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Sep 3, 2010 12:44 PM

Driving down the 101 and 1 from OR

Later this month will be driving down the 101 then following the 1 (from OR to San Francisco) and need ideas on interesting food on route. Will probably be getting back on the 101 at Stewart's Point. I'm good once I hit San Francisco. Any help would be appreciated!

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  1. You might want to take this to the San Francisco board for counties north of SF on 101 that board covers. We don't get a lot of Northern Calif posts here compared to Central Coast ones south of SF but north of LA, which is not where you will be driving. Should be a wonderful trip - lots of beautiful places to stop and artisan food and wine up that way.

    1. In the Point Reyes area, Pine Cone Diner has pretty good breakfasts and decent burgers for lunch. There's a good book shop next door and a gas station at the corner. Across the street is Cowgirl Creamery. If you like driving (I do) take the 1 out of Point Reyes Station for a fine drive to San Francisco.

      Pine Cone Diner
      60 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

      Cowgirl Creamery
      80 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

      1. How far north in Oregon are you starting? You may want to search the PNW board also. The Oregon coast is just stunning. Eureka is on the coast in NoCal and has plenty of good food but I haven't eaten there in some years.
        BTW, NoCal-ers don't put "the" in front of the highway #; SoCal-ers do though. Just another reason NoCal is better :) J/K

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        1. re: c oliver

          >>BTW, NoCal-ers don't put "the" in front of the highway #; SoCal-ers do though. Just another reason NoCal is better :) J/K<<

          And that is why THE Dodgers are better than Giants. :) NoCal-ers always firing unprovoked volleys at THE SoCal folks. :)

          Don't know how much $ or time the OP plans on spending around Marin/Sonoma, but some places that I didn't see mentioned that we really enjoyed are Rocker Oysterfeller in Valley Ford, Wild Flour Bread in Freestone, Tomales Bakery in Tomales, Patisserie Angelica in Sebastopol, and GTO's Seafood in Sebastapol. Taylor's Automatic Refresher is now Gott's Roadside Tray Gourmet, and we love their food and drink. I think there's four locations spread around Napa/Sonoma, and San Francisco. Great place for a relatively quick bite, really good roadside food, and very good beer and wine selection.

          Gott's Roadside
          933 Main St, Saint Helena, CA 94574

          Rocker Oysterfeller's
          14415 Valley Ford Road, Valley Ford, CA 94972

          Patisserie Angelica
          6821 Laguna Pkwy, Sebastopol, CA 95472

          Tomales Bakery
          Shoreline Hwy, Tomales, CA 94971

          Wild Flour Bread
          140 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, CA

          1. re: bulavinaka

            We Central Californians are a world apart and darn happy for that. Save the LA-SF volly for the SF-LA boards. think they refer to us as the Platinum Coast of California - the lands in between those two hulking self-absorbed beasts LA and SF. ;-)

            1. re: glbtrtr

              And don't forget us Central Valifornians, residing on the future coast of CA. ;>P

              1. re: glbtrtr

                >>the lands in between those two hulking self-absorbed beasts LA and SF. ;-)<<

                My roots carry me across this great state - four tough hard-working generations which all started with one brave soul taking a freighter across the Pacific into San Francisco Bay back at the turn of the 19th to 20th century. Two and a half generations in the north pre-WWII, and one and a half generations in the south post-WWII.

                Yeah, there are arm pits in every state, but I really like this state - particularly almost anything within an hour along the coast. In fact, we just took in a great vacation of what I would consider to be the northern end of the Platinum Coast - Santa Cruz. Laughed at by some for being too hippy-ish, considered tacky for its Boardwalk, we found Santa Cruz to have some really nice folks, green-minded for being a pretty substantial city, and food and drink that deserves praise and respect. We've often visited SLO, the various wine towns, and my sister has lived at the southern tip of the Platinum Coast (Santa Barbara County) for decades.

                We've ventured as far south as the Mexican border - getting awful crowded down that way - and we've gone as far north as Fort Ross in Sonoma County - amazing land and seascapes (and the wine throughout this whole part of California makes the Platinum Coast's look more like the Silver Coast I'm sorry to say) .

