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In Salinas for a month with work. Might get a couple days off. Looking for inexpensive - Moderate choices for the following....

Brew Pub / Pub .. know about Monterey Brew Company might check that out, any other options.

Also I would like to find a decent Sushi option and If there is any place to take advantage of the fresh sea food from the area.

I have limited transportation so the places have to be in Salinas.

Thanks in advance

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  1. Since your transportation is limited, what part of Salinas will you be in?

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    1. re: Stephanie Wong

      I can probably get anywhere in Salinas. The crew has two cars but there are eight of us so I just wouldn't be able to take off to say Monterey for the day...but I could grab it for a short period of time. I usually have my own car and more fredom but not this time.

    2. Sorry I'm drawing a blank on brew pubs:

      Penny Farthing on San Luis between Main & Monterey Street (on the northern edge of Old Town) is a possibility, but it's been at least a couple years since my family's been there. I recall fish & chips, burgers, and bangers. . . Mom used to like going, but as I said, it's been a long time.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/350800

      Darn: just saw on Restaurants & Bar that it's now closed (as of July 2009). Too bad.

      1. Do yourself a favor: Smalley's Roundup.

        Going to be tough to find "good" Sushi in Salas, you'll have to visit Monterey or Carmel for mediocere at best.

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        1. re: mjill

          Thanks, I looked up Smalley's and it looks great.
          I found a mexican sea food place right near our hotel at the end of Kern street and have been having Octopus and Shrimp Ceviche for lunch.

          1. re: chris2269

            Name of the mariscos place?

            1. re: Stephanie Wong

              It's called los altos

              I get my meals for free on business if the place takes Amex . This place doesn't so I'm paying put of pocket which must say something.

              I've had shrimp and octopus civiche and an octopus tostada both of which I liked.

              I've also had to of thier platters with rice beans and French fries (never ate the fries too much food ) the chicken ranchero and the shrimp diabla both of which were good.

              Planning on trying the Bisca next.

              Only thing I didn't like were the oysters I prefer cold water oyster to warm water and they were served cool not Ice cold as should be.

              Thanks for your help Stephanie

              1. re: chris2269

                Sorry, Bistec not Bisca.

                1. re: chris2269

                  There's actually a lot of good sushi in Salinas. Both Shogun and KoKoRo are in Oldtown, and I like them both.Kokoro makes "fancier," more non-traditional rolls. In North Salinas, I hear good things about Samarai in Sherwood Gardens, although I haven't eaten there in a long time. On North Main, try Ikeibana, they also have a lot of innovative rolls.

                  I'll have to try the Marisco restaurant on Kern. Sounds great.

                  My day in, day out stop is El Charrito Market on West Market Street, next to American Supply. They have great burritos, especially the chili verde. I think they are about $2.75 each. They also make chili relleno burritos, and tho they can be greasy, they are sooo tasty!

        2. I'm surprised no one has brought back the wealth of taco truck topics started by Melanie Wong two years ago. This topic http://www.chowhound.com/topics/407568 links to a map which hasn't been updated since then, so no guarantees.

          Too bad they probably won't take your AMEX.

          1. Here's the search result from the Places database for Salinas, CA.
            http://search.chow.com/search?query=s...
            Click on the blue name of the establishment and most will have a discussion attached. If you find something of interest, please post and ask for an update.

            1. I'll be driving through Salinas for work and will be there on Monday for lunch and Wednesday for dinner. Smalley's is closed on Mondays, so I think I will stop by for dinner and bring leftovers to share w/family - or at least tempt them.

              I'm looking for suggestions for Monday lunch and an alternative to Smalley's. I'd prefer somewhere right off 101 (with exit name will be great!), so I won't get lost or turned around. I'm thinking no more than $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner (meal, iced tea, and tips). I'm looking for sit down service in a quieter environment (not romantic, but not a pub with loud music). Thanks!

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              1. re: boltnut55

                Well if you like Mexican and Seafood I would suggest Los Altos right of the 101 at E Market St. It's just east of the freeway. I would order any of the Seafood Cocktails or the Shrimp (or any other meat) Diablo or Ranchero.

                Best Mexican Seafood I have ever had ...and I live in San Diego