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Los Angeles along the Coast to San Diego


Starting with refreshing smoothies in Laguna Beach, this Coast Highway drive leads to surfer burgers supreme, tacos by the highway, breakfast of the gods and the quintessential SoCal coffee shop.

Orange Inn
Cottage
Kono's Surf Club Cafe
Hodad's
El Indio
Hob Nob Hill
El Campeon
Orange Inn - Laguna Beach , CA
Way back when, smoothies were unique to southern California. The Orange Inn, open since 1931, serves the daddy of 'em all.
Cottage - La Jolla , CA
Sunlight streaming in the windows makes pale yellow walls glow; mellow jazz recordings waft through the dining room and into the palm-shaded patio; pretty waitresses in short-shorts carry the world's greatest granola, homemade buns and muffins at breakfast, and stupendous fish tacos for lunch.
Kono's Surf Club Cafe - San Diego , CA
Kono's lunch menu is a veritable picnic: excellent, fully-dressed hot dogs, satisfying cheeseburgers, BLT sandwiches, and good French fries to accompany anything else. Breakfast is worthy, too, especially the item listed on the overhead menu as “Big Breakfast #1”: two eggs, bacon, a toasted English muffin, a pair of pancakes, and a good-size portion of excellent fried potatoes.
Hodad's - Ocean Beach , CA
Here is the definitive Southern California beachside burger joint, serving truly amazing hamburgers that are a sight to behold. The double, which is two good-size patties, is huge beyond belief, piled inside a broad sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup.
El Indio - San Diego , CA
El Indio is a quick-service take-out shop adjacent to Interstate 5 that has set a high standard for inexpensive Mexican food in San Diego since 1940. An on-premises tortilla press turns out big, warm wheaty ones for burros and chimichangas; there are crunchy, freshly-fried, hot corn tortillas; and one of the best things to eat is that San Diego delight, the fish taco.
Hob Nob Hill - San Diego , CA
Most San Diegans think of Hob Nob Hill as a breakfast spot, a joyous place to start the day with freshly squeezed juice, good coffee and a wedge of blackberry coffee cake or a pumpkin muffin. Lunch and supper are some of the best square meals in the west, served with the grace and charm of a classic SoCal coffee shop.
El Campeon - San Juan Capistrano , CA
El Campeon is a restaurant / bakery / grocery / fresh-juice purveyor that offers great Mexican food at bargain prices. English is barely a second language here, but even those who do not speak Spanish will have little difficulty standing in line and pointing to the ingredients they want in their taco, torta, or burrito.

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