We're heading to California in mid-February with our 3 year-old, and are looking for a town between LA and Monterey to spend 2 days. Good food and beer are our primary interests, though we'd like to have some other diversions during the day.
Our kid is very well-behaved in restaurants, and she refuses to eat anything remotely "kid-friendly" (e.g., chicken fingers, pizza, Mac n' cheese), preferring curry and olives and raw tomatoes, so any cuisine is acceptable, I'd just prefer to avoid a fine dining scene, or any place that would be a 2 hour meal.
We stayed in Paso Robles last year, so that wouldn't be our first choice unless some new places have opened up. Also, we're already planning 2 days in Pismo Beach, but beyond that, any and all suggestions are welcome. I read some interesting things on this board about Solvang, which I hadn't considered.