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Cayucos Summer Oranges

I read this thread and went and bought a bag at Spencer's, and they were awful. Dry, and sour.

Oct 21, 2011
stan D in California

SF to San Luis Obispo eats

I agree with all the comments about Hwy 1. It'll take longer than expected, and I would also recommend going south to north. Lots of places. For lunch: Taco Temple in Morro Bay, Main Street Grill in Cambria for their tri-tip sandwich. Best though, is Sebastian's in the old San Simeon settlement....across the road from the Hearst Castle entrance....not the motel strip.

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Taco Temple
2680 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442

Main Street Grill
603 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

Oct 21, 2011
stan D in California

Paso Robles Far Out Wineries

I recommend Minassian-Young. Very good wines, especially the Zins, and David is a very knowledgeable , and personable winemaker. Also, Opolo, their 2009 Mountain Zin is outstanding.

Oct 21, 2011
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Phil's Fish Market. Is it worth a trip?

Now past Father's Day. Did you go to Phil's? I would have said, not worth making a special trip.

Jun 21, 2011
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Looking for Santa Cruz affordable seafood for lunch.

Aldo's is not that far from the boardwalk....across the river on path on the railroad trestle, and then down Murray St. for about 4 longish blocks to the harbour, down the stairs and out toward the jetty....can't miss it. A nice walk on a nice day, and you go right past Betty's Burgers, and the Seabright Brewery which offer alternatives, or refreshment on the way back...

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Seabright Brewery
519 Seabright Ave Ste 107, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Jun 09, 2011
stan D in California

SLO Farmer's Market - Best beef ribs?

I was just down there. The smaller one was alright. Old Country Deli was my favorite, but alas.....

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Old Country Deli
600 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Jun 09, 2011
stan D in California

It's a lot to ask but please help me plan my first ever trip to California LA to SF

Definitely the Thurs nite mkt in San Luis if you can make it.

Harada's in Morro Bay for sushi -- expensive, but the best sushi on the West Coast.

If you're in Cambria for the evening, I'd say The Sea Chest. Just fish, and simply, but well prepared in front of you (if you get counter-seats).--they take cash only. Sebastian's is good for lunch, but closed on Mon/Tues. Might try the tri-tip sandwich at the Main Street Grill in Cambria.

Santa Cruz...Best carnitas tacos at any of the three or four Taco Vallerta's.-- Great prices also.
Linda's on Seabright for breakfast. Seabright Brewery for pub food. Crepe Place is good for late nite hunger. Mediterranean/Persian food at Zameen's (uses fresh local ingredients).

SF.. Should do the Saturday Market at the Ferry Bldg.

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Main Street Grill
603 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

Seabright Brewery
519 Seabright Ave Ste 107, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Ave Ste Frnt, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

May 15, 2011
stan D in California

Food Finds, CA from OR border to Monterey, off I-5 and I-101

If you get that far, go on up to Jack's Grill in Redding. Great steaks, and an ambiance you don't find much anymore.

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Jack's Grill
1743 California St, Redding, CA 96001

Apr 12, 2011
stan D in California

Unpretentious Paso Robles Wineries?

I'd say Minassian-Young, best fits your requirements. Terrific wines. Knowledgeable people in the tasting room....usually the owner or his wife. Always coming up with new surprises. And a very unpretentious setting.

Then Nadeau across the road. Zin Alley for a great Zin.

I also like Opolo. Had some great Zins from them.

Mar 22, 2011
stan D in California

Oyster stops along the Central Coast?

I live in British Columbia, and because of the many oyster farms up here, know what you're looking for. You won't find it except maybe a shade of the real thing with Morro Bay Oyster......Last time I was in the area (recently), the Aptos folks were getting theirs from Tomales Bay. Pier 46 has good seafood but they are just a retail store as are the other places mentioned. All are very expensive. BUT, if you find something, please post it....

Mar 20, 2011
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Where should a couple of moms & their teens eat the night before our visit to UCSB?

We liked Cafe Luck on Cota St. in the downtown area. Had two very good meals there.