                We Californians are truly blessed with what is probably the single most diverse state that offers a standard of life (as opposed to standard of living) that few other places in the world can rival. So why this regionalism even takes place is a head-scratcher.

                Of course I'm partial to SoCal because I've lived here all of my life, but I find each region to offer something that the others cannot. So is one better than the other? Hardly. We all need each other to make the whole state work. For decades, modern California could not survive in its entirety without the juggernaut tax base of SoCal. Central California has always been the basket and larder, and Northern California is where it really started and has been the kitchen (and the bureaucratic pigpen where some of the best and worst legislation in the world has come from).

                Maybe this state actually is too big and regional to where we need to break it up into three to five states. It's been discussed along with California breaking away from the other 49. I think that would be a pretty tough do considering how intertwined we all are. I know that - I wonder how many actually do. And that is why I never feel a sense to throw volleys of regionalism, but rather appreciate this state for all its great things as well as concern for its many shortcomings as well. And when posters feel a need to prop up their egos for whatever shortcomings they may unadmittedly need to soothe, I can only shake my head at my brothers and sisters for smiting a member of this one big family. Be grateful of this great state, appreciate each other for what we offer to each other, and eat and drink well.

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  Great post, bulavinaka! Really great. I was truly making a feeble attempt at humor. And to keep it Chow-related, our food is as diverse as our people and our geography. People make fun of Californians but we know we've found the culinary Holy Land, don't we?

                  1. re: c oliver

                    We are a small country, 8th largest economy in the world. We should be packaging all of regional California as a wining and dining destination, much like one has come to appreciate France and Italy. And sorry, but we Central Coasters did get first dibs on the Platinum Coast -- -where people go to enjoy life after making it elsewhere in this very fine, culturally rich and diverse state. We could use a new re-branding of our inherent virtues instead of being seen as the national nutcase where bad ideas take root and warn other states what not to do .Time to get back to our roots and many of them are agrarian - wining and dining indeed are California's gifts to the world.

                    1. re: glbtrtr

                      We're doing a house exchange in October with a couple in Ventura. Looking forward to LOTS of wining and dining. I've honestly seen and eaten little of CA that I didn't like. Hmm, this could be its own thread, couldn't it?

                    2. re: c oliver

                      I know it was tongue-in-cheek - I was just trying to diplomatize the great posters throughout this great state. I really really love this state for all it is, and I hope that we can catch our stride again soon. I have no doubt that it will happen - in spite of our dysfunctional government (did we really vote these people in?:)) - it's just a matter of when. Sorry for rambling again...

                      I think the OP might get a pretty good bang for the buck - if time allows - to hit up Gott's in Napa. I've mentioned Gott's above, but I didn't mention The Oxbow Public Market that is literally next door. It's basically a mini-Ferry Building that acts as a showplace for a lot of the great things that can be had around those parts. A lot of great merchants and artisans have set up shop in there. We haven't been since summer of '08, but I think about this place often, particularly the Oxbow Wine Merchant and Wine Bar. They stock some very good wines, and most are reasonably priced, and some are little gems that would be easily overlooked if not even found elsewhere. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. Couple their wines with the charcuterie and the cheese there, and picnic in Napa is just about set.

                      Big hug from border to border! :)

                      Oxbow Public Market
                      610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        We've house exchanged twice now with another coming up at Christmas with a family in Sonoma. If we could afford it, I'd like to live in the Sonoma Market.

                        Hugs back. We're in Tahoe so we're pretty darn NE.

                        Sonoma Market
                        500 W Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

                2. re: bulavinaka

                  Perhaps "Giants" are better than "THE Dodgers", as this weekend series might indicate.
                  As for the post, stop for breakfast or lunch in Arcata; Luke's Joint and Cafe Brio, both on the plaza, are great.

                  Cafe Brio
                  791 G St, Arcata, CA 95521

                  Luke's Joint
                  887 H St, Arcata, CA 95521