For a taste of locally sourced, wood-fired cuisine in a clean and gorgeous barn-like setting (made mostly of reclaimed wood), head to Ember in Arroyo Grande. For his menu of Italian-inspired California cuisine, Chef/Owner Brian Collins utilizes simple ingredients that are meticulously prepared and beautifully presented — think flavorful, seasonal salads, wood-fired steaks, hand-cut pastas, and unexpected takes on classic desserts.
The menu is uber seasonal, so you’ll always find something new to try, like the Burrata Levain with blood orange and snap peas on grilled walnut bread, or the Dungeness Crab Spaghetti with lime, jalapeno, and crab butter. Mmmm.
Photo courtesy of Ember Restaurant