So we're going up from LA for a long weekend to visit in-laws and take my son to the Aquarium. He is a very adventurous eater (loves kimchee, carnitas, salami, anything with deep flavors or spicy kick) and is pretty good in restaurants. We want to have good food but in less formal environments where we can order and eat in under 1 hour (preferably 45 minutes). A louder room would be good as well as he is just starting to find his voice.
We're staying at the Intercontinental which is literally next door to the Aquarium. We have a car and want to do some sightseeing so not opposed to driving to Carmel or Santa Cruz for a good option.
Big Sur Bakery
Sam's Chowder House - do they make a warm butter lobster roll?
Dinner - need 2 dinner places