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Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant Restaurant Review: South coast residents flock to this funky, ranch-style restaurant to pick up wood-fired, nine-grain breads and other bakery indulgences like “jammin’ jelly donuts.” The kitchen maintains a simple and pastoral repertoire. For example, there's a burger to remember, served on a house-made bun with thick-cut steak fries, and pizzas that bring the wood oven into play. Still straightforward and in character with the menu, the ante is upped with rustic wild salmon and succotash, or a crispy half chicken that both epitomize craggy coastal cuisine. Anything home-baked equals a home run; when in season, the cherry tart or blueberry ice box cheesecake will please all those on a Highway 1 journey. There's always an interesting label on the evolving wine list. The staff has a flair for the theatrical; but then, what else would be expected in one of the most dramatic places on earth?