It all stops and starts with great food, and Atascadero is a great place to spend a casual day from breakfast to burgers.

Start your day with a lovely breakfast at the Country Touch Café, a family-owned and operated restaurant located right off of El Camino Real which is run by a mother-daughter team.

The service is fast and friendly. They can get busy on the weekends, but if you do stop during the morning rush, the homemade applesauce makes it all worth it! The fresh applesauce is made with a perfect amount of cinnamon that’s not too sweet. You'll want to ask for seconds of this home cooking at its best.

“The homemade cinnamon-raisin toast is what dreams are made of,” said one customer. If you thought things couldn’t sound any more delicious, the Country Touch kitchen could turn any omelet into a burrito. If it’s a beautiful day outside, take advantage of their outdoor patio area; it's spacious and has wrought iron tables and chairs.

The portions are enormous so breakfast will get you through your day trip adventure.

Roughly a mile north on Highway 101 is Atascadero’s local theater.

The Galaxy Theater is fresh and new with outstanding accommodations. Buying tickets is a breeze, and you won’t have any worries about the typical first-come first-served because you get an assigned seat.

Are you ready for this? This one-of-a-kind theater is one of the very few theaters that offer a large selection of beer and wine to be enjoyed during your flick! The perk here is being able to have a beverage of your choice in a public area while seeing a new movie on the big screen. You will be pleasantly surprised when you see the VIP auditorium that allows only 21-and-over adults. The seats have high backed chairs that recline to the point that it feels like you’re sitting on a marshmallow. Won’t it be nice to sink into your seat, sip a beverage, eat some popcorn and lose yourself in a great movie?

Do you like historical facts? The Atascadero Historical Museum is no more than a six-minute walk away from the theater. Stop by and take a look at all of the archives. They have lots of interesting information from the historical town of Mexican land grants and the ranchero days. You will be completely taken back in time as you walk into this quaint building surrounded by lush green trees. Did you know Atascadero is the largest city in San Luis Obispo County?

Atascadero City Hall is right down the street and in a section of a beautiful park called the Sunken Gardens. City Hall itself is one of the historical buildings that still stand in this area. It is a sight to see with its striking European architectural influence and a large elegant fountain. It is worth going to this area to catch some sun, or just take a seat on the benches and relax. It is also an excellent place for people watching.

Ready for a great burger? Right by the Sunken Gardens is a burger joint called Sylvester’s Burgers. It is well known as one of the best burgers on the Central Coast. It’s a great place to stop if you appreciate a nice juicy burger that makes your mouth water just by looking at it. Not just that, but it offers you that classic American diner menu; hot wings, milkshakes, and beer on tap. If you want to stop at a place with timeless recipes that defines local business and a favorite local’s choice, Sylvester’s is the place to go.

It's worth noting that they have two additional locations in Oceano and Los Osos.

If it’s your birthday, you’ll get a free burger, and you’ll be treated like royalty. Sylvester’s has an unusual and interesting collection of goofy hats to pose with. Birthday photos are the best, and they just might end up on their wall. Won’t it be great when all your friends see you with a huge flamingo hat on your head and Elton John-sized glasses?

Donna Polizzi is a regional travel expert and founder of Keys 2 The Coast is a travel resource for Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties, offering recommendations on “local choices” for the best places to wine, dine and explore.