I'll be in Monterey in a few weeks with my family—they'll be visting from the East Coast (Western MA and Portland ME). I'm hoping to figure out our best plan for meals during their visit. Here's what I'm thinking so far:
Friday midday - Family arrives at SFO. On the way down south, we'll stop for a late lunch at Cooking Papa in Foster City, then continue onward to Monterey. We're staying in Pacific Grove.
Friday night - Casual dinner somewhere in Monterey, Pacific Grove or Carmel. Looking for something not fancy, not too expensive, but good food. Open to various cuisines and places, but hopefully it could be something that is different from what's available on the east coast.
Saturday breakfast - Cook at home
Saturday lunch - Maybe takeout sandwiches if there's a great place to do this from....so, any delis or takeout places that are must-stops in Monterey?
Saturday dinner - Currently have a reservation at Passionfish, which looks like a good choice for a nicer dinner. I like the menu, which seems to feature local fish and produce, and the vibe sounds about right for us. Still casual, but nice. But let me know if you think we should head elsewhere instead....any place that is around that price range (or less) and that features local foods and encourages sharing. And if you do recommend Passionfish, any specific things we should be sure to order?
Sunday breakfast/brunch - Looking to stop somewhere interesting on the way home, ideally for some Mexican food if we haven't eaten any already. I've posted into this discussion about breakfast options in Salinas, since I like the idea of stopping there: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/546946
Any help would be appreciated!! And I will definitely be reporting back