Cambria (where I now live but I used to live in LA) is a very fun, sweet spot right on the way on Highway 1 - there are some excellent lunch spots, especially Robin's on Burton, which offers lots of local produce in an Asian/California fusion style with a pretty room and patio. Also have to recommend Sebastian's just up the road in San Simeon, although they are always very crowded and you need lots of time for that stop. But the food is excellent - very simple sandwiches, salads with top notch ingredients & generous portions. In Morro Bay, the local favorite is Taco Temple, with again, very large portions of locally sourced seafood & veggies, done with simplicity and excellence. This whole area is a bit on the undiscovered side, with over 25 miles of undeveloped coastline, seals and zebras from the Heart Castle. Great views!