7 Places to Eat During a Highway 1 Road Trip

Last year I did a West Coast California road trip from San Francisco to San Diego. I previously wrote about my food experiences in San Francisco and LA & San Diego, but I thought I would share what I sampled on my way between the cities.

Peter B’s Brewpub

Location: Monterey

After a day of driving it’s nice to be able to grab dinner in a casual environmental, but still get a decent meal. Peter B’s Brewpub is exactly what I was looking for when I arrived in Monterey. It’s a bar with a large restaurant area, so you should be ok to walk in and get seated. With a good sized, American menu there’s something for everyone, but there are no frills. The calamari was tasty and a huge portion, but the nachos also caught my eye! For my main I chose the cod tacos, which is always my first choice; this was another big portion and a delight to eat, with crunchy slaw, chipotle aioli and succulent fish served in 3 soft taco shells. A great place to wind down after a long drive.

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Big Sur Roadhouse

Location: Glen Oaks

Snacks and drinks are essential for a Highway 1 road trip because shops aren’t easily accessible once on the Big Sur. Big Sur Roadhouse is a good lunch stop during your drive, but it’s a busy one! There’s indoor and outdoor seating, with a menu of mainly salads and sandwiches, but there’s also a burger and tacos thrown in. The Caesar salad was the perfect fuel for a day of driving along this incredibly beautiful route!

Splash Café

Location: San Luis Obispo

This was the main foodie stop on my Highway 1 Road Trip, I couldn’t wait to get to the famous Splash Café and try their legendary clam chowder. Head down to Pismo Beach and into the bright and casual café, where you can sit in or takeaway. There are different seafood items on the menu, but you can’t go wrong with the award-winning clam chowder, served in a sourdough bowl. It’s a filling dish, that satisfied all my seaside cravings; definitely worth the stop along the way.

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Yanagi Sushi

Location: San Luis Obispo

Sushi was a random dinner decision and Yanagi was close by to where I was staying, so it was ideal for a tasty and handy meal after a long drive. There’s a huge menu of sushi and grill items, so if you’re a fan of Japanese, there will definitely be something for you here.

Madonna Inn

Location: San Luis Obispo

If you like the colour pink, this place is for you! I went for breakfast, but the dinner space looks super fun too. You can’t miss the big pink ‘Madonna Inn’ sign as you approach and the colour scheme stays the same throughout the property. Breakfast is served in the Copper Café and I enjoyed the Fiesta Omelette, surrounded by my favourite colour.

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In ‘n’ Out Burger

No California road trip would be complete with an In ‘n’ Out Burger. It really is up there as one of the best burgers and best fast food places. California is one of the few places you can enjoy these epic burgers, but make sure to get your fries animal style – you won’t regret it!

Trader Joe’s

California eating can be a mix of fast food, big portions, but also healthy salads. Trader Joe’s is a good place to stop and grab a build your own salad box for a tasty, but healthy lunch whilst on the road.

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