Influenced by the many cultures that have become a part of the state, California’s unique fusion of cuisines is varied and impressive. Hispanic and Pacific Asian cuisines have produced an abundance of cozy taquerias, sushi restaurants and curry spots where diners can have a transcendent experience at reasonable prices. And higher-end bastions of multicultural cuisines, such as San Francisco’s famed Slanted Door and Los Angeles area’s Nobu Malibu , are among the state’s most highly regarded establishments.
Californians pride themselves on their legacy of producing exceptional organic foods and many of the state’s restaurants, such as the Sonoma’s Zazu serve classic dishes so fresh that the produce is grown on site and only picked after a dish is ordered. And with a growing emphasis on the importance of eating locally, restaurants like Napa’s The French Laundry and Sacramento’s The Kitchen , where the chefs partner with local farms and dairies, have become the most sought after dining spots.
Vegetarian, vegan and raw food also get a starring role at culinary hot spots like Greens and Leaf Cuisine , where chefs make gourmet food so masterfully, you’d be hard-pressed to tell that you’re eating your veggies.
Adding to these culinary treasures are the settings in which visitors can break bread. Whether its enjoying fresh oysters on sparkling Tomales Bay, enjoying fish tacos on San Diego’s Mission Beach, sipping a fresh date shake in sunny Palm Springs, or eating a classic hamburger at the base of Yosemite Falls, you can only find it in California.