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San Luis Obispo...HELP!

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planning on amtrak-ing up to SLO... where can I go eat within walking distance from the train station? and are there any wineries or wine bars worth going? and I know it's not food related but things to do there without a rental car??

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  1. Not sure about location in relation to the train station, but there is a wine bar called Taste, that has had a lot of write-ups. The web site is www.taste-slo.com. Across the street is the restaurant Koberl at Blue. Chef Koberl is incredibly talented, & was the featured chef at a black tie dinner I went to in December. There are a ton of things to do in SLO, like visiting the mission. Try googling SLO & checking out the city's official web site.

    1. 'Cafe Roma'- right across from the train station, is always rock solid for good Italian. 'Taste Wine Bar' is interesting if you want to try some local wines dispensed from high-tech "wine-vending machines". Maybe not the best wine, but cool space and concept for sure. I agree that 'Blue' is a must... great food, sexy drinks, and very cool vibe. I hit SLO at least once a year on my road trips between LA & SF, and always hate to leave this fun town. I usually try to plan it around the weekly farmer's market on Thursday evenings. If you're just doing a quick Amtrak trip, you might not need a rental car... maybe just a cab ride to the center of town, or even a nice long walk. But if you make a weekend out of it, I'd rent a car and hit some of the local wineries. Also, great shopping. Good Luck!

      1. My husband and I are eating at Koberl at Blue this Friday on the recommendation of the B&B owner where we are staying. Glad to hear positive feedback on this board. If anyone has any specific recs there, I'd love to hear them. Thanks.

        1. I will concur with the other posters, however will mention that Blue and Taste are approximately a half mile walk from the train station, and from there you are in the Down Town area where most of the shopping and nightlife is.

          If you go to Taste, be sure try whatever red Kynsi wine being offered; I am a fan of Kynsi Syrah.

          The Park is another restaurant worth mentioning. It literally is in the train station parking lot, and has received good reviews by others on the board. see www.theparkrestaurant.net

          Park Restaurant
          1819 Osos St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

          1. The local bus stops at the train station and will take you downtown across from City Hall.
            Walk a block to Blue, to Mo's BBQ, and many others. Lots of prior posts about local stops.
            How long will you be in town ? Novo on Higuera is a favorite for lunch.

            1. I had one of the best tri-tip sandwiches in SLO and I don't remember the name of the restaurant. It's a local favorite and no frills dining, but great food and fast service. :)

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              1. re: sunnyca624

                You are likely referring to Firestone Grill. Really good tri-tip sandwiches, for a reasonable price. Its a favorite with many CalPoly students.

                1. re: chickendud

                  Here are some "map tacks" so you can see how close everything is in this town. Downtown is a pleasant stroll from the station and there are lots of places to explore downtown. (if you're tuckered, you might need to take a taxi back)

                  A small year-round creek runs through downtown, mostly under the streets, but it surfaces at the heart of downtown where it forms the backbone of the downtown strolling/eating experience. It is lined with walks and benches just a few feet from most of the best eating establishments downtown. Many are lucky enough to have patios which adjoin the creekside space. The bells from the old mission across the creek will serenade as well. Once downtown, the C of C can point you in the direction of galleries and museums.

                  please give us a report on your chow experiences in slo!

                  Firestone Grill
                  1001 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

                  Koberl At Blue
                  998 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

                  Big Sky Cafe
                  1121 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

                  Jaffa Cafe
                  1212 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

                  Natural Cafe
                  698 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

                  Uptown Espresso
                  1065 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

                  Novo Restaurant & Lounge
                  726 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

                  San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
                  1039 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

              2. I second the rec's for Cafe Roma and The Park. It's an easy 30 minute walk to SLO town and the restaurants the others mentioned. I am a great fan of Blue (Monterey & Osos), but also in that area is Giuseppe's (walk-ins only) . Also, often overlooked, but I think it is a fine place to sit outside when the weather is nice, is Mission Grill (at the mission), and I have had the pleasure of eating THE best steak I ever had there.

                The wineries are out of reach w/o a car, but there is a tasting place called Taste near Blue where you can sample our local wines. Have fun, report back.