In a few days, some friends and I will begin a long bike ride from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, through Pacifica, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Ragged Point, Morro Bay, Santa Maria, Solvang, and Santa Barbara.
It's taken me hours to read up on all these different places on the Chowhound boards. We are from Toronto; I imagine we will be looking for very fresh food, in adequate portions (given our mode of transportation!), mostly brasserie/bistro instead of extremely formal or expensive. Where possible, I'm sure we would prefer places which reflect the local colour or feature some kind of beautiful view.
Some places that stood out to me as I've been reading include:
- Phils Fish Market; Central Texan BBQ
- Saturn Cafe; Linda's on Seabright
- Campagno's Deli
- Wild Plum Cafe
- Restaurant 1833
- Big Sur Bakery
- Giuseppe's Express
- La Bicyclette
- Shawn's (Morro)
- Windows on the Water
- Paula Pancakes; Los Olivos; Panino; Hitching Post; Red Barn
- The Tamale Shop
I am not as worried about finding good places in San Francisco or Santa Barbara as we'll have some time on both ends of our journey, but can anyone chime in on anything we should not miss on our trip? It would be good to know which places definitely require a reservation. We may be somewhat at the mercy of our bike route.
Thanks, in advance!