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Big Sur eating itinerary (Treebones Resort)

abstractpoet | | Jul 27, 2011 11:19 AM

So I've seen a couple old threads that mention eating options in the vicinity of Treebones Resort, in Big Sur, but they were a few years old and I'm wondering if things are still as grim. I understand that part of the place's charm is how out of the way it is - maybe a 45-minute drive from the main stretch of eating options (and basically all of the most popular parks and beaches), right?

Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions for this proposed itinerary, it would be greatly appreciated. Wife is pregnant and on a low carb diet presently, so we'd like places that would have some options for her - no pizzerias, no sushi, etc. So:

DAY 1: On Saturday, we'll leave from Oakland in the a.m. (say 9-ish)

- I'm wondering if there is any especially good, casual lunch/brunch option on the way down, say in the Monterey or Carmel area? If not, we might just do some kind of Asian on the Peninsula or South Bay.

- Maybe we'll stop to pick up some goodies at Big Sur Bakery. (Granted, the breads and pastries would be mostly for me.)

- We'll settle in at Treebones in the afternoon and probably stay in the immediate vicinity. So I'm thinking maybe we'll just eat dinner there. Have heard very mixed reviews of the actual restaurant at Treebones (good veggies, overpriced and inconsistent entrees, does that sound right?), so I was thinking we might opt for the a la carte BBQ dinner that they serve in the lodge/outdoor area. Anyone tried this option before? I understand they have a sushi bar now too, but again, that doesn't work for the Mrs. Is there another good nearby option I'm missing?

DAY 2: Sunday. I'm thinking on this day we'd just plan on spending the bulk of the day out and about, closer to the main beaches/trails and the Big Sur "town center". Obviously it wouldn't make sense to drive all the way back to Treebones in between.

- Breakfast at Treebones (just eggs and waffles and granola, but it's complimentary, so I figured we could try it one day)

- Lunch at Sierra Mar. Is this the best splurge lunch, in terms of food/ambiance/view? Are reservations necessary for lunch on a Sunday? And are there parts of the resort where non-guests are allowed to hang out?

- Dinner at Big Sur Bakery. This was our favorite place when we visited Big Sur last spring. Expensive by Bay Area standards, but we thought it was a relative bargain compared to other restaurants in the area, especially given the quality. Still a good pick?

DAY 3: Monday. We check out by 11 and chart a leisurely course home.

- Breakfast/brunch at Deetjen's. I remember enjoying this last year, though I can't recall anything that I ate. Better options? I'd consider going to Big Sur Bakery again, but I believe they're closed on Mondays.

Big Sur Bakery
47540 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

Sierra Mar Restaurant
Highway 1, Big Sur, CA