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Mama's Meatballs in Grover or Avila?

toodie jane Jul 2, 2008 09:15 PM

Anyone been to either of these two locations?

I've gotten good take-out from the location in the Creamery in SLo, but just passed by Avila Hot Springs today and saw a small sign indicating MM is now available there.

Anyone in the know?

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  1. Kendra Kinnan RE: toodie jane Jul 7, 2008 03:22 PM

    I saw the same sign a week ago, would also love to hear opinions since it's closer to us than SLO.

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      toodie jane RE: Kendra Kinnan Jul 8, 2008 09:38 PM

      is that a challenge? :)

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        emmisme RE: toodie jane Jul 9, 2008 06:37 PM

        Well you guys have piqued my interest. Had to Google MM since I hadn't heard of it. I viewed their menu online - sounds yummy and reasonable prices too. I hope to check out the location in Grover Beach/Oceano since that's closest to Nipomo where I am.

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          Kendra Kinnan RE: toodie jane Aug 4, 2008 02:22 PM

          Sure, it could be a challenge....did you try it yet?

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            toodie jane RE: Kendra Kinnan Aug 4, 2008 09:58 PM

            Going to Cauyucos tomorrow to pick raspberries. May try it on the way home. Or we could meet there for a mini chowdown sometime, if anybody's interested.

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              Kendra Kinnan RE: toodie jane Aug 7, 2008 05:32 PM

              What's a chowdown?

              OT a bit, where do you pick raspberries? We'll be in Cauyucos on Sat. and it might be fun to pick a bit, we LOVE berries. If it's a family secret spot, don't worry, we won't be offended....

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                compucook RE: Kendra Kinnan Aug 7, 2008 06:24 PM

                We just returned from our first visit to Avila Beach and stayed just down the road from MM. I was curious too, but didn't know that there were other locations so bypassed it as a dive. Sigh...
                However I do want to tell you not to miss the Avila FarmStand that's across the road.
                They're known for their baked pies, but since I'm not much of a pie fan I picked up a couple of muffins and a expresso chocolate scone. OMG, that scone was to die for and the pumpkin muffin was fabulous! So if you're nearby make sure to drop in!!!
                Also Salisbury Vineyards is right there too, we thought their wine was some of the best that we tasted!
                Our accommodations at the Avila Village Inn were very nice and we will happily return!

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        gebirk RE: toodie jane Sep 1, 2008 04:47 AM

        Yep, been there and done that -- Avila's Mama's Meatballs that is. Good food as in SLO. One quirky thing is that the dining area is the "runway" for people going and coming from the pool. Makes for sort of an interesting dining experience. I'd definitely put it in the "casual" category.


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          toodie jane RE: gebirk Sep 1, 2008 10:07 AM

          yes, would have to agree, D+ on ambience/practicality.

          I think they hope to do well with takeout for folks returning home to/vacationing in Avila now that it's tres chi-chi.

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            Kendra Kinnan RE: toodie jane Sep 5, 2008 02:16 PM

            We tried the Oceano one but were turned away on a Wed night, too busy and there's no place to wait except for in your car or on the sidewalk. We were too hungry so settled for Juan's.

            We'll try again, this time with reservations. This one is cozy, maybe seats 40 but very cute.

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          Big N Fat RE: toodie jane Sep 14, 2008 11:07 PM

          Didn't feel like waiting for Mama's Meatballs so picked up McLintock's Turkey Nuts instead.

          1. nancyhudson RE: toodie jane Nov 20, 2008 06:41 PM

            I've been to SLO MM - food was hit and miss. Bread was hard and cold, and salads were warm. Some of our dishes were outstanding, but others (like mine) were sub-par. I particularly liked the baked penne with marinara sauce, eggplant parmiggiana, fresh ricotta cheese and melted mozzarella that my daughter had. I'll go back just to have that!

            1. toodie jane RE: toodie jane Apr 1, 2010 08:16 AM

              The Mama's Meatballs at Avila Hot Springs is closed and has been replaced by a very mediocre cafe/grill. Pretty average to poor quality basic ingredients. Reminds me of a snack bar from a 60's 'resort'.

              Mama's Meatball
              325 Pier Ave, Oceano, CA 93445

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                Big N Fat RE: toodie jane Apr 22, 2010 03:50 AM

                I am bummed, toodie jane. TY for the update.

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