Going up PCH to SF -- any good eats?
I'm traveling Sunday from LA to SF on the PCH. Any suggestions for great eats along the way?
well, just standard fare food slightly overpriced, but if its a beautiful day, go to Nepenthe in Big Sur for the view.
You might also want to check the general California board for lots of great recommendations on Hwy 1 places. If you're willing to detour over to Santa Maria, you can find some great barbeque places as well.
Trust me - this is a must :
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn, on PCH (East side of the highway, a rustic Inn that is a wonderful place to spend the night or the weekend) has the best restaurant in the area. Like the Inn itself, the restaurant is also rustic, but beautiful and romantic as well -- and has wonderful food. The previous post is correct about Nepenthe : the view is amazing, but the food is just passable. If you want excellent food and a lovely atmosphere, go to Deetjen's. You may want to make a reservation just to be sure, it is small and very popular.
Never tried Deetjuns, but certainly will on my next trip. I like Ventana Inn in Big Sur for lunch, on the patio - a very peaceful and pastoral setting. My favorite is the grilled veggie and goat cheese sandwich. Views of the moutains and ocean. Ventana is on the mountain side, while Nepenthe is perched over the ocean, with sweeping views of the coastline. Food at Nepenthe is way over-hyped, and overpriced for what it is (about $12 for a greasy, drippy burger).
There are many unique places along your route. Check the California board for Santa Barbara, SLO, Carmel, and Monterey recs.
I was given a hot tip about a where you can find a good clam chowder in the Monterey Bay area. Halfway between Monterey and Santa Cruz in Moss Landing is a fish market called Phil's Fish Market.
I had a chance to visit it in early January. It's located in a remote area surrounded by industrial and marine research buildings (make sure you go to the market and not the smaller snack shack at a seperate location). But inside, it was surprising just how many people were there.
They have a good deal for mussels 2lb for $13, but since we just had lunch we settled for a bowl of New England Clam Chowder. The rich soup was creamy and very satisfying.
The seafood market is decidely expensive.
It's been a while, and it's kind of a novelty, but in Shell Beach (or might be Pismo Beach), check out McClintock's. The food was pretty good, but they have Turkey Balls on the menu, yes, actual turkey testicles. Actually, they taste pretty good, it's been 6 or 7 years since we've been up there, but someting worth trying if not just for the novelty.