staying at the Monterey Hyatt...
where to find chowish fare within a 10 minute drive? Any cuisine, any price point.
Passionfish is my favorite spot on the peninsula. Innovative sustainable seafood preps are their specialties. They also have an extensive wine list priced at retail. To my mind, it blows out places like Tarpy's, but then, I like innovative seafood preps and great wine values.
701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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First Awakenings on Cannery Row for Breakfast/Lunch
Red House Cafe (Traditional American) on Lighthouse in PG
Peppers Cafe for Tex-Mex on Forest in PG
Layers Bakery on Soledad for Baked Goodies
East Village Cafe for coffee/tea
125 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Peppers Mexicali Cafe
170 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Red House Cafe
662 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
East Village Coffee Lounge
498 Washington St, Monterey, CA 93940
Sandbar and Grill on the Municipal Pier, not the tourist pier. A wonderful seafood place with good drinks and more locals than tourists. Interesting because you walk down a few steps from the pier as the restaurant is at water level creating a different kind of view. Bring a bunch of quarters for pier parking meters. Wish I was there right now...
Tarpey;s Roadhouse has a great food, they are adjacent to the Ventana tasting room. This past Mother's Day weekend we had a very nice dinner at The Sardine Factory, if you get there before 6:30 you can have 3 courses for $20/pp and their signature Abalone Bisque is one of the courses offered. We love the Conservatory Room there. :)
701 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940
Had a late lunch there yesterday with the Sandab appetizer, the onion rings and a cold Wheat beer.. The sandabs were great with a simple pan fried preparation and the Onion rings were some of the best I've had. Great water level view of the harbor. Like most of the facilities in Monterey, there is no a/c, but there was enough breeze to keep it cool. The bike rack by their entrance only holds 4 bikes.