EATING YOUR WAY TO, AND THROUGH, BIG SUR

A list of tasty pit stops from LA to Big Sur (and back) via Highway 1
  1. Breakfast: wood-fired baked eggs at the Lucky Penny
    Located just southwest of DTLA
  2. Stretch Your Legs: Brown Butter Cookie Company
    Located in Cayucos, small beach town just outside of Santa Barbara, the bakery churns out fresh cookies hourly. Get a dozen of the original brown butter sea salt to enjoy en route to San Simeon.
  3. Hearst Castle Lunch
    Get a burger at Sebastian's, a cafe housed in an 1800s building. The beef comes from the grass fed cattle at the nearby Hearst Ranch.
  4. Sunset Dinner/Cocktail
    After those last few harrowing hairpin turns along Highway 1, pull into Nepenthe and treat yourself to a Bloody Mary or Dark and Stormy while watching the sunset. Food is so-so but great view. Fun fact: this piece of land used to be owned by Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles.
  5. Day 2: Big Sur Breakfast
    Big Sur Bakery has croissants that rival Paris. Or eggs/blueberry pancakes at Deetjen's Restaurant near Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
  6. Pre-Lunch Nirvana
    Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn sits on 100 acres of land overlooking a cliff. Chef John Cox makes bread with local acorns and harvested kelp. Pacific Gold oyster with a pickled sea grape...sigh.
  7. Sushi Lunch in Morro Bay
    Go for the Harada sushi bar near the Morro Bay aquarium
  8. Ice Cream Break in SB
    McConnell's on State Street -- been there since 1949--and has its own creamery. Salted caramel chip is a favorite.
  9. Oyster Detour in Ventura
    Plan your southern route back to LA so you hit Ventura around sunset. Park at the Buenaventura State Beach lot and hunt down the Jolly Oyster Truck (Friday-Sunday)