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Mar 25, 2012 01:42 PM

Julia's pacific grove

Hi fellow Chowhounders-

Just ate at Julia's in Pacific Grove. We really enjoyed the food, ambience, and positive vibe. I noticed that there were no posts on this wonderful gem and wanted to see what other hounders thought. Loved the focus on sustainability and locality of the food.

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    1. re: Stephanie Wong

      Hi Stephanie-

      We had the sweet onion soup with lentils, mixed green salad with just the right amount of balsamic vinaigrette, flat bread with roasted red pepper and adobo chili hummus, seitan, and lasagna. For dessert we had vegan apple pie with soy chocolate cinnamon ice cream...the crust BTW, was mind blowing, flaky and light without an ounce of butter.

      Just a very pleasant experience and at the right price...Sunday's they offer a family style dinner and all the wine you want for $15.50 pp. Don't know how they do it!

      1. re: dabo40777

        Thanks - came across this review from the Monterey County Weekly's Thursday , 3/24 issue while trying to locate this restaurant:

        Doesn't sound like my kind service -- one menu fits all in the restaurant? Was that your experience?

        I'm actually looking for lunch tomorrow. Usually end up at Red House Cafe (will be on that side of PG) & thot it'd be nice to try something else especially since i think Red House is closed on Mondays. Any suggestions?

        1. re: Stephanie Wong

          Fifi's in the same small center has been our go to place in that neighborhood. Taste Cafe across the street was good in the past but it's been a while since we were there.

          Michael's Tacqueria tucked away in the corner of the Country Club Gate shopping center is another favorite, recall the grilled chicken items being exceptional.

          Point Pinos Grill at the muni golf course has gotten a lot of good reviews lately and stirred up a lot of excitement by finally being able to serve dinners.



          1. re: PolarBear

            Thanks, Dave, but I was across town from Fifi's & Julia's. Ended up at Victorian Corner on Lighthouse (walking distance from my meeting) -- OK food (1/2 BLT w/ cup of veggie soup @ $8.50 for a light lunch and good conversation. Attentive but unobtrusive service.

            1. re: PolarBear

              It's been a couple years since I was there, but your post corresponds to my memories. I've found Fifi's a bit inconsistent - and the same with Taste. Point Pinos Grill is (or at least was) owned by the Red House people. Lunches there were tasty, but not pretentious. I used to love the grilled chicken sandwich at Michael's.

            2. re: Stephanie Wong

              Yes, the options are limited, but we still found the food flavorful and enjoyable. Service is very "casual" but to me that is part of the charm. Certainly not for everyone, but do hope that this restaurant will survive. I think they really care about the food, and that means a lot.