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anyone up for meeting for late b'fast on 3/17? SF BA hound passing through, looking for cohorts...

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  1. Too far to go for this SB hound, but good of you to set this up. Please report back.

    1. I would do so, but am bottling a 2009 Syrah.
      Give Big Sky Cafe a try.

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

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      1. re: Bruce in SLO

        Since I'm the SF 'hound, what do you like at Big Sky Cafe?

        Also interested in Neon Carrot and maybe Seaside Cafe & Bakery.

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

        Seaside Cafe & Bakery
        1327 Shell Beach Rd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

        Neon Carrot
        3536 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I love the New Mexican Pozole. Also the Devil's Mess, and the most of the standard omelettes are excellent. Try the Red Flannel Hash on weekends.

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

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Have been wanting to try Seaside Cafe, but as most seating is outside on a patio, it could be kind of cool. There's just three two-tops inside. Tiny place, big menu. But some of their breakfast menu items--several takes on french toast--sound pretty enticing.

            One thing that makes the Carrot stand out for me is consistency and care in preparation. So far (a dozen visits) never on off note. Yesterday I got some Butterscotch pudding and it was... well, the clouds parted and the angels sang.

            1. re: toodie jane

              Thanks for the 411 on Seaside Cafe. Neon Carrot at 10am-ish today it is for a chowdown, hitting the road now.

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              Neon Carrot
              3536 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

        2. Thanks for the recommendation and joining me for breakfast at Neon Carrot last week!

          Stepping into this small bakery-cafe in a strip mall, the warmth of the staff and wonderful aromas emanating from the kitchen also gave me a good feeling immediately. Lots of appealing baked goods in the case, including a veggie galette/tart, but with a lunch appointment looming ahead in Lompoc, I opted for something smaller. TJ said the magic words, "homemade brioche", and I had to have the cooked-to-order fried egg sandwich here.

          Quite a large bun, the black sesame baked on top the brioche gives it a dramatic look. Toasted and buttered, the brioche is at the same time both tender to the bite yet firm enough to not compact nor fall apart as a sandwich. I didn't specify how I'd like my egg cooked, and the chef's choice was exactly what I had in mind. The white's a bit crispy around the edges; yolk just set and jelly-like. Garnished with slices of tomato, leaf lettuce, and the surprise element --- fresh basil leaves that add an elusive savoriness that makes this sandwich so special. Plenty of salt and pepper as well to tee up the flavor punch. I'd thought I'd just eat half of this, but it was so delicious, I consumed it all. Just as well, as this was a good buffer to have in my tummy for an afternoon of wine tasting.
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

          I also had an agua fresca made with blood orange and hibiscus, nice and refreshing. Didn't know when I'd have a chance to eat it, but I couldn't leave without a piece of the pecan and streusel topped coffee cake. As it turned out, my wine tasting over lunch was so involved, I didn't have a chance to eat much of my food. So the coffee cake helped take the edge off later in the day when I was stuck in traffic in Santa Barbara at 5:30pm.

          Neon Carrot is a great stop for an unpretentious and wholesome meal made with local, organic ingredients.

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          Neon Carrot
          3536 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            It was nice to see you again and very much enjoyed our discussion about 'wild game' . I'm glad you liked the egg sandwich. It's wonderful to see everyday foods treated with respect and prepared with care. Their weekly newsletter arrived today announcing French Doughnuts tommorrw morning. Tomorrow night's special dinner will be several interpretations of cassoulet.

            1. re: toodie jane

              You had me scratching my head trying to recall "wild game". Oh, the gophers! They're out of the bag, so to speak. Here's a post,
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/653600