We're driving up to Big Sur from LA in a couple weeks to spend a few nights at Ventana celebrating our anniversary and I have two questions for my fellow CHs:
1. Where should we stop for eats on the way up and down the coast? I'd love to hear people's favorite local spots in SB, SLO, or elsewhere along the coast!
2. For our anniversary celebration proper, we have a reservation at Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn. We want to have one other good dinner while we're up there and I'm coming up a little short. It's a Monday night so Big Sur Bakery is closed (but we have a brunch reservation there on Sunday!). Cielo at Ventana is closed for renovations. We don't want to go to Nepenthe for dinner, although we probably will go there for lunch one day for the incredible view. What I'm reading about Deetjen's isn't really inspiring to me. Should we drive up to Carmel for our second dinner, and if so, where do you recommend? Or other ideas?
In both cases, our priority is to eat the best food available - fancy ambience is not important.