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Central coast seafood. Santa Barbara to Paso Robles on a budget.

They need to update their listings. We've had some great meals at the Ocean Grill. Cross the street from Joe Momma's with a nice view of the water.

Apr 20, 2015
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Road trip up 5 into Oregon

Do a search on this board for Williams, Willows, Chico, Redding, Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta (city), Yreka.

Apr 06, 2015
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Rival oak bottle enters wine market

Then there's the dilemma that once emptied do you stick a plastic flower in it or use it as kindling?

Mar 30, 2015
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Big Sur Bakery - Any reviews or opinions?

Thanks much, can't wait to try it. Great information on your blog BTW, will be sharing the link with friends that have dietary issues.

Cheers,

Dave

Mar 22, 2015
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Big Sur Bakery - Any reviews or opinions?

Care to swap recipes? I can't make myself buy packaged granola anymore, nothing against the BSB, we love the place. Email me via profile if interested.

Cheers,

Dave

Mar 16, 2015
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Monterey / Pacific Grove / Carmel - Solo Dining Rec's ?

Hit 1833 for a drink and tour of the place if nothing else. Hearing about a new chef makes me more intriqued about dinner.

Mar 16, 2015
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WSJ: 6 Great Small Cities for Food Lovers (Sacramento)

Like Melanie, would like more 4K11 from the local hounds. I've kept CH notes on Sacto for the past 12 years, Kru is the only one that I've put on my must try list, The Kitchen has been there some time but the opportunity hasn't arisen, but an inclined to go with the OP's alternatives given feedback over the past few years.. I have The Porch in a list from one hound's recos but with no other info to make me bump it up given my limited dining time in the capitol.

Mar 16, 2015
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Best tacos along Hwy 99?

Correction to the location of Don Pepe's in Fresno above. Should be southeast corner of Blackstone and Gettysburg.

Mar 01, 2015
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Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

You should have also tried the world famouse SF tap water.

Restaurants in Santa Barbara / Santa Ynez / Paso

Makes sense, given the price of their cookies, even though they are pretty damn good.

Feb 12, 2015
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Restaurants in Santa Barbara / Santa Ynez / Paso

RE Cayucos, Ruddels is a tiny fish smokehouse/deli, mainly take out, couple of tables on the sidewalk. Only two decent places have closed (Hoppe's and Cass House). We're here now and it's pretty dismal, Windows on the Water in Morro Bay is the closest upscale place.

Feb 10, 2015
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Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

Thanks soupcon, was beginning to wonder if this was still a food forum.

sadoequinonecrophilia

Why does so little of great German wine, besides Reisling, make it to the USA?

I did find a bottle of Lemberger a couple of years ago up in WA, iirc, aber schade nichts aus Deustschland.

Jan 29, 2015
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Highway 1

Great link and pics, thanks Rhonely

Jan 28, 2015
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Avoid Burger Inn on K St Sacramento

Maybe because you're replying to a post that's over 8 years old?

Jan 27, 2015
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Highway 1

Melanie is correct, the 90 miles or so between Carmel and Cambria is about a 3 hour drive with clear sailing before adding in scenic/traffic stops. As Mike says below, Cambria is a nice spot to take a break from the road, cruise the East and West Villages, visit the Hearst Castle in San Simeon just seven miles or so north. Good eats from upscale at Sows Ear to favorites like the Sea Chest (no resos), Wild Ginger, Robins, to Boni's Tacos in the "Tin Village". Hit the deck at Moonstone Bar and Grill for apps and the sunset view. Sadly our favorite, the Black Cat Bistro has closed.

Morro Bay is only about another 30 minutes with more decent dining choices and nearby Cayucos with ocean view lodging. SLO is another 15 minutes putting you inland back on 101, but the Pismo Beach area is just another 10 min, if you wanted to drive that much.

From Pismo you're about an hour and a half from Santa Barbara taking 101. Taking Hwy 1 through Vandenburg AFB and Lompoc with side detour to Jalama Beach will probably double the time.

Jan 27, 2015
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Best tacos along Hwy 99?

Chile verde: current favorite is La Elegante on Kern St. downtown, it's the spiciest among the others I like that include Zamora's on N. Fresno, and Casa Corona on W. Bullard.

I rarely get carnitas but my wife and several good friends like Antonios as well as Casa Corona. Zamoras sells them in bulk out of the hot case along with chiccharones. The owner, Beto, gives me samples often and they are very good. I think they offer birria on a daily basis also. Other faves are the fish taco (baja or a la planca) and the bean and cheese tostadas con toto.

Sal's (N. Fresno & Alluvial) owned by the original place in Selma are famous for their braised short ribs and the "fancy burrito" (order it basted). Traditionally it was either chile verde or rojo but the way to go is order the Karl's Special which is made from the braised rib meat. It's about $12 but easily feeds two hungry hounds. My wife actually got four meals out of one not long ago.

Overall favorite in town would be Don Pepe's at N. Blackstone and Ashlan. Al pastor off the spit, great lengua, tortas, and I believe seven shrimp dishes at last count.

