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May 28, 2010 06:46 AM

staying at the Monterey Hyatt...

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

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  1. I will suggest Passionfish in Pacific Grove just before this post gets transferred to the California Board.

    1. 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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        1. re: jillyju

          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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          1. 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

            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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            1. re: gmk1322

              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.

              1. re: Ed Dibble

                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.

            2. 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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              1. re: Gail

                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. :)

                Sardine Factory
                701 Wave Street, Monterey, CA 93940

                1. re: Gail

                  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.