The Sow’s Ear is part of a decade long restaurant renaissance in the quiet Central Coast town of Cambria, a great long-weekend getaway for Los Angeles residents.
At the run of the century, Cambria dining pretty much meant the Sea Chest, recommended elsewhere on this web site. Everything else came down to “what should we settle for.” And when it came to the most ordinary of the ordinary, The Sow’s Ear won the prize.
New owners took over The Sow’s Ear in 2001 and transformed the menu. The ample offering of comfort foods survives – chicken with dumplings, Shepherd’s pie, pot roast.
What’s changed is that beef no longer dominates. A few steaks and chops are still on offer. But now there is a substantial selection of fish and seafood dishes on both the appetizer and entrée menus. For instance, there’s a Fisherman’s Stew cooked in a Vermouth sauce and tossed with pasta, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese. Lobster pot pie includes mushrooms, peas and shallots and is topped with a puff pastry. That the halibut on offer is Alaskan and not Californian speaks volumes about the commitment to quality.
The Sow’s Ear is located in the heart of the East Village of Cambria.