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A few days near San Luis Obispo

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Here’s some quick notes from a San Francisco “hound” couple visiting the San Luis Obispo/Los Ossos area. Three places to remember (two with pleasure):

Tremendous breakfasts at Back Bay Cafe (http://thebackbaycafe.com). Couldn’t resist having the french toast twice. Friendly, interesting little place on the water.

Jocko’s in Nipomo lives up to its billing. The Spencer Steak was superb. Great place. Fun to see half the place filled up with a busload of Korean tourists. The Koreans love their beef and they were lucky to get to stop here.

Hoppe's Garden Bistro in Cayucos was terrible. Was hoping to get some local seafood since I had heard there were local clam farms. Clams were from the East Coast. The ceviche was supposed to be local but the preparation was awful, worst I have ever seen. The “Seafood Bouillabaisse with Lobster, Clams, Shrimp and Scallops” for $28 had a couple of clams, no lobster and was ridiculously uninteresting. Awful, pretentious and overpriced place.

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  1. Thanks for the follow-up report. Always good to get the feedback. I believe the Hoppe's owner recently died a year or so ago.

    Sounds like the traditions did not continue. Sorry that one did not work out but good news for anyone else reading the prior praise the old establishment would usually garner.

    Our trick at Jocko's was to sit at the bar and order the steak pieces and the potato skillet appetizers, plenty for two and delicious without the price, overkill portion size and usually long wait.

    But you have to like eating your meat off a toothpick instead of tearing into it with a knife and fork. Very yummy anyway you get it though.

    1. There's farmed abalone in Cayucos and an oyster farm in Morro Bay. Don't know about clams.

      Thanks for posting about Hoppe's. Here's mike0989's note about the ownership changes,
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9207...

      1. We usually hit the Back Bay Cafe for lunch. They make great burgers and have good soups. Nice to hear they hold up as a breakfast option as well.