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Jan 18, 2012 - California Cuisine

California cuisine is as varied as the state itself. It’s easy to sample some of the best cuisine California has to offer with a charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coaches or school bus chartered from Charter Bus California. Ride in your charter bus in style and comfort as you visit vibrant farmers markets filled with fruits and vegetables that are in season year-round, acres upon acres of lush vineyards, or dine al fresco at small boutique restaurants using farm fresh ingredients.

A good way to start a heated debate on your charter bus is by asking where you can get the best tacos in California. To settle that debate, head over to La Taqueria, in the Mission district of San Francisco. The grilled carne asada style taco that is served here melts in your mouth. The setting may be casual, but it’s not one of the cheaper taco places. Free seating means you rub shoulders with a very diverse crowd, and La Taqueria is popular with charter bus visitors and the before party crowd.

If you and your group are down in Santa Monica in your charter bus, visit Michael’s Restaurant for a comfortable and romantic dining experience. Nestled in a beautifully landscaped setting, surrounded by trees and contemporary art, Michael’s is a pioneer of California cuisine, and responsible for some of L.A.’s greatest chefs getting their start. This restaurant prides itself on market fresh ingredients, and assembles them in a creative, inventive manner that epitomizes California Cuisine. This is paired with a very sophisticated wine list that includes selections from Michael's own The Malibu Vineyard. If your charter bus group is lucky, you are likely to spot some of the celebrities who frequent this restaurant.

For the charter bus group that are adventurous in their tastes, you need to try Son of a Gun, in Los Angeles. Building on the success of their first venture, Animal, Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are taking traditional seafood and redefining their taste by combining them with exotic new ingredients. Simple beach shack style food is made complex and vice versa in this low key, minimalist restaurant, continuously surprising diners with items such as smoked fish dip and alligator schnitzel, or their crowd favorite, lobster roll with celery and lemon aioli.

You won’t get much more Hollywood than Lucques. Located in a former carriage house that belonged to silent film star Harold Lloyd, Lucques serves rustic Mediterranean cuisine give a special California twist by Chef Suzanne Goin. Using some intriguing selections from local farmers markets, Lucques ever changing menu reflects both the seasonal availability of produce and the inspiration of Chef Goin. Of note are the razor clams with bacon, escarole and white beans, as well as beluga lentil soup with cucumber yogurt and gingered beets.

For a special gastronomic tour of California, give Charter Bus California a call and find out how they can help you with their fleet of charter vehicles and friendly, personalized service.