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Need Restaurant Name-Carmel Valley

Gail Mar 17, 2011 02:27 PM

Past the Carmel Valley village many miles is a restaurant that, I think, used to be a market. It is know for dinner and brunch. I would appreciate knowing the name and also, is the road condition from the village to the restaurant good?
Melanie, I know you know about this place. Are you here?

  1. Stephanie Wong Mar 17, 2011 04:17 PM

    Is Toast the place? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/752004

    Per another post on this board, Melanie's going through Santa Barbara County today.


    Toast Carmel Valley
    3 Del Fino Pl, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

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    1. re: Stephanie Wong
      Gail Mar 17, 2011 04:36 PM

      Stephanie, no it's not Toast. It's located miles east of Carmel Valley village. Really out in the boonies, I think.

    2. PolarBear Mar 17, 2011 04:42 PM

      Could this be what you're thinking of Gail?

      Cachagua General Store – restaurant (Moveable Feast)
      18840 Cachagua Rd

      I seem to recall Melanie posting on this in the past, maybe again even fairly recently. Caught my attention also.

      Cachagua General Store
      18840 Cachagua Rd, Carmel Valley, CA

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      1. re: PolarBear
        Gail Mar 17, 2011 07:05 PM

        Yes, that's it!! Thanks PB. Now, I see 25 miles is talked about. Is this from hwy 1 east or from Carmel Valley village east? Thinking about brunch. Has anyone been there on Sunday?

        1. re: Gail
          PolarBear Mar 18, 2011 07:59 AM

          I'm pretty sure that's from Hwy 1. Looking at Google map the turnoff of CV Rd appears to be about 3-4 mi past CV, then another 6 or so miles on the windy Cachagua Tassajara Rd. Coming from Greenfield off 101, it appears to be about the same distance on CT Rd off of CV Rd coming from the south, but it's a longer stretch to that point from 101.

          Might want to call first, seem to recall Melanie saying they're only open one day a week or something like that.

          [ETA] Here's a recent post that mentions Monday night dinners but be sure and call first since Michaels' last blog entry about a month ago mentions his wife being ill for a few weeks.

          (831) 659-1857


          1. re: PolarBear
            Gail Mar 18, 2011 09:56 AM

            All good advice, BP, thanks. It's too far for dinner, but maybe brunch. I will call first and check with locals when we wine taste and have lunch at Corkscrew. FWIW, if you purchase a bottle of wine at the Georis tasting room right behind his Corkscrew restaurant, there's no corkage when you enjoy it in the restaurant at lunch/dinner.

            1. re: PolarBear
              toodie jane Mar 20, 2011 01:14 PM

              Take the TURNOFF FROM Carmel Valley Road , west side. The other side is only used by locals who know the road (Tassajara monks, mostly)

              Cachagua Store is a general store for the locals, the food is prepared only for only Sunday Brunch and Monday night. (caterers the rest of the week)

              Limited seating, shared tables if need be, usually Full of 'regulars'.There are two seatings on Monday nights. Call weekdays and get reservations. It's a hair-raising road to Jamesburg, some long drop offs, no railing, but road itself isn't bad. Not easy in the dark, though. Best watchwords are Be Flexible and Be Nice to the locals. Food and wine prices can be real steals. Locally sourced meats, seafood, wines, oils, produce.

              1. re: toodie jane
                Gail Mar 20, 2011 01:36 PM

                Great info, Tj, thanks. Didn't plan to be anything but nice. Sounds a bit like some of the southern small hill towns we've visited. Have new car, planning some small trips, maybe this isn't the one...

                1. re: Gail
                  toodie jane Mar 23, 2011 08:45 PM

                  sorry, what I meant by that was things can be a bit ...eccentric there. Many colorful locals and...well, maybe just 'be flexible', go with no pre-conceived notions except wonderful food!

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