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s unlikely as it may seem, lil’ ol’ Monterey County can make a strong claim for a spot at the table with the world’s greatest dining regions. With 1,200 eateries, it enjoys one of the highest per capita concentrations of restaurants anywhere. Countless top-notch restaurateurs have migrated here to stake their claim, and the reason is simple: close proximity to the freshest ingredients. It all begins with the Monterey Bay home to a virtually endless variety of seafood. From spot prawns and sand dabs to abalone and halibut—not to mention the ubiquitous squid and countless other species of edibles—Monterey Bay is the region’s natural fish market. Both Monterey and nearby Moss Landing are home to a commercial fishing industry that acts as the feeder system for local restaurants and shops. To go along with all that delicious seafood, you’ll need some veggies and salad. Lucky for you, the fertile Salinas Valley just happens to be known as “The World’s Salad Bowl.” Practically every vegetable and type of lettuce is grown here. And don’t forget artichokes, because just 15 miles north, in Castroville, lies the artichoke capital of the world. How about a little garlic to season it all with? Just a little further north is Gilroy, the garlic capital of the world. Ah, but you’ll need something to help wash it all down. Fortunately, Monterey County is home to approximately 50 wineries, from the historic Chalone Vineyards to the intimately boutique (but still world-class) Chateau Christina. For beer drinkers, English Ales in Marina, Peter B’s in Monterey ad Monterey Coast Brewing in Salinas provide local suds with award-winning aplomb. There’s no shortage of places to experience this bounty. Taste local ingredients prepared in tiny trattorias, bodacious bodegas, delicate dim sum spots, timehonored taquerias and down-home mom and pop shops. Dine out for a few delicious bucks at a casual spot like Turtle Bay Taqueria or go the distance and indulge yourself at venerable establishments like Pacific’s Edge and Marinus. That’s just the tiny tip of a very large iceberg lettuce head. So loosen that belt and dive right in. There’s a lot to explore.

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Hwy 1 & Rio Road, Carmel (831) 625-5436

Highway 68 at Canyon Del Rey, Monterey (831) 647-1444

414 Calle Principal, Monterey (831) 648-8880

Prescott & Wave on Cannery Row, Monterey (831) 372-8880

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seafood
aBaloneTTi seafood TraTToria
Treat yourself to the joy of squid at this local seafood landmark with an unbeatable view. You can order Abalonetti’s famous calamari prepared six different ways or choose from a full menu of other seafood dishes. Full bar. 57 Fisherman’s Wharf 1, Monterey, 373-1851.

John Pisto’s fine establishment serves the freshest seafood available with an Italian accent and has an oyster bar to boot. 50 Fisherman’s Wharf 1, Monterey, 372-3655.

Massaro and sanTos
All alone on the Coast Guard pier is a classic Italian seafood restaurant with stunning 180-degree views of the bay. The kitchen has a skillful way with seafood linguine, crab ravioli, cioppino, fresh seafood and steaks. Full bar. 32 Cannery Row (at the Coast Guard Pier), Monterey, 649-6700.

fish hopper
If it’s seafood and a view you want, here’s your place. Fish and crab from the bay are served along with lobster, prawns, pastas, prime rib and the award-winning clam chowder. 700 Cannery Row, Monterey, 372-8543.

MonTerey fish house | VillaGe fish house
As the name implies, seafood is the Fish House’s strong suit. Traditional homestyle cooking with an Italian influence and a touch of Japanese flavor characterizes many dishes, including the Holiday Pasta, a combination of seafood served in a tomato sauce, and a whole cod sautéed in sake. 2114 Del Monte, Monterey, 373-4647; 19 E. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 659-4671.

Café fina
Café Fina features seafood and Italian dishes in a beautiful waterfront setting. Favorites include prawns, rack of lamb and the signature dish, Pasta Fina. 47 Fisherman’s Wharf 1, Monterey, 372-5200.

fishWife
Consistently chosen the best seafood restaurants in a county filled with excellent competition, the Fishwife’s two locations offer variations on a theme—California cuisine with Caribbean flair. The Asilomar location is a casual beachtown gem serving delicious dishes like salmon with cilantro and serrano aioli; the Seaside location has a similarly inventive menu notable for its Tilapia Cancun and catfish sandwiches. 1996 Sunset Dr., Pacific Grove (at Asilomar Beach), 375-7107; 789 Trinity St., Seaside, 394-2027.

doMeniCo’s on The Wharf
For a steaming, flavorful bowl of seafood cioppino and a gorgeous view of the water, Domenico’s is second to none. Television chef

old fisherMan’s GroTTo
For over 55 years, Old Fisherman’s Grotto has been serving great fish, lobster, crab, pasta, chicken, steaks and its famous Original Monterey Style Clam Chowder. There’s a full bar and banquet facilities on site too. Another plus: every table has an ocean view. 39 Fisherman’s Wharf 1, Monterey, 375-4604.

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Golden fish seafood resTauranT
Sensuous textures and succulent flavor are the watchwords at this Caribbean/Latin American-style eatery, where the service is excellent and a wide variety of seafood is available. Try the halibut. 221 Main St., Oldtown Salinas, 422-4946.

phil’s fish MarkeT
Phil’s is a landmark in the funky, charming fishing village of Moss Landing, 20 miles north of Monterey. Sit at a picnic table inside or out on the heated patio and enjoy chowder, cioppino or fried fish the way they did back in the old days, then bring a cracked crab back to your room for a late-night snack. 7600 Sandholdt Rd., Moss Landing, 633-2152.

isaBella’s
For some of the freshest and most ecologically friendly seafood to be found on the Monterey Peninsula, try colorful Isabella’s, located right on historic Fisherman’s Wharf. 60 Fisherman’s Wharf 1, Monterey, 375-3956.

laTTiTudes
One of the best tableside views in the region is complemented by fresh seafood, quality steaks and live jazz in the bar, making Lattitudes the new address for fun and California cuisine at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove. Open daily from 11am. 631 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove, 658-0880.

salinas Valley fish house
This family-owned-and-operated restaurant features a California-style seafood selection and is distinguished by its oak barbecue pit. The pride of the fish house is the barbecued oyster platter, which the proprietors boast will warrant multiple return visits. 172 Main St., Oldtown Salinas, 775-0175.

leMonGrass seafood Bar & Grill
With a menu that spans no less than eight pages (drinks included), patrons of this new addition to the Monterey County dining scene have plenty of options. The creative kitchen at Lemongrass takes traditional Thai dishes and infuses them with king-size helpings and fresh seafood, straight from the Bay. 413 Moss Landing Rd., Moss Landing, 633-0700.
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sand Bar and Grill
Suspended just a dozen feet above the water beneath the commercial wharf, the Sand Bar offers carefully prepared classic seafood dishes in a warm and friendly setting with a lovely view. It’s a locals’ favorite, thanks in part to its excellent calamari appetizer. Municipal Wharf No. 2, Monterey, 373-2818.

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sarDIne faCTory
Overlooking Cannery Row, this landmark restaurant boasts one of the area’s finest wine cellars as well as a reputation for impeccable service, excellently prepared local seafood and quality meats. Elaborately decorated dining rooms and live entertainment nightly in the lounge make for a memorable dining experience. 701 Wave St., Monterey, 373-3775.

california classic american
BahaMa BILLy’s
Sit back and relax in the tropical setting of Bahama Billy’s. The Caribbean-inspired cuisine is as creative as it is delicious, with innovative dishes such as sweet potato fries, Calypso ciabatta bread, prime steaks, lobster tail and Alaskan king crab. Full bar and outdoor heated patio. 3690 The Barnyard, Carmel, 626-0430.

this cozy roadhouse on the river. Summertime sees live music every Sunday afternoon as locals drag bent-willow chairs into the shallow creek for a cool little getaway. 25 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, Big Sur, 667-2700.

BoUChÉe
Newly renovated, this cozy locals’ favorite offers a modern bistro menu based on local ingredients. The wine list is superlative; Bouchee shares a 4,500-bottle cellar with its sister properties L’Auberge and Cantinetta Luca. Mission between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel, 626-7880.

sea harVesT resTaUranT
All four of the Sea Harvests are top choices for ocean-fresh seafood, whether in seafood pasta or fish and chips. Grilled or broiled fish, 18 varieties in all, are available in the market and the restaurant. Four locations: 100A Crossroads Blvd., Carmel, 626-3626; 598 Foam St., Monterey, 646-0547; 1136 Main St., Salinas, 422-2016; 2420 Highway 1, Moss Landing, 728-8686.

