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Need rec's for Cambria area...

We're traveling from SF to Cambria for the weekend with a toddler and a dog. Just wondering what restaurants are worth trying out in the area. We love local hangouts, not touristy...Thanks!

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    1. You have to try the Sea Chest. All the locals know about it. The line starts forming a half hour before opening and they only take cash. Great seafood/pasta dishes and beautifully prepared Alaskan Halibut, etc.

      1. We really enjoyed Robin's when we were in Cambria

        Robin's Restaurant
        4095 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA 93428

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        1. re: Enorah

          I never thought that Robin's was all that. Had a few crummy meals at both lunch and dinner and mediocre service. I like Black Cat Bistro better, but wouldn't go with a toddler.

          peppatty, will you have a dog/baby sitter available?

          Black Cat Bistro
          1602 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

          1. re: dockhl

            Yes on the dog sitter. We're staying at Cambria Shores Inn. My daughter is 3.5 and pretty well behaved. Thanks for the req's so far!

        2. I had the best Mexican food at El Chorlita in nearby San Simeon. The rice and beans that came with my chicken fajitas were outstanding as were the fajitas, and I live in So Cal so have authentic Mexican food all the time. Good salsa, too. They only serve beer and wine but their wine margaritas aren't bad. If you arrive on Friday afternoon, Cambria has a wonderful farmer's market on the main drag. Great fruit!! You probably already have a hotel, but I do recommend the Best Western Cavalier Inn. It is on the beach, very reasonable, and they love dogs.

          1. Try Wild Ginger, I think it's better than Robin's. I especially like the Vietnamese BBQ Pork and the calamari appetizer. They make their own sorbets and have some unusual flavors (pomegranate, pomelo, lychee, etc.)

            Also, very good taco truck near B of A on weekends.

            The fish at Sea Chest is usually very good.

            If you can go down to Cayucos, Hoppes is very good. Also, further down to Morro Bay, Taco Temple is a local favorite.

            Wild Ginger
            2380 Main St Ste G, Cambria, CA 93428

            Hoppe's Garden Bistro & Wine Bar
            78 N Ocean Ave, Cayucos, CA 93430

            Taco Temple
            2680 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442

            Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant
            6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428

            1. We're in Cambria right now and tried the Sea Chest tonight. It's okay for old school prep, my hubby did not like his local halibut. It was under seasoned, seemed fresh, but very blah. I had the scallop/shrimp scampi and it was so/so. The night before we ate at Old Stone Station and it was a nice basic meal, plus they have a patio for the dog. I had the moonstone appetizer for dinner and it was pretty tasty, not high end dining at all. Hubby had the chicken piccata and he enjoyed it. This morning for breakfast we went to Linn's. Hubby's veggie omelette was good, my corned beef hash was okay. The scones, pretty bad.

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              1. re: peppatty

                Try The Sow's Ear in east village. It is far from "new age" cuisine, but very good and reliable. Make res and ask to be seated in the front area...a cozy, nice experience. Check their site for a look at the menu.

                1. re: Gail

                  Next time we're there, we will try it for sure. I did go to the farmer's market on Friday--2:30-5:30. I got some very good white peaches and sweet, fat, juicy raspberries. Cambria was pretty empty this weekend, so their wasn't any wait at any restaurant. Hopefully, people will start visiting soon. The businesses seem to really be hurting.

                  1. re: peppatty

                    I wonder if the Moonstone Beach places have dropped their rates any? I always felt the cost for ocean view rooms was pretty expensive. Thanks for the farmer's market tip.