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Fast and Frugal Road Food Along the Pacific Coast Highway

Housed in an early-1900s caboose, Dad’s Luncheonette delivers on a tiny but hearty menu of comfort food standards slightly gussied up by chef Scott Clark, who used to be the chef de cuisine at the Michelin-three-star Saison in San Fran. Among the handful of dishes Clark cooks up, the hamburger and wild mushroom sandwiches are standbys, as is the $5.50 mac ‘n’ cheese; while finer offerings like a smoked and braised lamb with asparagus (served in a lo-fi, road-friendly cardboard box) show up as weekend specials.