We live in SF and frequently week-end in Monterey. Having just discovered this site, I went over the last few months and found the following tips for the best inexpensive/moderate restaurants. I'd really appreciate feed-back to edit the list & add places that are really good I may have missed. Are their problems with any of these restaurants? Important: I'd really love to know what are THE BEST dishes these restaurants make.
Tarpey's(nr. Lag.Seca)- fried calamari, early bird specials.
Passionfish - What are the best things they make?
Oriental Restaurant(Salinas)- duck, beef char siu (old fashioned booths)
Sang's (Salinas)- Prime beef on Wed.
El Palomar (Seaside) - Michoacan.(best choices?)
Red House(Pacific grove)- (best choices?)
Pacific's Edge (P.G), Bouchee', White House- for a splurge, are these the best expensive restaurants? Favorite dishes?
Garcia Taqueria (seaside) - tortas, chix burrito, soft tacos, carnitas.
Stokes (Mont.)- burgers, steak sand., tapas
Hartnell Bakery (Mont.)-pastries
Vietnamese Rest.(name? Seaside 1760 Fremont) sour shrimp soup.
Pho King (Seaside)-ban xeo - shrimp pork crepe (what else is good?).
Mom's Home Cooking (Seaside)- soulfood? (What's good?)
El Miguelina (Seaside) - pupusas, tamales, quesidillas
La Tortuga (Seaside)- Cuban sandwich.
For stopping off on the way:
Half Moon Bay - Priceton By the Sea (best dishes?)
Barbara's Fish Trap (HMB)- fried calamari, fish & chips.
Santa Cruz - Aldo's SC Yacht Harbor (favorite dishes?)
(SC) Lee's Sandwiches (which is best?)
Of course this is not an exhaustive list. If I've missed your favorites, I'd love to know about them.
Anything inexpensive/moderate all ethnicities welcome.