BIG sUr BaKery
Much more than a bakery, this laid-back, airy house-turned-restaurant offers perfect coffee drinks and sandwiches during the daytime and wine, pizza and heartier entrees at night. The style is hippie nouveau, with an emphasis on simple preparations and fresh produce. Highway 1 in Big Sur, near the post office, 667-0520.

The C resTaUranT
The brand-new Clement Monterey Hotel has put its sparkling oceanview C Restaurant into the trusty and talented hands of local culinary master Jerry Regester, whose impressive resume includes stints at Wente Vineyards and The Lodge at Pebble Beach. He has created a menu defined by two words—local and sustainable—partnering with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program to serve up eco-friendly seafood. A full bar, outside seating

BIG sUr rIVer Inn
American-style comfort food made with organic ingredients and grass-fed beef awaits at

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and its on-top of-the-bay placement help make it the most talked about eateries in town. 750 Cannery Row, Monterey. 375-4500.

ChrIsToPher’s on LInCoLn
Chef Christopher Caul presents elegant comfort food in a casually chic environment. Think pan-seared chicken with polenta and wild mushrooms, or the tequila-cured salmon. Lincoln between Fifth and Sixth, Carmel, 626-8000.

CafÉ rUsTICa
Located in sunny Carmel Valley, charming Café Rustica brings the flavors of Italy, Alsace and California together in one irresistible package. The setting is casual but upscale and so is the food; thin-crust gourmet pizzas, fresh seafood, and abundant seasonal vegetables are the order of the day, as is the carefully crafted wine list. Reservations advised. 10 Delfino Pl., Carmel Valley Village, 659-4444.

started a new location in Carmel. Executive Chef Anthony Keene has been appointed to continue his crafty cuisine, blending classical American cuisine with a few flairs of the French tradition. The chic Citronelle Lounge sits next door for those looking to relax with cocktails and lighter fare. 1 Old Ranch Rd., Carmel, 625-9500.

CIeLo
Organic seasonal produce harvested from Ventana Inn’s own gardens is paired with the freshest seafood, poultry and steaks on this inspired Mediterranean-influenced menu. The breathtaking natural setting of this famous resort confirm that Cielo indeed deserves its name, which means “heaven.” Ventana Inn, Highway 1, 28 miles south of Carmel, Big Sur, 667-4242.

CorKsCreW CafÉ
The owners of Georis Winery created this restaurant in a building reminiscent of an Old West café, with a garden patio out back for those balmy Carmel Valley evenings. A select menu is big on organic foods (thanks to a next-door garden) and creative touches. 55 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 659-8888.

CharT hoUse
Just because one’s expectations are high upon walking into the Chart House doesn’t mean a meal there can’t be surprising. Slowroasted prime rib, Caesar salad and fresh seafood specialties anchor the menu. And then there’s the Chocolate Lava Cake. 444 Cannery Row, Monterey, 372-3362.

The CoVey
This celebrated restaurant’s ever-changing menu highlights the freshest ingredients from local farmers and fishermen. The Covey is widely recognized as a premier Carmel Valley destination. Tableside service is enhanced by an award-winning wine list. 8205 Valley Greens Dr., Carmel, 620-8860.

CITroneLLe
Award-winning chef Michel Richard is our culinary community’s man of the hour. After his east coast version of Citronelle took the Washington DC dining scene by storm, he’s

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DISHES BISTRO & GRILL
California and the Mediterranean come together in flavorful, fresh and natural cuisine. Dishes boasts everything from fresh seasonal seafood, steak and chicken to gourmet pizza. Full bar. 330 Reservation Rd., Marina, 883-1207.

can dine in comfort beneath the stars. Fifth and Junipero, Carmel, 624-2233.

GARDINER’S RESORT RESTAURANT
A buffet-style lunch of rock shrimp, steamed artichoke, fruit, salads, smoked salmon and more in an idyllic Carmel Valley outdoor setting turns a simple meal into a getaway at this hotel resort. Later, a five-course menu awaits diners who are ready for a leisurely and enchanting meal of seared duck, veal chop, prawn duets and pan-fried chicken. There is a full bar and fireplace to while away the evening. 114 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 800-453-6225.

of dining on Colorado rack of lamb and serious cioppino. Portola Plaza Hotel, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, 649-2698.

L’AUBERGE CARMEL
Executive chef Timothy Mosblech prepares fresh-from-the-farm contemporary California cuisine with European flair. The 12-table restaurant features an underground wine cellar constructed to house a 4,500-bottle collection. Bistro L’Auberge offers a more casual dining option with a limited menu. Monte Verde between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel, 624-8578.

THE DUCK CLUB GRILL
Located 15 feet above the Monterey Bay inside the stunning Monterey Plaza Hotel, The Duck Club pairs its picture-perfect location with classic American cuisine and a dash of California flair. Lobster, oak-grilled Harris Ranch steaks and pomegranate-lacquered halibut are a sampling of what’s in store. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations recommended. 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, 646-1706.

HOG’S BREATH INN
Clint Eastwood’s famous Carmel eatery is steeped in cool Western ambiance, thanks to rustic décor and numerous paintings of Our Hero plus a nice patio tucked away out back and lit by a half-dozen fireplaces. The no-fooling-around menu appears to be straight-ahead American fare but has a tasty California twist. San Carlos and Fifth, Carmel, 625-1044.

LALLAPALOOZA
This airy restaurant/martini bar in downtown Monterey overflows most evenings with well-dressed professional types. The American menu highlights gourmet burgers, grilled salmon, ribs and Angus steaks. The full bar has almost two dozen martinis; requests of “shaken, not stirred” are most assuredly honored. 474 Alvarado St., Monterey, 645-9036.

EARTHBOUND FARM’S ORGANIC KITCHEN
Since 1984, Earthbound Farms in Carmel Valley has delivered fresh, organic, and pesticide-free produce to the world at large. Its Organic Kitchen, next to flower fields and an organic farm stand, continues this tradition with healthy and delicious soups, salads, and much more. 7250 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 625-6219.

HULLABALLOO
Barbecued ribs and chicken-fried steak share a place on the menu with Europeaninspired offerings like daily risotto specials. Note to chocoholics: Pay special attention to the dessert menu. 228 Main St., Oldtown Salinas, 757-3663.

MARINUS
Chef Cal Stamenov’s mastery of Europeaninspired cuisine and Bernardus’ magnificent wine cellar, coupled with four-star service, explain why Marinus is one of the Peninsula’s only Zagat-rated dining rooms. A must-visit for any serious foodie. 415 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 658-3595.

FORGE IN THE FOREST
The Forge is a decades-old Carmel tradition that sets the standard in local al fresco dining. Choose from hearty soups or sandwiches served with thick, satisfying fries or indulge in steak, seafood or pasta. At night the cozy garden patio is heated with brick firepits so you

JACK’S LOUNGE AND RESTAURANT
An elegant nautical-themed restaurant and pleasant outdoor patio enhance the experience

MAX’S GRILL
Owner/Chef Hisayuki Max Muramatsu has enjoyed chef stardom in his native Tokyo,

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Best Restaurant in Big Sur

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where he regularly won best chef awards at Tokyo’s famed Maxim’s of Paris. Stateside, he earned the same nod at Carmel’s Anton & Michel. His mastery of classical French and Japanese cuisine makes this a local treasure for fans of delicious California food and warm hospitality. 209 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 375-7997.

Cielo
Best Restaurant in Carmel

WesT enD CafÉ
A true original, this ecofriendly eatery in a trendy corner of industrial Sand City makes eating gourmet sustainable food both fun and affordable. Artisanal breads and cheeses, local Corralitos meats and produce from Monterey Bay farmers are combined in unique but unpretentious dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Think goat cheese omelets, bison sausage sandwiches and lavender panna cotta. 1725 Contra Costa Ave., Sand City, 39-GREEN or 394-6000.

