Even though we live in San Francisco, arguably one of the most livable cities in the U.S., there are times when we feel the need to hit the ZipCar lot and get out of town. Because we live in the far west side of the city, our easiest choices are to go north to the Wine Country or south toward the beach cities on the coast. If we have an entire day, we go north — the Napa/Sonoma/ Mendocino wineries are about one and a half to two hours away. However, if our time is more limited, and we still want to get a quick fix on a universe that isn't all paved with concrete, we head to Half Moon Bay — 28 miles and 30 to 45 minutes south along the Pacific Coast through forested hills and down some of the most beautiful coastline California has to offer.
We usually take the road through the coastal town of Pacifica. From there, it's a short drive to Half Moon Bay and its historic downtown, where we check out some of the many shops and art galleries before choosing where we want to eat our lunch. (For those with more time, there are a number of pleasant bed-and-breakfasts specifically designed to help visitors unwind.)
As a member of iDine, I always look to see if an iDine restaurant can be one of our choices. A new Half Moon Bay favorite is Casey's Café, located on Main Street in Zaballa Square. Specializing in lighter fare — omelet's, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and enticing desserts — Casey's uses the fine local produce, artisan breads, and selects high-quality vendors for the varied menu items. Additionally, owner Casey has responded to her customers' requests by offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. All of the beef used is hormone and additive free, and she makes a special effort to source organic produce whenever possible.