Feb 03, 2011
stan D in California

Coming to SAC and driving North

If your're in Redding for dinner, I would recommend Jack's Grill for their steaks. You won't find a more authentic steak house (from the 1930's) anywhere. Not much to look at, but a great place to eat.

In Shasta we've gotten really good sandwiches at Chris and Delia's on Mt. Shasta Blvd. The coffee place across the road and down a bit (Seven Suns) has good coffee and snacks.

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Jack's Grill
1743 California St, Redding, CA 96001

Feb 03, 2011
stan D in California

Sausages????

Who (what company/market/ individual) between Santa Cruz and Paso Robles makes the best sausages. I know Corralitas, but what else is there?

Feb 03, 2011
stan D in California

Where to eat in Redlands, CA

I was just in Redlands working, and a local recommended The Tartan Grill in the downtown area. She said the burgers were great, and they were. Other things people were having looked good too. Looks like a dumpy bar on the outside (dark,no windows), but don't let that stop you. Its fine inside.

Just next to them is Jake's Coffee. Very,very good coffee.

Feb 03, 2011
stan D in California

Traveling from PDX to Del Mar, California-looking for diners I must stop at at or near I-5

Thanks for that rec for Gold Rush in Yreka. And I agree on the Morning Glory weekends. Worth the stop any other time, though.

Jan 14, 2011
stan D in California

Traveling from PDX to Del Mar, California-looking for diners I must stop at at or near I-5

Here are a few:
1) The Morning Glory in Ashland. Breakfast and Lunch. Easy to get to from 5. Take Exit 14, go West to Siskiyou Blvd, right turn go less than 1/4 mile, and its a house just adjacent to a Subway.
2) Jack's Grill in Redding. Old steakhouse (started in 1936, and not changed). Funky and old, but excellent food, and a good bar. Its on California Street. Definitely worth the stop.
3) Wool Grower's in Los Banos. Classic old Basque style...609 H Street, Los Banos
4) Wolfson's Meat in Gustine, CA A short drive off I-5, but worth it for lunch (They make great sausage sandwiches.
Lesser places, but still worth knowing about. Burgerville, USA Several in the NW but the one we stop at is in Albany, OR. about a mile to the West at exit 233. Looks like fast food burger joint, but they will make things that are grown locally in season. (for ex. fried local asparagus in the spring. cobbler with local berries in the summer )
Then at same exit, but just across to the east to first light, and then right down about 1/3 mile to Allann Bros. coffee. Area coffee roaster....makes the best coffee on I-5.

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Wool Growers Restaurant
609 H St, Los Banos, CA 93635

Jack's Grill
1743 California St, Redding, CA 96001

Jan 09, 2011
stan D in California

Seafood Restaurants Santa Cruz

I recommend Hawg's Seafood Bar on Mission St. We've had two excellent meals there.

Dec 16, 2010
stan D in California

Paso Robles

Il Cortile is a terrific restaurant. Italian, near the center of town.

Oct 12, 2010
stan D in California

doubling up on tortillas on fish tacos

It definitely has to do with keeping the taco together. In the perfect taco, the amount of filling just balances the thickness of the two tortillas.

Oct 12, 2010
stan D in California

Basque Restaurants, where are they?

I agree on 10th St. Bistro. Two different nights about 10 months apart, and it was exactly the same menu, but not prepared as well the second time. The Mexican place next door is a winner, mainly for the tamales. They only make a certain number every day, and if you are later than about noon, you can miss them. --- Though, they might make a second batch later in the day. Best to get their phone number when you go thru, and if you like the tamales, order on the phone, next time.

Aug 28, 2010
stan D in California

Need some restaurant recs. near San Simeon...

Tell us.

Aug 28, 2010
stan D in California

Food Shopping in Cambria

There is the French Bakery right in town for bread and baked goods. A couple of doors down is Soto's Mkt. They have Hearst Ranch beef....natural beef, no grain or chemicals. If you are there on Friday afternoon there is a farmer's market from 2 to 5. Cookie Crock has the usual stuff. On Sat and Sun from noon to four you can buy oysters on the dock in Morro Bay, though this time of year they are probably in spawning condition which makes them sort of unpalatable, but some like them. Otherwise, I would say Giovanni's in morro bay is the place you want for sea food.