Cantinetta Luca
Best Restaurant in Carmel Valley

Wills Fargo
Best Restaurant in Marina

MIssIon ranCh
Sheep grazing on green lawns against views of Point Lobos, white picket fences, a large outdoor patio—there’s plenty of charm to go around at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch. Add great preparations of food like steaks and salmon, a Sunday brunch and a piano bar, and it’s clear why Mission Ranch is the place to be for casual dinners and laid-back nightlife. 26270 Dolores St., Carmel, 625-9040.

AJ Spurs (now RJs Steakhouse)
Best Restaurant in Monterey

Enjoy… the Best Margaritas, Dining on the Deck and Live Music!

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PaCIfIC’s eDGe
Soul-stirring ocean views mark this beautiful, upscale Carmel Highlands restaurant, where a huge wine list and award-winning California cuisine always make for a memorable evening. Downstairs, the less formal California Market offers its own stunning views and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner options, either inside or on the heated terrace. Highlands Inn, Highway 1, four miles south of Carmel, 622-5445 and 622-5450.

Tarpy’s Roadhouse
Best Restaurant in North County

7166 Carmel Valley Rd • (831) 625-2252
Valley Hills Center (Next to Quail Lodge) Just 3.4 miles from Highway 1

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Montrio’s bustling downtown location, stylish décor Best Restaurant and friendly service have won in Pacific Grove it a place in locals’ hearts, Passionfish but it’s chef Tony Baker’s flavorful California cuisine that locked in a culinary award from PaCIfICa CafÉ & Bar Esquire. Try any of the creative “small bites” With a new chef and a revised menu emphaand one of the outrageously tender steaks. The sizing sustainable seafood choices, Pacifica ever-changing seafood specials are a sure bet, is redefining the hotel restaurant. Inventively too. 414 Calle Principal, Monterey, 648-8880. prepared halibut, scallops and sablefish, plus

Phil’s Fish Market

“Fit for the Gods”

nePenThe
People come for the scenery and fall in love with the food. For 55 years Nepenthe has been cooking up all-American favorites like steak, seafood and burgers; it also boasts one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean in the world. Whether you sit outside on the oak-shaded deck or dine within the rustic wood interior, be forewarned: once you relax in this very special restaurant, you may never want to go home again. Highway 1, Big Sur, 667-2345.

Cornish game hen, steak and burgers, give everyone something to love. The local wine list is a big plus. In the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1441 Canyon del Rey Blvd., Seaside, 393-1115.

PassIonfIsh
This out-of-the-way jewel has attained nearcult-like status among local foodies, who swoon over its Wine Spectator-award-winning cellar and mouthwatering menu. Dishes like Alaskan halibut with black-pepper rum sauce and rack of lamb with goat-cheese ratatouille timbale are made with only the finest sustainably harvested ingredients. 701 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 655-3311.

Fine Greek Restaurant

norMa Jean’s
An oasis of warmth, serenity and good food awaits at this North Monterey eatery. Located on Fremont Street near many hotels, Norma Jean’s features handcrafted specialty plates of local fish and produce with a Mediterranean flair. Serving lunch and dinner and also breakfast on the weekends. 2339 N. Fremont St., Monterey, 372-3265.

PoInT Joe’s MonTerey
Two chefs from the Monterey Bay Aquarium teamed up to create a refreshing dining experience that’s eco-friendly as well as delicious. Don’t miss the fresh grilled tuna sandwich or the breaded sand dabs with organic greens. 2169 N. Fremont Blvd., Monterey, 655-3355.
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Downtown Monterey

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RED HOUSE CAFÉ
Simplicity, comfort, and relaxation reign here, from the decor to the food to the service. Three small dining rooms and a porch fill up with locals looking for “contemporary American” that includes robust salads and outstanding small plates. 662 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 643-1060.

visible from every table. The menu includes fine steaks, fresh rainbow trout and baked lobster tail. 10 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, Big Sur, 624-2933.

STOKES
Set in a gorgeous, airy 175-year-old adobe in downtown Monterey, Stokes restaurant is a fitting showcase for chef Brandon Miller’s rustic but elegant sensibility. Pan-seared fish, homemade cheeses and pastas, and a stunning duck confit complement slow-roasted meats from the wood-burning oven on Stokes’ intriguing menu. 500 Hartnell St., Monterey, 373-1110.

ROSINE’S
Rosine’s has taken American comfort food and elevated it to an art form. Generous portions, friendly staff, reasonable prices, and a terrific old Monterey location make Rosine’s a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Don’t miss the towering layer cakes. 434 Alvarado St., Monterey, 375-1400.

RIO GRILL
A vibrant, lively atmosphere and colorful décor provide the perfect complements to the Rio Grill’s innovative mix of California and Southwest regional cuisine. Start with the fireroasted Castroville artichoke, then move on to the pork tenderloin or the pumpkin seedcrusted salmon, and you’ll know why the Rio is one of the area’s top restaurants. Crossroads Center, Highway 1 and Rio Road, Carmel, 625-5436.

TARPY’S ROADHOUSE
Whimsical sculptures and beautiful watercolors adorn this attractive stone ranch house, built in 1917. Excellent salads and innovative entrées, ranch-raised venison, game chops, and fresh seafood are prepared and served with impeccable style. Highway 68 and Canyon Del Rey Boulevard, Monterey, 647-1444.

SIERRA MAR
The stunning glass-and-granite Sierra Mar restaurant offers its guests a panoramic view of the Big Sur coastline from 1,200 feet in the clouds. It’s an apt setting for chef Craig von Foerster’s masterful delivery of California and French-influenced cuisine. See why Zagat has ranked it the top hotel restaurant in California. Post Ranch Inn, Highway 1, 27 miles south of Carmel, Big Sur, 667-2800.

ROCKY POINT
When asking for the best seat in the house at Rocky Point, you’ll have to be more specific. A spectacular view of the ocean and coast is

TERRACE GRILL AT LA PLAYA
Fresh Monterey Bay seafood and lush Salinas Valley produce culminate in tasty European-inspired creations. Enjoy dinner on

TORTAS A LA MEXICANA
Tortuga (tor • tu • ga) 1. turtle; tortoise. 2. A Mexican sandwich made from a hard Mexican roll stuffed with tomatoes, avocados and meat, cheese, and salsa.

Choose from 32 different sandwiches and combinations!
Offering a large menu of traditional Mexican and Oaxacan dishes, seafood, daily specials, and unique deserts.

Bernardus Lodge, a luxury resort and spa located in sunny Carmel Valley, welcomes you to become a part of our team.
View current job listings on our website at www.bernardus.com or call our job hotline at 831-658-3596

Enjoy our fresh baked pastries, and cakes. Burritos, Sopes, Gorditas, Tlayudas, Huaraches and many more dishes you will only find here!
Open 6am-10pm 7-days a week Eat in or Take-out 1257 Fremont Blvd Seaside, CA 831-394-8320

Bernardus Lodge offers competitive wages, benefits for full time employees and discounts on dining, rooms and spa!

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the open-air heated terrace while the sun sets over the Pacific. La Playa Hotel & Cottagesby-the-Sea, Eighth Avenue and Camino Real, Carmel, 624-4010.

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BUBBLy fIsh
When you’ve got something to celebrate, take it to this tiny restaurant specializing in caviar, great wine, pâtés, cheeses and chocolate. A place for rare indulgences. San Carlos between Seventh and Ocean, Carmel, 626-8226.

ous grilled specialties, French regional dishes and a wonderful paella have all made Fandango one of the Peninsula’s top restaurant picks. 223 17th St., Pacific Grove, 372-3456.

The WhaLInG sTaTIon
At celebrity chef John Pisto’s dining emporium, intensely flavorful seafood pasta dishes and tender aged beef are the stars of an innovative menu of legendary quality. Superb service and a strong selection of fine wines and spirits help make this a destination for special celebrations. 763 Wave St., Monterey, 373-3778.

fIfI’s
An inviting oasis of music, candlelight, and delicious French cooking, Fifi’s offers an imaginative menu (the duck with huckleberry sauce never disappoints) accompanied by an expertly chosen wine list. In a pleasant surprise, a great meal with soup and salad can be had for under $20. 1188 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 372-5325.

