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Southern love: Slow-cooked shredded pork, sweet potato hash, and a fried egg on top make for a delicious, salty sweet breakfast at Southern Station in Santa Margarita. Go really big and get the biscuit smothered in sausage gravy, too (22412 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita; the restaurant is now open for dinner from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to swing by this weekend)! Bliss Café in downtown SLO is offering fresh-made pizzas every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m., and I, for one, am very excited about the prospect of herby tomato sauce and healthy toppings (gluten-free options available) … The Palm is serving up the best popcorn in town covered with real butter. Yes, real butter, people! Go see a flick and grab a few napkins, too.

The haps?

Beda’s Biergarten is open for business at 3230 Broad Street! Try their potato pancakes, authentic German beer, and famous house-made stew among other hearty delicacies (lunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) … This spring, try a Shandy and a Half, a mx of wheat beer and a splash of light lemon rum (Bicardi Limon works wonders) garnished with a mint leaf. It’s the perfect at home cocktail that will make you feel like you’re lounging with the best of them … Paso Robles wines shined at the latest Paso Robles CABs of Distinction event! The SOMM Journal brought “The Quaff Report” for a riveting blind tasting of Paso Robles cabernet sauvignon alongside that of Bordeaux and Napa. Moderated by Mike Madrigale, the panel included sommeliers Jared Hooper of Faith & Flower; Darius Allyn, MS, of Giada at the Cromwell Hotel; Augustus Miller of Charlie Palmer; Paul Coker of Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern at the St Regis; Terence Leavey of Spago Beverly Hills; and Naureen Zaim of Smoke.Oil.Salt.

Sounds so good

The Central Coast Oyster & Music Festival will crack open in Avila Beach on June 6 at The Avila Beach Golf Resort from noon to 8 p.m. Enjoy a bevvy of oysters, live tunes, and even a sultry performance that involves a gigantic champagne glass! (centralcoastoysterfestival.com; 459-0701) … Join local pork producers and chefs as they explore the alluring power of the “other white meat” coming up June 6 (visit farmsteaded.com for info and tickets). Oink! … On June 5, Occasional Mustache will be playing a gig at Claiborne and Churchill Winery as part of their groovy Sips and Songs events happening all summer long (music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; visit claibornechurchill.com for more information).

Send nibbles and news to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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