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Aug 27, 2007 01:51 PM

San Luis Obispo - Girls Trip - Help!

Hello All~

This weekend we are taking a girl's to SLO. I made reservations for Saturday night at NOVO and am planning on checking out Taste for drinks beforehand, but as I have been remiss in my planning I need help (pretty please) with the following;

A fantastic breakfast spot that can accommodate a group for 6 without being annoyed for Saturday morning

Some hip, fun places to go out that aren't completely drowning in college students as we are 26-30

Does anyone have any ideas? Your help would be greatly appreciated!


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  1. Big Sky is pretty good for breakfast,don't know if its fantastic

    1. Julie,
      Here is a recent thread with some good suggestions:
      I think that you should check out Koberl at Blue for a more upscale place to go out. The drinks there are very good and they have excellent appetizers including a nice cheese plate (although it is not cheap!). I don't think you have to worry much about college students since classes haven't started at Cal Poly yet (yeah for the quarter system!).

      A fantastic breakfast spot for 6 is a challenge. Personally, I am not a big fan of Big Sky, I think there are some things they do well, but overall their menu can be a disappointment, see this link for a discussion:

      I like Bon Temps for breakfast, but it is very casual and not traditional. And it isn't very "girly". I think your best bet is outside SLO, but I don't know if you are willing to drive. Fat Cat's on the Port San Luis pier comes to mind as a good breakfast spot with a nice view with great waitresses who don't mind bigger groups. Their french toast is amazing!

      If you have to stay in SLO, then I would "slum it" at Bon Temps or go to Louisa's (but it is a small spot and not as accomodating). Here is a link to some suggestions put out by others for Breakfast Buzz and Del Monte Cafe:

      Have fun!

      Bon Temps Creole Cafe
      1000 Olive St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

      Louisa's Place
      964 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

      1. I think Novo is a good choice for dinner especially if the weather is nice and you can sit on the patio. Taste is really a tasting room and not really somewhere to "go for drinks" although it is interesting and worth a visit. For drinks I'd concur with Koberl at Blue (it's also good for dinner) and also Giuseppe's across the street where they have a maritini bar.
        I actually like Big Sky and think it's a good choice for breakfast or lunch. But for something different have breakfast at the Madonna Inn. If you've never been there you need to go because it is a monument to kitsch and fun to see. Plus breakfast there is good.

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        1. re: sgbslo

          I will second sgbslo's recommendation for breakfast at Madonna Inn.

          You might be surprised by the relatively lower volume of college student around town, Calpoly doesn't start till September 17.

          Madonna Inn
          100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

        2. All great suggestions so far. Definitely Koberl at Blue for drinks over Taste, which is novel, but a rip IMO. Another fun little bar at that same intersection is in Giuseppe's, they have wonderful martinis.

          Why don't you drive down to Spyglass in Shell Beach for brekkie? It's a little (okay a lot) funky, but you can sit out on the patio looking at the ocean, and they have a full bar, which means you can have bloody marys or champagne. On Sundays, Marisol at the Cliffs Hotel in Shell Beach has a little band out on the patio overlooking the ocean (you can get brekkie there any day, but Sunday is a champagne brunch with music). . Shell beach is only 10-15 min from downtown SLO. Have fun, the weather should be lovely this weekend

          1. Breakfast:
            Margie's Diner is very popular. Not fancy but good food and comfortable.
            If you stay at the Embassy Suites they have a made to order breakfast included. Lots of choice and quite good.

            Firestone Grill. Yeah, you'll rub elbows with college students, but the salads are great.
            Splash Cafe, either in SLO or in Pismo if you are over there around lunch time.

            McClintock's in Pismo. (Not the other locations.) It's a nice looking place, if that's what you're looking for, with decent food.
            Novo, already mentioned, is the best choice if you only have one night.
            If you want an adventure, Jocko's Steak House in Nipomo.

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            1. re: chow_eb

              I'd skip McClintocks. Food is not bad but way overpriced.
              I would recommend Jockos in Nipomo or Far Western in Guadalupe for dinner.
              Or you could try the Hitching Post in Casmalia. If you're going t drive to Pismo from SLO, Jockos is just a little farther on 101.

              1. re: kaki3152

                Isn't Jockos kind of the antithesis of a stylish hip girly place? All steak and no atmosphere?