Because some delicious secrets just need to be shared.
1. Mercado & Taquería de Amigos.
Yes, it is a taquería in a gas station. And it’s really that good, "with the service and the quality that you deserve."
Their shrimp taco. It was so juicy and perfect. Deveined and tender with a beautifully brown sear. Popped the biggest, most beautiful shrimp of them all in my mouth before I took this photo.
2. Pescadero Country Store
The hoity toity sightglass coffee shop next door was closed, but Pescadero country store came to the rescue with reliably good coffee throughout my stay. French Roast or Columbian. And if you feel indulgent, their big chocolate chip cookies aren’t bad at all. They’ll even warm it up for you.
They supposedly have great pizzas too, but I came for the coffee. Arizmendi mug representing in Pescadero!
Don’t forget to tip.
3. Made in Pescadero
Just past the strawberry on the phone pole, this store is basically an art gallery that you can smell, touch, and lay on.
The smell of wood when you walk in is incredible.
The pieces are incredibly artistic and intriguing. I must have picked up and admired every bowl, puzzle, and jewelry box in the place.
Kimberly is the store’s curator and her husband/woodworker owns the store. She is well-versed in all things wood, woodworking, and makers movement, making a visit to this shop better than most field trips to a museum. Definitely a gallery worth seeing.
4. Stage Road Shops
Just follow the rainbow flags.
Judy, the shop’s owner, has an undeniable warmth and amazing smile. Her store has crafty housewares, unique jewelry, textiles from around the world, consignment clothes, and other little goodies.
5. Arcangeli Grocery Co.
They are known for their luscious, one-of-a-kind artichoke bread. After consulting with Rachel, I got a hot one ready to eat and a half-baked for later. Forget the souvenir keychain or magnet, best gift you can get someone from Pescadero is a loaf of artichoke bread from Arcangeli’s. They open at 10am and put out fresh baked loaves every couple hours.
Hoping next time I can try their Avocado or Artichoke honey.
Yes, yes, it gets flack for being a tourist trap. And unfortunately they shoot their prices up to reflect that.
Their artichoke soup though… is as dam yummy as it is ugly.
Their simple fresh crab sandwich is delectable as well. Watch out for your crowns though. I had to pick some shell out of my mouth.
I couldn’t resist bringing home one of their famous Ollalieberry pies to share. I’d be seeing my niece for her 1 month birthday after all. Genetically modified as an ollalieberry is, that pie was ridiculously good.
Don’t forget to send a gracias, fue muy deliciosa! back to the cooks in the back that make the magic happen.
*** Those 6 spots are on the same street off the 1. Just turn onto Pescadero Creek Road, pass the exceptional road sign, and turn left onto Stage road. ***
7. Pie Ranch
This is also just off the 1. And being a sucker for a great road sign, I had to check it out.
Yummy farm eggs that I couldn’t pass up.
Supposedly fantastic pies that I’ll have to try next time. The volunteer said the lemon buttermilk is her fave.
I did try a pickle though. A green bean. And it was fantastic.
8. Highway 1 Brewing Company
Curiosity made me pull over to look at the menu. And then that was that.
Hop fried chicken. When your waiter tells you it’s the specialty, who are we to argue? I tried it. It was juicy, crispy, impeccably cooked. And marinated in beery hops. Since I am just not a hop kind of girl, it wasn’t my fave. But beer drinkers would love no doubt. The mashed potatoes and gravy were outrageous and yummy.
Tasting flight was fun. And the one in the far right? The beautiful, brown one. They call it Ol’ Snaggletooth. It made this bourbon drinking lady a fan of this brewery.
9. The Ocean.
It’s no secret. It’ll take your breath away. And off the 1, there are so many pull offs where you can stop and gaze at the waves. Find your own. Some secrets shouldn’t be revealed.