Tasting the Olallieberry Pie at a Tavern in Pescadero, California
The top spot to eat on the San Mateo coast, Duarte’s Tavern (pronounced DOO-arts) is famous for its creamy artichoke-jalapeno soup and pies made from the luscious olallieberry, a local variety of blackberry. The country-style, all-American menu is homey, with dishes like pork chops and applesauce, artichoke omelets, crab sandwiches on griddled white bread, and fresh-caught fish. The room gets packed at peak periods, so beat the crowds and come in between main meals -- the restaurant is open all day. Expect a country-casual atmosphere with pine-paneled walls, linoleum floors, and mismatched antique oak tables; for even more pioneer ambience, dine the adjacent saloon among local characters and passing Harley-Davidson enthusiasts.