We left this morning from LA and already visited Irv's for early lunch. Our goal was to reach Santa Cruz by evening and we stopped at Rock n Roll Diner in Oceano, which was located around half way. Rock 'n Roll Diner is situated in two railroad cars which sit next to Highway 1 just outside Oceano. The cars are surprisingly roomy, the one we dined in had double and single booths made with red and pearl checkered vinyl. The cars are decorated with vintage ads and pictures plus rock 'n roll memoribilia. The menu offers everything you expect from a regular 50s diner plus Greek entrees since the owner, Marios Poyuioukkas, was born in Creece.
On the menu they had around ten burger choices. Burgers are made with flame-grilled fresh lean choice chuck steak. All the burgers were served with fries, coleslaw or green salad. I ordered an Elvis Burger which basically was a standard Bacon Cheeseburger. After Irv's I skipped the fries and ordered a green salad.
The burgers were served with condiments on the side. You had a standard choice of lettuce, tomato, onion slice and pickles. The bun was grilled from the inside and was spread with little mayo. The bun was the standard hamburger bun, soft and fresh. I added some mustard and piled my burger with condiments and it came out looking as a perfect burger. Personally I think that this burger image is one of the best I've taken so far. The meat was fresh, mildly seasoned with good taste from the flames. All the condiments were really fresh and crunchy. Overall the taste was pretty standard. Everything seemed to be really fresh which was nice as we were surrounded by fields of lettuce, potatoes and other greens.
This place is worth a visit if you are driving along Highway 1. Prices are a bit on the high side and the food offers no suprises, it's just a good basic burger in great atmosphere. Recommended.
Rock 'n Roll Diner
1300 Railroad St
Oceano, CA 93445