Lincoln Market Deli: Loaded Tater Tots, Delicious Sandos, and Local Groceries

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I can’t believe I waited until my last week in SLO to visit Lincoln Market Deli. Because I liked it so much that on that day, I went twice… (once to get a sandwich and once to get some locally sourced charcuterie meat and cheese for a beach picnic 😉 )

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Lincoln Market Deli has a prominent history in the city of San Luis Obispo. It was originally built in 1941 and known as “Ellsworth’s Market,” the San Luis Obispo’s original grocer and butcher. Nowadays their market features delicious make-and-order hot and cold deli sandwiches, refrigerated products including bliss cafe desserts, beer and cider on tap, and so much more.

If I were to have to pick my favorite part of Lincoln Deli it would be challenging. But I think I would have to go with the lazy/funky and chill atmosphere which is so truly a local “San Luis Obispo” feeling. Even their craft beer and wine selection is incredibly diverse and primarily local. In fact, the market is mostly locally sourced items from their meats, to their cheeses, to their cal poly eggs, even to the wine from the Edna Valley. Locally made artwork is displayed for purchase.

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One of Lincoln Deli’s unique features includes a “tater tot” nacho menu with a generous selection of tot nachos buried in toppings like bacon, jalapeños, onions, cheeses of course, and so much more. As if that’s not enough to choose from, don’t forget to check out their SECRET MENU 😉 

There are usually plenty of seats available at tables to eat inside, as well as on their outdoor patio to soak up the sunshine on a warm SLO day. Taryn and I ate outdoors and watched the bustle of the busy intersection on the corner. I enjoyed a turkey sandwich with all the fixin’s and added avocado on marbled rye… it was stuffed full. I couldn’t even finish the whole thing. We also got Golden State hard ciders which are available on tap and they came out in really cute mason jars to drink.

The deli is located in a residential area, right on the corner of Broad and Lincoln Street off the 101, at the base of Madonna mountain. It’s open from 8am-7pm Monday-Saturday and closes at 6pm on Sundays.

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“Seeds” Health Food Cafe in San Luis Obispo

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“Seeds” on Garden Street in downtown San Luis Obispo is a health food cafe featuring delicious acai bowls, juices, paninis, and even fun alcohol infused juices like “frose’s” and “pressed mimosas.” They also offer a variety of different kombuchas on tap and an assortment of yummy snacks (I didn’t even know some of the Rx bar flavors they had existed).

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The shop has a wonderful (but a bit small) garden patio out back with a few tables and plenty of seating on the street to soak in the sunshine. You can also sit inside at the wall bar or underneath their insta-worthy neon sign which you will be compelled to take a photo of your food with (talk about quality free marketing).

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I ordered the #8 bowl which was blended almond butter, almond milk, bananas, maca, and spinach topped with bananas, raspberries, almonds, and cocoa. If there’s something more you’d like to add into your bowl, there are a variety of extra toppings and mix in’s like hemp protein powder, chia seeds, and Nutella.

My almond butter maca bowl was HEARTY! It kept me full for hours. The fruit topping was incredibly fresh and blended combination of delicious healthy ingredients was overall creamy and satisfying.

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I know that I’m going to have to come back to try their one of their toast options like peanut butter with fruit or savory avocado and sprouts, because they all looked and sounded delicious.

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“Seeds” is located on 1133 Garden Street in San Luis Obispo and is open from 8am-6pm every day. It’s a yummy treat any time of the day for a snack or meal that will leave you feeling good on the inside.

What’s YOUR SLO Bucket List?

I’m almost done with my time in San Luis Obispo and fulfilling my bucket list, but this blog will continue to live on forever and share insight to the many amazing activities to do in the area.

There are so many wonderful experiences I have gotten to enjoy on the Central Coast, and although I wish I had time for more, I have to move on… But now I want YOU to tell me what your favorite Central Coast spots are and if I haven’t written a blog about the spot already, I will post your story as a guest submission! It can be a coffee shop, a secret hike, or a day trip adventure you’d like to share. 

Send me your stories at mollyobrien1996@att.net. I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

 

Lucy’s Coffee Co. San Luis Obispo

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Lucy’s Coffee on Laurel lane in San Luis Obispo is a local charm with a sense of character that makes it feel like home. The cute retro themed decor and clean interior create an atmosphere perfect for studying or meeting up with a friend for a coffee date to chat.

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The inspiration behind the shop’s name is owner Lisa’s daughter, Lucy. Lisa’s original enterprise was a coffee truck which traveled up and down the Central Coast and catered caffeine to special events such as weddings, which has now grown to be a full time standstill coffee shop.

Lucy’s roasts the beans of local companies such as Spearhead coffee and Coastal Peaks.  They feature unique specialty drinks including the savory peanut butter latte and my personal favorite: the heart warming ginger tea latte.

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Their staff is extremely friendly and willing to offer recommendations for drinks with their house-made syrups, all of which taste divine. I’ve also heard their toasts are extremely yummy (including a gluten free bread option! YAY!) Choices include peanut butter banana, avocado, and goat cheese. Mmmm.

