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The view from the patio at Nepenthe in Big Sur is fabulous, complemented by an appetizer of goat cheese and garlic.

Travel Channel names Nepenthe in Big Sur for Best Bar Food

Published: Thursday, Jul. 3, 2014 - 9:32 am

The Travel Channel has long been a faithful companion, accompanying viewers around the globe and introducing them to vicarious adventures they wouldn’t ordinarily experience.

Recently, its producers asked experts in the food-travel field — hosts of food-centric TV shows, professional food writers and photographers, and a select group of foodies — to compile a list that goes like this: “We’ve pulled together 10 foods (from around the nation) that scream ‘summer,’ and the restaurants in iconic summer destinations that prepare them best.”

Taking the title for Best Bar Food is Nepenthe, the fabulous restaurant-compound perched on a mountainside overlooking the Pacific Ocean (48510 Highway 1, Big Sur; 831-667-2345, As good as the food is, the view from the terrace is better.

Food writer-cookbook author Casey Barber reported from the scene: “I'm one of those travelers who stop at Nepenthe in Big Sur after a day of hiking for a few simple pleasures — a glass of wine from Monterey County and some California-made snacks (such as) Laura Chenel goat cheese and creamy roasted Gilroy garlic.”

For the full list of 10 — which includes Best Seafood Restaurant, Best Barbecue and Best Ice Cream shop — click here.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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