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Kowashi Feb 2, 2007 02:47 PM

My wife and I would like to experience the Coast Starlight from LA staying in SLO for the night and returning the following day - probably during the week. There are plenty of things to choose from on the internet, but it is times like this that recommendations are precious.
We prefer B&B's. Anything good within walking distance of the train station? What is the best restaurant for that one special evening?

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  1. The Chowhound Team RE: Kowashi Feb 2, 2007 02:49 PM

    Please do discuss the restaurant scene in SLO, but lodging will be out of scope for this board.


    1. steve h. RE: Kowashi Feb 2, 2007 03:55 PM

      the madonna inn is about a mile or so from the station. grab a cab, spend the night in the cave room. have dinner at the steak house, breakfast at the copper cafe.

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        Snackish RE: steve h. Feb 4, 2007 07:36 AM

        Be warned that Madonna Inn has very retro food - it is like a steakhouse that hasn't updated their menu or presentation since the 60s. It also has a bizarre touch. If it were me, I would only go there to gape and MAYBE for dessert.

        I agree with the Park Restaurant recommendation. It couldn't be closer to the train station - it is within stumbling distance, really.

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        sgbslo RE: Kowashi Feb 3, 2007 04:59 PM

        The Park Restaurant (which is actually by the train station) is outstanding. The atmosphere is very subdued and the food is all well-prepared. The emphasis is on local, quality provisions. The chef/owner refers to it as "California rustic" cuisine.
        Another good place is Calago on Marsh St. in the downtown area. The food is very good and well presented. The restaurant is in an old house and could use some decorating help but the food is very good.

        1. toodie jane RE: Kowashi Feb 4, 2007 09:15 AM

          Garden Street --just steps away from several decent downtown restaurants. It is about 1/2 mile walk from the train station (which is in a residential neighborhood bordered by commercial). Starlight gets in mid to late afternoon.SLO is very walkable if the weather is nice. Safe and charming. Downtown can be noisy at night--it's a college town and there are a couple dozen bars.

          Petit Soleil. Great coffee across the street at Outspoken. Splash Cafe is right next door for b'fast, lunch and dinner. Popolo Tuscan-style carry out bistro food is a block away. Downtown dining is 4 blocks.

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            tavmark RE: Kowashi Feb 5, 2007 02:14 PM

            I'd second Garden Street. You get breakfast included.

            1. ibstatguy RE: Kowashi Feb 16, 2007 07:47 AM

              Just had a very good dinner last weekend at Park. crab cakes to start, rather citrusy but not in an off-putting fashion (and it paired well with by-the-glass Bollinger.) perfectly done roast pheasant breast which went very well with by-the-glass Calera Pinot. service was pleasant but delivery of our meal seemed a bit slow, later arrivals were served before us.

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                Bruce in SLO RE: Kowashi Feb 16, 2007 12:06 PM

                Near the station is Cafe Roma, good but not fantastic.
                Just a block away is a new B & B- The Sanitarium (805) 544-4124
                Easy walk to downtown to Novo, Big Sky, Calago, Fandango and Buona Tavola.
                All reasonable and good food.

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