Hoover's Beef Palace - Templeton, CA
Where else would you expect to get fresh, "ambient" wafts of a stable outside and amazing meats inside? Why, Hoover's Beef Palace, of course.
Located just minutes outside of Paso Robles, CA (one of the Central Coast's great wine territories), you can get the FRESHEST cuts of meats w/ your breakfast here. A winemaker that my friends and I met with one overcast November afternoon recommended that we go here for the best breakfast ever. Boy, was he right.
They have their own slaughter house in the back (sounds odd, but oh well), and it really is a local's hole-in-the-wall...AMAZING FOOD.
My husband ordered the homemade sausage breakfast patty w/ eggs - heavenly. Most flavorful, fresh, juicy thing you've ever tasted. And, huge!
I had homemade corned beef hash - To-Die-For. I didn't know that hash could be that flavorful and not greasy at the same time.
We also ordered biscuits and gravy to share with our table of friends, also tasty (though Ellen's Danish Pancake House in Buellton is still #1 in my book). I highly recommend going here before or after a long day's worth of wine tasting through the Templeton Gap.
Part of a review from winecountry.com:
"Hoover’s sits on a lot as incongruous as its name. Trailers hauling cattle roll around the back, and I was afraid to ask – but assumed – that was where my breakfast fare came from. The restaurant opens early enough and goes through lunch, around 2:00 p.m. I think. But, I believe they leave that an option and warn people that they could close earlier, if they feel like it."
401 N Main St
Templeton, CA 93465
I've liked Hoover's less the last two times I visited them. The last time I ordered something -- like a large hamburger -- and they were out of the bread. They asked me if they could serve me a ground beef dinner patty instead and I said fine. They charged me for the more expensive dinner but didn't bring me a soup or salad that goes with dinner. When I brought this to the attention of the waitress she threw a snit and rudely asked if I wanted it now (I was paying to leave). I was in a hurry so I left and made up most of the difference by stiffing her on the tip.
Hoover's has been around for 30+ years in various incarnations. Never has been considered more than a greasy spoon sort of place by locals to my knowledge. Food is heavy on the carbs and fats. But if they serve a good burger or hash, it's worth investigating. Not close enough to my stompin grounds to be a place I'd go for B'fast or lunch, too many other good places. But maybe norht county or visiting hounds could report back.