Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, King City - Updates request
Glbtrtr has started the above thread to develop a handy resource for directing hounds to great chow in the lesser known, often remote, areas off of Hwys 1 and 101 south of Salinas/Carmel and north of Santa Barbara. (South of Santa Maria would also include State Rtes 135, 154 (San Marcos Pass), and 246).
I immediately noticed my notes on the Salinas Valley had digital yellow tinges, coffee stains, and dog ears so figured I had better seek the wisdom of the pack in bringing them up to date prior to adding any info to the project. So, your mission, should you choose.....
Do they still exist? Are they still Choworthy? All input greatly appreciated.
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
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
I was thinking it might be best to make the list current before adding it to your "master" list, some of these haven't been mentioned for quite some time, what do you think? There's an awful lot of potential along this stretch of highway but I fear most travel it much like they do I-5.
I like the idea of creating this local list for those of us who like to be daytrippers in our own back yard; not speedsters between here and SF or LA. There are some wonderful little loop tours of a couple of hours in the central coast and it is great to make some of these special restaurants a focal point.
But like I say I still have not figured out how to put both La Simpatia and Mo's in the same eating day, but we have and I still want to. I need to get some new little loops just to break my now very bad habit. it helps throwing in that hike out to Oso Flaco Lake inbetween eats.