CasanoVa
Love reigns supreme at this decidedly romantic European-style restaurant. Casanova presents one of the area’s finest wine selections and a menu full of delightful French and Italian country-style fare. Old World ambiance and a large, heated dining area in a garden setting make for a special lunch or dinner. Fifth between Mission and San Carlos, Carmel, 625-0501.

WICKeTs
Situated between the outdoor fireplace and the manicured croquet lawn at Bernardus is the fun, casual bistro version of the resort’s award-winning restaurant. This is wine country dining at its best, and with a view. At Bernardus Lodge, 415 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 658-3400.

fresh CreaM
The award-winning Fresh Cream is the French restaurant of choice for our readers. A knowledgeable staff can recommend wines from a formidable collection of French and American vintages to complement your meal. And diners have a beautiful view of the bay and Fisherman’s Wharf. 100C Heritage Harbor, 99 Pacific St., Monterey, 375-9798.

fanDanGo
Flavorful food and an exceptional atmosphere are the hallmarks of this European country-style restaurant. Fresh seafood, numer-

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Alfresco Dining in Carmel
• Ocean View Dining on our heated terrace. • California Cuisine with extensive, fun menu. • Views of colorful, award winning gardens. • Weddings and private parties our specialty.
Breakfast Monday-Saturday 7-10:30am Lunch Monday-Saturday 11am-2pm Dinner Daily From 5:30pm Brunch Sunday 9am-2pm

Located in the Historic and Beautiful La Playa Hotel

Eighth Avenue & Camino Real • Carmel • 831-624-4010 • www.laplayahotel.com
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Contemporary Asian Cuisine
GARDEN BISTRO
This little-known gem in Carmel Valley presents authentic French bistro fare in a warm and inviting room, with a leafy patio for summer evenings. Offerings like frog legs and steak tartare round out a menu that revels in local organic produce. The wine list is outstanding. 6 Pilot Rd., Carmel Valley Village, 659-5020.

TASTE CAFE & BISTRO
In Taste Cafe’s food — best described as European/new American — the main ingredient nicely anchors each dish, with additional ingredients adding contrasting accents. The remodeled room, which sits atop Forest Hill in Pacific Grove, is airy and warm. It all adds up to an impressive restaurant. 1199 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 655-0324.

Lunch Tuesday thru Friday Noon-2:30pm Dinner everday 5-9pm 1120 Lighthouse Ave Pacific Grove 831-372-8818
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LA BICYCLETTE
It doesn’t get much more charming than the Georis wine family’s tiny rustic French eatery. Choose from four entrees nightly — the roasted chicken is French comfort food defined — and then serve yourself from generous platters of salade Dijonanaise and a bottomless terrine of the chef’s soup while waiting for dinner. Glasses of house wine made just for La Bicyclette put the experience over the top. Dolores and Seventh, Carmel, 622-9899.

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ALBERTO’S RISTORANTE
This intimate, authentic Italian trattoria at the top of Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove perfectly expresses the sensibility of chef/ owner Alberto Bonatelli. Il Maestro used to cook for Frank Sinatra and others at his Malibu restaurant Orsini’s; he now cooks the most authentic Italian specialties for us here. A mustvisit. 1219-B Forest Hill Plaza, Pacific Grove, 373-3993.

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LUGANO SWISS BISTRO
Delicious Swiss cuisine is available at Carmel’s only Swiss restaurant. The specials at Lugano are the fondues (cheese, chicken, beef, seafood, and chocolate) and traditional Swiss dishes like schnitzel. Try the rack of lamb or the duck. 3670 The Barnyard, Highway 1 and Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel, 626-3779.

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The wharf you can drive on!

ALIOTTI’S VICTORIAN CORNER RESTAURANT
An institution in downtown Pacific Grove, Victorian Corner has been run by the Aliotti family since 1977. Even today the Aliottis still treat all guests like family. The Victorian Corner specializes in hearty breakfasts and traditional lunch fare, while Italian recipes predominate on the dinner menu. 541 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 372-4641.

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MECCA GERMAN DELICATESSEN
Lisa Magadini, formerly of the Four Seasons in Boston, makes the bratwurst, sausage, salami and sauerkraut. She imports the knackwurst, pickled herring and smoked mackerel. Locals take it all home and come back for more. Stop in for a sandwich to go. 215 Reservation Rd., Marina, 384-7821.

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CAFÉ STRAVAGANZA
A Carmel meeting spot since 1991, Café Stravaganza adds a touch of fun and good cheer to each dish that comes out of the kitchen. Traditional Mediterranean favorites are paired with daily specials that feature local fish and the area’s fresh vegetables. Conveniently located in the Crossroads Shopping Village. 241 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel, 625-3733.

MELANGE
Sweetbreads, duck ravioli and foie gras are just the beginning of a truly luxurious dining experience at this up-and-coming French-fusion restaurant. The dishes are always carefully crafted, and the expertly assembled wine list offers 2-ounce pours that encourage experimentation. 542 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 333-0301.

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CANTINETTA LUCA
One of the brightest new stars on the local dining scene, Cantinetta Luca offers hardto-find rustic Italian dishes like handmade bresaola in a sleek, modern setting. Two-ounce tasting pours and flights provide a nice entrée into a truly superb wine list. Dolores between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel, 626-6500.

STAMMTISCH
Steins foaming over with German beer and platters of flavorful sausages are only part of the story here. An astonishing array of marinades and pickled cabbages give double-fermentation a good name at Stammtisch, where on the first weekend of the month lucky patrons may order the treat of sauerbraten, a pickled, slow-roasted beef tenderloin. 1204 Echo Ave., Seaside, 899-3070.

CIBO RISTORANTE
Appetizers like carpaccio and organic baby greens prepare patrons for a rich excursion into pasta with wild mushrooms or Griglia Mista, a mixed grill of sausage, ribeye and chicken breast. 301 Alvarado St., Monterey, 649-8151.

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FAVALORO’S BIG NIGHT BISTRO
Fresh pasta, seafood and the cuisine of Sicily take center stage at this cozy Pacific Grove eatery. An oyster bar and well-rounded wine list complete the experience. 545 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-8523.

GIANNI’S PIZZA
Since 1974, Gianni’s has been a favorite pizza connection for those who love a truly sublime pie. The pizza features a fresh, delicious crust covered with a rich tomato sauce, loads of mozzarella cheese and the freshest meats and vegetables in any combination of your choosing. Pasta, Italian sandwiches and salads are also available. 725 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 649-1500.

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GINO’S FINE ITALIAN FOOD AND PIZZA
This 32-year-old family-owned restaurant serves traditional Italian home-cooked meals with care that brings back satisfied customers year after year. The most popular dish is the blackened chicken fettuccini Alfredo, with the simple spaghetti and homemade meatballs a close second. 1410 S. Main St., Salinas, 422-1814.

LA DOLCE VITA
Considered one of the most romantic restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula, La Dolce Vita’s quaint, homey atmosphere and heated outdoor terrace make you feel right at home. Try the homemade crab ravioli in champagne cream sauce served with sun-dried tomatoes and scallops. San Carlos between Seventh and Eighth, Carmel, 624-3667.

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MATTEO’S
Nestled in Restaurant Row on Forest Hill, Matteo’s is a warm and friendly family-run deli cafe that is long on hospitality and thankfully short on pretense. House specialties include panini, Italian-style pizza and fresh pastas. 1180 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 333-1035.

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The island motif, combined with ingredients like Hawaiian pulled pork, kim chee, and peanut sauce, mean this is not your mother’s pizzeria. 215 Reservation Rd., Marina, 582-9149.

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frescas and traditional dishes like the enchiladas, chile rellenos and sopes. You’ll be glad you went, but be advised: the salsa can be positively incendiary. 766 Broadway Ave., Seaside, 899-7710.

LAS COMADRES
Salinas has plenty of Mexican restaurants — starting a new one hardly seemed like a viable business plan when Las Comadres opened last year. But its carved a niche among wellestablished competitors, thanks to rock solid renditions of favorites like steak rancheros and cheese enchiladas. 129 Main St., Salinas. 422-5500.

LA TORTUGA
This casual spot is one of the top authentic Mexican outposts in a community dotted with them. The tortas—especially the al pastor, piled with perfectly spiced pork, pineapple and jalapeños - are a strength, but there is also a wealth of seafood dishes, soups and burritos like the chile relleno special (sí, señor). A bank of photos depicting the many items offered makes ordering easy. 1257 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 394-8320.

