Start the car, and bring your appetite. Here are the absolutely best places to eat along Western highways
Ruddell’s Smokehouse, Cayucos, CA. Heaven. On the Central Coast, smoked albacore tacos, smoked salmon tacos—perfect for eating on the patio or for carrying down to the beach. $; 101 D St.; 805/995-5028.
South Beach Bar & Grille, San Diego (Sunset reader favorite; pictured). As unofficial fish taco capital of the nation, San Diego had better serve good ones. This place, in Ocean Beach, serves great ones, grilled or fried. $; 5059 Newport Ave.; 619/226-4577.
Monico’s Taqueria, Wailua, Kauai, HI. It’s only fitting that Kauai’s tropical coast should boast superior fish tacos: Monico’s succulent fresh ahi version is almost impossible to beat. $; 4-356 Kuhio Hwy.; 808/822-4300.