Clint Eastwood owns an inn and restaurant called Mission Ranch in Carmel, CA. If you’re in the neighborhood, you should go there just for the unique ambiance and awesome views before sunset.
The food is not incredible, it’s fine, but the real reason to go is to watch the sun set.
The restaurant has an outdoor seating area (photo) from which you can see the amazing meadow (photo), with sheep grazing, that spans out to Carmel Bay.
Check out the view of Point Lobos out in the Bay. (photo)
No reason to fear the cold. They’ve got lots of heat lamps and this very cozy fireplace (photo).
This place not only has great food, it’s got history.
You can find it perched above and behind a Shell gas station (of all things) just south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park on Highway 1
It’s a throw-back to the days of the hippies who thrived in this area back in the 1960s and 1970s. After you eat, check out their funky sculpture and trinkets garden in the back.
But don’t let the hippie thing throw you off, the food is fabulous. I have never had a bad meal here.
I was just here between hikes in Big Sur and I had a simple sounding white bean soup with a basket of bread. Let me tell you, the hand made whole grain bread in that basket was the best bread I’ve ever had! They served it with butter and a little pile of rough salt – man I wish I had some right now!
They do the full-on espresso barista cappuccino thing there too, so jam in there for breakfast as well – awesome pastries – everything made on the premises. And the staff is super friendly, groovy and I’m not sure if the brownies have weed in them or not?!? (just kidding)
Definitely check this place out.
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Blossoming Lotus restaurant. Pearl district. Great little restaurant (very little). It’s vegetarian and funky, but very delicious. I’m not vegan and went into this place reluctantly, expecting to hate the food, but my wife insisted. Turns out, the food was great and we went back there many times. It’s located inside a trendy yoga studio called Yoga Pearl. Click here for more local food and snack places.
When you’re in Santa Barbara taking advantage of all the outdoor activities the area has to offer you need to stoke up on some good eats. Yes, they have a Whole Foods and a few Trader Joe’s markets. But, they also have some other good places to find nourishment for those trails and hikes. Click here to check out some excellent places for meals and snacks you may not know about unless you’re a local.