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Macy Apr 3, 2001 02:22 PM

Does anyone have recommendations for good restaurants in this area? I'll be there for an entire weekend for a friend's birthday so suggestions for nice dinners and brunch places would be great.


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    Pat Brebner Aug 27, 2001 04:04 PM

    Your trip is probably long over, but I just saw your message. We go to Cambria often. Ians Restaurant has been closed for more than a year (woe). We now drive 15 miles north on Hwy. 1 to Ragged Point Restaurant. Rack of lamb, great salmon, pasta, etc. Brambles Restaurant in Cambria is also very good, has been there for many years. They also have a nice Sunday brunch. Harmony Pasta Factory in Cambria is good too.

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      Jennifer Dec 28, 2001 04:05 PM

      I spend a lot of time in Cambria. My favorite spot is Robins. Delicious ethnically-inspired fare, and reasonably priced. You can't go wrong. Reservations recommended on weekends!! Very popular.

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      Alan Gardner May 1, 2001 06:46 AM

      I always go to Ian's in Cambria for my fine dining. Wine prices are good too. And they serve great lamb - the only place I've found in that area that offers lamb.
      I know it's done everywhere, but Ian's Creme Brulee is my all time favourite too.

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        mark Apr 29, 2001 07:05 PM

        the place that is our favorite up thatawayu is at Avila beach just to the north. You drive out on the wharf and park(ALL FREE) AND THERE IS A FISH RESTAURANT OUT THERE AT THE END OF THE WHARF. HIGHLY RECOMMEND FISH AND CHIPS LUNCH VERY REASONABLE-LARGE PORTIONS. imho one of the best deals in the area- also almost forgot- some of the tables in the dining room can look thru surface down into water under the wharf and watch things swim by very, very cool!!!

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          Ginger Wolf Jun 13, 2001 04:16 PM

          The fish house at the end of the pier in Avila Beach is a great find. The fish is caught that day, locally. They serve cocktails, music on Friday and Saturday night. Locals hang out. Forgot the name also. Another place on Highway 101 south in Shell Beach, right off the freeway is Maddie's Tavern, run by cowboys who also run McClintocks in San Luis Obispo. Reasonable but usually a long wait. Mostly beef, but good. The Far Western in Guadalupe, farther south toward Santa Maria is also run by a family of cattlemen, beef is GOOD. In Santa Maria on the weekends is the local BBQ on every corner. You can smell the brisket cooking over Red Oak when you drive down Broadway or Main. You eat on the hood of your car, but it is unlike anything else anywhere. Very good, along with little poquito beans in sauce and coleslaw. Regional and cheap. If you drive down Hwy 1 from Pismo Beach towards Guadalupe you will come across a couple of roadside markets, local produce, berries and olives. Not that scenic, but lots of euclyptus trees and the best the Central Coast has to offer in picnic goods.

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            Nancy Berry Jun 14, 2001 10:27 AM

            You're right about the wonderful bbq in Santa Maria, but it's not brisket you're smelling. It's either top sirloin or tri-tip (bottom sirloin), a cut that is available here on the west coast.

            For more info see this link:

            Link: http://www.slonet.org/~etreankl/bbq.html

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              Duke Dee Jun 17, 2001 11:21 PM

              You're right about the wonderful BBQ but it's not "pocquito" beans-it's pinkito!

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                Nancy Berry Jun 18, 2001 09:53 AM

                Sometimes they're called poquito beans and sometimes they're called pinquito beans. In any case, they look like a cross between a pink bean and a lentil.

                Here's a link to a source:

                Link: http://www.bonipak.com/poquitos/beans...

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                  Nancy Berry Jun 18, 2001 09:57 AM

                  Here's a link to a very good site that describes Santa Maria bbq and has excellent recipes and restaurant listings:

                  Link: http://www.santamaria.com/SantaMaria/...

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            Gary Cheong Apr 3, 2001 06:46 PM

            If you are willing to drive a little inland to the wine country in Paso Robles, perhaps you might want to check out the restaurant at Justin Vineyards. I have not been there, but have heard nice things about the chef.

            I've included the link to an article about the area from winetoday.com below. Look for the section on Deborah's Room at Justin Vineyards.

            If you do check it out, please post back -- I'd be curious to hear what you think.

            Link: http://www.winetoday.com/story/984719...

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