7 Places You Have To Eat Along The Pacific Coast Highway

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There’s nothing quite like packing your bags and hitting Highway 1 for a little road trip action (extra points if you rent a convertible). Not only are there tons of gorgeous vistas peppered along the Northern California coastline, but it also touts some of the freshest, under-the-radar bites you’ll ever chow down on. So, don't even think about pulling into the In-N-Out drive thru. 

Lucky for us, Sunset magazine has put together the ultimate guide to where to eat along the West Coast, from Washington to San Diego. Eating Up the West Coast, which hits shelves April 28, is packed with intel on the best grub spots — just in time for you to plan a solid Memorial Day itinerary!

We chatted with author Brigit Binns, who shared her favorite Northern California picks from the book and explained why they're must-hits. Be sure to pre-order a copy of the book now, 'cause you’re going to want to have this one handy for the entire summer. Who's ready to take a drive?
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Hash Brown Waffles At Circa '62
"Who'd have thunk it was even possible to make hash browns into a waffle?" Binns asks. "I assure you that it is, and if you have a weakness for crispy-salty-starchy goodness, please meet your life partner."

Circa '62, 7051 N Highway 1, Little River; 707-937-5525.
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Zucchini-Feta Cakes At Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
"The intrepid road-tripper to Big Sur is amply rewarded for their trek with these green-flecked, tangy-salty cakes," Binns tells us. "Add bacon and a nice Central Coast sparkler for a hedonistic wake-up call.

Deetjen's Big Sur Inn, 48865 Highway 1, Big Sur; 831-667-2378.
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BBQ Oysters At The Marshall Store
"When wood smoke, garlic, and butter meet the estimable oysters of Tomales Bay, attention must be paid," Binns says. "Again and again and again — yes!"

The Marshall Store, 19225 State Road 1, Marshall; 415-663-1339.
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Chocolate-Filled Muffins At Franny's Cup & Saucer
"You could have knocked me over with a feather when I bit into this pale, sugary 'muffin,' and discovered at its hidden heart a mother lode of outrageously rich chocolate ganache," Binns says.

Franny's Cup & Saucer, 213 Main Street, Point Arena; 707-882-2500.
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Lemon Tart At Casino Bar & Grill
"Masquerading coyly as a dive bar, Casino showcases some of the top produce in Marin, and that's saying a great deal," Binns explains. "This tart lives up to its name, with just enough tang and sweetness to seduce, utterly and completely."

The Casino Bar & Grill, 17000 Bodega Highway, Bodega Bay; 707-876-3185.
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Almond Pancakes At Circa '62
"I'm not exaggerating when I say this buttermilk syrup is unlike any food you have ever eaten, anywhere," Binns says. "It is simply and unexpectedly sublime."

Circa '62, 7051 N Highway 1, Little River; 707-937-5525.
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Tri-Tip Sandwich At Sebastian's
"This hefty sammie is the perfect vehicle for the oaky-smoky Santa Maria-style tri-tip for which this region of California is justifiable famed," Binns says.

Sebastian's, 442 Slo San Simeon Road, San Simeon; 805-927-3307.
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