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noya May 28, 2010 06:46 AM

where to find chowish fare within a 10 minute drive? Any cuisine, any price point.
Many thanks!!

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  1. wolfe RE: noya May 28, 2010 06:54 AM

    I will suggest Passionfish in Pacific Grove just before this post gets transferred to the California Board.
    http://www.passionfish.net/

    1. jillyju RE: noya May 28, 2010 08:46 AM

      I am a big fan of Monterey Fish House. Decent prices, very fresh fish, nothing fancy, but everything I've eaten there was excellent.

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        noya RE: jillyju May 28, 2010 09:41 AM

        many thanks to both of you!

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          Ed Dibble RE: jillyju May 31, 2010 12:04 PM

          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.

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          Passionfish
          701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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          gmk1322 RE: noya May 28, 2010 01:31 PM

          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

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          First Awakenings
          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

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            Ed Dibble RE: gmk1322 May 29, 2010 11:00 AM

            Peppers has its fans on this board, but it is certainly not texmex. Not real Mexican either, however. I think the best things they do are Mexican influenced seafood preps.

            I like Parker Lusseaux (sp) by the Mty post office for baked goods and breakfast pastries.

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              gmk1322 RE: Ed Dibble May 29, 2010 02:18 PM

              Yeah, I agree on Peppers. It is a really hard cuisine type to classify IMO. Kinda new-ish Southwest, definitely not Tex-Mex (my mistake); I would say just hearty cuisine with a Central American/Mexican/Southwestern slant.

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            Gail RE: noya May 28, 2010 06:58 PM

            More noya...
            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...

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              syrahgirl RE: Gail May 30, 2010 05:04 PM

              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. :)

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              Sardine Factory
              701 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940

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                NVJims RE: Gail Jun 6, 2010 09:46 AM

                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.

              2. Stephanie Wong RE: noya Jun 1, 2010 12:41 AM

                This thread might also be helpful:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7100...

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                  melly RE: noya Jun 1, 2010 02:10 PM

                  Passionfish for sure...and stay away from Latitudes! Rubbery fish.

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                  Passionfish
                  701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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