San Luis Obispo - Girls Trip - Help!
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!
I tried Koberl at Blue for a very special dinner with my family (we just moved my little sister into her dorm at Cal Poly) and it was a nightmare to say the least. What was supposed to be my sister's proverbial "last supper" before entering into the not-so-gourmet world of dorm food turned out to be a major disappointment. It started out great--foie gras was on par but nothing special, good caesar salad and butternut squash soup, but our entrees were lackluster and expensive.
Three of us had the filet mignon (my sister's go-to dish) and we ordered it medium rare. BUT, all three steaks came out practically bloody and nowhere near medium. My sister had to send her's back because it was an extremely sinewy piece of meat, which we told the waitress. We waited for 10 minutes for my sister's filet to be re-cooked, only for the waitress to explain that they had cooked the same piece of meat--the one we had complained as extremely chewy. Our entrees cold and my sister disappointed, she ended up eating little to nothing on her final night out with the family. They took off the entree, but didn't even offer to comp desserts or the drinks to compensate for their mediocre food and service.
The best meal we had all weekend was at NOVO (In the 700 block of Higuera). Excellent sandwiches and a serene setting--good waitstaff. I would go to NOVO any day over Koberl now.
I used to love the Huevos Rancheros at the downtown McClintocks when I was in college and I don't remember it being too crowded. Go to Firestone for lunch. I still dream of the tri-tip sandwich.
Can't help you with the bars other than to tell you to avoid Bulls Tavern, Mother's or The Library. Those are (were?) the college hang outs...I graduated in 2001. Frog & Peach is a fun place to grab a beer during the day and sit facing the street people watching.
Taste could be nice for first-time SLO-ers who are on a tight schedule, enablling them to makes notes of which local wineries to investigate more thoroughly on their next SLO visit. I do believe that is the intention of the participating wineries.
I agree on the lack of "cozy factor". Maybe personel with more highly-honed people skills would help, too. But they may get their fill of causal tourists trying to "get their fill" who have little intesest in the wine/wineries.
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.
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
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.
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: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/306114
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! http://www.chowhound.com/topics/334341
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: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/425520
Bon Temps Creole Cafe
1000 Olive St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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