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Abalone in the Monterey Bay area

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HeidiCT Oct 5, 2009 10:06 AM

We will be heading out to the Monterey Bay area in the beginning of next year and one of the things that we have to do is go to a restaurant that has abalone. I have poked around and am having a horrible time finding it anywhere. Can anyone recommend a good restaurant to get some at? Thanks

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    Gail RE: HeidiCT Oct 5, 2009 10:33 AM

    I Googled this and got a few hits you might like to check out...

    monterey restaurants with abalone

    While there you should try the fresh sand dabs, petrale sole and calamari all indigenous to Monterey Bay and easier to find.

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      HeidiCT RE: Gail Oct 5, 2009 12:41 PM

      I know that there is the Sardine Factory and one other, but was wondering if this was it? When we lived out there (70's and 80's) you could find at a lot of places.

      Looking forward to having the sand dabs, don't think I ever had them before, also the petrale sole. The calamari...........yummy. Here on the east coast they just cut it into rings. I so want a calamari steak. I think I will be eating nothing but seafood on this trip.

      Was you post supposed to have a link in it?

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        Gail RE: HeidiCT Oct 5, 2009 01:00 PM

        >>>Was you post supposed to have a link in it?<<<
        No, it was just an idle "Google"

        The Sardine Factory hasn't changed. It's like a step back into the 70's. As far as abalone goes, I think its a hit-or-miss kind of thing. I'd sure call first.
        Good and *very* casual seafood places are Sandbar and Grill (Municipal pier) and Massero and Santos (Coast Guard pier). A bit more upscale is Passionfish. All 3 have sites so you can check the menus.

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          Ed Dibble RE: Gail Oct 6, 2009 07:27 AM

          Abalone is NOT "a hit-or-miss kind of thing." Monterey abalone is farmed and should be regularly available. It is very expensive, however, so it's not on a lot of menus.

          Passionfish is not especially upscale. It's just better in quality and more creative in preparations. It also has an extensive wine list - with wines priced around retail.
          Sandbar and M & S have better views, however.

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            Gail RE: Ed Dibble Oct 6, 2009 09:33 AM

            >>>it's not on a lot of menus<<<

            Exactly... Therefore, it's best, as a tourist, to call the chosen restaurant to verify that they have it.

            To the OP. Be aware that Passionfish, a very popular restaurant on this board, is a dinner only venue.

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              mudster RE: Ed Dibble Oct 7, 2009 04:21 PM

              There's an abalone farm at (or under, more precisely) the commercial wharf. (http://www.montereyabalone.com/) You might call them and ask them who they're currently supplying.

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                Ed Dibble RE: Ed Dibble Oct 8, 2009 06:52 AM

                I checked websites, and it seems that Dominico's on Fisherman's Wharf has abalone on its menu:

                http://www.domenicosmonterey.com/

                Back in the day, Dominico's was inconsistent, but recently Dominic Mercurio (the original manager and more recently owner of Cafe Fina) has taken over the place. I hope that means that quality and consistency will improve. But it does have nice bay views.

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