California's Central Coast lures travelers with expansive ocean vistas, gently rolling hills, and, more recently, destination-worthy grub. More than mere pit stops, the following spots capture a sense of place by presenting thoughtful, compelling meals made with local ingredients, served in inspiring settings.
Flour House SLO
At Flour House SLO, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza fuels a lively dining room that opens onto the sidewalks of downtown San Luis Obispo. Illustrated placemats detail the regional pizza's famously strict ingredients—00 flour, San Marzano tomatoes, Mozzarella di Bufala—as well as lesser-known pastas like a Scialatielli. On the restaurant's menu, this is hand-rolled and swirled with shellfish and fish in a cherry tomato white wine sauce.