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Marisco’s presents a huge variety of Mexican-style seafood dishes as well as more traditional fare. Try the shrimp, octopus and fish in a spicy tomato sauce. 580 Broadway Ave., Seaside, 583-0411.

PAPA CHANO’S
A solid taqueria founded by three brothers who were taught to cook by their grandfather in Mexico has been successfully feeding the Monterey Peninsula for years. Hardly a hole in the wall, Papa Chano’s is a pleasant and colorful place to enjoy large plates of tacos, burritos, tostadas, plus the usual combo plates. 462 Alvarado St., Monterey. 646-9587.

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PEPPERS MEXICALI CAFÉ
Fresh, spicy Mexican food with just a hint of California and Central American influences makes Peppers a favorite with locals. Succulent seafood dishes and grilled tacos al carbon are just some of Peppers’ specialties; the potent top-shelf margarita, made with fresh lime juice, is another. 170 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-6892.

PLAZA LINDA
This cheerful, family-friendly outpost is a Carmel Valley institution. Beside the full bar and charming outdoor courtyard, the staff serves up consistently good enchiladas, bur-

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pared fresh daily in a spectacular show kitchen. Hyatt Regency, 1 Old Golf Course Rd., Monterey, 647-2033.

IChI-rIKI
A favorite of many local sushi connoisseurs, Ichi-Riki serves some of the freshest fish on the Peninsula – and has karaoke each Saturday night. 1603 Del Monte Blvd., Seaside, 394-9905,

saPPoro sTeaKhoUse anD sUshI Bar
Teppan tableside dining, fresh sushi, and Japanese delicacies are prepared right before your very eyes. But will you be able to tear your gaze from the magnificent view of Monterey Bay? Municipal Wharf No. 2, Monterey, 333-1616.

VITo’s ITaLIan resTaUranT
With a gracious staff that welcomes regulars and visitors alike, a bright and homey atmosphere, and superb traditional Italian cuisine, Vito’s is a classic and a neighborhood favorite in restaurant-rich PG. Featuring fresh local seafood, spectacular cannelloni and great deserts, the key to the success of this endeavor is owner Vito himself, who runs the place exactly like the family restaurant it is. 1180 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 375-3070.

roBaTa GrILL
An impressive sushi bar and expert sushi chefs are the centerpieces of this colorful Japanese restaurant. Robata keeps the central dining room grill hot, offering salmon, chicken, and red meats along with side dishes with a distinct flair for the unusual. Try the Mushroom Madness or grilled eggplant in miso sauce. 3658 The Barnyard, Highway 1 and Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, 624-2643.

sUshI heaVen
This cozy Carmel sushi joint gets rave reviews for its winning combo of fresh seafood, complex flavors, creative presentation and friendly service. Stellar sashimi and nigiri options complement their solid lineup of sushi rolls. Dolores and Eighth, Carmel. 625-0627.

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BenIhana JaPanese sTeaKhoUse
Teppanyaki-style steak, chicken and shrimp, as well as the traditional sushi, are specialties at this local iteration of the national franchise. 136 Oliver St., Monterey, 372-8900.

saKUra
This down-home neighborhood sushi bar has the best hamachi in town, a voluble local clientele and late-night hours. 574 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 373-1767.

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BaJa CanTIna
Baja Cantina features delicious Southwestern/Mexican cuisine in peaceful, bucolic Carmel Valley. The back patio is a beautiful place to enjoy the valley view, gourmet enchiladas and Monterey County’s best marga-

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ritas (as designated year after year by Weekly readers). 7166 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 625-2252.

ChaPaLa resTaUranT
Since 1983, Chapala has doubled as Salinas’ unofficial city hall, serving flavorful Mexican cuisine to local politicians and even, once, to President Bill Clinton. Chapala’s signature entrées include chile verde and chicken fajitas on flour and corn tortillas made fresh daily. 438 Salinas St., Oldtown Salinas, 757-4959.

bar, and outdoor patio. Owners Rudy and Kathy Torres put their personal spin on first-class renditions of Mexican favorites, often with a hefty helping of fresh seafood. A vegetarian menu is also available. 724 Abrego St., Monterey, 372-1032.

Jose’s MeXICan GrILL
The perfect stop for no-frills, authentic Mexican cuisine, Jose’s boasts fresh ingredients and a friendly environment. Enchiladas, carne asada, chimichangas, $3 happy hour margaritas and a casual atmosphere add up to a guaranteed good time. 1612 Del Monte Blvd., Seaside, 899-0345; 638 Wave St., Monterey, 655-4419.

haUTe enChILaDa
A fish taco topped with mango salsa and an ice-cold Corona makes for one mighty refreshing summer combination, and Haute Enchilada makes for a natural place to enjoy it. This colorful gallery and café with its antique-strewn patio is a favorite haunt of Moss Landing locals in need of sustenance and chitchat. 7902-A Sandholdt Rd., Moss Landing, 633-5843.

La TorTUGa
This casual spot is one of the top authentic Mexican outposts in a community dotted with them. The tortas—especially the al pastor, piled with perfectly spiced pork, pineapple and jalapeños - are a strength, but there is also a wealth of seafood dishes, soups and burritos like the chile relleno special (sí, señor). A bank of photos depicting the many items offered makes ordering easy. 1257 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 394-8320.

eL InDIo
One of the oldest Mexican restaurants in town, El Indio got a makeover a few years ago and now offers 30 premium tequilas. The extensive menu features traditional specialties like menudo as well as popular dishes like chimichangas and fajitas. 1290 Del Monte Center, Monterey, 375-4446.

hoLa!
Choose between familiar Mexican fare like enchiladas and more exotic dishes like moles at this bright and friendly restaurant. A cantina with more than 100 tequilas and a mariachi band on Fridays set the stage for good fun. The Barnyard, Highway 1 at Rio Road, Carmel, 626-1814.

eL PaLoMar
Right in the heart of Monterey sits El Palomar, with a spacious setting, cantina, full

La VILLa TaQUerIa
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It’s Bubbly Fish Time!
ritos, tortilla soup—in as many combinations as one can imagine. Regular live entertainment and a sustainable-seafood strategy sweeten the deal. With reasonable prices, both your stomach and your wallet stay full. 9 Del Fino Pl., Carmel Valley, 659-4229.

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SARITA’S
Sarita’s boasts a long menu filled with popular and traditional Mexican dishes, including favorites such as tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and even camarones. Sarita’s also offers a variety of authentic Mexican beers. Three locations: 265 Reservation Rd., Marina, 384-1318; 1936 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 394-4407; San Miguel Canyon Rd., Prunedale, 663-0229.

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TURTLE BAY TAQUERIA
“Taqueria” doesn’t quite do justice to these two Caribbean-themed restaurants. In addition to the fine tacos and quesadillas, both the colorful downtown Monterey location and the original spot in Seaside offer wraps and bowls filled with tasty items like Pork Loin Yucateca and Shrimp La Playa—all at taqueria prices. Two locations: 431 Tyler St., Monterey, 333-1500; 1301 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 899-1010.

WHOLE ENCHILADA
A staple of the Monterey Bay culinary landscape, The Whole Enchilada is a local favorite for Mexican food and margaritas. The restaurant overlooks the fishing boats in Moss Landing and features fresh catch, Mexican fare and vegetarian entrees. The full bar offers its own personality to complement the food. Highway 1 at Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, 633-3038.

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ZOCALO
As if transported straight from some city center south of the border, this Mexican eatery brings authentic house-made specialties to the Monterey Peninsula. 162 Fountain Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-7911.

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AMARIN THAI
This charming Thai restaurant right across from the Monterey Bay Aquarium serves delicious spicy curries, light creamy soups and fresh seafood dishes with local wines to match. The fiery kra pow with seafood is a special treat. 807 Cannery Row, Monterey, 373-8811.

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BAAN THAI
Also known as Barn Thai due to a typo in the original sign, Baan Thai is known locally for its heaping helpings and fiery homegrown chiles. 1760 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 394-2996.

