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Best Eats In Monterey+Surrounding?

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insideman Sep 15, 2011 12:26 PM

Hey gang,

Heading to Monterey in a week w/ 3 friends who are all enthusiastic and knowledgable about food and wine. Have to plead ignorance to the Monterey food scene and from what I've researched on my own- only turned up-what looks like- a lot of run-of-the-mill, touristy "traps". Anyone here have some solid reccs on a place(s) that can deliver some solid California focused food. From contemporary to food trucks. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    glbtrtr Sep 15, 2011 12:49 PM

    Mundaka in Carmel - very local and excellent tapas menu.

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      Gail Sep 15, 2011 01:35 PM

      Go wine tasting in Carmel Valley and have lunch or dinner at the Corkscrew Cafe or Cafe Rustica.

      www.caferusticacarmel.com
      www.corkscrewcafe.com

      1. PolarBear Sep 15, 2011 04:04 PM

        Passionfish in Pacific Grove

        Tico's in Marina for their weekend special breakfasts

        Sand Bar and Grill on the municipal wharf (Wharf #2) in Monterey

        Haven't yet tried but hear good things about 1833 Restaurant (form. Stokes Adobe) and Esteban for Mediterranean tapas (both in Monterey)

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        Passionfish
        701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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          sdv231 Sep 17, 2011 09:33 AM

          +1 for Passionfish

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          Passionfish
          701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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            Ed Dibble Sep 23, 2011 10:24 AM

            Good advice. Particularly Passionfish since these are wine people. You can't beat buying wine at retail prices from a multi-page extensive list to match up with often local sustainable seafood.

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            Passionfish
            701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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