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The Pacific coast road trip is a storied institution. To the editors at Sunset, it’s also a very appetizing one.

In April, Oxmoor House will publish Sunset’s Eating up the West Coast, a recipe-filled guide to the best restaurants, bakeries, and seafood shacks from California to Washington. Northern California is well represented by favorites like Point Reyes Station’s osteria stellina and Bodega’s Casino Bar & Grill. The latter, says the book’s author, Brigit Binns, “is this old-timey bar that’s been there since the ’40s. A bunch of really interesting chefs take over the kitchen on different nights of the week. It’s this dive bar with excellent, excellent food. It’s extremely unexpected.”

Binns, a cookbook author and the creator of the blog Road Foodie, was a natural fit for the book, having made an annual drive from New York to Southern California and back for several years. The area around Point Reyes station was, Binns says, “my absolute favorite part of the trip. I couldn’t believe how gorgeous it was.”

Her advice for Bay Area wanderers? “The Marshall store [in Marshall] is a must-do. Just sit on the edge of the water and eat those barbecued oysters.”

Originally published in the March issue of San Francisco

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