Coastal Road Trip from LA to SF... Food Ideas help!
Hi, I am planning a road trip from LA to Sonoma/Napa in June. Some of our stops will include Paso Robles-wine tasting, Pfeiffer State Beach-camping, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Francisco/Oakland-2 nights, Sonoma-wine tasting. Do you have any restaurant/food stop destinations that you could recommend? I have only been to SF once so any suggestions in the Bay area would be nice. Some cheap eats would be nice, but a couple of splurges would be okay too. I live in LA and I would say I am an adventurous eater, we like anything from traveling down to San Gabriel Valley for good Szechuan/dim sum, to Korean to taco trucks Thai street food at Night+Market, to more upscale like Ink, Animal, and Osteria Mozza. We like food from all cultural directions. In particular- good cheap oyster/crab shacks are my ideal locales! So let me know if you can help, also any vineyard/tasting rooms suggestions would be much appreciated. We are just looking for maybe three wineries that are close in proximity that are "must-go's" We like wines in the influence of Bordeaux and Rhone. Locations with breathtaking sceneries but without pretense (not too expensive) Thanks!
In Moss Landing, just south of Santa Cruz, well hidden from the Hwy1 traffic, Phil's Fish Market is a good place for sampling the local catch. Not fancy at all; probably not worth distorting your travel plans for; probably better for lunch than dinner... But I really enjoyed it and plan to return next time I'm passing through. Its surprisingly hard to find unpretentious places that serve fresh, locally caught seafood.
For Paso, I'd recommend Thomas Hill Organics or Artisan.
For the former, don't let the name fool you. This is not some health food restaurant. I've had a very good burger as well as a great pork belly sandwich here.
I've been eating at Artisan off and on since they opened. The Chef, Chris Kobayashi, is a two time James Beard nominee for the West Coast last year.