September/October 2021 Issue
Steeped in history and immortalized in Hitchcock’s Vertigo, the small frontier town centered around its 224-year-old namesake mission steps out with present-day diversions.
At first glance, Artsy Chica Boutique might look like a traditional Mexican folk art gallery. Yet peer closer, and you’ll discover artist-owner Monica Shearer cleverly melds her cultural heritage with American pop culture in fun, vibrant artworks such as pan dulce ornaments and paintings that merge Día de los Muertos and Star Wars themes.
In a downtown tasting room dotted with local relics—old restaurant signs, antique mission benches—Brewery Twenty Five pours farmhouse beers crafted in their nearby brewery. (The tasting room is currently open on Saturdays from 1p.m. to 5 p.m.) Don’t miss the bright Citrinitas Fresas kettle sour made with strawberries from neighboring Coke Farm. This fall, a secondary locale will feature an outdoor beer garden with food trucks and a mini farmers’ market.
For dinner, most locals will point you to Inaka, a fetching Japanese restaurant helmed by beloved restaurant vets Janet and Yasuo “Chief” Sakaguchi. Regulars travel from across the region for hand-wrapped gyozas and hamachi-and-avocado-topped San Juan rolls served by three generations of the Sakaguchi family.