"It is more fun to talk to someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch.'" ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
I am a tough critic on Atascadero restaurants. I get fed up with them, and the town. It just seems that the only food establishments in that city are Thai, Mexican, and Fast Food. 13 Thai, 47 Mexican and every single fast food franchise known to man. While those numbers may be a slight exaggeration, that’s what it feels like. And any time a new or decent restaurant pops up, it seems they are overpriced, have poor quality and/or service, have the misfortune of being located in The Carlton (the business jinx), or aren’t able to stay in business for very long (usually because of one or more of the factors I just mentioned).
I say these things so you can get a gauge that when it comes to A-town dining, I’m not impressed. I would much rather go to Paso or SLO for dining out options, or even Templeton, than have to pick a restaurant to go to in Atascadero. (Usually if I do, it sounds like this: “I guuuuessss…Que Pasa???”).
And before you think me a snob, let me provide you with a quote from Duran Duran's lead singer, as he summarizes my feelings on snobbery quite well:
"I'm not a snob. Ask anybody. Well, anybody who matters" ~ Simon LeBon
However, all that said, and I don’t want to jinx it, but I kinda like Street Side Ale House! They are located at 6155 El Camino Real in probably the closest area you could describe as being in downtown Atascadero. The restaurant is owned by the same guys that own Guest House Grill, also in Atascadero (and also one of the seriously-less-than-handful of restaurants that are decent in that town).
When they first opened early last year, they were described as upscale pub grub and I would have to say that’s a fitting description for them. It is a pub style restaurant, with a large list of rotating beers on tap and specialty cocktails. While their prices are a bit on (what I would consider) the high side, they provide large portions (easily shareable) that are freshly made and with great flavor. The atmosphere has a bit of a sports bar feel to it, with their multitude of flat-screen TV’s mounted on the walls.
I came to Street Side on a Saturday afternoon with a group of friends. The staff was all very friendly and helpful, and we were all seated in a nice big booth. There were 5 of us, and we had plenty of room at the table.
We, of course, started out with some cocktails, wine, and the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers for an appetizer while we perused the menu.
Drinks of note were:
So far, the drinks were great, but we were having trouble deciding on what to order. Honestly, everything sounded good, and there was a large variety of options from burgers to mac & cheese, from salads to sandwiches.
We all ended up ordering a different selection of items, all of them quite tasty!!
Picante Raspberry Burger - $14 - my other friend ordered this burger and it was ENORMOUS!! It comes with your choice of side (fries, slaw, or salad). She said the burger was delicious, but maybe a bit heavy on the goat cheese. She did end up scraping a lot of it off, but the flavors of that, the jam, etc, were really good.
We ate too much food so we didn’t have room for dessert, but I’m sure they would’ve been just as good as everything else was. I am excited to come back and to try more cocktails and more food. I’d also like to bring my husband here; I think he would really enjoy their beer selection and beer flights.
For restaurant information and menu, click here - www.streetsidealehouse.com/
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