Adelina’s Bistro at Monarch Dunes

One of our area’s favorite, world class chefs, Pandee Pearson, can be found plying her culinary skills at luxury resort hidden away on the “Mesa.” Lucky for us, most locals have no trouble taking the drive (since it’s kind of like going to Guadalupe) and her menu is “bistro” priced with an exotic flair.

Windows on the Water in Morro Bay drew tourists and locals in droves to sample Pandee’s artful creations during the years she was at the helm.

It’s no wonder anyone who’s ever tasted dishes by Pandee crave more. Her career kicked off at Napa’s famed Mustard Grill, then she helped open Eureka in LA with Wolfgang Puck and Rox in Beverley Hills with Hans Rockenwagner, later working at Granita in Malibu, and Restaurant Lulu in San Francisco before sailing down the coast to Windows on the Water.

In 2009, Pandee was written up in one of nation’s premier gourmet publication, Food Arts Magazine.

Adelina’s Bistro more of an inland adventure, perched atop the Nipomo Mesa at the luxurious Monarch Club at Trilogy Central Coast. And I suggest doing what I did when relatives were visiting from northern California; take a scenic drive down Highway 1 for a leisurely Sunday brunch at Adelina’s.

Adelinas bistro dining room

It’s hard to beat the tony resort setting and a fantastic brunch menu that ranges from $7.50 to $12. Of course, their wine list features a bevy of the Central Coast’s finest. Even their dinner menu is modestly priced: $17-$28!

And, no, Adelina is not Pandee’s mom’s name or anyone else’s living relative. The restaurant’s moniker pays tribute to Captain William Dana, considered the founder of Nipomo, whose beloved daughter was named Adelina.

Monarch Dunes Clubhouse

I’ve included a photo of the restaurant’s exterior since the geniuses at Trilogy seem to think,
“it doesn’t need no stinkin’ sign.”

1645 Trilogy Parkway
Nipomo, California, 93444


Spicy Chicken: Egg, Hash Brown, Avocado, Mozzarella, Salsa, Crème Fraiche $7.50

Chorizo: Egg, Hash Browns, Avocado, Mozzarella, Salsa, Crème Fraiche $7.50

Vegetarian: Eggs, Roasted Peppers, Avocado, Spinach, Salsa, Hash Browns, Mozzarella Cheese Crème Fraiche $7.50

Two Eggs (any style)
Hash Browns, Potato Cake or Biscuits & Gravy Peppered Bacon or Italian Sausages $10.00

Fried Egg Sandwich
Fontina Cheese, Avocado, Pesto, Sliced Sour Dough, Choice of Peppered Bacon or Sausage $11.00

House Made Brioche French Toast
Fresh Berries & Whipped Cream & Choice of Bacon or Sausage $9.00

Monarch Burger
100% Kobe Beef, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, Onion, Whole Wheat Bun, Aioli $12.00

Wild Mushroom Omelet
Mozzarella Cheese, Spinach, Fresh Herbs, Avocado, Potato Cake, Hash Browns or Biscuits & Gravy $10.00

Chicken Fried Steak
Two Eggs Cooked Your Way, Hash Browns, Potato Cake or Biscuits & Gravy $12.00

Italian Sausage Omelet
Tomatoes, Provolone Cheese, Avocado, Potato Cake, Hash Browns or Biscuits & Gravy $10.00

Roasted Turkey Sandwich
Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, Sprouts, Aioli, Provolone Cheese, Multi Grain Bread $10.00

Grilled Asparagus with Poached Egg
Crispy Rustic Bread, Prosciutto, Frisee & Arugula, Pesto $10.00

Traditional Eggs Benedict
Canadian bacon, Soft Poached Egg, Hollandaise, English Muffin, Potato Cake, Hash Browns or Biscuits & Gravy $12.00

Plus, a selection of Brick Oven Pizzas!

Contributed by Cliff Stepp, Marketing Manager for the Central Coast Urgent Care Medical Group. He can be reached at


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