Looks like I'll be finding myself in Monterey for the better part of a day on Monday - I'm at a conference at Asilomar Conference Grounds that ends at noon, but my flight doesn't leave till 8:30, so I've got some time to kill. I imagine I might check out the aquarium, but I'd also like to try some tasty local things to eat, for dinner and perhaps lunch.
I will not have a car. I'm taking the bus from Asilomar to the downtown transit centre, and then another bus from downtown to the airport. (And I guess another bus to and from the aquarium if it's not in walking distance.) So it needs to be within walking distance from the downtown transit centre (ideally) - or the aquarium, Asilomar or the airport.
My budget is low, but I tend to prefer low-budget food anyway - either authentic international food (served by immigrants to immigrants) or the kind of thing you might find in _Roadfood_. (And spicy is always good.) Since it's California, some sort of Mexican or Cali-Mex would be the obvious thing, but if you know of a good hole-in-the-wall Thai or Ethiopian or chicken-wing joint, I'd be into that too.