Trip Report - Pinnacles area (aka Salinas) and Big Sur
Thanks mostly to the Post Ranch Inn, we ate really well on our recent trip to Pinnacles and Big Sur. After a nice visit to Pinnacles, we stopped in Salinas and ate lunch at El Grullense in Acosta Plaza. I went with the Board consensus and had the shrimp mojo de ajo, while my husband went his own way with the chile rellenos. I won!! The shrimp were basically drowning in butter and garlic, so what's not to like?
We then drove over to the coast (into the fog) and checked in to the Post Ranch Inn, where we had the best room service meal we've ever had. For in-room dining, you can either order off the room service menu or have them bring over a copy of the day's restaurant dinner menu. We chose off the restaurant menu, and the food arrived quickly and hot (which is hard enough in a high-rise hotel, let alone food coming across a large property at night in the fog).
My husband had Caraquet oysters for the first time and fell in love with them. One nice touch, they served them shucked, but with the "lids" placed back on to keep them fresher. I had a beet salad which was good (and even better when I added the remainder of the cheese from our in-room fridge). But the soups were amazing -- hubbie had jerusalem artichoke soup and I had what was called a bourride but was really a very tasty creamy fish soup.
The next night we ate at the restaurant itself and had another very good meal. The menu changes substantially every day, so there were some dishes we had seen the night before and wanted to try, but they weren't available the next night. For folks staying at the property multiple nights, though, it means you can eat there several nights in a row without getting bored.
Anyway, there were a lot of good-looking Mexican restaurants in Salinas and environs, so there's more reasons to go back!