine list by Sommelier Kirstin that are sold by the bottle at what I thought were very fair prices for local wines in a restaurant.
Open Thursdays – Mondays noon – 8 p.m. (They serve throughout the day but close at 3 p.m. on dates when they are holding private events. Be sure to check out their webpage about The Grill so that you don’t drive out there for dinner only to find it closed). At this point they do not take reservations. I’ve been fortunate enough to skip a long wait, once by arriving at 2 p.m., and another time by arriving at the opening hour.
I can’t wait to hear which dishes you love, so do let me know about your dining experience. Cheers!
Cass House Cayucos
222 North Ocean Avenue