Active locals and visitors are discovering fast food that’s also healthful from eateries located on city streets and area beaches. A number of small takeout restaurants have opened in the last year, serving flavor-packed dishes made with farm-fresh produce and sustainably sourced local ingredients, with price tags that won’t break the bank. A handful of tables are available if you’d like to dine on site, but most patrons prefer to savor their tasty meals and snacks—and SLO’s glorious summer weather—in a park, garden, or other scenic spot in the great outdoors. Here are a few top summer take-away picks.
Summer Mote and Sierra Mace, both 23, grew up in Morro Bay and have been hanging out together since before they were born. In March, they opened Goddess Goods, a tiny take-out café across from the Morro Bay Harbor, to provide fast, fresh and healthful made-to-order goodies for locals and tourists alike. All menu items are vegetarian; most are vegan and as local and organic as possible; gluten-free options are available on request. Pick up an espresso and baked goods and watch the otters play offshore. Or cool off after a bike ride to Morro Rock with fresh-pressed juices like the Melonjito (watermelon, lime, cucumber, mint), or a Just Peachy smoothie (banana, spinach, peaches, matcha, cinnamon, almond milk). You can also order a quinoa kale protein salad, hummus wrap, sun-dried almond burger and other sammies and salads, and buy locally made goods.
Open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., with plans to extend to 5 p.m. Phone orders are encouraged. 1124 Front St., Morro Bay, 805/225-5001, goddessgoodsmb.com.
This cozy, contemporary space, open for breakfast and lunch, is attached to the Granada Bistro in downtown SLO. Global flavors infuse the diverse menu items, which are designed to accommodate various dietary preferences, from gluten-free and vegan to paleo. In the morning, pick up a smoothie or an espresso, plus baked goods or bowls such as the Green Eggs and Grain, made with kale, arugula, avocado and farm fresh eggs. Lunch faves include the Nourish Bowl (red lentils, spinach, yams, chutney, quinoa and spicy sauce), Moroccan eggs, noodle salad with shrimp, and special soups, sandwiches and salads. Not a vegetarian? Add roasted and braised local meat options from the Carvery menu. Call in or order online for even speedier service.
Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1126 Morro St., San Luis Obispo, 805/548-8860, nourishslo.com.
This story was originally published in the 2018 summer issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.