one night in downtown monterey - no car
looking for inexpensive (dives encouraged) spot to grab dinner. ethnic (any!) welcome. won't have a car. thank you thank you!
Monterey is really a very small town with many visitors. It doesn't have a large non-Anglo population. Seaside and Marina, which surrounded Fort Ord back in the days, have more of the divey, ethnic places. Downtown tends to be very tourist oriented.
It's been a couple of years since I have eaten at Ambrosia, but it was good. You might look at the discussion of its sister restaurant in Aptos, which is currently on this board. India's Clay Oven also has served me good food.
If you are lucky to be in town on Tuesday, you could browse the giant Farmers Market that stretches for blocks on Alvarado and find plenty to eat.