California Trials
Favorite Restaurants

All of the eating establishments listed below have been frequented by your trusty Bobbleheads, so we can vouch for their quality and caliber. If you have any suggestions, email jzurko@ballpublishing.com and we’ll add them to the list.

Gilroy/Morgan Hill

Black Bear Diner

(One of our favorites for breakfast. There are many locations around California, but we usually go to the one in Gilroy.)

395 Leavesley Road

Gilroy, CA 95020

blackbeardiner.com/location/gilroy


Little India

1340 1st Street A

Gilroy, CA 95020

littleindiagilroy.com

Salinas

Mountain Mike’s Pizza

(There are two locations in Salinas.)


315 E. Alisal Street

Salinas, CA 93901


1670 N. Main Street

Salinas, CA 93906

mountainmikespizza.com

Culturas Hidalgo y Oaxaca Restaurant

473 E. Market St.

Salinas, CA 93905

culturas-hidalgo-y-oaxaca-restaurant.business.site

Santa Paula/Ventura

Spencer Makenzie’s

(One of our FAVORITE places!)

806 E. Thompson Boulevard

Ventura, CA 93001

spencermakenzies.com


Rice Thai Cuisine

387 E. Main Street

Ventura, CA 93001

ricethaiventura.com

Santa Monica

True Food Kitchen

(We stop here every year on our way up from LAX to Ventura. GREAT food!)

395 Santa Monica Place Suite 172

Santa Monica, CA 90401

truefoodkitchen.com/locations/santamonica

Nipomo

Rancho Nipomo BBQ & Deli

108 Cuyama Lane

Nipomo, CA 93444

ranchonipomobbq.com/contact.html

Jocko’s Steak House

125 N. Thompson Ave.

Nipomo, CA 93444

jockossteakhouse.com

San Juan Bautista

The Smoke Point BBQ & Provisions

206 4th St.

San Juan Bautista, CA 95045

thesmokepoint.com

Castroville

Trolley Car Rotisserie

10961 Merritt Street

Castroville, CA 95012

trolleycargrill.com