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Aug 9, 2006 10:40 PM

The best restaurants in SLO?

I will be there next Thursday (I know about the BBQ at the farmer's market), what are some of the better restaurants in town?

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  1. The Park Restaurant near the train station is consistently great. Big Sky is moderately priced and is kind of a SLO institution with fresh, local ingredients and a small but nice local wine list.

    1. It is unfortunate, but Thursday nights are poor nights to eat at Downtown locations.
      Exceptions would be Calago on Marsh, and possibly in the patio at Buona Tavola.
      Everywhere is crowded and service suffers IMO.

      1. I second Buona Tavola, best restaurant in SLO downtown area.
        1037 Monterey St
        San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
        (805) 545-8000

        I really liked Pete’s Southside Café but not sure if they are still around it’s been a while. The tortilla soup is addictive. Bruce, have any idea of the fate of Pete’s?
        1815 Osos St
        San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
        (805) 549-8133

        I enjoy the Apple Farm for breakfast, potato pancakes and fresh muffins...yum.

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        1. re: SFmiss

          Pete sold Southside many years ago. He's back in Avila Beach where he started, this time on the Harford Pier(at the end of Avila Beach Rd.).

          Great mariscos and beer with patio-only dining on a historic working pier.

          Pete's Pierside CAfe
          Harford Pier
          Avila Beach

          1. re: toodie jane

            A couple of weeks ago we went to the Avila Friday evening farmers market. Various restuarants have booths out there. Pete's Pierside was serving what they called fish tacos. It was pieces of rockfish sauteed in abundant onions and white wine. Layered on a couple of corn tortillas with shredded threads of interesting white cheese, guacalmole, and fresh salsa. For $5 it was an outstanding meal and huge. If it is any indication of how good the restaurant is, I'll be excited to try it.

        2. for a different spin on b'fast, try Bon Temps Creole Cafe on Olive street. Take Santa Rosa from downtown north to just over the freeway. Left on Olive st. Interesting omelettes and egg dishes, biscuits, beans, etc. Chicory in the coffee.

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