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PolarBear | Aug 24, 200703:45 PM     9

I posted the following "Finding Hidden Gems" on the Media and News board
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/434711

It's about a website: http://www.myzip.com/

I initially used it to check on two areas in Fresno (93721 and 93701) to see if I have been missing anything and was amazed at all the possibilities that came up. (Click on Restaurants in the left margin).

When I plugged in Salinas, I noticed that farther down in the left margin it listed other places in the area and Chualar caught my eye. I was blown away to find that there were five places with food in this little out of the way burg. More intriguing was the new list provided:

Gonzales, CA
Spreckels, CA
Salinas, CA
Carmel Valley, CA
Soledad, CA
Paicines, CA
Marina, CA
Sand City, CA
Tres Pinos, CA

Since I occasionally take the back roads from Fresno to the Salinas/Monterey area, I checked Paicines and found the Panoche Inn listed as a potential stop along with Blossom Hill Winery that I'd noticed the last time through.

Just north in Tres Pinos are The Inn at Tres Pinos, The Veranda Cafe, the Cantina Grill, and Flapjacks Country Cafe.

While exploring the site there was one glitch that appended a bunch of places that didn't belong geographically, but other than that I appears to have some good potential for sniffing around.

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