Lucy’s offers free wifi for customers and an ample number of power outlets to charge a laptop or other electronic device as well as a huge parking lot with enough parking to accommodate you and all of your best coffee loving friends.

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They’re open weekdays 6:30am-6pm, and weekends 7am-4pm in shop as well as for event catering at 1279 Laurel Lane in San Luis Obispo.

Kraken Coffee in Avila Beach

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Oh MAH goodness let me tell you about one of my new favorite coffee shops I’ve found on the Central Coast. It’s called Kraken Coffee Co and it’s right on the beach in Avila. It’s two of my favorite things put together: coffee and a view of the ocean. The shop is owned by the same owners of Kreuzberg in downtown SLO which is no surprise, because Kreuzberg is awesome too.

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Kraken brews the same coffee as Kreuzberg which is tasty. There’s wifi and an ample number of power outlets. If you don’t want to sit outside on the patio and stare at the ocean because for some reason you have to be productive the interior includes a spacious upstairs loft with clean and artsy rustic sailor decor to match the ocean view outside the large windows. It’s a great place to study or get some work done, or to meet up with a friend and chat.

In fact, this shop feels like every local down to earth company in SLO came together to create a space to spend a few hours enjoying time by the water. Kraken also serves Batch ice cream which means some sweet (literally!) affogatos and local Whalebird brand kombucha on tap. On this visit, I got a nitro brewed mango iced tea and it was delicious.

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Kraken just opened in April of 2017, and is thriving. The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly, offering recommendations and even samples of their drinks. I know I’ll be back to Kraken, and I can’t wait to see how much they continue to grow!

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Flour House San Luis Obispo

 

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Me and my happy hour Margherita pizza and cocktail

Flour House in downtown San Luis Obispo is an Italian restaurant which puts passion and authenticity into creating their cuisine, because they believe that food is a connecting human experience to be shared with others.

The restaurant boasts a heated outdoor patio bar with views of Higuera Street for people watching while you enjoy your delicious Italian food, as well as a lavishly decorated interior and heated creekside patio in back.

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They specialize in “Pizza Napoletana” which is a strictly mandated heritage style of cooking so cherished, that it’s guarded by Italian law… And this style holds true to being guarded, because the pizzas at Flour House are out of this world. The dough and pasta is all hand made in house with imported Italian flour.

The Stefano Ferrara oven in which the pizzas are cooked have been handcrafted by the same family for nearly one hundred years in Naples, Italy and can reach temperatures up to 1,000°F to bake the softest and most flavorful dough for pizzas.

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They’re consistently changing their menu depending on current culinary inspiration, but *HAPPY HOUR ALERT!* their deal of $5 Margherita Pizzas and $5 glasses of wine from 4-6pm at the Flour House is one which cannot be missed.

This place puts their heart and soul into their food, and you can certainly taste that secret ingredient in every dish, one that you can’t buy at the store: love. So give your tastebuds a treat and visit Flour House in downtown SLO for some truly authentic Italian food.

Cambria’s Hidden “Treasure Made of Trash”: Nitt Witt Ridge

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One man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure, as proven by Nitt Witt Ridge. This California Registered Historical Landmark was built completely by alternative artist Arthur “Art” Harold Beal all by himself, over 50 years of creative work.

He bought the hillside in Cambria in 1928 and for the next 50 years created his own “poor man’s castle” out of various objects he found from being a garbageman and things he took during his brief work at Hearst Castle.

Beer cans, abalone shells, car parts, and toilet seat covers are just some of the materials featured for the foundational work and decor of his palace. It’s a really special place for which he put his heart and soul into making and which has a rich history behind it.

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When you arrive to the property do not be alarmed to see a sign that reads “human waste at “#,” this just means the time that the next tour will take place, usually every hour on the hour. A $10 cash donation is asked per person for a tour and it’s well worth it with all of the amazing information you receive from the tour guide Mike, who is so obviously passionate about spreading the history of this man’s legacy. He’s an expert on the history of the house and about Art’s life.

Mike greets you at the door and shows you around each room of the house one by one from the kitchen to his “extra room” where Art frequented lady guests to his own bedroom which is hauntingly well put together.

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Feminine lady guest bedroom

He even shows a video (on a TV hooked up to a car battery, how resourceful) of Art from back when he was building the house.

Art died at the age of 96 in 1992, and in 1999 Michael and Stacey O’Malley became the owners of the property. It is amazing how much time, effort, and care Art put into building this house up from the ground and the O’Malleys’ passion for keeping the legacy of the landmark alive is incredible and apparent in the enthusiasm Mike shows in his tours of the house. Mike’s witty sense of humor made the tour extra enjoyable.

Art’s ashes are scattered around the redwood up outside by the court yard area and it definitely feels like you can sense his presence watching over you when you’re walking through the house, so just be respectful of what used to be his prided living space.

This was by far the most unique Central Coast experience I have gotten to enjoy so far and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for an activity off the beaten path on the Central Coast!

For more information, visit their website here:

http://nitwitridge.com/m.php?qrcode=4YA6B&qr4biz=1