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3 day Carmel trip

jenniferfishwilson Oct 9, 2001 12:44 AM

Any recommendations for must sees/eats? Required dinner 2 nights with my company but free during the day (or, better yet, I'll pull a Calvin Trillin and call their meal an appetizer). Staying @ Highlands Inn--opinion of their restaurant? View is gorgeous but how about the food? Is Epsilon in Monterey still good?

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    Detlef Chef Oct 10, 2001 06:31 PM

    Bloody Marys on the patio at the Carmel Mission Ranch Inn. Great view of Carmel River Beach. Avoid the food, and sit in the Adirondack chairs. If you visit the Carmel Valley wineries, Bernardus is far and away the best of the lot. Great Chard, Sauv Blanc, Pinot and Meritage. Talbott and Georis don't pour the good stuff, Galante is way too far to go and they don't pour the good stuff either. The rest aren't up to snuff in my opinion. I do hear the Highlands Inn is a great place to have a meal. The food is supposedly good enough, and the locale puts it over the top.

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      Marilayne Oct 10, 2001 02:06 AM

      I ate at Fandango in Pacific Grove and had sand dabs,
      first time. Out of this world!

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        hao Oct 9, 2001 04:49 PM

        if one of the day is sunday, then i would suggest having sunday brunch at the pacific edge restaurant in highland inn. excellent food and service plus a gorgeous view (when it's not foggy). remember to leave room for dessert if you go. they have an incredible dessert table.

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          Samo Oct 9, 2001 02:58 PM

          I notice that you haven't posted queries on the Los Angeles Area or general California boards. You should.

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            Zach Georgopoulos Oct 9, 2001 03:22 AM

            If you're driving down and into barbecue, a stop at West Texas BBQ (or is it South Texas?) in Castroville is an absolute necessity.

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              Melanie Wong Oct 9, 2001 03:53 AM

              Make that Central Texas. (g)

              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                Zach Georgopoulos Oct 9, 2001 11:52 AM

                Ah Ha! No wonder none of the other directions sounded right! It's been one of my favorites for years -- I particularly like stopping by the Giant Artichoke for an appetizer of deep fried artichoke hearts before going to Central for the brisket...

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                  Ruth Lafler Oct 9, 2001 02:35 PM

                  That sounds like a perfect combination. My mouth is watering. Good thing I'm about to head out to determine if I can get to Saigon Sandwich on my lunch hour.

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