Montreal foodie looking for reco's in Trinidad/Monterey/Morro Bay/Santa Barbara
- estilker Sep 9, 2011 09:45 AM
Will be travelling from Seattle to San Diego in September. Looking for reccomendations what to eat along the coast to San Diego
Originally from Europe, I've travelled all around Europe so I am quite accustomed to European cuisine and of course Montreal has French bistro cuisine down.
I am looking for moderately priced options and an occasional splurge for both breakfast/lunch/dinner. I like locally sourced foods, places with their own identity, have a weakness for good beer (being Belgian), mixology oriented bars and all types of ethnic cuisines. Montreal is not really known for their outstanding seafood, so I hope to get my fair share on the West Coast.
For Santa Barbara, I have found:
La Super-rica Taqueria
Jaffurs Wine Cellars
The French Press
Hope someone can chime in for the other places or confirm my options for Santa Barbara.
Last trip to Trinidad (few years back) we really enjoyed this place, fabulous view, great wines and excellent food.
Cher-Ae Heights casino
Two that have received high marks and been popular in the past are:
1658 Patricks Point Drive
Moonstone Grill, just south of Trinidad
Shawn's on Main
912 Main Street
Bayside Cafe in the state park
Taco Temple (but not for standard Mexican food items)
2680 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442
100 Moonstone Beach Rd, Trinidad, CA 95570
1658 Patricks Point Dr, Trinidad, CA 95570
10 State Park Rd, Morro Bay, CA 93442
For the Monterey area, Passionfish in nearby Pacific Grove may be your best option. The focus is on sustainable seafood preps. Reasonably priced. I don't remember the beer options, but the wine list (priced at retail) is extensive and outstanding, and it includes many local Monterey County wines as well as many others. You can search the boards here for more info about the place.
701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Not in Trinidad proper, but slightly south are two of our favorite brew pubs. Six Rivers Brewing in McKinleyville and Lost Coast Brewing in Eureka both have wonderful beer and decent-to-good food. As a plus, they both do growlers too, so you can get some beer to go if you find one you really like.
Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe
617 4th St, Eureka, CA 95501
Six Rivers Brewery
1300 Central Ave, McKinleyville, CA 95519
For food lovers, California's local Certified Farmers Markets can put you in touch directly with thousands of small family farms and food producers. They are colorful, lively and above all delicious.
If you can make it at all, a wonderful certified (all products from vendor--no distributors) Farmer's Market occurs in Aptos, just a few minutes south of Santa Cruz on Saturday mornings from 8 till noon. This market shows the incredible bounty of this coastal growing region. Voted in the Top 10 of such markets in the state.
Everything from local coffee roasters to handmade sauerkrauts, honey, local mushrooms, fish, cheese, wines, olive oils, vegetables, fruits, preserves, breads and fine pastries, pasture-raised meats, etc. Live accoustic music and entertainment , free parking; at Cabrillo Community College, just 3 minutes from Coast Highway 1in the Aptos area..
The parent organization, Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets, hosts many other markets in the small communities ringing the Bay from Santa Cruz to Carmel. so no matter the day of the week, you can find a market. http://www.montereybayfarmers.org/
Here's a list for the entire state:http://www.cafarmersmarkets.com/index.... You'll find the markets tell the wonderful story of family farming in California's regiions and the extra-rich bounty of those markets along the coast. I hope you can visit more than a few on your travels down the coast.
Some great choices for SB. Ate at Olio Pizza on Friday night and had a delicious mussel special with spicy tomato broth and asparagus with pancetta and poached egg to start and one of their excellent pizzas for main dish. Saturday night went to La Super rica and had our favorite #16 ( Superica special-grilled green chiles, pork and cheese) and some of their special enchiladas. French press is a great coffee place downtown. We also really like Crushcakes for great breakfasts.
Crushcakes & Cafe
1315 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101