Mattie’s in Pismo Beach Soft Opening Began Yesterday!
Happily, a dear friend of ours in the wine biz sent a text early Friday afternoon telling us that “Mattie’s is open.” No surprise to you, dear readers, we immediately made plans to get there for early dinner. We were very impressed by the first day opening, which is a rare occurrence but we could easily see they have the potential to succeed–damn lucky for all of us who live here! We rez in the Five Cities Area don’t have a lot of choices for fine foods, so we’re more than glad to see a new restaurant and bar open in Pismo that has the potential to be a destination gathering spot for locals and tourists alike. Huzzah!
This is no review, certainly not since we went there on opening day, and the chef came out to ask if we liked her food (she had no idea who we were). We were happy to see they have good things going and big plans for this great new restaurant in Pismo Beach. It’s just across the road (but a block more north) from Rosa’s Italian Ristorante on Price St. Our photos will tell you plenty about the cuisine, which is mostly seafood, but there are plenty of starters, salads, hamburgers, sandwiches, and entree options sure to lure you in. They are only open this week until Monday, then they will close and evaluate which selections worked and which didn’t–kudos to the to the co-owners Chef Rebecca and Mattie, we’ll learn more about them soon. We can’t wait to tell all when we do review the restaurant and bar after the reopening behind the soft opening. So check out these enticing and delicious looking photos we took of the first fine plates coming out of the kitchen at Mattie’s.
This Kenneth Volk Chardonnay “Jaybird” was very fairly priced at only $25, not much above the retail price. We hope they stay honest like this and keep the wine pricing reasonable. It’s a salute to the wineries as well as the community. By the glass this Chardonnay is $10, still quite reasonable as it’s perfect with the cuisine here.
We enjoyed the tasty clam chowder, even if it was a bit thick for our taste. But it was loaded with many large chunks of clams with a few chunks of potatoes and some lovely bits of freshly cooked bacon. The crab cocktail was even better with many large chunks of Alaskan crab (it didn’t appear to be canned), and shredded bits throughout the tropical mix of mango, avocado, and fresh veggies in it.
We definitely over-ordered, being super hungry when we arrived at 4 p.m. after skipping lunch. Yet we had plenty of left-overs to bring home from the shrimp platter and the pizza. But you have to admit, the photos make you want to get over there straightaway!
The pizza featured their housemade smoked salmon with heirloom tomatoes, and the drizzled sauce was likely balsamic vinegar based.
The one pound of peel and eat shrimp came with boiled red potatoes, two sauces, corn on the cob, and plenty of lemons. We couldn’t finish either one, it was all plentiful and reasonably priced. We have just one caveat: Pismo Beach is packed with tourists here for the annual car show this weekend, and traffic is totally bogged down. Mattie’s has a parking lot which we were able to access on Friday at 4 p.m. when they weren’t busy yet. But I would expect them to be packed tomorrow, Sunday, which is Father’s Day. It might be worth a call to learn if you can get in. Bon appetit! If you can’t get in there, we highly recommend The Spoon Trade at Grand and 3rd streets in Grover Beach, which offers our favorite brunch!
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