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15 Destinations to Get Your Wine Fix on the Central Coast of California

It’s been nearly two decades since “Sideways” put the Central Coast wine scene on the map, but like a fine pinot noir, the area has only improved over the years. There are dozens of spots between chic...

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Will be at Rancho Valencia Feb3

by Stefany B. 21 years ago

I will be traveling from NYC to Rancho Valencia (North of San Diego) Feb 3 and would be really appreciative of any info about good places to eat dinner. I follow the NYC board religiously and know...

help! eating or survival in vegas

by adamstoler 22 years ago

have to go for business in late january..any recommendations on where chowhounds can honestly eat here? please, no hotels,buffets,or similar joints, and certainly no chains...and if i see the insid...

Coalinga, CA

by george osner 22 years ago

When traveling in the San Joaquin valley, if I don't have any particular recommendations, I look for a promising Mexican spot. These don't always pan out, but I've had a lot of "hits" overall. Th...

Christmas in Palm Springs (or Santa Barbara)

by deborah 22 years ago

I've been having a terrible time trying to find a place to stay over Christmas that meets the following criteria: 1) within 3 or 4 hours' driving distance from LA 2) accepts pets 3) near great f...

Modesto: new Papachino's

by george osner 22 years ago

When Jack Odichio first opened Papachino's on 10th Street in downtown Modesto, I was one happy boy. Lebanese-Mediterranean food was almost an unknown in Modesto, and here was this wonderful place ...


by The Lead Dogs 22 years ago

Welcome to Chowhound Starship Mellencamp. Bob(TM) has added features that will make these boards much more convenient to use. We'll let most of them be pleasant surprises, but there are two thing...

Bakersfield, CA Recommendations?

by george osner 22 years ago

The recent posts on Basque in Bakersfield remind me that I will be attending a conference in Bakersfield in about 3 weeks--anyone have any other "must-munch" recommendations?

Nice restaurants in Yosemite

by Larry 22 years ago

We will be in Yosemite for 4 days. We already know about Erna's but are looking for other restaurants for lunch and dinner. Oakhurst and Awahnee areas are OK too. Thanks


by Barry Strugatz 22 years ago

Just want to list some of the chow highlights of my recent drive down the coast. Thanks to all who gave me tips. In Oakland: As per web(kennel?)master Bob Okumura. Terrific Vietnames...

Fish Market in Long Beach, CA?

by Heather 22 years ago

Can anyone guide me to a place to get a wide selection of seriously fresh fish? I have tried "special ordering" Opakapaka at Bristol Farms, but not surprisingly they tried to convince me tha...

Lake Tahoe

by Dave Feldman 22 years ago

Anyone have any eating ideas for Lake Tahoe (or in a pinch, Reno)? Going there for a week and I have a feeling I'll get desperate for good eats of any kind.

Big Sur

by Barry Strugatz 22 years ago

Are there any good, kid friendly places in or near Big Sur? Thanks.

Maria's Taco Shop--Modesto, CA

by george osner 22 years ago

Well, hey, I DO like Mexican food, and Maria's is the genuine article. This is a very busy spot, near the Freeway (Hwy 99, on Orangeburg Ave. at the Briggsmore interchange). Great food and ge...

Mexican in Modesto, CA

by george osner 22 years ago

Have I mentioned La Taquiza? A nice downtown spot, on 10th St. near J. Notable mainly for some truly succluent carnitas burritos. Thes folks know how to fix carnitas so it melts in your mouth...

Stockton, CA ?

by Chris Kitchen 22 years ago

I'm going to Stockton on business for a number of weeks and would like any recommendations on nice places to eat. Thanks, Chris

archetypal diner, Modesto, CA

by george osner 22 years ago

The Old Mill on 9th St. (old Hwy. 99) on the edge of downtown Modesto is one of those archetypal, soon to be history places. I say soon to be history because the building is to be torn down to m...


by Tom Armitage 22 years ago

I'm going to Carmel in a couple of weeks, and sure would like some new ideas about where to eat in the general Carmel/Carmel Valley/Monterey area. I've been to Rio Grill, Casanova, and Sans Sou...

Best Breakfast

by sarah Carey 22 years ago

I went to a place in Atascadero CA that had the best breafast ever. I can't remember the name right now (I think I have it written down, does anyone know the name? If I find it I will post it) H...

Pismo Beach / Morro Bay

by Tom Armitage 22 years ago

This coming weekend I'll be in the general area of Pismo Beach and Morro Bay. Any suggestions for chowhounding, other than the Santa Maria BBQ places?

Sandwiches in Modesto, CA

by george osner 22 years ago

Pretty basic chow, sandwiches. Modesto has many places you can go to get a sandwich, but my easy favorite is The Brighter Side, 13th & K Streets in downtown. It's a funky place, run by folks w...

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