40th birthday surprise from husband - a trip to the San Francisco area (Carmel, Monterey, and Sonoma) in mid-July. Started searching for the best (unique to area) places to eat and am more confused than ever. We're on a moderate budget ($100-150 for both of us per day). We're staying in the downtown area, but will have a car and will go anywhere.
Love Italian and seafood, want a good hamburger at some point and want to avoid "touristy" dining experiences. Was considering Bar Tartine for a brunch. Any help would be appreciated. thanks!