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Best North County Restaurant

The Range

22317 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita

(805) 438-4500

@therangerestaurant

facebook.com/TheRangeRestaurantSM

My ultimate night at The Range: Go when there's music on the covered patio. Share a bottle of wine with the table. Share some apps, baby! A stinking rose pizzette or the pickled beets. Order the French onion soup, always. Torture myself over my main: Should I get the 14-hour oak smoked brisket? The pan seared elk medallions? The roasted lamp chops? What about the 14 oz. black angus coffee crusted ribeye? Oh, who am I kidding? I want the rare 8 oz. angus filet of beef. To finish? The crème brûlée. You only live once. Do it right!

—Glen Starkey

Best North Coast Restaurant

Robin's Restaurant

4095 Burton Drive, Cambria

(805) 927-5007

[email protected]

robinsrestaurant.com

@robinsrestaurant

facebook.com/RobinsRestaurant

click to enlarge TOP TIER Giuseppe's Cucina Rustica is San Luis Obispo's Best Restaurant. Inside the historic Sinsheimer Bros. building on Monterey Street, you'll find ambiance, community, Italian dishes, and hopefully a Flatliner or two. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • TOP TIER Giuseppe's Cucina Rustica is San Luis Obispo's Best Restaurant. Inside the historic Sinsheimer Bros. building on Monterey Street, you'll find ambiance, community, Italian dishes, and hopefully a Flatliner or two.

Best San Luis Obispo Restaurant

Giuseppe's Cucina Rustica

891 Price St., Pismo Beach

849 Monterey St., SLO

(805) 773-2870

[email protected]

giuseppesrestaurant.com

@slogiuseppes

facebook.com/PismoGiuseppes

Best South County Restaurant

Ember

1200 E. Grand Ave., suite 101, Arroyo Grande

(805) 474-7700

[email protected]

emberwoodfire.com

@emberrestaurant

facebook.com/emberrestaurant

Best South Coast Restaurant

Oyster Loft

101 Pomeroy Ave., Pismo Beach

(805) 295-5104

oysterloft.com

@oysterloft

facebook.com/theoysterloft

Best Breakfast

Louisa's Place Restaurant

964 Higuera St., SLO

(805) 541-0227

louisasplace.com

Best Weekend Brunch

Lido Restaurant & Lounge

2727 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach

(805) 773-8900

[email protected]

thedolphinbay.com

@dolphinbay.lido

facebook.com/DolphinBayResort

click to enlarge BE COOL Take your kid into the Best Family-Friendly Restaurant for a Spanky cheeseburger with fries and a vanilla Oreo milkshake—but don't worry, Cool Cat Café in SLO and Pimso Beach also brings it for adults with lots of adult-beverage inspired shakes and deliciously giant burgers on the menu. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • BE COOL Take your kid into the Best Family-Friendly Restaurant for a Spanky cheeseburger with fries and a vanilla Oreo milkshake—but don't worry, Cool Cat Café in SLO and Pimso Beach also brings it for adults with lots of adult-beverage inspired shakes and deliciously giant burgers on the menu.

Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

Cool Cat Café

3164 Broad St., suite 102, SLO

198 Pomeroy Ave., Pismo Beach

(805) 544-8235

[email protected]

coolcatcafe.com

@coolcatcafe_california

facebook.com/coolcatcafecalifornia

Best Place to go on a First Date

Novo Restaurant & Lounge

726 Higuera St., SLO

(805) 543-3986

[email protected]

novorestaurant.com

@novorestaurant

facebook.com/NovoRestaurant

Best Outdoor Dining

Novo Restaurant & Lounge

726 Higuera St., SLO

(805) 543-3986

[email protected]

novorestaurant.com

@novorestaurant

facebook.com/NovoRestaurant

Best Chinese Food

Mei's Chinese Restaurant

1759 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach

(805) 773-2908

meischineserestaurants.com

facebook.com/pages/Meis-Chinese-Restaurant/121668924510235

Best Indian Food

Shalimar

3820 Broad St., SLO

(805) 781-0766

[email protected]

shalimarslo.com

@shalimarindianrestaurant

facebook.com/shalimarslo

Best Italian Food

Giuseppe's Cucina Rustica

891 Price St., Pismo Beach

849 Monterey St., SLO

(805) 773-2870

[email protected]

giuseppesrestaurant.com

@slogiuseppes

facebook.com/PismoGiuseppes

Best Japanese Food

Goshi

570 Higuera St., suite 155, SLO

772 Pine St., Paso Robles

(805) 543-8942

goshislo.com

@goshislo

facebook.com/GoshiSLO

Best Mediterranean Food

Petra Mediterranean Pizza & Grill

1210 Higuera St., SLO

(805) 439-1999

eatpetra.com

@eatpetra

facebook.com/petraSLO

It's nourishing, saucy, meaty, herby, filling, and delectable. That pretty much describes almost every dish at Petra Mediterranean Pizza & Grill. A stone's throw away from San Luis Obispo's downtown core, the Higuera Street restaurant is hard to beat when it comes to shawarma, gyro, and falafel bowls. My personal favorite is the plate of two chicken kabob skewers that arrives on a bed of fluffy turmeric rice and lightly dressed tomatoes and lettuce. They come with sides of a garlicky dip, cucumber-flecked tzatziki, and paprika-dusted hummus, which create a hearty meal. But there's more! Petra adds warm pita to its bowls too, and I happily end up with lunch and dinner through a single order. Don't want to dig through a bowl? Get a Petra sandwich that stuffs all the elements into a pita pocket. Worried about making a mess with the pita sandwich? Get one of the Mediterranean-style pizzas, like the gyro or the Greek feta. Just don't forget to hit the extensive sauce bar on your way out.

