Whether youre craving pancakes at midnight or a Philly cheesesteak at 8 in the morning, Enzos East Coast Eatery in downtown San Luis Obispo will serve it right up.
Owned by New York state transplant Sean Croce and SLO County native Steve Teixeira, the restaurant opened its doors March 4 and they havent closed since.
Enzos is a 24-hour operation, offering every item on its extensive menu at any time of day. (The much smaller Enzos in Pismo has a more limited menu and hours.)
"Everyone has different schedules, so we thought it would be a good thing to provide for the community, said Croce of the decision to be open around the clock. In New York, you can get a good meal at all hours, whether you come out of a late movie or work graveyard shifts.
So far the concept seems to be working, with the expected patrons coming in at mealtimes, followed by the bar crowds, then all the employees come in when they get off work, then its time to start prepping for breakfast and do it all again, noted Croce.
Though Croce has spent almost 30 years in the restaurant business, including as setup person for the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurants, this is Teixeiras first experience in the industry. However, he brings a unique contribution to the table. His family has been a part of the Central Coast for five generations; some branched out into ranching, so its the Teixeira familys beef thats served to customers of Enzos.
These cattle grow up on the same ranch they were born on, said Teixeira. Theyre forage-fed, free of hormones, and their meat isnt getting mixed up with any other herds. Its all fresh, never frozen, and when were out, were out. (Other cuts of meat such as steaks may also be available to buy and grill at home, and Enzos is the Teixeiras only retail beef outlet.)
Given the local cattle connection and the East Coast theme, meat definitely features prominently in the Enzos menu.
There are some vegetarian options, such as a Caesar salad and even several vegan pizzas that are becoming increasingly popular. However, this is the place you go for food like a half-pound grass-fed burger, spaghetti with meatballs, fried chicken, a hot dog, or a slice of New York-style pepperoni pizza.
If youre still hungry, top it off with a freshly baked house-made cookie or a scoop of Thrifty brand ice cream.
The breakfast menu does offer oatmeal, but from there it dives headlong into dishes such as chicken and waffles, French toast, and even a breakfast pizza with ham, eggs and bacon that serves at least four people.
The pancakes are made from scratch, and include maple bacon cakes, sausage pancakes and the indulgent Enzos sausage and bananas grilled into a pancake topped with whipped cream, pecans, powdered sugar and maple syrup.
Be sure to take serious note of that XXL listed by those items the pancakes are so big theyre served on pizza tins.
We want to offer big portions of comfort food, made with quality ingredients, said Croce.
Teixeira added, We buy as much locally as much as possible obviously the meat, but also veggies, bread and all local wines. Thats really important to us because we live in this community.
We also want every guest to leave totally satisfied, said Croce. Maybe we cant always make that happen, but we certainly want the opportunity, so we hope people come and talk to us.