I believe I last saw al carbon was at a little strip mall store across the parking lot from the Chicken Man parking lot (excellent burgers as well as chicken) on Hughes just N of Clinton on the E side of Hwy 99. A search turns up:

Tacos Al Carbon at 517 W. McKinley (SW at Fruit).

Another option might be a half mile north at the SE corner of Clinton & Fruit next dooe to the Mexican market (forget the name of both)

Alcapulco on N. Blackstone has them on the menu, not a place that I frequent but I've enjoyed their soups (incl. menudo) in the past.

Best menudo I've found is in a little dive at the NW corner of S. Maple and Kings Canyon Rd across from the fairgrounds, sorry blanking on the name.

Hope this helps, I'm sure I'll think of more and hopefully be able to recall the names.

Cheers,

Dave

Jan 26, 2015
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Highway 1

Are you truly planning on Hwy 1 for the entire trip or as side trips off of 101 when it is less time consuming?

Jan 23, 2015
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Financial pressure forcing vineyard sales in California's Paso Robles | decanter.com

The 800 ton/tonne gorilla in the room is ... water.

Jan 23, 2015
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Best tacos along Hwy 99?

What are some of your favorite dishes?

Jan 23, 2015
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Best tacos along Hwy 99?

Fresno has plenty of really good Mexican food, but when limiting to tacos combined with easy freeway access for travelers it rather limits options. As you travel north it seems there has always been diminishing choices the farther you go.

Jan 23, 2015
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Best tacos along Hwy 99?

Not tacos, but some of the best innovative Mexican food can be found in Lodi:

Alijebres
http://www.alebrijesbistro.com/menu.php

Moving north to south

Modesto
A couple of older threads mention Compadres and Taco Modesto, need updates from the locals

Fresno
La Elegante on Kern St. downtown (just off 99

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Don Pepe's, SE Blackstone & Gettysburg, the absolute best, al pastor (off the spit), lengua, cabeza, tortas, seven different camarones, cocktels, etc.

Selma
Sal's 2136 Park

There is/was also a great little taco truck, Los Toritos, btw Selma & Kingsburg at the Mountain View exit east of 99 at the old highway where the flea market is. They have/had covered seating for their tables or park benches. Excellent small authentic tacos. Great al pastor, salsa bar with beans.

Delano
La Perla Tapatia – 1230 High St, carnitas, lengua

Bakersfield
Los Tacos de Huicho, 123 E 18th St – Hwy 58 east 2 mi from 99 to Union, N 1.5 mi N of Truxtun east of 18th - al pastor on the spit, fish tacos

Mettler (would love to hear updates)
Taqueria Tequilas Grill, 1835 Mettler Frontage Rd just before the intersection of 99 and Interstate 5. – al pastor on large homemade tortilla

Please report back on wherever you end up.

Jan 19, 2015
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Driving from LA to SF on 101, where to stop?

Looking at my old notes, hopefully we'll get some updates?

Gonzales:
El Oaxaqueño - chavela, lengua tacos, black mole tamales
31 3rd St. 831-675-2387 (a side street just east of the main drag on the south end of town (maybe First St.?)
This is a sister restaurant of the one in Salinas

Also have an old rec for La Playa Azul and El Rinconcito and "best burger in the Salinas Valley" note for Burger Queen next to the Exxon left at the 5th St. exit.

La Plaza Bakeries (one in Soledad also) for tortas on fresh bolillo rolls

Greenfield:
Taqueria Las Fuentes, 331 El Camino Real for al pastor on the spit, lengua, and cabeza

El Molcjete, 570 Walnut, (831) 674-5000

Soledad:
Pacheco market and deli, 615 Front St. (831) 678-0914

Cuatro Hermanos, La Fuente, and Casa Teresa

Would be great to hear how many are still operating as well as any new finds.

Jan 16, 2015
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Driving from LA to SF on 101, where to stop?

Agree completely. Have also had tasty meals in Gonzales, Soledad, and Greenfield in the past. However, if I'm that far north I usually hold out until Salinas for the trifecta of Mexican options.

lunch in Santa Cruz?

Tacos Morenos for decent Mexican.

Jan 13, 2015
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Thoughts on these Paso Robles Wineries/Restaurants

We avoided McPhee's for a period for the reasons cited by Rhonely, but on our last two recent visits they seemed to be back on their game. We were there for lunch both times however, not dinners.

Jan 13, 2015
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Thoughts on these Paso Robles Wineries/Restaurants

+ 1 on both Calcareous and Dusi

Jan 09, 2015
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Rate my Dinner choices in Healdsburg

Thanks for the updates, Melanie. We liked our one visit to CF after not being able to get into Scopa.

Rate my Dinner choices in Healdsburg

Have you looked into Campo Fina? Also Zin and Bistro Ralph come to mind. We loved Cafe Lucia on our last visit.

Carmel Restaurant Options

Might want to check out the Beach House at Lover's Point, great view and happy hour and have had several nice meals there.

http://www.beachhousepg.com/1-menu.html

Passionfish is just a few blocks away so you could do sunset cocktails for the view before dinner. Be sure and make reservations.

Jan 06, 2015
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