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Dining - Best of Monterey Bay® 2008

Dining - Best of Monterey Bay® 2008



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Discover the best places to eat in the Monterey Bay.
Discover the best places to eat in the Monterey Bay.

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Published by: ksmith99 on Jun 28, 2008
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The BesT of MonTerey Bay 2008 • 2009
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. With1,200 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 freshestingredients.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 men- tion the ubiquitous squid and countless other species of edibles—Monterey Bay is the region’s natural fish mar-ket. Both Monterey and nearby Moss Landing are home to a commercial fishing industry that acts as the feedersystem for local restaurants and shops.To go along with all that delicious seafood, you’llneed some veggies and salad. Lucky for you, the fertileSalinas Valley just happens to be known as “The World’sSalad Bowl.” Practically every vegetable and type of let- tuce is grown here. And don’t forget artichokes, because just 15 miles north, in Castroville, lies the artichokecapital of the world. How about a little garlic to seasonit all with? Just a little further north is Gilroy, the garliccapital of the world.Ah, but you’ll need something to help wash it alldown. Fortunately, Monterey County is home to approxi-mately 50 wineries, from the historic Chalone Vineyards to the intimately boutique (but still world-class) ChateauChristina. For beer drinkers, English Ales in Marina,Peter B’s in Monterey ad Monterey Coast Brewing inSalinas provide local suds with award-winning aplomb.There’s no shortage of places to experience thisbounty. Taste local ingredients prepared in tiny tratto-rias, bodacious bodegas, delicate dim sum spots, time-honored taquerias and down-home mom and pop shops.Dine out for a few delicious bucks at a casual spot likeTurtle Bay Taqueria or go the distance and indulge your-self at venerable establishments like Pacific’s Edge andMarinus.That’s just the tiny tip of a very large iceberg lettucehead. So loosen that belt and dive right in. There’s a lot to explore.
a cuisine for every taste
Hwy 1 & Rio Road,Carmel(831) 625-5436Highway 68 atCanyon Del Rey, Monterey(831) 647-1444Prescott & Wave onCannery Row, Monterey(831) 372-8880
414 Calle Principal,Monterey(831) 648-8880
The BesT of MonTerey Bay 2008 • 2009
aBaloneTTi seafoodTraTToria
Treat yourself to the joy of squid at this localseafood landmark with an unbeatable view. You can order Abalonetti’s famous calamariprepared six different ways or choose from afull menu of other seafood dishes. Full bar. 57Fisherman’s Wharf 1, Monterey, 373-1851.
Café fina
Café Fina features seafood and Italian dish-es in a beautiful waterfront setting. Favoritesinclude prawns, rack of lamb and the signaturedish, Pasta Fina. 47 Fisherman’s Wharf 1,Monterey, 372-5200.
doMeniCo’son The Wharf
For a steaming, flavorful bowl of seafoodcioppino and a gorgeous view of the water,Domenico’s is second to none. Television chef John Pisto’s fine establishment serves the fresh-est seafood available with an Italian accent andhas an oyster bar to boot. 50 Fisherman’sWharf 1, Monterey, 372-3655.
fish hopper
If it’s seafood and a view you want, here’syour place. Fish and crab from the bay areserved along with lobster, prawns, pastas,prime rib and the award-winning clam chowder.700 Cannery Row, Monterey, 372-8543.
Consistently chosen the best seafoodrestaurants in a county filled with excellentcompetition, the Fishwife’s two locations offervariations on a theme—California cuisine withCaribbean flair. The Asilomar location is acasual beachtown gem serving delicious disheslike salmon with cilantro and serrano aioli; the Seaside location has a similarly inventivemenu notable for its Tilapia Cancun and catfishsandwiches. 1996 Sunset Dr., Pacific Grove(at Asilomar Beach), 375-7107; 789 Trinity St.,Seaside, 394-2027.
Golden fish seafoodresTauranT
Sensuous textures and succulent flavorare the watchwords at this Caribbean/LatinAmerican-style eatery, where the service isexcellent and a wide variety of seafood is avail-able. Try the halibut. 221 Main St., OldtownSalinas, 422-4946.
For some of the freshest and most eco-logically friendly seafood to be found on theMonterey Peninsula, try colorful Isabella’s,located right on historic Fisherman’s Wharf. 60Fisherman’s Wharf 1, Monterey, 375-3956.
One of the best tableside views in theregion is complemented by fresh seafood,quality steaks and live jazz in the bar, mak-ing Lattitudes the new address for fun andCalifornia cuisine at Lovers Point in PacificGrove. Open daily from 11am. 631 Ocean ViewBlvd., Pacific Grove, 658-0880.
leMonGrass seafoodBar & Grill
With a menu that spans no less than eightpages (drinks included), patrons of this newaddition to the Monterey County dining scenehave plenty of options. The creative kitchenat Lemongrass takes traditional Thai dishesand infuses them with king-size helpings andfresh seafood, straight from the Bay. 413 MossLanding Rd., Moss Landing, 633-0700.
Massaro and sanTos
All alone on the Coast Guard pier is a clas-sic Italian seafood restaurant with stunning 180-degree views of the bay. The kitchen has askillful way with seafood linguine, crab ravioli,cioppino, fresh seafood and steaks. Full bar.32 Cannery Row (at the Coast Guard Pier),Monterey, 649-6700.
MonTerey fish house |VillaGe fish house
As the name implies, seafood is the FishHouse’s strong suit. Traditional homestylecooking with an Italian influence and a touchof Japanese flavor characterizes many dishes,including the Holiday Pasta, a combinationof seafood served in a tomato sauce, and awhole cod sautéed in sake. 2114 Del Monte,Monterey, 373-4647; 19 E. Carmel Valley Rd.,Carmel Valley, 659-4671.
old fisherMan’sGroTTo
For over 55 years, Old Fisherman’s Grottohas been serving great fish, lobster, crab,pasta, chicken, steaks and its famous OriginalMonterey Style Clam Chowder. There’s a full barand banquet facilities on site too. Another plus:every table has an ocean view. 39 Fisherman’sWharf 1, Monterey, 375-4604.
phil’s fish MarkeT
Phil’s is a landmark in the funky, charming fishing village of Moss Landing, 20 miles northof Monterey. Sit at a picnic table inside or outon the heated patio and enjoy chowder, ciop-pino or fried fish the way they did back in theold days, then bring a cracked crab back to yourroom for a late-night snack. 7600 SandholdtRd., Moss Landing, 633-2152.
salinas Valleyfish house
This family-owned-and-operated restaurantfeatures a California-style seafood selectionand is distinguished by its oak barbecue pit.The pride of the fish house is the barbecuedoyster platter, which the proprietors boast willwarrant multiple return visits. 172 Main St.,Oldtown Salinas, 775-0175.
sand Bar and Grill
Suspended just a dozen feet above thewater beneath the commercial wharf, the SandBar offers carefully prepared classic seafooddishes in a warm and friendly setting with alovely view. It’s a locals’ favorite, thanks in part to its excellent calamari appetizer. MunicipalWharf No. 2, Monterey, 373-2818.
California &ClaSSiC ameriCan
JapaneSe & SuShi
other ethniC
BreakfaSt & BrunCh
light lunCh & dinner
BurgerS,SteakS & BarBeCue

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