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LUMPIA HUT
Don’t let the name fool you - this is not a lumpia emporium, with infinite varieties of the egg-rollesque items, but a catering pro’s long-awaited entry into the restaurant world, ably armed with delicious dishes like coconut prawns, garlic chicken, seafood medleys, sesame chicken wings, and barbecued skewers of meat. Think comfort food with better sauces. The prawns are particularly excellent. 330 Main St., Salinas, 771-9264.

THAI BISTRO II
Thai Bistro is the go-to place for chile lovers, but with an extensive selection of curries and seafood, it caters to the faintest of palates as well as the bravest cast-iron mouths. A popular item is the tomkha gai, a chicken soup with coconut milk. 159 Central Ave., Pacific Grove, 372-8700.

talented chef whose last restaurant was rated the best Indian food in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Chronicle. Full bar. 565 Abrego St., Monterey, 641-0610.

AMIR’S KABOB HOUSE
Monterey County’s only Afghan restaurant serves delicately spiced meats, rice and vegetables accented with mint, cumin and garlic. The owners’ hospitality suffuses the sparsely decorated dining room, where haunting Afghan music plays in the background. Try the lamb kabobs. 794 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 642-0231.

YANGTSE’S TASTE OF THAI
Chef and owner Yangtse mixes ingredients like fresh ginger, mint, garlic, and chilies to create a singular style of Thai-Eurasian fare. Grandma’s Secret Duck (ginger, brandy, and cilantro-flavored duck) and the Seafood Thaitanic (a barrage of fantastically fresh seafood) are just two of many delicious items from which to choose. 328 Main St., Oldtown Salinas, 754-2223.

MY THAI CUISINE
Dusit “Sam” Bhundhumani’s delightfully authentic Thai bungalow just across from English Ales Brewery is a beloved institution in Marina. Fresh homemade specialties mine rich Thai traditions, resulting in lively, abundantly flavorful dishes. 210 Reindollar Ave., Marina, 883-9677.

AN CHOI
Start with a selection from the trendy cocktail list and dive on in to a comprehensive panAsian menu featuring clay pot, pad thai, sashimi and everything in between. 1120 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 372-8818.

SIAMESE BAY
Open for lunch and dinner daily, Siamese Bay offers some of the best traditional Thai food to be found in the area. And if you’re looking for a filling lunch, the buffet is served Monday through Friday. 131 Webster St., Monterey, 373-1550.

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AMBROSIA INDIA BISTRO
Sublimely aromatic and spicy cuisine from every region of the subcontinent is served in a beautiful dining room at this slightly-off-thebeaten-path restaurant. A true gem from a

CHINA DELIGHT
One of Carmel’s favorite Chinese restaurants specializes in Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunan-style cuisine. Try the asparagus chick-

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en, Szechuan shrimp or Hunan beef. 133 Crossroads Blvd., off Highway 1 at Rio Road, Carmel, 625-3367.

ing, kitschy split-level room festooned with surfboards, photographs and a TV showing surf videos. 622 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 655-4852.

EPSILON
Authentic Greek vegetarian dishes like dolmadas (stuffed grape leaves) and spanakopita (spinach in phyllo dough) join chicken, lamb and other Adriatic specialties on the menu at this venerable downtown institution. Always noisy, friendly and enjoyable. Try the garlicky dipping sauce with pita. 422 Tyler St., Monterey, 655-8108.

INDIAN SUMMER
Indian Summer serves its traditional Indian cuisine next door to the Memory Garden in Monterey. A beautiful outdoor patio with fire pits, belly dancers and a hookah bar make this a popular late-night hangout for locals and visitors alike. 220 Oliver St., Monterey, 372-4744.

fare like hot pots and buckwheat noodle dishes join a wide selection of barbecue beef, chicken and pork. There’s upbeat service, kim chee and ban chan. What more could you want? 330-A Reservation Rd., Marina, 883-2302 or 883-2309.

PERSIAN GRILL
The exotic flavors of Iran’s centuriesold cuisine entice at this chic eatery in New Monterey. Expect flavors of rose, saffron and sumac throughout tender lamb and succulent kabob dishes. 675 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 372-3720.

GOLDEN CHINA
When a hankering for beef broccoli or sweet and sour chicken sets in, let the pros at Golden China set you up and bring you a beer to wash it down. 1784 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 899-5115.

KHAN’S KABOB HOUSE
Weekly staffers can’t get enough of this place, which serves up South Asian and Middle Eastern standbys like beef kabob and chicken biryani with a generous helping of good cheer. All meat is halal. 825 Hamilton St., Seaside, 392-1100.

PETRA’S
You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars flying to the Mediterranean for great hummus and babaganoush. Petra serves mouthwatering couscous, a creamy chicken/veggie dish called Chicken Delight, and eye-opening Turkish coffee. A new location in Monterey offers a partial menu. Two locations: 477 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 649-2530. 435 Alvarado St., Monterey, 646-2080.

HULA’S ISLAND GRILL
This delightful slice of Hawaiiana in New Monterey serves island-inspired dishes like poke (marinated raw fish), shredded pork and coconut-crusted mahi-mahi in a charm-

NAK WON KOREAN BBQ HOUSE
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LOCALS’ PICKS
Best Restaurant in Pebble Beach

ROY’S
Under the guidance of Chef Roy Yamaguchi, award-winning Roy‘s has become a Peninsula favorite since opening in 1995. Roy’s specialty is its appetizers—try the Mongolian baby-back ribs or the Szechuan tea-smoked duck spring rolls. 2700 17-Mile Drive, the Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, 647-7423.

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BREAKER’S CAFE
Pacific Grove’s favorite breakfast joint has successfully brought traditional American cafe cuisine back into style. The lunch and dinner menus are nothing to scoff at, with sandwiches, salads, and an array of steakn-potato-type favorites. But breakfast is king here, especially the weekend buffet, where $7.99 lets you pig out from 10am-2pm. Open late. 1126 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 375-8484.

Roy’s
Best Restaurant in Salinas

Hullaballoo
Best Restaurant in Sand City

favorite breakfast spot. Try the “bluegerm” (blueberry/wheat germ) pancakes, an omelet or a massive skillet. Two locations: 125 Ocean View, Pacific Grove, 372-1125; 171 Main St., Oldtown Salinas, 784-1125.

THAIWAIIAN BISTRO
Husband and wife duo Kimo and Venus Watari brought their Asian combo-style (he’s Hawaiian, she’s Thai) cuisine indoors to this hip little happiness hut. Look for poke and curry soups, kahlua pork and Pad Thai. Great music and tropical videos add to the aloha spirit. 1184 E. Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 658-0134.

Ol Factory Cafe
Best Restaurant in Seaside

FROM SCRATCH
Everything on the menu, from the Hollandaise on the famous eggs Benedict to the special recipe cheese blintzes, is made, yes, from scratch. Light lunches and dinner are also available. 3626 The Barnyard, Carmel, 625-2448.

Fishwife
Best Restaurant in South County

TOMMY’S WOK
If your knowledge of Chinese food is limited to oily chow mein, visit Tommy’s to expand your horizons. The dishes here are light from start to finish, with tasty spring rolls, jasmine fried rice, naturally colored mu shu pancakes and other traditional dishes. Mission between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel, 624-8518.

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Puffy pancakes stuffed with all manner of fruits and fiber are the specialty at this

Make a reservation because this locals’ favorite is packed every morning, especially Sundays. The eggs Benedict and French toast are delicious, and the lamb and eggs are a house specialty. Lunches ranging

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from grilled eggplant sandwiches to oriental chicken salads are available. 112 Mid Valley Shopping Center, Carmel Valley, 624-2029.

KaTy’s PLaCe
In a town like Carmel, Katy’s is the cozy café where you can bring your family. As you wait for one of 10 styles of eggs Benedict or an order of wholesome waffles, a server offers toys for the kids. Sit under the redwoods on the patio and enjoy sandwiches, salads or a calamari Jack cheeseburger. Mission between Fifth and Sixth, Carmel, 624-0199.

omelets and scrambles. Choose a staff favorite or create your own. For those watching their weight, the café also offers a selection of lowcal, healthy choices. Lunch and dinner served too. 489 Alvarado St., Monterey, 646-1021.

Orleans-style beignets. 550 Wave St. (lower level), Monterey, 649-8600.

