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  • Frank's Famous Hot Dogs in SLO
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    Aloha Cafe: Tasty Sandwiches to go at Aloha Cafe

    by Nor_Cal_Brad Written May 3, 2015

    Aloha Cafe has a rotating daily menu with a different sandwich / meal each day. It's a small place located in an industrial park - definitely qualifies as a hidden gem! ***CASH ONLY - NO ATM OR CREDIT CARDS!*** They are open Monday - Friday, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. As a courtesy to the workers, I recommend arriving there by 1:30 pm at the latest. The menu is limited, with one or two main items each day, and they always have side dishes: fries, onion rings, soup of the day, drinks, etc.... Aloha Cafe offers:

    Monday: Grilled Pastrami Sandwich, Pastrami Reuben Sandwich, Turkey Sandwich
    Tuesday: Burritos, Tacos, Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Wednesday: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich (w/ thinly sliced Tri Tip), Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
    Thursday: 1/2 pound Hamburgers, Chili Cheese Fries
    Friday: Tri Tip Sandwich, Fish & Chips, Clam Chowder

    Favorite Dish: My favorite is the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich on Wednesdays. The steak they use is Tri Tip, thinly sliced, and it's well seasoned and perfectly cooked so that it's still tender and moist. It also comes with grilled onions and bell peppers, melted mozzarella cheese, and chipotle mayonnaise sauce.

    I also highly recommend the Pastrami Reuben Sandwich (Mondays) and Tri Tip Sandwich (Fridays).

    Aloha Cafe entrance Seating area at Aloha Cafe
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    Del Monte Cafe: Home Cooking at Del Monte Cafe in SLO

    by Nor_Cal_Brad Written Apr 20, 2015

    There is a "home cooking" feel to a lot of the food at Del Monte Cafe. They are open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, and offer many dishes, including: omelettes, french toast, pancakes, quiche lorraine, sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, chicken dinner, pot roast, pork roast, chicken fried steak, grilled liver and onions, fish & chips, etc... I have always gotten friendly service and tasty food here.

    If you're traveling by train and have a long stopover in San Luis Obispo, the Del Monte Cafe is a very short walk away from the train station.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the Chicken Fried Steak breakfast, with eggs, potatoes O'Brien, and a biscuit and gravy. The Chicken Fried steak is crispy on the outside, yet still moist on the inside. The gravy is also tasty: rich, creamy and peppered.

    I've also enjoyed the Chicken Fried Steak dinner (I believe it was a daily special), as well as the French Dip and Club sandwich.

    Del Monte Cafe SLO Del Monte Cafe patio and parking Chicken Fried Steak dinner at Del Monte Cafe Seafood Salad at Del Monte Cafe Del Monte Cafe SLO - across from the train station
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    Frank's Famous Hot Dogs: Mini Burgers and Breakfast Burritos at Frank's

    by Nor_Cal_Brad Updated Apr 20, 2015

    Frank's has hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, fish & chips, chicken wraps, fried appetizers and sides, and breakfast burritos. Frank's has a "50's diner" type decor, and they offer good food at reasonable prices. Downtown SLO and Cal Poly are nearby, and it can occasionally be crowded. There is indoor and outdoor seating.

    Frank's also has a "Mini Burger Challenge" for people who can eat ENORMOUS amounts of food. If you can eat 10 Mini Burgers you get a free t-shirt saying that you completed the Mini Burger Challenge. They also put a picture on the wall of the current record holder for the most Mini Burgers in one sitting. Last time I checked, the record was 27 Mini Burgers!

    Favorite Dish: I usually go to Frank's for their Monday special on Mini Burgers. On Mondays, they have Mini Burgers for $1.00 each. They are tasty, and a great value for the price. I usually order 3 Mini Burgers, but there is also the "Mini Burger Challenge" if you want a LARGE amount of food.

    The Breakfast Burrito is also very good here. It has scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, bacon, cheese, tomato, onion, and salsa. It's tasty and filling, a good value for $5.50, and is now served all day.

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    Jaffa Cafe: Tasty Mediterranean Cuisine

    by Nor_Cal_Brad Updated Apr 20, 2015

    Jaffa Cafe offers many tasty varieties of wraps, kabobs, entree plates, salads, etc... with choices of chicken, beef, gyros, lamb, or vegetarian. They also have pitas and hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel, rice pilaf, and soups.

    The owners are very friendly (they are often there) and every dish I've sampled has been great. The last time I was there they gave us complimentary baklava (it was delicious!) along with overall great food and service.

    I first came here on the recommendation of a friend, and it quickly became one of my favorite restaurants in town.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite is the Lamb Shawarma entree plate. Very tasty meat, seasoned well, served with hummus and homemade pita bread. I've only tried about 4 dishes here, but they were all very good.

