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Your pick for Lunch in Carmel Valley

kemi5 Apr 18, 2010 08:27 AM

Taking a drive to CV for lunch and wine tasting. Want to stay away from the resort places. $ - $$$ price range. Also am I just going mad or is there an herb farm/veggie pick-you-own place close by as well? Thanks in advance.

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    UpgradeQueen RE: kemi5 Apr 18, 2010 09:36 PM

    try Cafe Rustica. been there many times. patio. very local, in the village.

    Cafe Rustica
    10 Del Fino Pl, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

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      shellsbutt RE: kemi5 Apr 19, 2010 03:14 PM

      I think you're referring to Earthbound Farms. They have a farmstand on Carmel Valley Rd, about 3 1/2 miles from Hwy1. If you'll be there early enough, you could also try Wagon Wheel for breakfast-very casual and also on the same road. Have fun!

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        45chico RE: kemi5 Apr 19, 2010 07:10 PM

        I second Cafe Rustica. My very favorite restaurant when I visit Carmel Valley. Delicious food and fun!

        Cafe Rustica
        10 Del Fino Pl, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

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          kemi5 RE: kemi5 Apr 19, 2010 10:52 PM

          Thank you all for your replies. We ended up @ Corkscrew Cafe / Georis Winery. It was a beautful day so we lunched al fresco beneath a canopy of grape vines and fragrant wisteria. Portions of the country pate served with picholine olives, cornichons, mustard and grilled sweet french bread were generous although the pate was bland and crumbly. Due to the very warm day we shared a half bottle of a chilled Velo from the adjoining Georis winery. A fruit forward blend of Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay paired well with my delicious Salmon Nicoise Salad. Shame that the menu is quite small and not very inspiring. Although I do like Mexican food it's not a match that excites me with wine IMHO.

          It was Earthbound Farms that I was trying to remember! Time didn't allow us to make a stop but there's always another time.

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            syrahgirl RE: kemi5 Apr 21, 2010 08:51 AM

            Glad you enjoyed Corkscrew Cafe, our favorite in Carmel Valley is Wickets @ the Bernardus Lodge. :)

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              Ed Dibble RE: kemi5 Apr 23, 2010 10:10 AM

              No offence to Earthbound, but the Farmer's Markets in the area (I am most familiar with the ones in Monterey) are so much better than what is available at Earthbound.

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                kemi5 RE: Ed Dibble Apr 23, 2010 10:41 AM

                I totally agree with you Ed. The ones that I frequent are phenomenal. My I interest were the pick-you-own, and photo opportunities of the crops.

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