Big Sur Bakery
If you’re driving into Big Sur, you’re probably driving to Big Sur—it’s not exactly on the way to anywhere from anywhere, which is part of what makes it such a beloved California escape. Another part of what makes it so beloved is the Big Sur Bakery, an intensely seasonal roadside bakery in a restored bungalow with a huge wood oven. During the day they crank out incredible pastries like ham and cheese croissants, pan au chocolate, and resplendent fresh fruit strudel, along with some straightforward and excellent breakfast and lunch classics, and the best coffee drinks for miles around. At night, the seasonal produce takes a star turn through that wood-burning oven, as do locally sourced proteins and some fantastic pizzas.
How to order: Walk-ins only for pastries and lunch.