by Barber E. Lane
Lake Forest, California
November 13, 2002
The Apple Farm Restaurant features down-home cooking in an elegant casual setting. It is located in a separate building at the front of the property of the Apple Farm Inn. It's easy to get to, take the Monterey St. exit on Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo and it's on your left. Parking in their lot is ample, but it does become difficult on weekend mornings or Cal Poly University busy weekends (located several blocks from the Inn).
The decor of the restaurant is Victorian/Turn of the Century. As you check in for seating you are tempted by many wonderful home-baked pastries and the gift shop that contains everything under the sun relating to apples. You could do your entire Christmas shopping in this one location.
The dining rooms are dimly lit setting a tone for relaxed enjoyment. The front room is rectangular in shape and very ordinary in appearance, but the back room is magnificent. It has an octgonally shaped domed ceiling with Victorian styled fabrics and windows all around giving view to the beautiful gardens and trees outside. Each table has a small Tiffany-styled lamp. The ambiance beckons you to linger a while and catch up with family and friends.
The menu consists of all those homestyle things Grandma used to make such as: chicken and dumplings, pot pies, roast beef, prime rib, homemade soups, turkey and dressing, and seafoods. Having dessert here is a must - homemade apple pie, apple dumplings to die for, apple cobbler, apple strudel, etc. My mouth is watering as I write this.
You can spend a little if you go for dessert only or you can spend more if you opt for a full scale meal and dessert. We've been to this restaurant many times, it's a have-to when visiting San Luis Obispo, and have never had a bad meal. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you're looking for a special place to stay while in San Luis Obispo, SLO - and that's the feeling you get when you arrive - walk a few steps behind the restaurant and you are at the Apple Farm Inn. I only have one word for it - WONDERFUL!
From journal San Luis Obispo County Finds