I'd appreciate any pointers on this roadtrip itinerary.
We are two SF Bay Area locals, and would like to avoid steak and potatoes or haute French places. Other than that, local favorites and/or dishes are ideal. A few of my choices below are California cuisine, but we'd easily swap those out for international options that are difficult to find the SF Bay Area. Low to mid-range places are preferable-- nothing too fancy.
Also, I'm open to hearing about any interesting food stops along the way that don't require a big detour.
Lunch: Thomas Hill Organics (Pasa Robles)
Dinner: Firestone Grill (SLO)
Breakfast: Bon Temps Creole Cafe (SLO)
Dinner: Taco Temple (Morro Bay)
Monday (New Years Eve)
Snack: date shake @ Palm Springs Fudge and Chocolates (Palm Springs)
Dinner: Ace Hotel & Swim Club (Palm Springs) probably lousy food, but we're going for NYE festivities
Breakfast: Norma's (Palm Springs)
Lunch: picnic food
Dinner: Ruben & Ozzy's Oyster Bar (Palm Springs) or Chef George's (Bermuda Dunes) or Birba (Palm Springs)
Breakfast: Cheeky's (Palm Springs)
Dinner: picnic or Furnace Creek Inn Dining Room (Death Valley)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: picnic or Furnace Creek Inn Dining Room (Death Valley)
Breakfast/Lunch: We plan to drive from Death Valley along 395 and then 14 en route to Santa Barbara. We'll go until our hunger can no longer wait for good food. I'll research some more, but any recommendations along that route prior to Palmdale?