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Good Eats in Cambria, CA

LBCterp Aug 17, 2006 10:39 PM

My wife and I are headed to Cambria next week. Any food suggestions other than the Sow's Ear? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Babette Aug 18, 2006 03:28 AM

    Robin's is a longtime favorite; we also like Hoppe's in Cayucos.

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      kevin Aug 18, 2006 04:00 AM

      can you explan what kind of rest's these are? and what cusine? prices? thanks.

      1. moto Aug 18, 2006 05:52 AM

        hello, Robin's is eclectic-Cal cuisine, good ingredients, Asian (both eastern and southern) nuances to the seasoning and prep on some dishes, mediterranean slant on others,vegetarian and vegan options, good wine list incl. small local (SLO county) producers. Moderate ($15-25 p.p. not incl. drinks) prices for the quality, homey ambience, good service. Satisfying and pleasant, good rather than great. cheers

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          Babette Aug 18, 2006 06:47 PM

          You can check out their websites:


          Last year when we were there they had a new chef & it seemed the quality was a cut above previous visits, which were usually satisfying & reliably good if not great, as moto posted. Lots of options so easy to find something to like, in a pleasant environment, nice people. Don't know whether this new chef is still there.


          I like the burger, & if they have wild mushroom pizza on our coming visit, I'll get it again.

          We've also heard good things about:


          but we won't have tried it until our visit next week.

          In Morro Bay, Taco Temple for casual Mexican; Windows on the Water for very nice upscale dining-- seafood, etc., expensive.

          Have a great time.

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            Oceanlover Aug 19, 2006 02:10 PM

            We have been eating at Robin's for over 15 years and it was our #1 choice in Cambria. We enjoyed it for it's Pan-Asian influence and interesting ethnic food. In the last year or so, the owner has changed the menu and hired a new chef. It has lost its uniqueness to me and become another "California-style restaurant". The last time we were there we asked them to make a famiiar hot and spicy tofu dish that the chef bungled. Why tweak with a good thing?? Go to Wild Ginger owned by the former head chef at Robin's to get your fix of authentic cuisine.

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            Babette Aug 18, 2006 08:05 PM

            FWIW, just read a very bad review of Wild Ginger online:


            Anyone here care to comment?

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              Babette Aug 18, 2006 08:09 PM

              Also online, Black Cat Bistro is rated #1 in Cambria. It was not rated as high as Robin's by us on our last visit. Should we give it another try?

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                PolarBear Aug 19, 2006 03:26 PM

                We've never experienced anything like what was described in that review at Wild Ginger, in fact I was tempted to ask if maybe Deborah had sold the place. Granted our visits were some time ago so maybe popularity is taking its toll. I would give little to no cred to rants or raves on other forums, why bother when you've got CH?

                Also count me in the camp that prefers Black Cat to Robins.

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                Oceanlover Aug 19, 2006 02:12 PM

                We have eaten several times at Deborah Mok's Wild Ginger. She is the former chef and former sister-in-law of Robin (Robin's Restaurant). Deborah can be less than inviting but given some patience the food overshadows potentially that concern. The restaurant is tiny, tiny but the food is outstanding. Try it again on a less crowded night and report back. As mentioned in a previous reply it was what Robin's USED TO BE.

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                ahavajava Aug 18, 2006 09:42 PM

                We've been to both. We rate Robin's as our top favorite. We found the food and service to be less memorable and it was also more costly. We love Robin's so much we go several times during our stays.

                We also love a little sandwich place called Indigo Moon. It's fun to get to-go sandwiches and then enjoy a picnic while wine tasting or at the beach. Enjoy!

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                  kevin Aug 19, 2006 12:42 AM

                  what kind of sandwiches at indigo moon? thanks again.

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                    ahavajava Sep 1, 2006 05:56 PM

                    My favorite has been the roasted eggplant on, I believe, foccaccia bread. I think my SO has had various salmon or tuna and loved them. The sandwiches are gourmet made with first rate stuff. Good baby mesclun for greens - that kind of thing.

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                    Babette Sep 1, 2006 06:46 PM

                    If you haven't already gone, we want to let you know we've joined the legions who believe Robin's has gone downhill.

                    Big thumbs up to Wild Ginger in Cambria & Hoppe's in Cayucos.

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