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Carmel /Pacific Grove (Yum!) Restaurant Report

Shiloh | Mar 2, 2006 01:57 PM

Spent 2 days in Carmel and thanks to the advice of fellow Chowhounds consumed Oh-So-Good food. Monday lunch we ate at Julihanh which had possibly one of the best bowls of Pho I've consumed. Very little fat/tendon but awesome flavor. And mmmmmmm their shrimp on sugar cane!
After lunch we found a candy store that sells single AND double salt Dutch licorice. (If you've had it you know how good it is.)
I had a recommendation for Roys in Spanish Bay for dinner and after getting lost on 17 mile drive (storm/trees/no power need I say more)it more than made up for the adventure. A signature blackened Ahi with wasabi sauce and a Macadamia crusted Mahi.....so what that the power went out twice while we were there. I could've eaten this in a closet and been happy!
Lunch on Tuesday was at Little Napoli. My wife complains that every time we eat Italian I eat gnocchi. My theory is to judge a line of restaurants properly you need to benchmark their food (I just happened to pick gnocchi when I was 10; some place in Aptos I remember gnocchi verde.....ahhhh)Anyways Little Napoli's gnocchi with gorgonzola which now is my new favorite. Light fluffy and it partners incredibly well with their garlic bread.
After much debate we decided on Passionfish in PG for dinner. Strange we ate lunch in Carmel proper, but dinner was in PG. We passed Passionfish the first time, not expecting it to sit across the street from a Shell gas station (my wife did tire of the view she said) I suppose you could go there for lamb or chicken but why? I'm warming to the idea of sustainable seafood especially after attending a crab feed a few weeks back and seeing tons of it being consumed. Multiply that by a few thousand fund raisers and we might be going to Imitation Crab Feeds in a few years....Back to Passionfish. I'd never eaten a fried olive in a greek salad till Passionfish. I'd never seen a restaurants 400 bottle wine list sold at retail until Passionfish (now thats a GREAT idea) I'd never dined in a seafood restaurant that sells only sustainable seafood until Passionfish. Anyways.....MMMMMMM

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