—Bulbul Rajagopal

Best Mexican Food

Efren's Mexican Restaurant

1720 Beach St., Oceano

1285 Laurel Lane, SLO

(805) 489-2385

[email protected]

efrensmexicanrestaurant.com

@efrensrestaurant

facebook.com/efrenssanluisobispo

Best Thai Food

Thai Boat

3212 Broad St., No. 140, SLO

(805) 594-1638

[email protected]

thaiboat.menu11.com

click to enlarge DIG IN The county's Best Seafood is at the Best South Coast Restaurant—the Oyster Loft in Pismo Beach—where the roasted sea bass and mussels comes with a spicy sauce, potato puree, pea tendrils, and fennel confit; the oysters are fresh; and the ocean view spans as far as the eye can see. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • DIG IN The county's Best Seafood is at the Best South Coast Restaurant—the Oyster Loft in Pismo Beach—where the roasted sea bass and mussels comes with a spicy sauce, potato puree, pea tendrils, and fennel confit; the oysters are fresh; and the ocean view spans as far as the eye can see.

Best Seafood

Oyster Loft

101 Pomeroy Ave., Pismo Beach

(805) 295-5104

oysterloft.com

@oysterloft

facebook.com/theoysterloft

Best Sushi

Goshi

570 Higuera St., suite 155, SLO

772 Pine St., Paso Robles

(805) 543-8942

goshislo.com

@goshislo

facebook.com/GoshiSLO

Best Poke

Pokirito

848 Foothill Blvd., SLO

(805) 439-2541

[email protected]

poki-rito.com

@pokirito.slo

facebook.com/pokirito

Best Barbecue

Old SLO BBQ Co.

670 Higuera St., SLO

3870-3 Broad St., SLO

(805) 285-2473

[email protected]

oldsanluisbbq.com

@oldslobbq

facebook.com/oldsanluisbbq

Best Vegan Food

Ziggy's

594 California Blvd., SLO

1227 Pine St., Paso Robles

(805) 439-4399

[email protected]

eatziggys.com

@eatziggys

facebook.com/eatziggys

Best Vegetarian Food

Ziggy's

594 California Blvd., SLO

1227 Pine St., Paso Robles

(805) 439-4399

[email protected]

eatziggys.com

@eatziggys

facebook.com/eatziggys

Best Food Truck

Taqueria El Guero

SLO, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach

(805) 904-0104

taqueriaelguero.com

@taq.elguero

facebook.com/taq.elguero

click to enlarge BEST CHEF Garrett Morris serves chicken momo (left), chana masala (right), and more out of his pop-up Sichuan Kitchen SLO, which Morris dreams up dishes for with the help of his years spent living in Sichuan, China, and Nepal. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • BEST CHEF Garrett Morris serves chicken momo (left), chana masala (right), and more out of his pop-up Sichuan Kitchen SLO, which Morris dreams up dishes for with the help of his years spent living in Sichuan, China, and Nepal.

Best Chef

Garrett Morris (Sichuan Kitchen SLO)

977 Foothill Boulevard, SLO

(805) 888-7752

[email protected]

sichuankitchenslo.com

@sichuankitchenslo

facebook.com/profile.php?id=100076593596132

Best Caterer

Taste!

2900 Broad St., SLO

(805) 200-2978

[email protected]

taste2900.com

@tastecrafteatery

facebook.com/taste2900

click to enlarge OPTIONS At Taste!, there's choices, and not just on the restaurant's menu. The catering side of the business gives customers variety and quality to choose from for their events with the help of Ashley Codorniz, Patrick Kirby, Whitney Knodle, and Kate Hunter, who work for the Best Caterer in SLO County. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • OPTIONS At Taste!, there's choices, and not just on the restaurant's menu. The catering side of the business gives customers variety and quality to choose from for their events with the help of Ashley Codorniz, Patrick Kirby, Whitney Knodle, and Kate Hunter, who work for the Best Caterer in SLO County.

Best Butcher

Arroyo Grande Meat Company

120 E. Branch St., Arroyo Grande

(805) 489-2693

[email protected]

agmeatcompany.com

@arroyograndemeatco

facebook.com/AGmeatco

Best Fish Market

Pier 46 Seafood Company

1131 Rossi Road, Templeton

(805) 434-1950

[email protected]

pier46seafood.com

@pier46seafood

facebook.com/pier46seafood

Best Burrito

Tacos de Acapulco

596 California Blvd., SLO

(805) 543-9100

@tacos_de_acapulcoslo

facebook.com/tacosdeacapulco

Living down the street from Tacos de Acapulco and their savory burritos for two years was a dangerous game to play. Whether it's a pit stop before going to the beach, recovery fuel after a night out, or something quick and filling, Tacos de Acapulco has you covered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Bite into a homemade chorizo and egg burrito to start your day or savor a carne asada burrito in the afternoon, packed with rice, beans, cheese, onion, and cilantro. There are vegetarian options for our herbivore friends where they can munch on a burrito filled with bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, potatoes, and tomatoes. With reasonable prices and speedy preparation, it's hard not to stop by!

