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Get a Taste of San Luis Obispo

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.When a year-round weekly Farmers’ Market is a centerpiece of the local lifestyle, you know you’ve found a place that savors fresh culinary delights.

San Luis Obispo, or SLO as locals call it, serves up an impressive menu of dining choices for a town its size, from bustling eateries to intimate bistros, innovative international fusions to farm-fresh local ingredients.

The walkable downtown is bursting with restaurants in turn-of-the-century mercantile buildings, inviting you to stroll around and check out all the options, while an array of eateries outside the center core are just a few minutes away.

SLO’s mild, Mediterranean climate is ideal for outdoor dining, and the options don’t disappoint. Find a quiet courtyard for a romantic meal, dine creekside for instant ambiance, or snag a spot at a sidewalk table and watch the world go by around you.

Our proximity to Santa Maria makes SLO an ideal spot to sample some of the signature Santa Maria-style barbecue: flavorful tri-tip seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic, then grilled over red oak and served with pinquito beans, salsa and grilled bread. Just ask a local for their favorite barbecue joint.

For those who prefer the surf to the turf, the Pacific Ocean lies just a few miles away, making it easy to find fresh seafood. Or sample flavors from around the world with restaurants serving the finest cuisine from Mexico, Italy, Asia, Latin America and beyond.

SLO’s also got something of a coffee culture, with numerous cafes brewing up options from a plain old cup of joe to connoisseur concoctions employing pour-overs, siphon brewing and other innovative techniques.

Satisfy a sweet tooth with a stop at any of the local treat shops, offering artisan chocolates, hand-crafted ice creams, delectable donuts and Willy Wonka-level candy displays.

So, whether you’re looking for a light organic breakfast to kick-start your day, a casual meal on the go or a fine-dining experience to wind down the evening, you’ll find something to savor in San Luis Obispo.

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