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    Firestone Grill: A Good Bar & Grill in Downtown SLO

    by Nor_Cal_Brad Updated Dec 23, 2014

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    The food here is mostly BBQ: Tri-tip sandwich, ribs, 1/2 chicken, hamburgers, BBQ pork sandwich, tri tip salad, cajun sausage sandwich, fish tacos, grilled chicken sandwich, etc... I believe there is also a chicken salad or a taco salad or something. I hear this is very good too, but I always stick to the BBQ food. The restaurant has patio seating outdoors, tables directly inside, and a bar area with multiple televisions and satellite TV for all the sports you could possible want. It is usually noisy inside, and there is often a line out the door, but don't let this scare you off. The line usually moves quickly, but I would recommend having somebody in your party snag a table as soon as one becomes available, because they go quickly.

    Favorite Dish: The Tri-Tip sandwich is my favorite meal here. I would also recommend sharing a basket of fries with the rest of your party. The fries are thin and have a very tasty seasoning on them. The burgers are good too (especially the ABC burger - Avocado, Bacon, and Cheese), and I also like the Cajun Sausage Sandwich. I would probably order the Tri-Tip sandwich all the time, but the price went up. It's still my favorite though.

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    West End Expresso and Tea: Bohemian and homeless unite.

    by tvdandy Written May 25, 2012

    This is a cool little coffeehouse located on the edge of downtown SLO. What is interesting about this particular establishment is that it seems like it is the gathering place for the young homeless and street musicians around town. Far from being a turnoff, this clientle actually makes for a very interesting vibe. Everybody is mellow, so no trouble really, just a bunch of freewheelin spirits.

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    Frank's Famous Hotdogs: Damn huge dogs

    by tvdandy Written May 24, 2012

    One Chilli and Cheese hotdog from Frank's is all you need. Trust me, and I am a big guy saying this.
    The dog is huge. You also need a knife and fork, because the chilli runs sloopy and satisfying down the sides of the dog. The place has outdoor tables to enjoy the beautiful California sun. Great stop for lunch or if you have the munchies

    Favorite Dish: The chilli dog can't be beat!

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  • SloCo Pasty Co.: This place is a real treat!

    by afrumes Written Dec 17, 2011

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    This restaurant has the feel of a homey pub in England but such great food. The owners are the sweetest people who clearly care about the food and people. The food is called a pasty, a traditional Cornish meat pie.

    Favorite Dish: I loved the Oggy Pasty and the caramel apple dessert was epic. Great selection of beers on tap.

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    Louisa's Place: Breakfast hot spot

    by tvdandy Updated May 26, 2011

    This is the San Luis Obispo hot spot for breakfast. If you get here after 9am there is a line outside. Excellent food in a old school style. In other words, heaps of hash browns, huge ham slices. Big Omelets and never ending coffee. No fu fu crap here! Bring an appetite and a book in case you are caught waiting. WELL worth the wait though, and reasonably priced, (for California anyway).

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    Gardens of Avila: Nice Place for a Romantic Meal!

    by orcoastgirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

    We had a very nice meal at the Gardens of Avila at the Sycamore Springs Resort a few days ago while on a day trip to the Central Coast. The ambiance is very nice, I enjoyed the Salmon entree with a glass of local Pinor Noir. We also shared the Spinach & Prawn salad which was great. The bread here is very fresh, housemade with fresh herbs, served warm and very yummy!

    Favorite Dish: Spinach Salad, Salmon

    Sallmon Was Perfectly Prepared! Gardens of Avila Fall Display Outside the Restaurant Spainach Salad with Jumbo Prawns Chicken at the Gardens of Avila
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    Fiala's Outdoor Café: A Hidden Gem!!!!

    by ejvigil Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Was on a bike ride and came across this little cafe. After I was done, I picked up my friends and we headed over here and ate the most amazing French toast! I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! The people are nice and the atmosphere just is so relaxing! It's a must see if you want to go to a place that's off the map for the main Sunday brunchers!!!!

    Favorite Dish: The French Toastman

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    Firestone Grill: A Must Eat

    by unfortunate_dreams Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Firestone's is one of the most popular places to eat in San Luis Obispo. On any given evening the line stretches out the door. There are several dishes to choose from including chicken strips, fries, drinks (there is a bar there also), tri-tip sandwiches, salads, and hamburgers. It does tend to get a little pricey, but is worth it. This isn't the restaurant you'll want to attend for a nice, quiet dinner as there are big screen TV's in the bar area, and lots of noise. There is indoor seating as well as outdoor.

