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HELP! Food req's Santa Barabara to San Francisco....

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I'm driving up to San Francisco from San Diego for Thanksgiving with my girlfriend this year. Were going to the scenic Route 1 on the way up...passing through SLO, Carmel, Big Sur, etc. Can you guys recommend anything on the way that is an absolute must stop? Any type of food at all...I love finding those little known places that serve literally the best ________ in the world. Any help at all would be appreciated!

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  1. Highway One takes you through Guadalupe, north of Santa Barbara and west of Santa Maria. La Simpatia on its main drag is a must stop for chile relllenos for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.

    Mo's BBQ, again on the main street in Pismo Beach is a must stop for its Philthy Phil's sweet, tender, hot, falling off the bone ribs and great side dishes.

    Down the street is HotLixx for a bag of coffee flavored salt water taffy to keep you happy while you drive the rest of your trip.

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    La Simpatia Cafe
    827 Guadalupe St, Guadalupe, CA 93434

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    1. re: glbtrtr

      appreciate it..Ill definitely add that one to the intinerary...

    2. Taco Temple in Morro Bay! Not your typical taco stand, much, much better than that. I was only there once and dream of going back again (I live in the Bay Area).

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      Taco Temple
      2680 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442

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      1. re: rednails

        being from san diego I get my fair share of tacos...I feel like we've definitely got the market cornered in that regard...looking for pretty much anything else outside of mexican....(i hope im not becoming a taco snob)

        1. re: yanks26dmb

          Trust me, you don't get chile rellenos like this.

          But if Mexican is a no go, then be sure to go to Mo's in Pismo Beach "because Mo knows BBQ, but he don't know fish and he don't know chowda". And remember Philthy Phil's is the primo choice among their four different BBQ sauce and treatment variations.

          1. re: yanks26dmb

            I f you happen to be going thru Pismo/Shell Beach area around lunch time- a favorite place of ours is Petes Pierside, in Avila. Take the Avila Beach exit, and it takes about 6-10 minutes to get to the end of the road- which lands you right at the Port San Luis pier. The restaurant is located 3/4 of the way out the pier. Nice patio- excellent crab enchiladas! Outdoors- with a few seats inside.