Here's a rundown of where we ate:
Jalapeno and bacon burger at the Lost Hills' Carls Jr, on 46 after we exited the I5. This was my first visit to Carls Jr, and it was fine for what it was.
lunch at Tognazzini's Dockside in Morro Bay. I ordered the fried clams and Mexican shrimp cocktail (ketchupy), and my friends ordered Oysters Rockefeller (very heavy on the cheese), bbqed oysters, a burger, the scallop bisque (quite heavy with cream). On another visit to Morro Bay in May 2011, I had ordered the fish tacos and fried seafood platter at the more casual Tognazzini's Dockside Too, and I think I'd order seafood platter or fish tacos next time I visit either restaurant. http://bonniemarietta.com/Menu/Docksi...
dinner at Domenico's in Monterey
We were still full from Tognazzini's, but decided to check out Domenico's for the cioppino. We shared a grilled artichoke, and ordered a cioppino and a bouillabaise for the table. Generous servings, and prices were quite reasonable, at $28/ cioppino or bouillabaise. Fish in the bouillabaise was a little overcooked. Decent for a wharf restaurant. http://www.domenicosmonterey.com/
breakfast at the Monterey Crepe Company
While it wasn't a French-style crepe, our crepe hit the spot. We ordered the Monterey Special, with sundried tomatoes, artichokes, spinach (baby spinach left raw inside the crepe, which is ok with me, even if it isn't how it might be done in France or in French restaurants) and Monterey Jack. Decent cappuccino, and friendly service. http://www.montereycrepecompany.com/
Carmel- We didn't eat in Carmel, but we did purchase some of Lula's Monterey sea salt caramels at the Carmel Trading Company, which were delicious. I wish I'd bought more to bring home http://www.lulas.com/
lunch at Elli's in Salinas Ordered fried artichokes for the table, which came with 3 sauces. I split a taco salad with chicken. Extremely generous portions, friendly servers. I also liked the nojito, a mojito-inspired mocktail.
Decent American-style coffee shop food. http://www.ellisgreatamericanrestaura...
Lodi- we bought apricots and cherries, and tried some wines at the Michael David winery. I'm a novice in terms of my knowledge of wine, but I liked the 2010 Cinsault at Michael David, and we picked up a few bottles. http://www.michaeldavidwinery.com/win...
dinner at Ciao Bella in Stockton. Again, very generous portions. Eggplant parm was quite good. I'd split a main on a future visit.
breakfast at the Inn at Locke House in Lockeford, which was included as part of the B & B. The breakfast of the day was waffles with maple syrup. Neat place to stay, and nice homestyle breakfast.
dinner at China Village in Dublin
We shared Wor Won Ton soup (something that isn't common in eastern Canada), Mongolian beef, salt and pepper shrimp, chicken chow mein and combination fried rice. This place serves great Chinese American food. With good Chinese Canadian food being harder to find where I live lately, this place really hit the spot. http://www.chinavillagerestaurant.net/