Willow Bar and Grill in Nipomo is a great place to stop for a bite to eat and some local culture. The restaurant and market are about 2 miles off of the 101, so it’s an easy stop when you’re traveling along California’s Central Coast. This was my first time in Nipomo and I loved taking a break at Willow before heading back down to Southern California.
Willow is a restaurant, bar and market all in one. The market has an extensive selection of local wine, craft beer and gourmet foods. These are exactly the type of things that I like to purchase as souvenirs when I travel. Many guests like to select a special bottle of wine to enjoy with their meal.
Brussels Sprouts are a food that I love and eat at least once a week. When I’m out and know I’m going to photograph my food, I often avoid ordering sprouts since they aren’t as attractive as other vegetables. I’m really glad I ordered the Fried Brussels salad at Willow, because it was fantastic.
The fried Brussel Sprouts were topped with a fried egg, pine nuts, pickled onions and a sesame ginger dressing. The dish normally includes pork belly, but they were able to leave off the meat for me. The salad was great and very filling. I was hoping to have room for one of their desserts, but that didn’t happen.
The food and service were good at Willow. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming. There was a mix of locals and out of towners when I was there. I’m sure there are other good things on the menu, but I’d be happy to order the same salad again the next time I visit.
1050 Willow Road
Nipomo, CA 93444