Category: Seafood

Willow Pismo Beach

Looking for a fun place with an excellent view in Pismo Beach?  Look no further than Pismo’s newest hotspot at Willow located at 2131 Price St.  This building used to be the old Marie Calendars right in front of the Sea Crest Hotel.  The new owners have done a complete remodel that is so inviting…

STAX Wine Bar & Bistro

My Team, my husband, my friends and family – we all work hard, and we like to unwind. Our favorite type of atmosphere is one that feels a little cliché – a bar where “everybody knows your name.” When we find it, we tend to become their best customers. It’s our go-to spot for a…

Cinco De Mayo Celebration at Fin’s Seafood Restaurant

Want to do something fun to celebrate Cinco De Mayo and do good for the community at the same time? Fin’s Seafood Restaurant in Grover Beach is the place to be! Fiesta at Fin’s is holding its “dinner for a cause” on May 1st from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. All proceeds will be going towards Five…

The Poke Craze Has Come to Town!

Poke is a sushi-grade seafood dish that has long been a favorite in Hawaii and is having a surge of popularity here on the mainland. Here on the Central Coast, where we have access to high-quality, fresh seafood, it’s a given that this trendy meal has finally arrived!  Poke is a great appetizer, lunch or…

Ocean Grill Avila Beach

Avila Beach has always been a family favorite. While Pismo is the obvious choice for visitors, Avila stays a bit more quiet and feels a bit more like a small town. It also has the best weather on the Central Coast, often remaining sunny and warm when fog is still hovering over the other beaches.…

Stone Soup Music Festival & Street Faire

Grover Beach is a happening little beach town all year long but come August of every year, it is a rockin’ town with their fantastic Stone Soup Music Festival & Street Faire.  The dates this year are Saturday, August 27th from 10am-9:30pm and Sunday, August 28th from 11am-5pm.  Some streets are blocked off near Ramona…

Oyster Loft

Downtown Pismo’s newest restaurant is a “must-visit”!  Upstairs from Wooly’s at 101 Pomeroy, this upscale venue overlooks the Pismo Pier and sweeping coastline views from Vandenberg to Avila.  The setting and ambiance of the Oyster Loft is beautiful with low lighting and gorgeous décor. We have visited twice since opening and were wowed each time.…

Mersea’s on the Pier in Avila

Avila Beach has a brand new restaurant that is a must try on your next visit. Mersea’s of Avila is in the same family of restaurants as Dorn’s of Morro Bay and Duckies Chowder House of Cayucos.  The restaurant is at the end of Harford Pier on Avila Beach Drive.  You can soak in the…

Fish Gaucho? Yes Please!

We live where others vacation — so I admit we are a bit spoiled. You have to have a good reason to venture North over the Cuesta Grade and into the hotter reaches of our County (away from the Ocean), In recent years however the reasons have been stacking up. North County isn’t just about…

The Central Coast Critic – Kathy Marcks Hardesty

With over thirty years in the food business, Kathy Marcks Hardesty provides great information about our local Food & Wine businesses here on the Central Coast. She loves writing about great food and wine, entertaining your senses and placing you on the edge of your seat as you look forward to trying the next great new restaurant…

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Gnocchi. Ricotta Gnocchi. Ricotta Gnocchi atop a bed of gently sautéed Bloomsdale spinach. Gnocchi in a brown butter sauce. Gnocchi with a dusting of artichoke fritti. This is a glorious dish and I hope it remains as a revolving item on the menu at Ember. But you never know what inspired new dishes might arrive…

Central Coast Culinary

Years ago I was invited to a friend’s birthday party that was being held at Debbie Duggan’s Central Coast Culinary. I had met Debbie on a few occasions working at KSBY as she was our local “celebrity chef”. She would rise ridiculously early to inspire us with a fantastic (and fast) dish on the morning show.…

The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar

The Galley Seafood - Scallops

We found ourselves playing tourist in our own backyard a few weekends ago and decided to try a few new things. While we waited for our standup paddling reservation at Central Coast Standup Paddling we found ourselves with time to kill on the boardwalk in Morro Bay. So we did as we do and looked up restaurants we…

Pete’s Pierside Cafe and Fish Market

Being locals,  it can be hard to surprise us. On the other hand we also find ourselves falling victim to routine, returning to the same ol’ haunts over and over again. So it was through an effort to help our son learn to navigate traffic on his bicycle better that we were pleased to discover…

Fin’s Seafood Resaurant in Pismo Beach

In Grover Beach, what folks must keep in mind when heading to Fin’s is that it’s a family restaurant with a seafood focus — It’s on the sand, folks, at the entrance to the beach at the bottom of Grand Ave. So, if you don’t like seafood or families, I would choose another restaurant! That…