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Jul 2, 2006 05:41 AM

Need a Carmel Rec

My son and I are going to a concert next Saturday night in Carmel (part of the Bach Festival) and need a place for dinner. The concert is at 5 pm-ish, will last about an hour, so we'll want to eat at about 6:30-7 pm. It's in Carmel Plaza, on Ocean Ave, and I don't want to have to drive anywhere afterwards. So, can anyone suggest a restaurant right in downtown Carmel? I'm thinking someplace casual, maybe American/BBQ, Italian, or Mexican. My son won't eat anything esoteric or spicy. Thanks hounds!

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  1. The Rio Grill is not downtown, but I think it might work for you. It is in the Crossroads shopping ctr across hwy #1. About a 3 min. drive from the Carmel Plaza. Don't know how old you son is, but it would work for any age.

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    1. re: Gail

      Thanks, but I really want to stay in DT Carmel. I've heard of the Rio Grill, know where the Crossroads is, and will save it for next time. (My son is 19, BTW.)

      Many years ago (20+) there used to be a pub on one of the side streets that would have been perfect, but the name escapes me and it's probably gone anyway.

    2. Jack London's Bar & Grill on Dolores between 5th & 6th?

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      1. re: Gail

        Could could also be the Village Pub. I do remember the entrance being n sort of an alley, or courtyard. Both fit the description. I have a 2 year old map of DT Carmel (you know, the kind all the stores give out for free) and I can see that Jack London's might be the place. Do you actually recommend it? Is there anything Italian that would work as well? Thanks!!

      2. You might check out the menu at Forge in the Forest -- the food is fine, and there's a little something for everyone (including the dog).

        1. This menu looks perfect! Exactly what I'm looking for. There's enough variety for both of us. Many thanks!!