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Breakfast off Hwy 101 btwn Buellton/Monterey

petitchou Jan 22, 2009 06:54 PM

We need a breakfast spot for a Saturday morning stop somewhere between Buellton and Monterey. Any recs?

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    petitchou Feb 17, 2009 07:37 PM

    Just returned from the annual Carmel weekend. Thanks to you all for your suggestions. Thought I'd report back on our experiences. Stopped at Margie's Diner on the way up, as it was the perfect stopping spot for our time of day. Had excellent and HUGE pancakes and friendly service. Basic diner fare but solid. Had dinner that night at El Palmar in Marina. Wanted something super casual with friends. Great Mexican food, inexpensive, very sweet service. We all said we'd go back. Sunday night dinner at Dorn's. Good solid seafood. Tried to go to Carlock's for pastries in Los Osos in the a.m. Guy at our hotel didn't tell us they are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Wound up at Old West Cinnamon Rolls (?) in Pismo. Delish! And then lunch at Santa Barbara Shellfish Company (the highlight of the weekend as far as I'm concerned) on the way home. All in all some very fine eats and all places I'd definitely go again. Thanks again for suggestions. As this is an annual trip we may be trying some of the other suggestions next year!

    1. alanstotle Jan 23, 2009 09:01 AM

      Question for you petitchou:

      From San Luis Obispo to Monterery are you taking highway 101 (the inland route thru Paso Robles & Salinas) or highway 1 (the coastal route thru Cambria & Big Sur)? Your title for this thread suggests you're taking 101 all the way; is that correct?

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      1. re: alanstotle
        ErikaK Jan 23, 2009 09:30 AM

        If you are taking the coastal route, Dorn's in Morro Bay is good. I

      2. dockhl Jan 22, 2009 08:57 PM

        Vic's in Paso...chilaquiles or biscuits and gravy.....................

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        1. re: dockhl
          sbgirl Jan 24, 2009 03:53 PM

          Vic's is awesome, a very local place that has been frozen in time. I always get the trout and eggs w/biscuits when we are in the area.

        2. JalamaMama Jan 22, 2009 08:22 PM

          Between Buellton and Monterey is a roughly 3 1/2 to 4 hour ride....Buellton has Ellens (yum) and Mother Hubbards (double yum), both of these places are on Avenue of the Flags , at the cross street of Hwy 246. Pea Soup Anderson gets a bad rap here- but we love it for lunch and for a quick stop-= and I am a 36 yr local. It is also at the intersection of Hwy 246 and Avenue of the Flags.

          Up the 101 by 30 minutes is Pappys, on the Betteravia exit- on the right hand side. Good old truck stop food. Great biscuits and gravy, etc- nothing to write home about but nice staff and strong coffee.

          In San Luis Obispo- there is Margies Diner- it is on the 101 corridor- take the Los Osos Valley road exit and hit the W side-frontage rd & go south on it- you'll see it from the hiway before you get off. Apple Farm is also in SLO- but I do not know the exit.

          If Mexican breakfast sounds good- Taco Roco in Buellton (Aveune of the Flags again- south of the 246) makes the best everything, in my opinion- cannot go wrong here!

          Have a safe drive and hope you find a winner!

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            chow_eb Jan 22, 2009 08:14 PM

            Margie's in SLO.

            1. PolarBear Jan 22, 2009 08:09 PM

              Bon Temps Cafe in SLO

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              1. re: PolarBear
                alanstotle Jan 23, 2009 09:01 AM

                I second Bon Temps in a big way.

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