If you every travel the Monterey Bay area of Central California stop in Castroville for a couple of reasons. 1.
and most important to me!!!! The Central Texas BBQ
on Main Street does a real good job on it's Que and is worth a stop. and 2.
(the reason for this Post)-- Castroville
is the center of a major Artichoke Growing area in that part of veggie-producing country. I love to mess with steamed artichokes...but at home where 'style' isn't an issue. Keep some seasoned butter melted to dip the leaf-tips into and boy are they good. The Hearts themselves are even better.
Several places in Castroville brag on their deep-fried Artichokes, but I have never tried one so I can't report on them.