Central(ish) California Trip
Just got back from a road trip through California (from our home in San Diego).
First night & morning: Morro Bay
Dinner at Shawn's on Main (912 Main Street, 805-772-1059)
Upscale casual fair, very well prepared. Shawn & Nicole are terrific proprietors.
Breakfast at Kitty's Kitchen. My wife wanted the free breakfast at the hotel. I wanted to get out and see the local scene. I won the argument and we ended up here. I ordered eggs and Linguicia sausage. It was fine, tasty actually. My wife ordered eggs & bacon. Bacon seemed like it was rewarmed leftovers from the day before. She was not impressed, and I was in the dog house..........when we got back to the hotel she marched straight to the free breakfast.
(890 Main St, 805-772-3677)
Second night: Oakhurst
Erna's Elderberry House
Michelin Star quality fine dinning at the foot of Yosemite, need I say more?
Third Night: Grass Valley
Owl Grill & Saloon: Maybe the best place in town -- anyway, we had a good meal, though nothing was spectacular
Fourth & Fifth Nights: Placerville
Cafe Mahjaic. Not in Placerville proper, out in the woods, so to speak, the closest place to our B&B, actually the closest place within a 30 min drive. So we ate there twice, partly because it was so good and partly due to convenience. But it really is good, possibly the best dining in the Placerville area.
Sixth night & morning: South Lake Tahoe
Evan's American Grill: Very nice atmosphere and food, emphasis on sweet sauces however, just be warned if that matters to you.
Breakfast at the Original Red Hut Cafe -- great diner for breakfast!
Lunch at the Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining. This was good, but didn't live up to the hype. I think it is more about location than the menu.
Dinner at Holy Smoke BBQ in BIshop
Nice, authentic smoked Texas BBQ. Great casual way to finish the trip
Lunch at In-n-Out in Victorville -- just what you expect it to be.
Overall a great trip filled with lots of good food.
Thanks for these great tips for these highly scenic areas of the state, but that so often fall under the culinary radar. PS: I have along agreed with you about Whoa Nellie - more gimmick than finesse. But at least it is a change of pace from chains.
It wasn't bad, actually - we were at the Ascot Suites -- for a freebie they did a decent job. I was just hoping for some nice local ambiance, see a little bit more of Morro Bay and its residents; rather than a cramped lobby full of travelers in a hurry to get on with their day. But with her in a bad mood to begin with and then being disappointed with her meal, it was just not my best moment.
Next time in Grass Valley try Diego's. the food there is way more spectacular than the Owl...
And the Whoa Nellie has changed I believe from the original renegade chef. He now has a place in town that someone I know will give us the name to and the Whoa Nellie is operated by someone else.....
Coffee Pot on the MB Embarcadero makes good p'cakes and waffles; Wee Shack near 41 &1 makes breakfast burritos. Carla's Country Kitchen makes truck driver b'fasts--the valley tourists love the place but I find it greasy and bland.