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We will be shopping in monterey for cabin cooking in big sur for a couple of days. We were thinking of getting artichokes in castroville, fish at the monterey seaport. Is there a good bakery in town, grocery store, produce mart? Thanks hounds.

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  1. Whole Foods in the Del Monte shopping center, Monterey.
    Safeway in the Crossroads shopping center, Carmel. Has a great produce area. You'll find everything you need there.

    Unless you just want to "fish shop" on the pier, I'd suggest the Sea Harvest also located in the Crossroads shopping center. It stocks pier fresh fish, excellent.

    Big Sur Bakery is very good and in your area. Located on Hwy 1, just north of Nepenthe.

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    Big Sur Bakery
    47540 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Del Monte Cafe
    1642 Del Monte Blvd, Seaside, CA 93955

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    1. re: Gail

      Getting artichokes in Castroville is lots of fun, check out The Giant Artichoke, we love, love, love their Deep Fried Artichokes there. :)

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      Giant Artichoke Restaurant
      11261 Merritt St, Castroville, CA 95012

      1. re: Gail

        Thank you Gail (a little belatedly). Did just that, market stuff at Safeway and fish at Sea Harvest. A bit pricey, but very good. Had cod with homemade/grown chili powder and fresh salsa, then cioppino the next night.; Got 2 heroic loaves of bread from the bakery.

        1. re: dr. pepper

          dr. pepper, belated is fine. Glad you found what you needed. Did you stay at one of those cabins on the river in Big Sur? I've lusted over those!

          1. re: Gail

            We stayed at Ripplewood - the cabins by the river were not available; ours was on the other side of Rte 1 but very nice nonethless. It was a wonderful vacation. We went with a second couple who had not been to California. We had oysters and bubbly on Pfeifer beach, hiked, saw condors over hills by the McWay waterfall. Then we had 3 days in Yosemite, 2 in Amador county, a day in Oakland with friends, 3 wining it up in Russian River and Anderson Vally, a day in Ft Bragg, and 2 more in Belmont with friends. Went home with 4 cases of wine as checkon luggage. Not a bad 2 weeks at all.

      2. If you are in Monterey on either day of their farmers' markets, you have to go. Absolutely fresh and amazing produce. Great baked bread. Deserts etc etc. You can go to stores anywhere. The Monterey Farmers' Markets are unique and wonderful.

        http://www.seemonterey.com/food-resta...

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        1. re: Ed Dibble

          Thank you hounds, sound advice. We were planning on the Giant Artichoke, having stopped there before. The fish market and farmer's market sound great too.

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          Giant Artichoke Restaurant
          11261 Merritt St, Castroville, CA 95012

          1. re: dr. pepper

            Business took us to Carmel yesterday, we stopped by the Giant Artichoke again, good as ever! We watched the sunset over the ocean in Carmel then had a lovely dinner PortaBella. Crab bisque, Salmon with Ratouille and Risotto and Tiramisu for dessert. Love PortaBella and Carmel! :)

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            Giant Artichoke Restaurant
            11261 Merritt St, Castroville, CA 95012