These meals stood out in my mind because they needed serious improvement. It is not a good experience when I feel I should have saved my money and gone to the Golden Arches instead!
Nepenthe in Big Sur
The views are fantastic but after swatting at buzzing flies every 30 seconds, we gave up and went inside. The food was very average – their “ambrosia” burger and the tuna salad sandwiches are what you find in a typical diner. I suspect this place is popular because of the views and the lack of eating establishments along PCH. Next time even if I am starving, I’ll wait until Carmel (heading northbound) or SLO (heading southbound) to have something to eat.
Dining Room at Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite
Staying inside Yosemite National Park brings limited dining options. However, when Ahwanee hotel rooms go for $400+ a night and dinner for two in the dining room is $200+, I expect the food to somewhat justify the high price tags. After all, the hotel touts its’ 4 diamond status and all the celebrities who have stayed here. Sadly, the entire meal fell flat. The steak was overcooked and the vegetables were lifeless. Desserts looked and tasted like those pre-made by companies that supply to restaurants. The wine list had far too many choices in the $100+ range and not enough in the $75 and under. Even the dining room was oddly laid out with tables crowded on one side leaving a large expanse of empty space opposite and they kept switching waiters on us – we went through 4 during our meal.