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Oct 6, 2008 06:09 PM

Monterey Business Trip

I will be attending a conference in Monterey for a week near the end of October. I will be staying at the Marriott in "the heart of historic downtown Monterey." Considering that I'll be alone and without a car, are there any restaurants within walking (or cab?) distance that are recommended. I don't want to go anywhere too fancy alone, but I don't want fast food, either. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    1. Montrio or Willy's Smokehouse. These are both under the same umbrella ownership. Montrio is upscale bistro style and Willy's is, surprise, BBQ. Check each site for sample menus and exact locations. Montrio is downtown and Willy's is on Cannery Row.

      1. Cibo, which is virtually kitty corner from the Marriott and well within walking distance, has good Italiian and jazz in the evening.

        1. You are centrally located, and can walk to just about anywhere in Monterey though Cannery Row is probably a mile away. Monterey does have more historic buildings than anywhere else in CA. Several houses that date back to the 1830s and 1840s.

          Tuesdays, be sure to go to the Farmer's Mkt. A lot of fun and numerous food stands.

          Montrio is kinda spendy, but close to where you will be. I would definitely recommend Ambrosia Indian.

          You will also be within easy walking distance of Fisherman's Wharf and the Commercial Wharf. FW is pretty touristy, but there are a lot of restaurants (Cafe Fina is my fav there). Sandbar and Grill on Commercial Wharf is pretty good.

          A Cab ride one night to Passionfish (in Pacific Grove) is recommended. Search this board for info about this place.

          1. Here's another one. Hula's Island Grill. I haven't been there, but I have read several good reviews.

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            1. re: Gail

              Hula's is in New Monterey by the Aquarium and Cannery Row. Not especially close to downtown Monterey. The Presidio basically splits Monterey into two parts.

              1. re: Ed Dibble

                <The Presidio basically splits Monterey into two parts.>

                Actually, three parts when you throw in the NPGS.

                1. re: Ed Dibble

                  Ed, yes I know where Hula's is. The OP mentioned possibly using a cab.

                  1. re: Gail

                    Sorry, my bad. I just hadn't heard anything about Hula's that would make me think of it as a destination restaurant. My memory is that people like the scene, think the food is good, and praise the cocktails.

                    Myself, if I were going to take a cab to eat somewhere in that area, I would choose Amir's Kabob house, or if I was up for some spendy steak or prime rib, The Whaling Station.