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Central Coast culinary adventures along Highway 101 and Highway 1

Toodie Jane, Polar Bear and I all seem to love exploring our beautiful central coast between Salinas and Santa Barbara and are slowly putting together an impressive list of road stops, road trips and destination restaurants.

It might be helpful for future Highway 101 and Highway 1 Central Coast travelers to find these spots all in one post so here goes the start of a thread that hopefully can be referenced by those who don't yet know this special part of still often untouched California.

I'll start with listing some of my favorites:

1. La Simpatia in Guadalupe for chile rellenos (Thanks to Toodie)
2. Mo's in Pismo Beach for ribs - Philthy Phil's my favorites
3. Chef Ricks in Orcutt - gotta have that Jack Daniel's pecan pie
4. Gopher Glen Apple Farm and others along See Canyon
5. Madonna Inn Copper Cafe, San Luis Obispo - for back to basics honest old time food
6. McLintocks in Pismo, sit at the bar for their Steak Pieces and Potato Skillet appetizers
7. Hotlix in Pismo for freshly made coffee-flavored salt water taffy

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  1. Nice idea, glbtrtr. I wonder if you can edit your subject line to include Hwy 1 also, for those who aren't familiar with our coastal routes? Maybe once we have a comprehensive list together we can map it, like I've seen for some themes on the SF board.

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    1. re: PolarBear

      No need to create a separate map. If you use the "Manage Your Links" function when you post your replies, the site software creates a map on this page.

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      Chef Rick's
      4869 S Bradley Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93455

      Madonna Inn
      100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

      La Simpatia Cafe
      827 Guadalupe St, Guadalupe, CA 93434

      McLintocks F Saloon & Dining House
      750 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

      Mo's Smokehouse Bbq
      221 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

      Madonna Inn
      100 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

      Copper Cafe @ Madonna Inn
      100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Thanks for the tip, Melanie, that's a great feature. Is there a procedure to follow if a particular restaurant isn't in the CH database?

        1. re: PolarBear

          Right now, only those with editing powers can add something to the database. What I would suggest is that you include the particulars for the missing place (address, phone, cuisine, etc.) in your post, then use the "report" button and write some text to ask the moderators to create a new record.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Melanie, you are a Chowhound Chween. I follow you all over California. Thanks for making this work better for us.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Mel's our gal! I used the "report' button to clarify the title ( i. e. ...along Hwys.., rather than "between"). We'll fill in the little crossway St. Rtes. as needed.

      2. My favorite country drive Santa Ynez Valley winery is Rancho Sisquoc.

        1. Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos... not only for pizza but for wonderful salads and an exceptional wine list that is extremely fairly priced.

          1. Panolivo, Paso Robles - Sunday brunch was excellent, with a mediterranean flair. Pastries looked pretty amazing too! Will definitely be back when in the area.

            1. Don't forget about about these two!

              Pismo Yogurt for great tasting frozen yogurt and fresh toppings.
              Splash Cafe for the best Clam Chowder bowls south of SF.

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              Splash Cafe
              197 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

              Pismo Yogurt
              187 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449