Top Choice Californian in Pismo Beach


Chef Brian Collins, who once cooked at Alice Waters' revered Chez Panisse, has returned to his roots in SLO County. Out of this heart-warming restaurant's wood-burning oven come savory flatbreads, artfully charred s…
Top Choice Bistro in San Luis Obispo

Thomas Hill Organics

More contemporary than its original namesake eatery in Paso Robles, Thomas Hill's San Luis Obispo opening presents seasonal menus amid a stylish combination of chandeliers and whitewashed walls. Secure a spot at the…
Top Choice Latin American in Paso Robles

La Cosecha Bar & Restaurant

The Honduran heritage of chef and owner Santos MacDonal shines through at this cosmopolitan bar and bistro translating from Spanish into 'the harvest.' That means a strong focus on local and seasonal produce crafted…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Santa Cruz

Penny Ice Creamery

With a cult following, this artisan ice-cream shop crafts zany flavors such as bourbon-candied ginger, lemon-verbena–blueberry and ricotta apricot all from scratch using local, organic and wild-harvested ingredients…
Top Choice Californian in Santa Cruz


Farm-to-table and proudly regional flavors feature at this excellent bistro in downtown Santa Cruz. Assembly's Californian vibe belies real culinary nous in the kitchen, and the seasonal menu could include dishes su…
Top Choice Bistro in San Luis Obispo

Foremost Wine Co

Ease into the warehouse interior softened by rustic tables crafted from repurposed timber, and experience some of San Luis Obispo's best farm-to-table dining. Intensely seasonal menus and regular wine-matching event…
Top Choice Market in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo Farmers Market

The county’s biggest and best weekly farmers market turns downtown SLO’s Higuera St into a giant street party, with smokin’ barbecues, overflowing fruit and veggie stands, live music and free sidewalk entertainment,…
Top Choice Market in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Farmers Market

Organic produce, baked goods and arts-and-crafts and food booths all give you an authentic taste of the local vibe. Shorter fall and winter hours.
Californian in Big Sur


Nepenthe comes from a Greek word meaning ‘isle of no sorrow,’ and indeed, it’s hard to feel blue while sitting by the fire pit on this aerial terrace. Just-okay California cuisine (try the renowned Ambrosia burger) …
Californian in Cayucos

Cass House Grill

The Grill's wood-fired oven is harnessed for pizza, empanadas and grilled prawn and lamb, and a lighter touch is evident in roast salmon and a delicate fettucine crammed with seasonal produce. Many of the ingredient…