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Jan 27, 2007 07:46 PM

monterey carmel great food

Is there any great food in monterey or carmel? we are open to anything.

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  1. i have been fond of casanova, grazings, portabella (for lunch), fishwife (in pacific grove).

    1. Last week we had a very nice dinner at Melange in Pacific Grove .... here's a link to my post.....

      1. I love Won Ju - a very unassuming Korean joint run by an amazing mother/daughter team...

        Peppers Mexicali cusine in Pacific Grove is excellent as well and San Souci in Carmel is high end French...(I think it's still there and good)

        1. I would highly recommend LouLou's Griddle in the Middle located on Municipal Wharf 2 in Monterey. It is the commercial pier and you can drive onto the pier and park at meters on the wharf and walk right to LouLou's. It is halfway down the pier (thus the "middle" part of the name) in a charming yellow building. It is small, maybe four tables inside with a counter and some patio seating outside, but the food is great and you can enjoy the beautiful location. It is nice to be able to eat at such a great place far away from the touristy crowds at Muncipal Wharf 1.

          The sourdough french toast is especially recommended for its freshness and awesome fluffiness. My husband has had several of the scrambles and has enjoyed each one immensely. All of the ingredients are fresh and they have several lunch options as well as breakfast. And of course they have a variety of seafood options for both breakfast and lunch. For breakfast they have squid and eggs! And sand dabs for lunch! All the egg dishes for breakfast come with the home fries that have tomato, carmelized onion, basil and Parmesan mixed in. Heaven!!

          This is defintely a local's hangout and you will see regulars helping themselves to coffee behind the counter (which is great coffee btw). If you get there in the early morning you will see fishermen eating breakfast (probably the squid and eggs) and selling LouLou what she calls the "catch of the hour". My husband and I have driven more than 45 minutes out of the way just to eat at LouLou's. I am pretty sure they are only open from 7-3, so get there early!

          LouLou's Griddle in the Middle
          (831) 372-0568
          Municipal Wharf 2 N
          Monterey, CA 93940

          1. For many of us, the best restaurant in the Monterey Bay area is Passionfish in Pacific Grove. Delicious sustainable fish (also good non-seafood items), and a wine list at $1-2 above retail. Search the boards and you'll find plenty of glowing recommendations.

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