Why We Went: My daughter Taylor and I were visiting San Luis Obispo and since Big Sky Cafe seemed to be “the” foodie hotspot, we gave it a try. The restaurant is casual and welcoming, while being incredibly artsy and fun. Bonus, they use local farmers.
What We Had: Taylor always opts for a traditional meal so she chose scrambled eggs, chocolate chip buttermilk pancakes, and bacon. I, on the other hand, love to try more exotic choices so I had the Devil’s Mess, an egg dish with sautéed onions, mushrooms, spinach, spicy pork andouille sausage, and chilies. Although they warn diners that this dish is spicy, I found it rather mild. The Devil’s Mess is served with herbed new potatoes or fresh fruit.
Something Special: Big Sky Cafe’s choice of breads are both unusual and made from scratch: killer cornbread, buttermilk ginger coffee cake, or toast. I tried them all and yep, as you figured, they are all fabulous.
Noteworthy: Big Sky Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, plus offers health conscious choices and fresh market cuisine.
Best Part of the Meal: I was really torn between the Devil’s Mess and the Traditional New Mexican Pozole so the kind waitress just brought me both. The pozole was (eyes rolling back in my head) over the top wonderful! Such a lovely combination of a spicy hominy stew with peppers, tomatillos, cumin, pumpkin seeds, and cilantro topped with a poached egg and cornbread with queso fresco. The flavors worked so well together and it was spicy/sweet/memorable all at one time. You may choose either seared pork (which I did) or a vegetarian version. Definitely one of the most clever dishes I have ever had and it was a copy cat recipe from Chicago Mexican Guru Chef Rick Bayless modified with their imagination. I appreciated how honest they were in telling how the recipe was derived.
Bonus: The cafe exhibits local artists galleries and rotates the collections often.
What Needs Improvement: I cannot think of a single thing! I wish they had one in Florida. I would have loved to try their lunch and tagine dinners.
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 9 1/2
Big Sky Cafe
1121 Broad Street (1 block from Mission Plaza)
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401