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Mar 18, 2009 01:24 PM

Duarte's Tavern

Just heard a piece on this place on NPR this morning and it sounds great! My question is, is there anything to do in the Pescadero area? It's a pretty long drive just for lunch. I'd like to stick around and see the sights, and maybe go back for dinner. =D Afterall, it looks like they have a variety of fresh seafood, and if the artichoke soup and pie is all it's cracked up to be I wouldn't mind a second helping at all.

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  1. Phipps Ranch is worth a visit, they grow some great heirloom beans. See their "Visit Us" page for a list of other things to do in the area that are off topic for this board.

    Some of Duarte's food is good:

    Duarte's Tavern
    202 Stage Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060

    Phipps Country Store & Farm
    79 North St, Pescadero, CA

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      1. Just be forewarned that there is often a wait. I went down to Pescadero to go musseling for my birthday this year and the wait was so long (45 minutes), we had to go somewhere else or miss the tide.

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        1. re: adrienne156

          Tip: if the wait is long, get a togo order of crab sandwich and head out for the dunes.

          Tip to OP: if you're coming from SF, check out eats around half moon bay as well.

          1. re: bbulkow

            They make good sandwiches across the street from Duarte's at Arcangeli Grocery. Get a loaf of the artichoke/garlic bread too!

            1. re: baron45

              Is that the grocery with the wood-fired oven? Friends and I stopped there instead of Duarte's, had a couple of beautifully charred pizzas w/ a couple of surprisingly nice and affordable bottles of wine from wineries that the grocery had some sort of stake in. Unfortunately, they were drunk out of paper coffee cups as the grocery didn't have any stemware, but it helped in the transport to the dunes and fit the day rather well.

        2. There's Harley's Goat Farm, which does a tour of the whole deal, goats, milking, cheese making, tasting and sales. Kid friendly, yuppie friendly, low effort. Make a reservation. It's like 3 minutes away from Durate's.

          Also Pie Ranch about 10 minutes away and Anno Nuevo state reserve.

          Harley Farms
          205 North St, Pescadero, CA

          Pie Ranch
          2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero, CA

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            1. re: wolfe

              You could go down the coast a bit and explore Coastanoa or the lighthouse that is pretty close (Pigeon Point? Pillar Point? one of those)...or there are a plethora of great beaches close by, as noted above.

              1. re: Munching Mark

                Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Tours Friday-Sunday. There are also tours of Pescadero Marsh.

                Foodwise, there are some U-pick berry places, including Phipps and Swanton Berry Farm, and U-pick apples at Swanton Ranch Cal Poly ( ) in season. The guided walk season at Ano Nuevo ends 3/31, but the park is open to explore on your own and there are many elephant seals thoughout the spring and early summer.