You know how sometimes after a long hike, that sandwich you brought along in your backpack is about the most delicious thing you’ve ever eaten? Well, as that famous chef guy says, we’re about to kick things up a notch. Next time, try skipping the granola in lieu of one of these four gastronomic experiences that are unique to the redwoods region.
- Duarte’s Tavern, located just five miles from Butano State Park, has been family-owned and -operated since 1894. Named an “American Classic” by the James Beard Foundation, their many artichoke dishes deserve just as much acclaim as their famous olallieberry pie. Ask for a half-and-half bowl of cream of artichoke soup and cream of green chile soup for a unique and truly delicious meal.
- From Samuel P. Taylor State Park, you can get to Hog Island Oyster Company in about half an hour. This oyster farm is widely considered not only to produce some of the most delicious oysters in California, but also to be a shining local example of sustainable food production. You can call ahead of time to schedule a tour of the farm or reserve a picnic table by the water and get to shuckin’.
- Twenty minutes from Hendy Woods State Park, you can drink “aplenty bahl steinber horn” (a really great beer) at the Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Located in Boonville, home of the local “Boontling” language, enjoy one of Anderson Valley’s award winning beers (I personally recommend the Boont Amber Ale) while learning about the amazing linguistic history of the valley.
- The Peg House is not your typical rest stop. Right next to Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area along Highway 101, and a two-hour drive from Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, look out for the old police cruiser covered in bumper stickers. This funky spot is known for fresh, barbecued oysters and addictive brownies, and their burgers were featured in Sunset Magazine. Dig into one on the back patio, where you might catch some live music!
Do you know of any other hidden food gems? Share them with us in the comments section below! We’re hungry for more.
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