I am driving to Santa Barbara tomorrow evening from San Francisco. I'm hoping to leave at about 5:15 from San Francisco, probably taking 280 to 85 to 101 (though open to better routes if there are any).
I am hoping to make it to Salinas by dinner time so I can get food there (see link to post on California board)....but I want to know if you think traffic will allow me to actually get to Salinas in time. Or should I plan to get dinner in the peninsula instead to avoid congestion in the San Jose/Peninsula area? If so, where would be a good, cheap, fast place?
Any advice would be appreciated, or any favorite food stops for this drive.....
Here's link on CA board: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/512828