Nepenthe's Restaurant about 11:00am. If you arrive much later, it's hard to get our favorite spot. This is the view from our lunch table...
... this burger is so good! There's something about the quality of the beef, the perfect char-grill flavor and the sauce... I sometimes crave them! Nepenthe's has posted the recipe for this right on their website.
I browsed through the gift shop and fell in-love with their new book, "My Nepenthe: Bohemian Tales of Food, Family & Big Sur." It's a beautiful book, with stunning scenic and recipe photographs by Sara Remington. I debated buying the book...hesitated, and then decided I wanted to have more time to check it out, before buying it (more on that later).
After lunch, I asked Craig to stop at The Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant.
This establishment has also published a beautiful cookbook called (appropriately) "The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook: A Year in the Life of a Restaurant", which is also photographed by Sara Remington. This was my first time visiting this establishment. The next time that we drive to Big Sur, I hope to try a meal at this restaurant-- maybe in the summer. I will tell you that, as we drove home, I stopped at Border's Bookstore to grab a copy of the Big Sur Bakery Cookbook and Nepenthe's Cookbook. I found a comfy chair and started to examine both books:
If you ever find yourself on the Central Coast of California-- Big Sur is a "must see" part of your tour. We need to come here more often. It's still "Bohemian" in many ways, but that's what I love about it.