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Food Adventures in California: Part II

One of my favourite parts of our trip was when we drove up the Pacific Coast Highway from LA to San Fran — the scenic route was absolutely breathtaking. We decided to stop for lunch at Morro Bay, a beautiful waterfront city midway on our route. The shoreline is populated by quaint little shops and restaurants and it was hard picking where to eat. Settled on Giovanni’s because people were lined up all the way to the docks for it — knew it had to be something spectacular. I had the Halibut Sandwich with a side of Garlic Fries. The fries were insanely addictive and the halibut was so fresh & tender. It was there we coined our new motto: The Line Never Lies.

Morro Bay

Keeping with our motto, we decided to have brunch the next day at Dottie’s in San Fran. We waited almost an hour in line and it was absolutely worth it. I ordered the Black Bean Cakes & Eggs which came with grilled corn bread & homefries. We also got one of Dottie’s Famous Pancakes to share. The black bean cakes were nothing like I have ever eaten before. Not sure what I was expecting, but my taste buds were supremely happy. The corn bread was dynamite and when topped with their signature Jalapeño Jelly?! Don’t even get me started.

Black bean cakes topped with pico de gallo, scrambled eggs, home fries and chili-cheddar corn bread
Dottie's Famous Pancakes

We were full from that massive brunch for pretty much the entire day until 10pm that evening when we decided to track down The Melt Bus. Eagerly wanting some cheesy, melty goodness, we drove up to San Francisco General where they set up shop every night. I ordered The Mission which consisted of pepper jack cheese & jalapeños grilled between two slices of sourdough and a cup of their Sweet Corn Tortilla soup. The boys at the truck were absolutely lovely and the late-night meal was perfectly comforting.

The Melt

The Melt

Next morning, we hit up the acclaimed Tartine Bakery for breakfast which was another line-up that didn’t disappoint. We ended up getting an assortment of treats to go (which admittedly took us a while to finish). Everything we got was gorgeous to look at and perfectly delicious — the James Beard Award winning chefs definitely lived up to their name.

L to R: Coconut Macaroon, Gruyère Breakfast Bun, Chocolate Hazelnut Tart, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Lemon Cream Tart, Morning Bun, Swiss Chard Quiche

Check back tomorrow for Part III as we round out the rest of San Fransisco’s delectable offerings.

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