Comfort Market

cmSix months old and still growing! Tonight will be the inaugural cooking class at Comfort Market — soon to be a regular event as this evening’s first run sold out days before. Tonight owner/chef Kari Ziegler, previously of the much-missed Gather Wine Bar, will share her insider secrets from behind the kitchen door in creating soups and salad dressings — and maybe even a coconut macaroon thrown in for something sweet.

When Gather was forced to close due to failed landlord negotiations the Village lost a favorite. What we got in return was a better, bolder, bigger version with many new features. Armed with many researched ideas Ziegler wanted a bistro with a gourmet market and wine bar as compliments to one another — and the concept is fantastic in my opinion. Just this week I stopped in for some Del Verde Buccatini pasta to go with my own homemade sauce. It’s a fantastic noodle that is hollow in the center so the sauce can make it’s way within the pasta! And don’t forget the Jack’s Crisps in Manchego — if I am not careful I can eat an entire box. There are yummy local wines to buy and take-out — cold and off the shelf. Non-alcoholic beverages, cheeses, charcuterie, snacks like “Funky Fusion” gourmet potato chips (they have ’em, you just have to find where the staff hides them because they like them so much).

Comfort Market

(805) 481-1558
116 W Branch Street
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

The dine-in experience is equal parts fun and yum. Friendly staff seat you — pretty much allowing you to choose what table you want. Situated at almost the mouth of the Village, the open-front of the restaurant features enormous sliding glass doors that open to provide an indoor/outdoor feel, completely covered and out of the wind and complete with people-watching opportunities. With 4-6 local wines open at any given time and constantly changing it is always fun to try some new tastes. My husband struggles to choose between those and the 6 taps that always have at least his one of his favorites — Deschutes Porter — available. Usually he has both.

Carrying over from Gather, one of Comfort Market’s staple dishes is Ziegler’s Mac and Cheese. Made with her special Bechamel sauce as a base, it is finished to order and dangerously delicious. Also an old wine bar favorite, the bacon wrapped dates are at the top of the menu. What’s new are the unique and constantly updated gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and soups. But hands-down my favorite is the Chicken Salad. It simply makes me happy. Mary’s Farm Organic Chicken with just enough — not too much — mayo and other fantastic ingredients. I can have it on a salad, in a wrap, on a sandwich. It’s all good.

There are plenty more menu items than I’ve listed here … homemade pickles with sweet and zing combined, olives, cheese plates, charcuterie plates, combos… but I don’t want to give it all away. Stop in, say hello to Kari and get some Comfort.


Ashlea Boyer

Ashlea Boyer: Is a native of Pismo Beach, having moved here from South Lake Tahoe when she was just four years old. An Alumni of Arroyo Grande High School, she then attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating with a degree in English Literature. After college, she spent 5 successful years working her way up to Management Editor of a national fitness magazine in Southern California, working for two of the three largest West Coast publishing houses. Ashlea return to the Central Coast for her wedding and stayed raise her family. She joined the family business in 2004 and began leading the Pismo Beach Homes Team with her Mother, Kathi Foster in real estate. Ashlea has been a leading real estate agent in the Pismo Beach area for 10 years, and has developed a strong client following in the area based on her dedication to our community and outstanding customer service. Our team, The Pismo Beach Homes Team, has been awarded the Quadruple Gold level awards consistently over the past 5 years with Keller Williams Realty. She has been named more than once as the "Agent of the Quarter". In 2011, Ashlea was presented with the "Top 20 Under 40" award by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation for my professional excellence and profound commitment to the community. Ashlea lives in Arroyo Grande, California with her husband and son and she enjoy running on the beach, volunteering, pilates, snowboarding and the occasional scuba diving. She's active in many industry, community service and non-profit organizations and serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach, the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, and other community non-profit organizations. 

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