Roadfood Adventures: San Luis Obisbo to Ventura, California

8 STOPS | 147 MILES | 3 hr 14 min
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Memorable food stops with meals that are California’s alone … sophisticated wineries and wine-tasting rooms: these are the pleasures of an oceanside drive through SLO CAL, named for its easy-going pace, part of California that retains Golden State allure. Much of it is still wide-open country, with a legacy of cattle ranches as well as restaurants and taverns that reflect that heritage in great steakhouse meals and the Santa Barbara favorite, tri-tip beef.

1

Jocko’s Steakhouse

Jocko's is an historic, rough and tumble steak house where choice cuts are grilled over live red oak, Santa Maria BBQ style.

2

Hitching Post

Hitching Post steaks, cooked over fire of live oak wood, come with a full dinner of Santa Maria side dishes that are an old California ranch country tradition.

3

Bob’s Well Bread

Bob's is a bakery using fresh artisan bread in elegant but hearty breakfast dishes. Sweet pastries also are wonderful.

4

Floriano’s Mexican Food and Fresh Cuts

Floriano's is a Santa Barbara County taqueria and butcher using prime beef to cook masterful carne asada. Its salsa bar is a treasure.

5

Cold Spring Tavern

Cold Spring Tavern is a 19th century stagecoach station that serves stand-out Santa Maria style tri-tip and thick, meaty chili.

6

Shalhoob’s Funk Zone Patio

Shalhoob's is a decades old Santa Barbara butcher shop that has recently expanded into a full outdoor bar and grill serving great burgers and tri-tip.

7

Corrales Mexican Food

Corrales is an exceptional Mexican roadside patio offering true examples of Ventura’s town snack, little known to outsiders: corn burritos.

8

Spencer MacKenzie’s Fish Company

Spencer MacKenzie's is a little surf shack fish taco place that serves big portions, fiery sauces, and ocean fresh grilled fish and shrimp.