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Back to Monterey County to Chowdown: What's New? Faves?

Niki Rothman | Nov 6, 200502:50 PM

It's been a few months since I checked in about chow news in Monterey County. I had culled a list from many posts back then and am planning on eating more delicious meals at the restaurants you all recommended then: Tarpey's early bird specials, Passionfish for the crabcakes and duck confit, El Miguelino for fish, Pho King, and one new one I discovered in Salinas, Chicken Sctratch Flats. And I understand the people who own Chicken Flats also own Hullabaloo in Salinas.

There are a few places you all recommended then that I still want to try: Garcia Taqueria, La Tortuga (Cuban Sand.), Mom's Home Cooking (soul food?), and the Oriental Cafe'(?) at 1760 Freemont. I also heard that the cocoanut shrimp at the Hula Cafe' (?) on Lighthouse in Monterey near the Longs was really good.

I'd love to hear what your comments are about the above, and your favorite dishes, and has anything great opened up in Monterey County in the last few months? If you have other wonderful Inexpensive/moderate recommendations, I'd really appreciate hearing about them too.

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