SF to LA - An NY Hound needs your help...
A few items to address:
1. Have been having visions of a Jane and Michael Stern-esque journey down the coast of Cali-between San Francisco and Los Angeles- when I visit a friend next week, but having lived on the opposite end of the country for most of my life I need a bit of guidance to fulfill this fantasy.
The trip will most likely include a stop at San Simeon and an overnight stay in Santa Barbara. And my vision is not limited to frozen-custard and fried-everything-else, we are equally intruiged by the more highbrow, dare i admit?, even healthy options that are on or off the road.
2. Since I will be in SF for several days before departing on said culinary-car-cruise I would absolutely adore any advice on great summer spots or unmissable nibbles in and around the bay. I know on my must do list already are cupcakes at that divine place in the ferry building (mirabelle?) after a snack at Taylor's Refresher, and having a mini picnic near the De Young museum.
Your advice is anticipated and appreciated!
with many thanks in advance,
The place in the ferry building is so wonderful! Miette is its name! The cupcakes are the best that I have put in my mouth and I have lived on both coasts. As far as eating in San Fran. There is a great oyster bar that is kind of an old institute! Wonderful oysters on the half shell and Louie salads. It is a small place with stools and a counter so lines can get long but so worth the wait. The name of the place is Swan on polk street. Also, go to Farallon for a drink! I will also think of some more places and get back.
If you're into oysters I would recommend Hog Island Oyster Company in the Ferry Building instead of Swan's. You can sit outside if it's nice (could be lovely, could be freezing - yes, it's true). Taylor's Refresher is really nothing special, IMO. You can get all your picnic fixings at the Ferry building, too.