WaGon WheeL
A locals’ favorite for breakfast and lunch for over 28 years, the Wagon Wheel serves greattasting pancakes, eggs, salads, sandwiches, and hamburgers. It also boasts an impressive collection of Western memorabilia. 7156 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 624-8878.

Three fLaGs CafÉ
The Three Flags is a casual all-American restaurant serving breakfast buffet-style or à la carte and lunch inside the Monterey Marriott. 350 Calle Principal, Monterey, 649-4234.

ToasTIes CafÉ
Fresh breakfasts are the highlight of this popular eatery that draws rave reviews for its huevos rancheros. 702 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-7543.

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arChIe’s aMerICan DIner
Besides favorites like the sourdough cheeseburger and the garden burger with all the fixins’, Archie’s offers a full menu of sandwiches and salads. Try the garlic fries and come back the next day for breakfast. 125 Ocean View Blvd. (near the Aquarium), Pacific Grove, 375-6939.

LoULoU’s
Tiny, sunny, friendly and charming, Loulou’s is a treasure. Home fries and fluffy pancakes at breakfast give way to generous salads and affordable fresh-off-the-boat fish specials at lunchtime. Municipal Wharf No. 2, Monterey, 372-0568.

TraILsIDe CafÉ anD Coffee hoUse
Adjacent to the walking trail near Cannery Row lies this quaint patio restaurant serving fresh, beautifully prepared breakfast and lunch specialties. The setting is cozy and relaxed, indoors or out. Don’t forget to try the New

oLD MonTerey CafÉ
What makes breakfast so special at Old Monterey Café? The selection of delectable

BUBBa GUMP shrIMP Co.
The menu at this friendly family-style restaurant boasts almost a dozen shrimp dishes.

ntina t and Ca Restauran Mexican

HAPPY HOUR

Mon–Fri • 3–6pm In the Bar Complimentary Appetizers

Open 7 Days a Week Sun-Wed 11-9:30 Thur 11-10 • Fri and Sat 11-11 831-626-1814
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A great place for the kids; Mom and Dad will enjoy the oceanside view. 720 Cannery Row, Monterey, 373-1884.

even pack up a picnic for you. 315 Mid Valley Shopping Center on Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 624-9140.

PIZZa My hearT
Pizza My Heart offers a wide variety of delicious and creative hand-tossed pizzas, including the Maui Wowie and the Surfer Joe’s Special. Eat in or call for delivery. 630 Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey, 656-9400.

CoMPaGno’s DeLI
Bennett Compagno delivers the goods daily to the endless stream of Defense Language Institute students and Monterey locals who come here to regenerate their spent fuel cells on fresh-made, deli-style hot and cold sandwiches. The toughest ticket in town is a parking space during any of the eating rush hours. 2000 Prescott Ave., Monterey, 375-5987.

esTeBan
Here the tapas - especially the grilled prawns, but also the baby squid, and the seafood chowder - are hard to top and fun to share, but so, too, is the dark marble-and-sandstone setting right swank-dab in the middle of Monterey. And while the 20 tapas offer a wealth of Mediterranean options that work as well at a business lunch as a wind-down evening with the hip-and-sexy set, the gourmet sandwiches are excellent for about $10. After just six months, this sleek installation already looks like a fixture on the area’s diverse fingerlicking landscape. 700 Munras Ave., Monterey, 375-0176.

sanTa LUCIa CafÉ
Here’s a European-style market just blocks from Oldtown Monterey that’s a favorite for German and Italian cuisine. It’s also the only place in town to get authentic Hungarian goulash. Now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 484 Washington St., Monterey, 333-1111.

CraZy horse resTaUranT
Crazy Horse serves American favorites like a tempting rib-eye steak with seasonal vegetables and has a mind-boggling salad bar. Serves breakfast and lunch too. Inside Bay Park Hotel at 1425 Munras Ave., Monterey, 649-4771.

sChooners
Some locals in the know peg this bistro, located inside the Monterey Plaza Hotel, as the best place in town to close a business deal; others say it’s a perfect spot for an after-work cocktail. Either way, the sandwiches and salads are as inspired as the waterfront setting. 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, 372-2628.

GooDIes
Delicious New York-style sandwiches stuffed with fresh ingredients are what you’ll find at Goodies. Be sure to save room for one of the homemade desserts. 518 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 655-3663.

DeLI TreasUres
You’re planning a sunny afternoon tripping around Carmel Valley, so you need some provisions, of course — and this is your place. They’ll

sTeInBeCK hoUse
In 1900, the Steinbeck family moved into

Sapporo Steakhouse
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a Queen Anne Victorian in Salinas. Seventyfour years later, a nonprofit organization transformed this historic landmark into a restaurant to preserve author John Steinbeck’s boyhood home. With a delicious, simple lunch menu that changes weekly, the Steinbeck House makes history fun. 132 Central Ave., Oldtown Salinas, 424-2735.

hearty tequila beans, roasted spuds, garlic bread, rice pilaf and salsa. Just make sure you save room for steak. 3295 Dunes Dr., Marina. 883-9479.

ing coleslaw. 1107 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, 394-7274.

CENTRAL TEXAN BARBECUE
Serving some of the best oak-smoked brisket, sausage, chicken and ribs this side of the Lone Star State, the Central Texan Barbecue is well worth the short drive to Castroville. 10500 Merritt, Castroville, 633-2285.

KURT GRASING’S CARMEL CHOP HOUSE
Prime beef and chops grilled over spiced almond and oak wood star at this popular destination, where white tablecloths meet oysters and onion rings. Fifth and San Carlos, Carmel, 625-1199.

WILD THYME DELI
Owner Terry Teplitzky’s tasty deli sandwiches, innovative salads, desserts and meals to go have won him a loyal following at CSUMB. It’s a natural choice for lunch when you’re anywhere near Marina. 445 Reservation Rd., Marina, 884-2414.

PHAT BURGER
These guys will make a big, juicy, backyardbarbecue burger with any and every fixin’ conceivable: chili, sautéed mushrooms and onions, bacon, avocado, Ortega chiles, pepper jack cheese and a fried egg. Let your imagination run wild, customize to your heart’s content, and be sure to get a side of the tasty sweet potato fries. 1520 Del Monte Blvd., Seaside. 394-PHAT.

CELLAR DOOR CHOP SHOP
As the name implies, the watchword at this new California-style eatery is meat — slowbraised, juicy, roasted and grilled. Try the rotisserie chicken with wildflower honey with a fine local wine. 663 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 372-3930.

burgers • steaks barbecue
RJ’S STEAKHOUSE
At this Western-style carnivore’s paradise, every entree begins with a cast-iron kettle of beefy vaquero soup, accompanied by salad,

CURLY’S BBQ
The Weekly staff loves neighbor Curly’s tangy ribs, pork sandwiches and succulent barbecued chicken, not to mention the outstand-

RG BURGERS
“Gourmet hamburger” isn’t a contradiction here, where the Real Good burgers come

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Fresh Seafood • Steaks and Pastas Great Water Level View • Parking at the Door Lunch and Dinner Everyday Sunday Brunch

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refresh yourself

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in Western barbecue, Mediterranean or even béarnaise/mushroom styles. RG also serves turkey and falafel burgers. 201 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel, 626-8054.

RUNNING IRON RESTAURANT AND SALOON
Steaks and country-style fare are served up in the casual atmosphere of a neighborhood restaurant. In this case, the neighborhood is Carmel Valley, so look for lots of cowboy memorabilia in this restaurant where longtime ranchers mingle with local vintners. 24 E. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley Village, 659-4633.

Juice for blended-to-order fruit smoothies, fresh juices and snacks. 398 Alvarado St., Monterey, 655-9696; 1552 N. Main St., Salinas, 449-3200; 2160 California, Sand City, 583-9696; 463 Canyon del Rey, Del Rey Oaks, 583-0577.

TILLIE GORT’S
Casual and cozy, Tillie Gort’s proves that healthy can be delicious. Tasty Mexican- and Italian-influenced dishes, veggie burgers and salads with herb dressings satisfy discriminating vegans and vegetarians. Tillie’s also offers several non-vegetarian entrées. 111 Central Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-0335.