    Favorite Dish: Firestone's is famous for many dishes, but my personal favorite are their chicken strips. They are very tasty and cost $5.50 which gives you a large enough portion to share. The fries are also delectable, due to their spicy seasoning. The fries come as a "side of fries" or a "basket of fries." These are LARGE portions. Unless you have a lumberjack joining you for dinner, I would recommend the side. This usually is enough for a party of 3 or 4.

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    GOLDEN CHINA RESTAURANT: "ALL YOU CAN EAT" CHINESE BUFFET

    by travelgourmet Updated Oct 6, 2010

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    Walking around San Luis Obispo at the lunch hours and the aromas of cooking foods fill the air from the many restaurants, pubs, and bars on the main street, Higuera. All that walking in the morning can build up a hunger in one and the scent of Chinese food wafting through the air, caught my nose.

    Walking inside the Golden China Restaurant, I went to the long tables of Chinese dishes filled with many different types of foods, from rice and noodles to beef & broccoli and Egg Foo Young. Oh, I didn't see my Kung Pao Chicken or the Mu Shu Pork that I crave, but it looked decent and inviting. I tried many of the dishes and although the flavors started to all taste the same there were several that stood out. All in all, not bad for all you can eat Chinese food.

    Favorite Dish: I tried the Egg Foo Young first because that to me is a good indicator of quality and I must admit that the dish was done quite well. The egg was kept a little moist and the flavors all came through. A beef & broccoli dish was to my liking because the broccoli was al dente and the beef had a nice sauce. Surprised to see vegetable tempura but there it was with onion rings and sweet potato slices. The Wontons were nice as well. I felt that the soft noodles were done to perfection.

    The problem is that many of the dishes were without a sauce as the sauces were separated and you had to try about five different sauces to find the one that seemed to fit the dish. Once the right combination was found, the different dishes had a more pronounced flavor all it's own. As I said before, not bad for all you can eat Chinese.

    GOLDEN CHINA RESTAURANT MANY CHOICES MORE CHOICES MY PLATE RUNNETH OVER INVITING DECOR
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    BON TEMPS CREOLE CAFE: JAMBALAYA, CRAWFISH PIE AND FILE GUMBO

    by travelgourmet Updated Oct 6, 2010

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    Capturing the essence of Mardi Gras, Bon Temps Creole Cafe has all the foods of Cajun country. Not that much to look at, sort of a roadside cafe feel, but there is everything from red beans and rice to gumbo ya ya. Bon Temps serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, opening at 7 am till 9 pm closing.

    The ambiance is casual and friendly and helpful staff to make sure you are happy. Mardi Gras beads are scattered about and the colors of Mardi Gras shine on the glitter streamers on the walls. The night that my wife and I were there, a father and son duo gave us some good times songs and great guitar picking to liven things up.

    Favorite Dish: I ordered the seafood gumbo and it was s-p-i-c-y. Lots of seafood portions in the dish but I would have preferred a thicker gumbo. My wife had the shrimp & andouille pasta jambalaya which she said was great. I was able to sample this dish and it should have been my choice. Yummy. All in all, if you are looking for that New Orleans taste, go to Bon Temps.

    NEW ORLEANS ART WORK GETTING IN THE MARDI GRAS SPIRIT JAMBALAYA SPICY SEAFOOD GUMBO PICK GUITAR FILL FRUIT JAR AND BE GAY-O
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    F.MCLINTOCKS SALOON: THE BEST STEAK AROUND

    by travelgourmet Written Apr 22, 2010

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    Heading for the coast of California near Pismo Beach or San Luis Obispo? Well, right in the midst of the ocean and sand to the Mission in SLO sits a must do restaurant if you love steak or western theme diners. F.MCLINTOCKS SALOON & DINING HOUSE is off Hwy 101 in Shell Beach. You can't miss their signage, a big carved wood cowboy.

    Now, if you don't have the time to wait for 4pm to roll around, then San Luis Obispo's F.MCLINTOCKS SALOON is for you. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served at this location. It may not be as nice or interesting location as Shell Beach but it is in downtown SLO. The luncheon menu not only has western style foods but also great sandwiches and that ever lovin' Rib-Eye Steak, medium rare, please. Breakfast starts at 7:00am, Lunch and Dinner at 11:30am with Dinner ending at 9:00pm.

    Favorite Dish: Hold onto your hats! Turkey Nuts! Yep, ya heard right pardner. NUTS! They are a hit with the diners and patrons gobble up over 10,000 pounds of Nuts a year. Ouch! Bad pun! Of course, a great Rib-Eye with all the fixin's taste mighty good too, pilgrim..

    A STEAK IS A STEAK TILL YOU TRY F.MCLINTOCKS NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH TENDER BEEF SOLD HERE
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