For visitors and residents alike, “a must-do” when in downtown San Luis Obispo is a visit to Louisa’s Place for a nostalgic breakfast or lunch. Step inside the door to find yourself in few decades old classic diner with a horse shoe shaped counter and a hometown menu to match.
Voted “Best Breakfast” again this year, Louisa’s Place has been a longtime favorite of locals, visitors and Cal Poly and Cuesta students, as well as their families and friends since the doors opened in 1976. Louisa’s has been awarded “Best Salsa” and “Best Burger,” was the scene of a music video by Jesse McCarthy inside and a Kashi commercial outside and written about in magazines, visitors’ guides and newspapers.
Originally owned by Louise Webb, Edward and Christy Sweeny purchased Louisa’s upon her retirement in 1991. In 2003, Christy passed away and Scott Sweeny the son of Christy and Ed, took over ownership with his new wife, Kuuipo “K” Sweeny shortly after. The two have made a great team for the last 10 years and have preserved the title as one of SLO’s “Best.” Between them, they have four children. Many a holiday the family spent has spent time working in the restaurant together because Louisa’s is open 365 days a year. The 13 full and part time, employees now sign up for the holiday schedule and the overtime.
While prices have changed over the years, the menu hasn’t. Louisa’s offers budget meals all day.
“We have good sandwiches. We will work with any [food restrictions]. My husband goes above and beyond,” Kuuipo said. “Anything that we can do [to make customers happy].”
On the menu you will find other favorites like the Veggie Platter, the Endless bowl of chili, and South of the Border options. Soy chorizo is sometimes on special and garden patties are always available.
Every Thursday, Scott sets up outside for Farmers Market where Louisa’s offers barbecue tri-tip and chicken, veggie skewers, garlic bread with chili and barbecue corn “all year round.”
Louisa’s is open EVERY DAY, even holidays, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays 6 to 9 p.m.
Following in the footsteps of his mother, Scott and K share their good fortune with others by donating to local causes and giving extra food to the Prado Shelter.
For good food and great service visit Louisa’s Place at 964 Higuera St. in downtown San Luis Obispo. Learn more about Louisa’s at www.louisaplace.com or call 541-0227; for catering services, call 234-4419.