|Chances are you won't
just stumble upon the front step of the 10th Street Grill. The cozy
restaurant is well tucked away in the back of a tiny mall in Los Osos,
but a lot of locals know that it's well worth tracking down. The 10th
street Grill is owned and operated by Jay Dickinson, a 20-year resident
of the Central Coast who got his start in the restaurant business
by "washing dishes at The Jetty." From there, he went on to log about
five years at McLintocks and 10-plus years at A.J. Spurs; over the
years, his on-the-job training included everything from bussing and
waiting tables to being a general manager.
Most people with such a resume hold long-harbored dreams of having
their own restaurant, but Dickinson admits that "for years I said
I never would, and then I got the bug. I told my wife, 'C'mon, it'll
be fun,' and it really is just downright fun. It's a lot of hard
work, but it's enjoyable and our staff has a really nice chemistry.
We take a lot of pride in what we do, and I think it shows."
Dickinson opened 10th Street Grill in January
2003, relying on his background to fill a culinary niche in the
community. Having "worked so many years in steak and seafood restaurants,
I wasn't about to open something I didn't know, and it's really
the only place in town where can get steak and seafood fare."
At the 10th Street Grill, beef lovers can
delight in top sirloins, New Yorks, filet mignons and---on weekends---the
restaurant's signature prime rib. Fish fanatics can savor shrimp
scampi, bacon-wrapped scallops, grilled calamari, and fish and chips.
We have great fish specials every night feature fresh, local seafood,"
Dickinson said. "I really try to support the local economy and the
Indeed, the whole theme of the 10th Street
Grill is decidedly more surf than turf, a them that reflects Dickinson
"This is my style,' he said. "I love the
beach---I even proposed to my wife at Montana de Oro ---and that'
why we chose Los Osos for the restaurant. People
are so friendly out here, and we want to give them a casual place
with really good food where you can wear either shorts and a sweatshirt,
or slacks and a tie and feel comfortable." 10th Street Grill is
located at 2011 10th Street in Los Osos, and is open for dinner
from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Early
Bird and children's menus are also available. For reservations or
more information about the menu, catering, or special events, call
528-2011, or log onto www.10thstreetgrill.com.