Aug 13, 2010
stan D in California

Lunch in Shasta?

There is a small deli/market at 800 So. Mt. Shasta Blvd that makes very good sandwiches. I think its called Chris and Delia's?? Easy to find anyway.

Just south of them, next to Lily's is Seven Suns coffee. Very good coffee. Makes for a quick stop on the way thru town.

Aug 13, 2010
stan D in California

up the 101 to santa cruz

Your're right it is14th. I was mentally counting from the square, and went the wrong way..

Aug 13, 2010
stan D in California

up the 101 to santa cruz

For breakfast, you might try Hoover's Beef Palace in Templeton. Northmost exit, go around to the right, and look for it on the left.

Mexican restaurant in San Miguel. Just off the 10th St. exit across from the gas station. Very good tamales.

Another good Mexican restaurant on Spring St, in Paso Robles near 10th or 11th St. (next to the old, boarded up theatre. Good food, breakfast or lunch.

Castroville: Central Texas BBQ on the main street.

Aptos. There is a fairly new pizza/bbq place on the Frontage road between the Freedom, and Rio del Mar exits. Only had the bbq there (best in SC), but the pizzas look very good.

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Hoover's Beef Palace Restaurant
401 N Main St, Templeton, CA 93465

Aug 12, 2010
stan D in California

Need some restaurant recs. near San Simeon...

The one thing about the Sea Chest that I've not found anywhere else, is that they have a dedicated place where you can wait, stocked with reading material, games (backgammon, cards), and where you can order a glass of wine or beer. My wife and I have even passed up a table because we were in the middle of a game.

I think the food makes the wait worth it.

I agree on Harada's. Its the food, not the flash here.

Aug 07, 2010
stan D in California

Need some restaurant recs. near San Simeon...

I would suggest the Sea Chest on Moonstone Dr. in Cambria. No reservations, cash only. Sea food only, simply prepared, but always good.

The other place would be Harada's on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay. I think it is the best sushi bar on the coast. Not cheap, but you will get the best quality, and some things you don't usually find.

Aug 06, 2010
stan D in California

A week of vacation with the family in Santa Cruz - three squares a day and Chow-worthy?

Hard to find better ethnic than in LA, but you can try Tacos Vallarta (one on 41st Ave, another on Soquel next to Shopper's Corner Mkt.). I eat there 3 or 4 times a week when I'm in town. Excellent carnitas tacos. You won't be disappointed.

Try Zameen's on Soquel east of Cabrillo College-- decent middle eastern food.

next to Zameen's is Heather's Patisserie...Good morning stop.....very good baked goods...

Panda in the Rio Del Mar shopping center for Chinese.

Linda's on Seabright near Seabright Brewery for breakfast, but go early, or go midweek.

A good traditional breakfast; eggs, bacon, crispy, real, hashbrowns, is at Jefferies (Soquel and Capitola Road). --

Enjoy.

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Vallarta Restaurant
563 W Ventura St, Fillmore, CA 93015

Seabright Brewery
519 Seabright Ave Ste 107, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Aug 06, 2010
stan D in California

Late breakfast/early lunch between SF and Redding

Forget Cattlemen's in Redding. Its ok, but a much better place is Jack's Grill on California St. in downtown Redding. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but great steaks inside. Started in 1938, and little changed.

Also, the one time we tried the Black Bear we had the lousy potato experience that someone here referred to. Found out that their mashed potatos came out of a box of dehydrated spuds.

Aug 04, 2010
stan D in California

Going to Redding on I-5 from San Francisco?

If you have kids with you, and looking for inexpensive, but good, the place to stop is Bartel's Burgers.

Just to the west at the north exit in Corning. Good burgers, fries, milkshakes.

Aug 02, 2010
stan D in California