Chef Rick's in Orcutt
(as you approach Santa Maria on 101, take the Clark Rd exit and head west to the first large intersection. Rick's is in the center acros the intersection to the right of Clark, at the back.)
Good prices on his dinner menu items at lunch. Well-prepared food with a cajun influence. An area favorite.
4869 S Bradley Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93455
Assuming you leave LA around nine, will you need lunch around 3 hours later? How fast do you drive and what route are you taking? 101 Santa Barbara is only about 2 hours away from LA. And San Luis Obispo is about 2 hours more.
I reccomend taking Highway One that takes you through Guadalupe and stopping at La Simpatia on the main street which is also Highway One for the best chili rellenos ever and then keep making your way up Highway One to Big Sur.