Apparently great minds think alike. Here at TripCart we're moments away from releasing our newest guide: the Central California Coast. Over at the New York Times Cindy Price has put together a great piece on her hunt for the best Mexican food along California's PCH (Pacific Coast Highway, also known as California State Route 1). Here's an excerpt from her find along Morro Bay:
Morro Bay is a fishing village about 10 miles north, with a service street that runs along roaring Highway 1. Tucked discreetly into a gas-station minimart, Chapala is easy to miss. Last November, after seeing long lines form for his homemade tacos, its owner, Antonio Dominguez, turned Chapala into a full-service restaurant, with a mariachi band that plays Friday nights. To mark the changeover, a temporary plastic sign flags in the wind.
Inside, the restaurant is awash in color — a vibrant, charismatic place with big wooden chairs brought in from Mexico. Festive music competes with the clank of the kitchen as the host grabs a couple of menus. The tacos are the best yet. The al pastor (marinated pork) is kicked up with a zigzag of cream; the shrimp taco is sautéed in a homemade achiote sauce.