California is known for a lot of things, sun, surfing and Hollywood being just a few. Another of the firm favourites in The Golden State is food and drink. Men, women and children adore their food on the West Coast and as result places like Monterey are a gold mine for great eateries. To visit Monterey and not sample some of the local delights would be almost unforgivable. Not everyone gets the chance to experience any part of California often, so if you do make sure you eat your body weight in whatever delicacy you can get your hands on. To help you out, here are the best five places to eat in Monterey California.
Chef Didier Dutertre is a very talented chef and one of the main reasons you have to check this place out if you in Monterey. The array of food on the menu is both delicious and varied. The theme centres around European food and good European food can be hard to come by in all of America. If you do happen to come across it, you have to pay for the privilege. Bistro Moulin is as affordable as it is enjoyable. Try the spinach gnocchi or the duck confit.
Cafe Fina is one of the best restaurants in Monterey CA and not many people would argue with that statement. Café Fina is a fantastic mix of seafood cooked in an Italian style, mixing the local cuisine with a bit of twist. In fact, Fina is so good that they were the sole caterer for John Madden’s induction into the American Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Plus, they have been visited by numerous celebrities including fellow chef Rachael Ray. If you are hungry, the lobster is as fresh as it comes.
The Taqueria is hard to find, but once you do you will never forget it. It is not a fancy place for Avant Garde dining; it is a budget eatery, and it is proud of that fact. There is nothing wrong with dining on a budget, if you can find a decent place to chow down. In fact, finding a great, budget restaurant is just as stimulating as eating at a world renowned restaurant. The Taqueria makes tasty tacos at $2 apiece, which are as delicious as they are authentic.
Cachagua General Store (Carmel Valley)
Now, Cachagua General Store is a restaurant that is very innovative. It is known as pop-up dinner and it is the original of the Central Coast. Even though it is out in the sticks and can be hard to travel to, you won’t be disappointed when you get there. The food is delicious and abstract, set in one of the most different settings in the whole of California. The rabbit five ways is one of the fans’ favourites and worth a try.
These four eateries are an eclectic mix of conventional and contemporary, cheap and expensive. Whatever it is you are looking for restaurant wise in Monterey, the options above will cover every base.