STEAKHOUSE SIXTY8
There’s something about ordering a full pound of Kentucky-raised Black Angus steak that evokes primal and primitive urges. But the stylish setting and polished presentation at the new Steakhouse Sixty8 is sophisticated enough to keep you from completely surrendering to your animal instincts. They also offer an array of tasty salads and seafood for the slightly more civilized. 1200 Olmstead Rd., Monterey. 373-6868.

bakeries
BAGEL BAKERY
The sesame, poppy, and cinnamon-raisin bagels with unique spreads are Weekly staff favorites for breakfast. The bakery also serves hot deli sandwiches for lunch. Six locations in Monterey County: Pacific Grove, 649-6272; Carmel, 625-5180, and more.

Now blending in: Sand City

WILL’S FARGO DINING HOUSE AND SALOON
Will’s Fargo has been one of this area’s most popular and enduring steakhouses for four decades and recently got a highly successful makeover. Whether you select your own cut from Will’s generous sampling of choice aged beef or go with the lamb chops, you can be assured of a meal grilled to perfection. 14 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley Village, 659-2774.

CENTRAL AVENUE BAKERY
This spacious, homey bakery features coffee, smoothies and light lunch fare, but the real attraction is the array of muffins, breads and cookies. All are made with flour ground on site, and many are vegan. The delicious, not-too-sweet chocolate bread is a standout. 173 Central Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-2000.

across from Borders Books 2160-C California Ave.

Downtown Monterey
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next to Best Buy, 890 Renz Lane 10th St./E. Hwy 152, exit off Hwy 101

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GHIRADELLI
Any visit to Ghirardelli will mean the certain death of your diet. No one can withstand the temptation of peppermint bark, myriad flavors of gourmet ice cream, and dark chocolate in all its delicious incarnations. When the sun begins to set, this is a perfect place to grab a hot chocolate and a seat on the back porch to enjoy the full view of the bay. 660 Cannery Row, Monterey, 373-0997.

at Harden Ranch Plaza 1552-A North Main St. at Hwy 68 and Hwy 218 463 Canyon Del Rey Road

WILLY’S SMOKEHOUSE
California gourmet meets Kansas City barbecue at this always-crowded Western-themed restaurant conveniently located on Cannery Row. Tender, smoked baby back ribs, greens and corn pudding compete with Southern fried chicken, artichokes and grilled pasilla peppers, and the customer always wins. Full bar. 95 Prescott Ave., Monterey, 372-8880.

Jamba smoothies and juices are the tastiest way to get your five servings of fruit each day. Great taste and nutrition couldn’t come in a better package!

PARIS BAKERY
Both of Paris Bakery’s pleasant locations offer light lunch selections like sandwiches and salads along with a dazzling array of cakes, Napoleons, fruit tarts and buttery cookies. 271 Bonifacio St., Monterey, 646-1620; 1234 Broadway Ave., Seaside, 394-7798.

vegetarian
JAMBA JUICE
After a stroll along the Recreation Trail or a day of window-shopping, stop by Jamba
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RESTAURANT
PARKER-LUSSEAU PASTRIES
This superlative French bakery, with its croissants, brioches and galettes, also serves quiche and sandwiches at two small and utterly charming downtown locations, one of which (on Hartnell) is in an historic building. Worth a stop. 731 Munras Ave., Monterey, 643-0300; and 539 Hartnell St., Monterey, 641-9188.

& Safari Club Lounge
Steaks, Seafood, Pasta Great American Dining Award-Winning Salad Buffet

2003-2008 Voted Best Salads in Monterey County

➣ Modestly priced ➣ Breakfast, lunch and dinner ➣ Full bar, fine wines

Above the Bay Park Hotel Highway 1 and Munras • Monterey •For reservations call 649-4771

SWEET ELENA’S BAKERY
Sweet Elena’s used to be a strictly wholesale business until the pastries’ and pies’ popularity demanded otherwise. Now you can start your morning with delicate, fresh-baked pastries and coffee from the espresso bar. Light soups, quiches and sandwiches are also served. 465-D Olympia Ave., Sand City, 393-2063.

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coffeehouses
ACME COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY
This friendly café in an industrial neighborhood serves expertly roasted coffee along with loads of personality. Stop in for an individually brewed Valve Job (dark roast) or Powerglide (light). 485 Palm Ave., Seaside, 393-9113.

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Every Day Serving Lunch 11am–3pm, Dinner 5pm-Close 131 Webster Street (next to Post Office) • Monterey • (831) 373-1550

BLACK FOREST ESPRESSO
This family-owned and operated neighborhood coffee bar offers a comfy setting and an atmosphere perfect for studying, chatting, or kicking back with a latte and a Sunday paper. 188 Country Club Gate Center, Pacific Grove, 641-0338.

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CAFFÉ CARDINALE
Tucked away down a beautiful garden lane, Caffé Cardinale boasts Carmel’s only on-site coffee roaster. Featuring 25 daily roasts, baked goods and sandwiches, with dining inside or outside on the beautiful patio. Ocean and Dolores, Carmel, 626-2095.

Cafe

Casual Yet Elegant Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in the Heart of Pacific Grove

622 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove ✦ 643-1060 ✦ www.redhousecafe.com

CARMEL VALLEY COFFEE ROASTING CO.
With a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of pastries to pacify any sweet tooth, the Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company is a beloved local institution. Various locations in Carmel and Carmel Valley. 319 Mid Valley Center, Carmel Valley, 624-5934; 3720 The Barnyard, Carmel, 620-0844; Lincoln and Ocean, Carmel, 626-2913.

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CHERRY BEAN GOURMET COFFEEHOUSE
Located in Oldtown Salinas, the Cherry

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Bean is a favorite hangout for the denizens of Salinas, thanks to its high-octane coffee drinks and friendly staff. It’s situated just down the street from the Steinbeck Center on a strip with a variety of unique shops. 332 S. Main St., Oldtown Salinas, 424-1989.

EAST VILLAGE COFFEE LOUNGE
Located just two blocks from downtown Monterey, East Village has won a passionate fan base since its 2006 opening. With its sleek, Asian-inspired décor, strong coffee drinks, desserts, mini-sandwiches and free wireless Internet access, it’s a great place to chat, refuel or study up. 498 Washington St., Monterey, 373-5601.

from a small selection of baked goods. 615 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 277-5655.

PACIFIC GROVE COFFEE HOUSE
Rich cappuccino and espresso, along with iced specialty coffee drinks and tasty pastries, make this a morning and lunchtime favorite for locals. 510 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove.

COFFEE MIA BREW BAR
Longtime locals Horace and Sarina Mercurio’s new cafe boasts a menu with seductive selections that you won’t find at your average coffeeshop: eleven different paninis (and a daily special to boot), homemade soups and cannolis. Anything not made in-house comes fresh from the area’s best local bakeries. 250 E. Reservation Rd., Marina, 384-0148.

ROLLICK’S SPECIALTY COFFEE AND INTERNET
Right in the heart of downtown Salinas sits the pleasingly comfortable Rollick’s. Great estate coffees and teas, along with an assortment of baked items and other goodies, fortify local students, business folk and others interested in a cup or some conversation. There’s regular live music too. 210 Main St., Oldtown Salinas, 422-1760.

JUICE ‘N’ JAVA
This fun, lively hangout features four fruit and five veggie drinks with a fireplace to boot. Live music plays some nights of the week, the better to enjoy several varieties of coffee and a great selection of soups, sandwiches, burritos, steamed veggies and pastries. 599 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, 373-8652.

DIVA DULCE
This comfortable, sunny café perched near Fisherman’s Wharf and historic Heritage Plaza is the ideal place to take a break from a busy day of sightseeing in Monterey. Enjoy light lunch fare, espresso drinks and delicious homemade pastries inside or on the comfortable patio with its view of the harbor. 99 Pacific St., Suite 255 C, Monterey (near Heritage Harbor Plaza), 649-4811.

MIRIAM’S
This postage-stamp-sized coffeehouse in New Monterey is short on standing room but long on charm and good taste. All coffees and teas are organic, and patrons may choose

SURF CITY COFFEE
Just off Highway 1 in Moss Landing is a small, friendly outpost of the small Santa Cruz café franchise. Grab a cup of joe and pick up a cool sweatshirt while you’re at it. 7990-C Highway 1, Moss Landing, 632-2077.

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