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05-25-2010, 07:34 AM #11
05-25-2010, 07:56 AM #12
The Fish Hopper is one of my favourite places - it's right on Cannery Row. Uh, if you go onto the Wharf, the restaurants at the end of it near the whale watching port is excellent (name's escaped on me, but all 3 at the end are 'exquisite').
The Chart House is very good if you're thinking about going along the romantic/expensive route, however I would really recommend the Sardine Factory (http://www.sardinefactory.com/home/); perfect service, and they have 4 "different" rooms. My favourite is the captain room where they have a Cigar room in-house and a good selection of drinks (ice sculptures and all). The food is also very tasty, but be prepared to pay (their steaks I would even go as far as to say the best in Monterey). Speaking of steaks, Whaling Station Prime Steaks have some good choices there too.
Like I said before, Crystal Fish is the best place in town for Sushi; affordable and the freshest fish I've had on rice. They've got some odd hours though, so check them out online for times.
05-25-2010, 08:07 AM #13
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05-28-2010, 09:41 PM #14Junior Member
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Just came back from our road trip to Monterey to watch ALMS at Laguna Seca and would recommend taking a break in Santa Barbara for mexican food at Super Cuca's(623 W. Mitcheltorena St.) Julia Child may have fawned over La Super Rica because it was her favorite, but skip the over hyped La Super Ricas and go to Super Cuca's instead. One of THE best carne asada burritos I've ever had. Get the regular burrito and not the combo or super version (too much crap in them). The burritos are large, asada was freshly cooked and flavorully lean (not gristly at all), and the green salsa is just superb. Friend had the shrimp enchilada plate, but I didn't get a chance to try that.
We tried cruising around Santa Maria looking for a tri-tip stand on a Sunday, but couldn't find one. Supposedly tri-tip stands are abundant on Saturdays. Sucked for us, so we ended up eating Super Cucas on the way up and back. Hit up Jocko's Steakhouse in Nipomo (just north of SLO) if you're looking for a tri-tip sandwich.
Enjoy your trip.
We didn't eat too spectacularly in Monterey, so I couldn't give you any over the top advise for that area. Driving down the coast (hwy 1) south of 17 mile drive to check out the Bixby Creek Bridge was something to behold. Some of the most scenic coastline around. We went on a morning drive, drove a few miles past the bridge, and headed back to Monterey before heading down the 101 to LA.
06-11-2010, 05:02 AM #15
Lived in Monterey for about 2 years from 2008 to just recently.
-First Awakenings in Pacific grove, its at the Tin Cannery outlets right past Cannery row, the pancakes there are amazing and huge, one pancake is more than enough.
-Black Bear Diner on Fremont st. Has great breakfast all around and the atmosphere and employees are great also.
-Monterey Fish house on Del Monte Ave., This place is a HUGE local favorite, doesn't open till 4 or 5 on the weekends though, so if you go saturday or sunday I advise to get there at least 15 min before opening to avoid standing in long line.
-Cafe Rustica in Carmel, this ones a little out of the way but definitely worth it. Was mine and the girlfriends favorite. Great little country Italian place with the best food I've ever had. Service is amazing, cozy romantic kinda feeling. I always just got the daily specials and I was never disappointed.
Those were all my frequent spots, I did go to all the restaurants on cannery row that were mentioned but usually avoided that area just because of all the tourists(no offense). The Charter(or Chart, can't remember) house was the only place down there that impressed me somewhat. Also if you are there on a Tuesday be sure to check out the Farmers Market downtown on Alvarado St. near the wharf. Lots of good local food vendors there.
Also as mentioned above make sure you at least drive down through Big Sur, place is amazing. In San Jose I'd try to hit up the Imax at The Tech Museum, its the best one in country if not the world. If you have any questions or anything just let me know.
12-02-2016, 05:02 AM #16Junior Member
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You did mentioned a particular cuisine so I would suggest you to find site that gives you the info about all the restaurants in the Monterey. I have visited Monterey twice and I used the site called whatsupmonterey.com. It is good site and have all the details about Monterey like places to visit, restaurants, wineries, events etc.