Truthfully, our main reason for going up to the Farmer's Market in San Luis Obispo last night was to eat dinner. When we stay here at the Pismo Coast Village, we always make one trip to the Market to eat at one of the BBQ stands. We always select the F.McLintock's BBQ restaurant as our choice. One we parked the car in the parking garage at Morro and Palm Streets and walked out on the sidewalk, we could already smell the wonderful aroma of BBQ sauce in the air. We were still 2 short blocks away from the food!
We first came to the San Luis Farmer's Market back in 1995 with Bruce's family, Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Fred. They lived in Santa Maria and introduced us to the market fun on our trip to visit them. At that time, we ate indoors at a Mexican restaurant. Now, we do as most of the locals do and we eat outdoors on the street.
There are many choices besides our favorite. There is another BBQ restaurant, Chinese food, a couple of burrito trucks, a place that serves meatball sandwiches, and a few more. We just go to McLintock's. The market does not open any booth or street restaurant until exactly 6 pm. The people that want McLintock's begin lining up about 20 to 30 minutes prior to opening. The line looks so long, but once they open, it moves along very quickly.
When the signal is given to open the "restaurant", all of the McLintock's workers remove their caps, place them over their heart and sing "America the Beautiful" very loudly. This is a crowd pleaser and we all know we are about to be fed.
They haul out these huge BBQ grill pits and you can see slabs of ribs, ka-bobs, and pork munchies cooking their way to perfection. The cooking crew really knows their stuff!
Bruce and I ordered the 3-piece combo, which included 1 meaty beef rib, a Tri-Tip beef ka-bob, and a pork munchie. What is a pork munchie? Well, it's like a big rib is the best way to describe it. We did not order any side items....we just wanted the BBQ meat. It was so juicy and wonderful. Once we paid for our meal, we grabbed a spot on the curb along with the other "diners" enjoying their own BBQ choices. This time of year we saw no table available for eating your meal. I do remember when we were here in September 2008, there were a very few tables and chairs at the intersection. There were no seats available at that time, and we just grabbed a spot on the curb then too.
I took a quick pic of Bruce before he dug into his meat combo meal. There is a full service F. McLintock's restaurant right here in Pismo Beach. It is just a couple of miles north of the downtown area, but on the east side of Highway 101 right by the Pismo City Hall. The food is fabuous and you get plenty. Oh....you eat indoors at real tables in this restaurant!
Once we'd eaten our meal, we wandered around the market place before going back to retrieve our car in the parking garage. It only cost us 75 cents to park there last night. It was a fun evening and a great meal. We will come back again next fall when we return for several more weeks here on the central coast.
Until next time.....so long for now!