My family plans to go on a trip in the winter to Santa Barbara, Carmel by the Sea and Monterey Bay. We love ethnic food and really good crab with drawn butter and really love Thai and Vietnamese fare. We like to go as inexpensive as possible. We like little hole in wall restaurants as close to the seashore as possible. Really don't go for hamburger and spaghetti places on this trip. Any suggestions?
Also, if you'd made this trip up the coast would you recommend a hotel near or on Monterey Bay or would you prefer a room at nearby Carmel by the Sea?