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San Carlos Between 5th & 6th Carmel, CA 93921 carmelcalifornia.org Description Downtown Carmel is chockablock full of tasting rooms and gourmet food shops serving up the best of varietals from the Central Coast’s finest vineyards and farms, and the Carmel…

Ocean Avenue at Lincoln Street Carmel, CA 93921 (831) 622-7766 dametracafe.com Description There’s a reason this cozy Greek spot often has a line out the door. Not only is the menu of Mediterranean eats excellent, but the spot has…

Dad’s Donut & Bakery 318 Marine Avenue Newport Beach, CA 92662 (949) 673-88686 Sugar ‘N Spice, 310 Marine Avenue Newport Beach, CA 92662 (949) 673-8907 Local legend has it that the decadent balboa bar was first served in Balboa…

259 E. 17th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949-548-2224 avantinatural.com Avanti Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and nearly all their ingredients are organic and locally sourced. The Bakin’ BBQ sandwich on the lunch menu ($8) and…

703 East Balboa Blvd. Newport Beach, CA 92661 (949) 675-0808 greatmexgrill.com Description Great Mex is a small restaurant with a big reputation. There are great taco deals (for around $1) on Tuesdays and Fridays, but since crowds flood the…

506 31st St. Newport Beach, CA 92663 949-675-0233 altacoffeeshop.com Description In 1985, an old bookstore became Alta Coffee Warehouse & Restaurant, but much of its vintage ambiance remained. Nowadays, locals gather in this cozy spot for brunch on the…

328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA Description All that artwork can really work up an appetite! So grab a bite at the Cool Café, an entirely local, sustainable and organic restaurant. Whether it’s the lack of growth hormones, or the…

689 Bridgeway Boulevard Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 331-3035 lapperts.com Description There’s ice cream and then there’s ice cream. Lappert’s is definitely the latter. Walter Lappert started dabbling in ice cream making during his retirement on the Hawaiian island of Kauai….

737 Bridgeway Boulevard Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 332-9471 hamburgersausalito.com Description The hamburger is the name and the game at this unassuming waterfront hole-in-the-wall. A round grill rotates in the window, charring organic angus beef to juicy perfection. The narrow establishment…