The other reason to come to Duarte's is the pies, which have a rich, flaky, bronzed crust and filling just sweet enough to bring out the natural flavors of the fruits. In the olallieberry version, the pie-maker let the sweet/tart interplay of the local berries speak for itself, while apple filling had a hint of warm spice and pliant fruit that seemed to melt into the buttery crust.

The California Casserole at La Casa Rosa looks like leftovers, but tastes deeply satisfying.
Anna Roth
The California Casserole at La Casa Rosa looks like leftovers, but tastes deeply satisfying.

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La Casa Rosa
107 Third St., San Juan Bautisa, (831) 623-4563.
Hours: Mon, Wed-Sun 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Duarte's Tavern
202 Stage Road, Pescadero, (650) 879-0464.
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Fortified by soup, pie, and the comforting weight of the past, I paid my bill and headed back to the city.

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MaryAlice Denson
MaryAlice Denson

"...walker-rattling retirees..."??? We've been retrained about ethnic slurs, color slurs, gender slurs. Isn't it time to get over ageism? We are all going there, we hope.

 
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