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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4869 S Bradley Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93455
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
100 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Copper Cafe @ Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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.
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.
Panolivo, Paso Robles - Sunday brunch was excellent, with a mediterranean flair. Pastries looked pretty amazing too! Will definitely be back when in the area.
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.
197 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
187 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
This subject seems to be getting more attention lately, so thought I'd take a stab at the Hwy 1 portion from the Monterey Bay area, and add in the Hwy 101 from Salinas down to Paso Robles since no updates have been forthcoming.
HIGHWAY 1 - South of Carmel to junction w/ HIGHWAY 101 in San Luis Obispo (SLO)
Cielo at the Ventana Resort (@ 10 mi south of Carmel)
(800) 628-6500, (831) 667-2331
Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Resort
(800) 527-2200 (831) 667-2200
BIG SUR AREA
Redwood Grill - reported to have great bar food, special dishes with chanterelles
Fernwood (@ 30 mi south of Carmel
)47200 Highway 1
Big Sur Bakery
47540 Highway 1
Nepenthe - best for the view and drinks, fries, maybe an app, Cafe Kevah offers less expensive fare on the lower level
48510 Highway One
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
48865 Highway 1
From this point need to pack a picnic (Partington Cove, Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP, etc). It's about 60 mi and roughly two hours to Cambria depending on traffic and how often you stop.
If desperate there are two places before San Simeon
Lucia Lodge (in Lucia @ 30 mi north of San Simeon
)(866) 424-4787 or (831) 667-2391
Ragged Point Inn (@ 15 mi north of Hearst Castle)
Sebastian's General Store - market with sandwiches (currently in transition)
442 San Simeon Rd.
Sow's Ear - most upscale
2248 Main St, Cambria
Black Cat Bistro
602 Main St, Cambria
2380 Main St, Cambria
Sea Chest - cash only, no reservations, dining at bar also
2616 Moonstone Beach Dr
Others that some are attracted to:
4095 Burton Dr,
Linn's Restaurant - famous for their pies
2277 Main St,
Main Street Grill - meats grilled outdoors in West Village
603 Main St,
Boni's Tacos (and more) in the Tin Village takeout only, open for lunch and on the weekend, and their mobile location at the corner of Burton and Main (summer only?)
Indigo Moon for wine tasting and cheese
1980 Main St
Creekside Gardens - breakfast, ebelskivers with danish sausage
Creekside des Noches at night
2114 Main St (E village)
Village Creek Inn - breakfast
Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill - best for view and drinks, spicy shrimp and scallop app
Note: There is no food available in the 23 mi stretch on Hwy 46 from Hwy 1 to Paso Robles (Hwy 101)
CAYUCOS (@ 13 mi north of Cambria)
Hoppe's - good wine list
78 N. Ocean Avenue
Ruddell’s Smokehouse - fish tacos outside near the pier
101 D Street
Want to try but have yet to find open...
Cass House Inn and Restaurant
5-9pm Thursday thru Monday
22 N. Ocean Ave.
Bayside Cafe in the state park
10 State Park Rd,
Main just N of Taco Temple
2680 N. Main
Shawn's on Main
912 Main Street
Tognazzini's Dockside Restaurant & Mkt
1245 Embarcadero Blvd
Windows on the Water
Giovanni's Fish Market & Galley
1001 Front St.
Papa Julio's Mexican Food,
430 Morro Bay Blvd,
Fred’s Grill - formerly Margie's Diner -chili-cheese omelet
1698 Main St.
LOS OSOS and BAYWOOD PARK (@ 3 mi south of Hwy 1 on S. Bay Blvd jus out of Morro Bay)
Noi's Little Thai Takeout
1288 2nd Street
Los Osos, CA 93402-1110
Lotus - Thai
2060 9th St, R on LOV Rd, 2nd blk near Chinese rest.
1099 Santa Ynez
Copa de Oro - breakfast
690 Santa Maria Ave
and just before entering southbound 101 in SLO
Bon Temps Creole Cafe
1000 Olive St,
San Luis Obispo
HWY 101 - SOUTH OF SALINAS to PASO ROBLES)
(original thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/672077
23477 Grant, Chualar
Restaurante El Oaxaqueno - black mole tamales
Playa AZUL Restaurant
Burger Queen – best burgers in Salinas valley?
800 Johnson Canyon Road (5th street exit then turn left. next to Exxon
La Plaza Bakery – tortas
Cuatro Hemanos Restaurant (better than one in King City or Paso Robles?)
137 Soledad St
Casa de Teresa Restaurant
La Plaza Bakery – tortas
Taqueria Las Fuentes – al pastor on spit, lengua, cabeza
331 El Camino Real
La Plaza Bakery - tortas
El Molcajete Restaurant - BURNED, status unkown
570 Walnut Ave
El Lugarcito Restaurant - shrimp tostadas, whole fried fish, green salsa, shrimp tostada with lime-cilantro dressing, whole fried fish (avoid tacos exc. for carne asada)
taqueria that is just across Broadway from EL, large crowds
Mercado La Mexicana - small grocery store , chicharrones guisados and cachete. The cachete was beef cheek meat, and unlike the stewed versions the crusty edges on the fine dice seemed like it was roasted or cooked by dry heat. The flavor was much more intense and beef-y. The chicharrones were stewed in a VERY spicy chili sauce
La Poteranca – carnitas, al pastor, sopes
201 Broadway St
Cuatro Hermanos – chile verde, ceviche
Little taqueria next door to 10th St. Vineyard Cafe