Atlanta Chowhound planning trip from SFO to Hearst Castle and Back
One night in SFO, two in Monterey, one in San Simeon, then back to SFO.
Interested in non-chain local places. Variety of price ranges would be nice. I know the scope is huge...just looking for ideas to get us started. We're staying near relatives actually south of San Fran (Cupertino) so we may only make it into town maybe once.
Ideas much appreciated. I'm searching the forum for threads on Monterey and San Simeon as well.
Thanks, I knew my original question was too broad.
I have worked and visited the area before, so I know Cupertino is quite a distance from San Fran, and we'll be going up to SF for a day, back down to Cupertino for a day, then down the coast. On days 2 and 5 anything in Cupertino/San Jose/Mtn View/Sunnyvale/Palo Alto will possibly be our goal.
That info about the route being closed is both helpful and sucks! I'll have to look it up.
Thanks for the link to the guide; I'm sure it'll be very helpful. I'll check the other board for Monterey and San Simeon destinations.
The boyfriend is not a big foodie, so the really high end places are wasted on him. We mostly want to find local, perhaps family run places that give a real feel for a given neighborhood or city. We've eaten in chinatowns from San Fran to NY to London, so I'm not so much interested in that unless it's something really unusual.
Anyhow, I'll keep researching and thanks for the good advice to date!
Here's some information about the closure from a Big Sur perspective, with a link to the suggested alternate route (long way around via 101)--
If you're coming much before the end of April, the dramatic scenic route along the coast between Carmel and Big Sur probably won't be an option. If you're coming later, check out Nepenthe in that stretch as a great place for a drink (and maybe some fairly ordinary food) with spectacular views.
I'm confused, two nights in san francisco, or cupertino, or the san francisco airport (SFO)? Cupertino is a suburb of san jose.
If you're willing to range within an hour's drive of Cupertino (ie, to SF), there are likely upward of 10,000 restaurants at your disposal. For some basic getting-started recommendations, you might consider the list of our local food critic, Michael Bauer, and his Top 100, or the Michelin Guide for high-end eating.
Bauer's Top 100 just came out a few days ago, and is thus very current
The only ones I saw on this year's list list south of SF are Kaygetsu and Station 1.
In general, if you discuss your favorite types of food, price range, area, the group will come up with some good recommendations.
325 Sharon Park Dr Ste A2, Menlo Park, CA 94025
2991 Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA 94062
Monterey and south are on the California Board. Presently the scenic route to San Simeon is being repaired and an inland longer route is necessary. Check for updates. It is quite a ride from Cupertino to San Francisco, not SFO airport, and perhaps looking for good places around San Jose or Los Gatos would be easier.