Van Vignettes: The Californian Coast (Part 3)
As we road-tripped down the Californian Coast, we found ourselves some lovely little pit stop towns to refuel and freshen up for the next legs of our trip.
Highway 1: Big Sur
Meandering down the narrow roads of Highway 1 was a highlight of our adVANtures across America. The two lane winding highway along the Californian coastline was a welcome change from the mundane four lane Highway 101. California had put on a spectacular day for us as we drove along with the sun warm against our faces as we gazed out over the rolling green cliffs onto the glistening blue Pacific ocean. We found ourselves stopping at every view point to get snaps from every angle to capture the picturesque scenery. Beware! Fuel up before you get onto Highway 1, as the gas stations along this section of freeway are extremely expensive! Trust me, we learnt the hard way.
San Luis Obispo (SLO)
San Luis Obispo, or SLO as the locals call it, is a quaint community about six hours south of San Francisco. Before we got to exploring and making the most of our quick pitstop in SLO, we refuelled at the Eureka! Restuarant. From the moment you step foot in the door, you feel like you’re home at your local pub. Televised sporst of all kinds are broadcast on big flat screens, handpicked house music topped off with brillant service and tasty pub classics, the Euerka! is a fun and unique dining experience they define as “eatertainment”. We sunk our teeth into the fish tacos with mango salsa and chips, it hit the spot after a long days driving.To wash it down we ordered a beer sampler, a great way to get a taste of the diverse local craft brews around the area.
Walking off our scrumptious feed from Eureka, we wondered through Higuera Street to find SLO’s famous “Bubblegum Alley”. We could smell it before we actually saw the gum-covered alley way, the sickly sweet smell of 40 year old stuck in our throats
If you are traveling through Santa Barbara, be sure to grab a bite at Sovoy Cafe and Deli. Featured on the Food Network hit TV series, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, their delicious and diverse menu including, freshly baked goods, vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options and award winning salad bar caters to the most sophisticated of palettes. Family-owned and run, Sovoy Deli offers an enjoyable dining experience complemented with fantastic service.