When you visit San Luis Obispo (SLO), finding things to do won’t be a problem. This part of California is blessed with year-round sunny weather, beautiful natural scenery, and a family-friendly atmosphere packed with local amenities and attractions. In terms of cuisine, you can find plenty of diversity, thanks to the multicultural heritage of the region.
The development of San Luis Obispo dates back to the 18th century and the rise of the Spanish missions, when monks and conquistadors had to replace some ingredients in their European recipes with local produce. SLO cuisine later acquired Mexican flavor by virtue of Mexico’s independence from Spain, which prompted the arrival of Portuguese merchants and Asian miners in search of gold. Shortly after the designation of SLO as an American Viticultural Area in the mid-1980s, a gourmet tradition set in, and it continues to flourish.
When you’re ready for breakfast or brunch in SLO, here are a few spots you may want to visit, recommended by the people who know the city best, the friendly staff at Sands Inn & Suites, a AAA Three-Diamond hotel. San Luis Obispo visitors return to our hotel again and again to enjoy our comfortable accommodations, friendly atmosphere, and idyllic location within walking distance of California Polytechnic University and downtown San Luis Obispo.
Omelets and other egg dishes are the highlights of this farm-to-table restaurant, which is located not far from Mission Plaza in the downtown district. The eggs are sourced from California Polytechnic University, where students learn organic poultry farming, and fresh vegetables are provided by Southern California farmers. The menu features many vegan dishes.
At this wholesome cafe, breakfast is lovingly made with local seasonal ingredients. The baked goods come right out of the oven, and every dish has a gourmet touch. For example, the BLT breakfast sandwich is made with sweetened peppery bacon, Swiss cheese, rosemary sourdough bread, and tomato jam. Sally Loo’s is close to the historic district in SLO.
This eatery is legendary among Cal Poly students who enjoy being served generous portions. Breakfast Buzz is known for its breakfast burritos as well as its rewards program, which lets you score side dishes for free through the Pocket Points smartphone app. If you’re interested in Sunday brunch, you may want to arrive early because the place tends to get packed around 11 a.m.
This cafe is one of the few places in SLO offering authentic Cajun cuisine, and you’re guaranteed to enjoy breakfast at this charming restaurant. Make sure to order the pain perdu, which happens to be the original French toast recipe. If you enjoy spicy breakfast dishes, this is where you want to start your day. The Bon Temps Creole Cafe is located at 1819 Osos Street.
The Southern California vibe is strong at this vegetarian and organic bistro, which locals know for its delicious chilled carrot cake. If you want to get a table by the gorgeous koi pond in the garden dining area, you’ll have to get there early.
No matter what kind of cuisine you prefer, you’re sure to find a restaurant that suits your tastes perfectly in San Luis Obispo. If you’re planning to stay in the city and want the perfect destination for a family vacation or a relaxing getaway, reserve a room at Sands Inn & Suites. At our hotel, SLO visitors will find all the amenities they need for a comfortable stay. To reserve your room or learn more about our amenities, which include microwaves, refrigerators, flat-screen TVs with digital cable, and complimentary high-speed WiFi, call us today at (800) 441-4657.