With a stay at Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge in Pismo Beach, you'll be convenient to Pismo Beach Pier and North Beach Campground. This hotel is within close proximity of Pismo Beach Prime Outlets and Monarch Butterfly Grove.
Make yourself at home in one of the 100 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Rooms have private patios where you can take in partial ocean and pool views. 37-inch LCD televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and an outdoor tennis court.
A complimentary breakfast is included.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Free parking is available onsite.
Where do foodies go grocery shopping in Grover Beach? You won't be surprised to learn the answer is Willy's Market.
From classic sandwiches to signature creations, the sandwiches at Willy's Market are sure to make your stomach happy.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Willy's Market has all of your pasta necessities.
When you're looking for a caffeine fix, Willy's Market has the best coffee and tea to get you going.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
When you need some essential proteins, you'll definitely be covered with the great meat selection here.
Tired of the same old recipes? Pick up some seasonings and spices from here and try out a brand new and creative recipe.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Planning your meals for the week? Don't forget to pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Willy's Market.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Find all of your deli favorites, such as sandwich meat and cheese, at Willy's Market and plan your lunches for the week.
Feeling hungry? Pick up some frozen food from here and enjoy a night snacking on all of your favorite items.
For cool, refreshing H20, Willy's Market's got you covered.
Fill up your kitchen pantry with some tasty canned goods from here and always have a quick meal available.
A frozen meal is just what you want when chopping, dicing, sauteing, and slicing isn't in the cards.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Willy's Market.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
If you're curious about the various types of vinegar and oil the world has to offer, stop by here and discover a new blend.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Willy's Market? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
With nearby space available, you won't need to worry about parking when you come to Willy's Market.
Willy's Market offers safe bike parking outside.
So remember, when you pick up your groceries from Willy's Market in Grover Beach, you're investing in the best quality and freshness.
Whether you're planning a barbecue or a holiday dinner, Debu of Pismo Beach in Pismo Beach has all of your needed grocery items.
Not only is fish great for your heart, but it also packs a punch in the flavor department, so get to grilling!
You'll find a wide variety of canned food, among other necessities here.
Here you can find a wide range of meats, such as chicken and beef, at a price you just can't pass up.
The frozen food here tastes so good, you'll forget it came from the microwave!
Find a large array of bold and flavorful coffees and teas at Debu of Pismo Beach and sip your way through tasty goodness.
All your favorite cereals are stocked on the shelves here.
This store has all the supplies you need to make a scrumptious dessert when your tastebuds are calling.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Debu of Pismo Beach has all of your pasta necessities.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Debu of Pismo Beach will be tasty no matter what.
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Craft a flavorful meal with some of their gourmet seasonings and spices.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
Even the simplest recipes call for oil and vinegar, so make sure you have plenty to go around.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Debu of Pismo Beach and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
You'll be able to save time with any of the TV dinners available here. Five minutes is all that's stopping you from total relaxation with these delicious meals.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
If you are concerned about parking, you shouldn't be. There are plenty of parking options in the area.
So when hunger pains strike, get everything on your grocery list at Debu of Pismo Beach.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Paisano's Pizza and Pasta's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
It's pizza (and pasta) time! Find an endless selection of the foods you crave, and have fun eating your way through this Italian menu.
For innovative meals that are healthy and low-fat, head to Paisano's Pizza and Pasta.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Paisano's Pizza and Pasta.
Enjoy mind-blowing dishes in the peace and quiet of your own home with delivery or takeout from Paisano's Pizza and Pasta.
Catering services are also available.
Paisano's Pizza and Pasta has easy parking nearby for diners who wish to drive.
Paisano's Pizza and Pasta is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Paisano's Pizza and Pasta's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Paisano's Pizza and Pasta.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Paisano's Pizza and Pasta. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
So head over to Paisano's Pizza and Pasta, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
Next time you're looking to indulge in America's favorite dish, call the team at Paisano's Pizza and Pasta to help you out.
California cuisine is prepared to perfection at Pismo Beach's Lido Restaurant.
Guess what? Lido Restaurant serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Lido Restaurant is ready to make any occasion a special one with a great space and thoughtful food.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Lido Restaurant.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Lido Restaurant, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Four-legged friends are welcome at the restaurant.
Leave the suit and tie at home — Lido Restaurant is business casual all the way.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Lido Restaurant cater for you.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Skip the stress of street parking and park in a lot or garage near Lido Restaurant.
Meals at Lido Restaurant are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
So come taste the delicious flavors of traditional California-style food at Lido Restaurant.
When you're looking for a grocery store in Pismo Beach, Spyglass Liquor and Deli presents the perfect option to keep your kitchen well-stocked with the food that will keep your energy up.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Make your own salad dressing in a snap! Oil and vinegar are essential components for a number of common creations, so make sure these guys always have a place in your kitchen.
Create your own cocktails at home when you purchase some spirits and liquors from Spyglass Liquor and Deli.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
When you're a busy parent on the go, shopping at Spyglass Liquor and Deli for some canned food might be the perfect way to save you hours a week.
You'll want to taste the exquisite meats available at this location.
Looking to spice things up? Choose from their wide selection of seasonings and flavorful spices.
With the many parking choices near Spyglass Liquor and Deli, finding parking within walking distance is a breeze.
When it comes to preparing food for your family, don't settle for anything less than the best. Check out Spyglass Liquor and Deli in Pismo Beach today.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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