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10th Street Grill was written up in The Tribune 'Local Flavors' section this past summer!
Years of Experience equals quality dining
Katy Budge - Local Flavors, August 4, 2004
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 local fishermen."

Indeed, the whole theme of the 10th Street Grill is decidedly more surf than turf, a them that reflects Dickinson himself.

"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.