A friend and I are taking a road trip this weekend and would love to his some fantastic spots up the coast, or basically north of LA and Santa Barbara.
Top critera - amazing food (any cuisine!)
Secondary criteria - good value
Much less important - service/ambiance
I've been to Santa Barbara many times, so I'm looking for places north of there. I've had excellent Santa Maria BBQ at a place in Guadalupe (Far Western Tavern). We've eaten mediocre sandwiches at the Madonna Inn coffee shop, so unless you've had an extraordinary experience there, I think we'll only stop there to use the waterfall toilet.
But honestly, my friend and I are not picky as far as type of food, as long as it's good... we'll try anything! Of course meat is a plus, especially charred over a fire.
We're completely free this weekend to even go off course to places like Bakersfield or a little village in the mountains if the recommendation is good enough. Our only objective is to have a good time, eat some good food, and be back home by Monday evening.
OK hounds, start your engines! :-)
Thanks in advance!