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Travel Channel names Nepenthe in Big Sur for Best Bar Food

07/03/2014 9:32 AM

07/03/2014 9:33 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.

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