This is a bit of a bittersweet post today. The bitter was saying goodbye to our lovely intern, Brooke, as she moves away from college life towards a beautiful Mediterranean holiday that ushers her into a new professional life in San Francisco.
The sweet is easy, we took her to the charming Ocean Grill in Avila Beach for a little farewell lunch and some ocean views!
You cannot beat the weather in Avila! While most of the Central Coast coastline can be utterly socked in with grey skies, Avila seems to always be cradled in a beautiful pocket of sunshine. The idyllic beaches are more than charming. In fact, we just got to witness an entire pod of grey whales playing, breaching, and feasting in the harbor. So amazing!
As dialed in as Avila is, the Ocean Grill meets it every step of the way. The ambiance is clean and coastal, giving you views for days while protecting you from too much breeze. And then there is the food! From wood fired pizzas to some gloriously executed Coastal favorites like Poki Tacos:
Ponzu Sriracha / Green Onion Salsa /Avocado Puree / Wakame /Apple Ginger Vinaigrette
and Crispy Calamari:
Coconut Chili Sauce / Cilantro Aioli / Grilled Lemon
I was pretty excited that all their wood fired pizzas had a gluten free option! Check out this gorgeous Caprese Pizza with heirloom tomatoes:
Mozzarella / Heirloom Tomato Confit / Basil / Tomato Sauce
Gluten free heaven!
We were also dying over the Thai Shrimp Lettuce Cups:
Cucumber / Tomato / Green Papaya / Red Onion / Strawberries / Thai Basil / Cilantro / Thai Style Vinaigrette / Sriracha Aioli
And Brooke was killing it with this amazing Shrimp Salad:
Mixed Greens / Cucumber / Heirloom Cherry Tomato / Avocado / Citrus Vinaigrette / Market Vegetables
All washed down with a beautiful bottle of Tangent Sauvignon Blanc for us proud SLOcals! Then it was time for presents! Sam and I could not resist getting her a cool beach cover-up for her holiday in Greece! JELLY!
I genuinely hope that you get a chance to treat yourself! A trip to Avila and a meal at Ocean Grill will have you smiling all day long!