Hidden Gem: The Vegetable Butcher

This new vegetable-centered restaurant in downtown San Luis Obispo is literally a hidden gem. Tucked in a lightly trafficked corner of historic downtown SLO, the Vegetable Butcher has quickly grown popular among locals despite its subtle exterior. The Decor The understated exterior is exquisitely matched to the simple and rustic interior decor. Outfitted with several small tables and burlap window treatments, this is the perfect spot for a date, or some one-on-one catching up. The decor is also well complemented by the menu, which offers small plates meant for sharing. The Wine List The Vegetable Butcher‘s expertise in all things culinary doesn’t…

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Hidden Gems of the Central Coast: Libertine Brewing Company

One of the best parts of the Central Coast is its abundance of local shops, restaurants, and businesses that are totally unique to San Luis Obispo County. Travelers and foodies come from far and wide for a taste of the Central Coast’s beloved hidden gems like Hoagie’s, Sylvester’s Burgers, Del Monte Cafe, and the Gardens of Avila. The Libertine Brewing Company, based out of Morro Bay, is just another one of these local treasures. Recently, Libertine opened their flag ship restaurant in downtown San Luis Obispo, which has quickly grown to be a favorite hang-out spot for locals and visitors alike…

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Hidden Gems of the Central Coast: Aloha Cafe

The Central Coast is full of hidden gems unknown to the average traveler.  Residents flock to certain beaches, restaurants, and shops for unique and special items native to this area.  Although visitors love the abundance of delicious restaurants fit for the most devoted foodie, many of the best eateries are concealed in the midst of more popular or crowded spots.  A little off the beaten path from most other San Luis Obispo eateries is Aloha Cafe, a true locals-only spot serving up some of the best dishes around. Comfort food at its greatest, Aloha Cafe is no-nonsense food. It’s location on…

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Hidden Gems of the Central Coast: Cayucos Gas & Mini Mart

The Central Coast is full of hidden gems unknown to the average traveler.  Residents flock to certain beaches, restaurants, and shops for unique and special items native to this area.  Although visitors love the abundance of delicious restaurants fit for the most devoted foodie, many of the best eateries are concealed in the midst of more popular or crowded spots. Nestled in the beach town of Cayucos is seemingly a normal gas station and market, but look a little deeper and you’ll discover delicious, incredibly authentic Mexican food. Cayucos & Gas Mini Mart is serving up some of the most savory,…

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Hidden Gems of the Central Coast: Gardens of Avila

The Central Coast is full of hidden gems unknown to the average traveler.  Residents flock to certain beaches, restaurants, and shops for unique and special items native to this area.  Although visitors love the abundance of delicious restaurants fit for the most devoted foodie, many of the best eateries are concealed in the midst of more popular or crowded spots.  Nestled on Avila Beach Drive hidden among the lush trees and the back road is the Gardens of Avila Restaurant. A great alternative to fighting the crowds at the many popular, oceanfront spots in Avila, the Gardens of Avila Restaurant is often given five…

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Hidden Gems of the Central Coast: Noi’s Little Thai Takeout

The Central Coast is full of hidden gems unknown to the average traveler.  Residents flock to certain beaches, restaurants, and shops for unique and special items native to this area.  Although visitors love the abundance of delicious restaurants fit for the most devoted foodie, many of the best eateries are concealed in the midst of more popular or crowded spots. Family owned? Check. Authentic? Check. Incredibly delicious? Double check! Noi’s Little Thai Takeout is the epitome of a hidden gem, situated in Los Osos in a tiny little storefront providing what many residents claim to be the best Thai food in…

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Hidden Gems of the Central Coast: Del Monte Cafe

The Central Coast is full of hidden gems unknown to the average traveler.  Residents flock to certain beaches, restaurants, and shops for unique and special items native to this area.  Although visitors love the abundance of delicious restaurants fit for the most devoted foodie, many of the best eateries are concealed in the midst of more popular or crowded spots. Breakfast is often regarded as the best meal of the day, since you can go salty, sweet, or savory all in one sitting. The classic American diner is always a perfect breakfast option and Del Monte Cafe offers San Luis Obispo…

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Hidden Gems of the Central Coast: BarrelHouse Speakeasy

The Central Coast is full of hidden gems unknown to the average traveler.  Residents flock to certain beaches, restaurants, and shops for unique and special items native to this area.  Although visitors love the abundance of delicious restaurants fit for the most devoted foodie, many of the best eateries are concealed in the midst of more popular or crowded spots. Although the Central Coast is widely known for its impeccable wine tasting opportunities in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo, brewery tours and tastings have become more popular. BarrelHouse Brewery Co. is a well-known and highly admired Central Coast brewery,…

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