—Taylor O'Connor

Best Breakfast Burrito

Lincoln Market & Deli

496 Broad St., SLO

(805) 543-3443

[email protected]

lincolnmarketanddeli.com

@lincolnmarketdeli

facebook.com/LincolnMarketandDeli

Best Taco

Taqueria El Guero

SLO, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach

(805) 904-0104

taqueriaelguero.com

@taq.elguero

facebook.com/taq.elguero

Best Burger

Sylvester's Burgers

Los Osos, Atascadero, Oceano

[email protected]

sylvestersburgers.com

@sylvestersburgers

facebook.com/sylvesters.burger

Best Sandwich

High Street Deli

350 High St., SLO

1326 Second St., Los Osos

(805) 541-4738

[email protected]

highstdeli.com

@highstreetdeli

facebook.com/highstreetdeli

Best Steak

Jocko's Steakhouse

125 N. Thompson Ave., Nipomo

(805) 929-3686

jockossteakhouse.com

Best Hot Chicken

Dave's Hot Chicken

299 Madonna Road, SLO

(805) 706-0600

daveshotchicken.com

@daveshotchicken

facebook.com/ToLiveandFryInLA

Best Pizza

Woodstock's Pizza

1000 Higuera St., SLO

(805) 541-4420

[email protected]

woodstocksslo.com

@woodstocksslo

facebook.com/woodstocksslo

Best Wood-Fired Pizza

Flour House

690 Higuera St., SLO

(805) 544-5282

[email protected]

flourhouseslo.com

@flourhouseslo

facebook.com/Flour-House-SLO-1103189849695534

Best Salad

Firestone Grill

1001 Higuera St., SLO

(805) 783-1001

[email protected]

firestonegrill.com

@firestonegrill

facebook.com/FirestoneGrill

Best Chowder

Splash Café

197 Pomeroy Ave., Pismo Beach

(805) 773-4653

splashcafe.com

@splashcafe

facebook.com/SplashCafeChowder

Best Ramen

Raku Ramen

799 E. Foothill Blvd., suite A, SLO

(805) 439-3088

[email protected]

raku-ramen.com

@rakuramen.slo

facebook.com/rakuramenslo

Best Fish & Chips

Pier 46 Seafood Company

1131 Rossi Road, Templeton

(805) 434-1950

[email protected]

pier46seafood.com

@pier46seafood

facebook.com/pier46seafood

Best Mac & Cheese

Black Sheep Bar & Grill

1117 Chorro St., SLO

(805) 544-7433

[email protected]

blacksheepslo.com

@blacksheepslo

facebook.com/blacksheepslo

Best Ice Cream

McConnell's Fine Ice Creams

868 Monterey St., SLO

(805) 439-5055

[email protected]

mcconnells.com

@mcconnellsicecreams

facebook.com/mcconnells.icecream

click to enlarge SWIRL IT UP  A cone, a cup, sprinkles, and frozen yogurt. You really couldn't ask for anything more from SLO County's Best Froyo, SLO Froyo n' Italian Ice in downtown San Luis Obispo. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • SWIRL IT UP A cone, a cup, sprinkles, and frozen yogurt. You really couldn't ask for anything more from SLO County's Best Froyo, SLO Froyo n' Italian Ice in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Best Froyo

SLO Froyo n' Italian Ice

956 Higuera St., SLO

(805) 787-0190

[email protected]

slofroyo.com

@slofroyonice

facebook.com/profile.php?id=100073203202519

Best Doughnut

SloDoCo

Atascadero, SLO (two locations)

(805) 782-9766

[email protected]

slodoco.com

@slodoco

facebook.com/slodoco

Best Dessert

Madonna Inn

100 Madonna Road, SLO

(805) 784-2433

[email protected]

madonnainn.com

@madonnainn1958

facebook.com/MadonnaInn

Best Pie

Linn's Easy As Pie Cafe

4251 Bridge St., Cambria

(805) 924-3050

[email protected]

linnsfruitbin.com

@linnsfruitbin

facebook.com/linnsfruitbin

Best Bread

Bread Bike

2060 Parker St., SLO

(805) 242-1588

[email protected]

slobreadbike.com

@bread.bike

facebook.com/slobreadbike

Best Bakery

Bread Bike

2060 Parker St., SLO

(805) 242-1588

[email protected]

slobreadbike.com

@bread.bike

facebook.com/slobreadbike

Best Olive Oil

Pasolivo Olive Oil

8530 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles

(805) 227-0186

[email protected]

pasolivo.com

@pasolivo

facebook.com/Pasolivo

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