Carmel/Monterey at Xmas
I'm leaving San Francisco on Christmas Day, heading for LA with my 23-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son. We'll spend two nights in Carmel. Anyone know of restaurants that will be open Christmas Day? Also, what are the don't-miss restaurants while we're there? Don't want to spend a fortune, but looking for unique experiences. Thanks!
The ads for Christmas openings haven't started appearing as of today. I'd recommend The California Market at the Highlands Inn for breakfast or lunch with a fabulous view. The Fish Tacos and Cheeseburgers are both excellent. Taste Cafe, Passion Fish, and the Little Red House in Pacific Grove are all good choices. Stokes Adobe in Monterey is worth consideration, and it very well may be open on Xmas Day. The Rio Grill at the Crossroads in Carmel is alwaysa solid choice, but I suspect they'll be closed on Xmas. Try La Cannele in the Crossroads for lunch and very excellent pastry.
I had an outstanding dinner at Bouchee in Carmel with my 21 year old son last September - check out my post if you're interested. Forge in the Forest at Junipero & 5th is nice, California type menu, although not haute cuisine. It's an old blacksmith shop, and it's very pleasant to eat on the patio, around the fireplaces (and with the patio heaters going to scare away that Carmel Bay chill!) Katy's is good for breakfast; waffles are huge and perfect for sharing. Tuck Box is a cute setting, but nothing special for breakfast (although I like their porridge, and their version of scones).