I am planning a honeymoon for October. The theme is food. We'll probably begin in San Diego and drive up the coast to San Francisco. Along the way, we want the best, most unforgettable tasting menus California has to offer.
Besides the French Laundry, what would everyone suggest?
Are you taking the 1 at all? This is where you'll find the best hidden restaurants. If you do - take a stop in Cambria. Go to Wild Ginger (wildgingercabria.com). Deb is the owner/chef. She is actually closed all day Thurday so she can go to the farmer's markets in the area. She plans her specials all around what she can find fresh locally - so don't let her website menu fool you because half of it is made up on the fly from what she can buy.I know because I'm one of the organic growers she buys from :) If you go in Oct. she does amazing things with winter squash - like a curried butternut squash dish with a coconut sauce. The restaurant is Pac Rim, Asian Fusion based (smoked salmon wontons *drool*). Debs attention to detail has made her ranked #1 in Cambria on a couple of sites. There are some very romantic places to stay there and your only a hop/skip and jump back to the 101 for some Paso wine tasting.
ps make sure to check out the hundreds of elephant seals there because nothing says a romantic honeymoon like watching some live births! Lol
If you're going as far north as Napa, go to Bistro Jeanty; country French cuisine in a space reminiscent of a French farmhouse. I had the slow-braised short ribs with horseradish mashed potatoes. The ribs, in a rich, beefy wine reduction, we're so moist and fork-tender, and the potatoes were just an excuse to showcase lots of butter. Yum! While the restaurant had regular seating, we sat at the communal table -- a first for us -- and enjoyed getting to know our dining neighbors. Unlike some of the more well-known Napa restaurants, Bistro Jeanty had a definite local feel and it was obvious by the way the chef interacted with some of the clientele that the place has a loyal local following. If you aren't going to Napa, the same chef owns a place in San Fran called Jeanty at Jack's (or something like that) in the Financial district.