If you're driving from LA to SF or vice versa, you must stop at Casa de Fruta. It's a touristy reststop complex complete with a restuarant, motel, gas station, deli, sweet shop, petting zoo, gift shop, fruit stand and, my favorite, the Casa de Choo Choo for kids. Everything here is named "Casa de" something Spanglish or other.
I adore this place for the kitsch factor, and I introduce all my friends to it whenever we go on a road trip, even though I never got to see the world-famous cup flipper before he retired.
They also have wine tasting, and I always end up buying something exotic at the deli, like bing cherry or pomegranate-grape flavored wine.
Casa De Fruta is one of those places that's on the way to somewhere else and not necessarily a destination. You'll pass Casa De Fruta when traveling from 101 to highway 5 from Gilroy to Los Banos. This is a great place to make a quick stop to use the bathroom and stock up on dried fruit for the long trip to Los Angeles. If you have the time stop in at the Case De Coffee shop, the former home to the world famous cup flipper.
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660 San Felipe Rd, Hollister, CA 95023
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152 San Felipe Road, Hollister, California, 95023, United States
Good for: Business
3800 Airline Highway, , Hollister, California 9502
1271 San Felipe Road, , Hollister, California 9502
This is fabulous sushi and japanese cuisine. Eddie Hoang has been in business here since 1996. The place is recently remodeled and they continue to add new and interesting things to their sushi menu. Eddie is the main sushi chef and owner.. he's part of the greatness of this place. Eddie will usually be able to make any custom roll you like.
Favorite Dish: You must try the Miyako Tacos! I've never seen them anywhere else. I get mine with extra spicy salmon. Also recommend the Big Hawaiian, Dragon roll, and TNT. But everything is seriously so good here!
You'd probably be surprised to hear that San Benito County is home to some of the BEST vineyards and wineries.
Check out the SBC Wine Growers Association website for a list of local wineries, maps, etc.
The two wineries I most recommend are Calera and Peitra Santa. The two are close by each other and make for a nice afternoon of wine tasting. Wine tasting is free except for the premium wines which they charge a small fee. I believe the fee is not charged if you buy something. Pietra Santa also has a fabulous line of olive oils.
The drive to these wineries takes you through some lovely Hollister countryside with plenty of hills and vineyards along the road.