at Highway 76 and Old Highway 395, near Pala Mesa Village
Up on the windy heights inland from Oceanside, where Route 76 meets Old Highway 395, a little piece of Scotland survives. Alistair, an ex-gamekeeper from Inverness who says he has seen the Loch Ness Monster, and Sandy, his California lady, have set up an old Navy Exchange trailer as a canteen. They serve "Nessy Burgers." No, they're not fishburgers. "They're the nearest thing to the big old Aberdeen Angus burgers you get in Scotland," says Sandy. This summit settlement, with a Mobil station and a huge dusty rest stop for truckers, is a long way from anywhere. But what a location! The San Luis Rey river winding below, hilltops, avocado and orange orchards -- the gedunk with the million-dollar view. It gives you an appetite, so ask for the Hungry Trucker Breakfast (a half-pound Nessy Burger with two fried eggs on top). And while you're chewing, look at one of the books from their library of Nessy literature.