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My husband, 18 month-old daughter, and I are lucky enough to have a house in Monterey for a week starting August 4th. I have been reading all of the great restaurant recs and would like to know if there are any markets where we can pick up some local seafood and do a little cooking of our own.

Also, a few places I have found on the boards that we plan on trying are:

Carmel Belle
Vivolo's Chowder House
Mundaka

Any other can't miss places? We want places that will welcome our daughter since I'm a former server/bartender who wants to be considerate of the establishment's expectations.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. You definitely need to go to some farmers' markets. The best is in downtown Monterey on Tuesday afternoons. All kinds of fresh produce, breads, seafood, prepared foods, other vendors. Several blocks long.

    Also, Sea Harvest in New Monterey is the best source for fresh seafood - though there is also a seafood purveyor on Fisherman's Wharf.

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    1. re: Ed Dibble

      Thanks for the reply; we will check out both. BTW: do you have a blog? Your name looks familiar...Yuma?

      1. re: bhop89

        The town of Marina has a nice farmers market on Sunday mornings to provision your kitchen with fresh organic vegetables from local farms. Pacific Grove's farmers market is Monday afternoon, one of the few in Calif that operates on Mondays, though I've not been to this one yet myself to tell you anything about it.

        1. re: bhop89

          Yeh, I'm ed (from Yuma). On a side note, I like the chowder at Massaro and Santos or at Cafe Fina better sthan Vivolo's but it has been years . . .

      2. The Friday market at Monterey Peninsula College is very good and there's a fish and an oyster/clam vendor if you're looking for anything later this week.