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World's Largest Artichoke
11261 Merritt, Castroville, California
Castroville is the Artichoke Capital of the World, and the Giant Artichoke is a fitting icon for the town. The Giant Artichoke is a must-stop for anyone traveling to or from the Monterey Peninsula. The deep fried artichoke hearts, while clogging your arteries, are majorly tasty; these should be eaten hot or at least warm, though -- few things are as unappetizing as these little nuggets the next day. The restaurant is on the right of the artichoke, the fruit and vegie stand to the left. You can get bags of frozen artichoke hearts for deep-frying at home, too. Mmmm!
Photographs © Luke W. Cole
The Giant Artichoke has inspired some fun photographs over the years, check the links out...
Michael Shay's arty black-and-white take on the 'choke
Phil G's meditative photograph of the interior of the Giant Artichoke Restaurant
Glass, Steel and Stone's musings on the Giant Artichoke
Roadside America's page on the Artichoke
Chloemichelle poses by the giant vegie (it gives you a sense of scale)
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