We spent a week at the central coast of california, but since the suite had a fridge and microwave, we only ate out twice to save money.
Sebastian's General Store http://sebastiansgeneralstoreandcafe.com/
We'd been aware of this place for sometime, but it has been open and closed and reopened so many times, I wasn't aware it had been reopened until I read about it in Central Coast Magazine. This time they offered sandwiches and groceries including lots of assorted bottled sodas and beers.
We came at lunch time and there was a line out the door. Since there are only 3 people to take orders and cook, it took some time to get our food. To be fair this is their busiest season, and they are very friendly people who do everything they can to make you happy.
I had the much touted homemade meatloaf sandwich and a whoopie pie, made by a local baker.
The meatloaf itself was very good and a little different. It seemed to have a taco taste to it with red peppers and black olives. It was wrapped in very good bacon. It was on a huge toasted roll with romaine lettuce, some of the best tomatoes I've ever eaten, good smoked cheddar, mayo and mustard. I could NOT finish it in one serving.
The whoopie pie was very dense and not too sweet, with a creamy filling. I'd never had one before since I live on the west coast and don't get to the other side of the country much.
My eldest daughter had the BLT, with the same good lettuce and tomatoes and the plenty of the same bacon that the meatloaf was wrapped in, also on a large toasted roll.
My youngest had the classic grilled cheese with tomatoes and toasted sourdough.
I also bought a large homemade raspberry scone for breakfast which turned out to be very flaky and tasty.
Sandwiches run between 4 (classic grilled cheese)and 13.00 (for the housemade smoked salmon). They also sell huge salads, homemade cookies and scones.
When we went to Cayucos up the coast, we found a new cookie place called Brown Butter Cookie Company. http://brownbuttercookies.com/
The owner told me they'd only been in business for 7 months, quite the contrast from Sebastian's that has been open since the 1800's!
We sampled their signature cookie, the brown butter and sea salt original. It was small but packed with flavor. Very buttery, a little salty, not too sweet and similar to a soft shortbread. We also bought a chocolate variety that added a cocoa note to the original mix. We finished by buying a large peanut butter cookie that was good but standard.
The smaller cookies are 1 dollar apiece, the larger cookies (also in chocolate chip and oatmeal) are 2 dollars apiece. All the cookies are available in 1/2 dozen, dozen, and more.
They also sell homemade granola, and various varieties of sea salt.
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