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We finally made it to the Monterey area, staying 10 days in Pacific Grove at an apartment overlooking Lovers Point and the coastal trail. We had a million $$$ view, just beautiful!
Meals were a comfortable combination of eating in, returning to some favorite spots and trying new places, especially in the Pacific Grove neighborhood where we could easily walk. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and made the most of our time, even on those rainy days.
Breakfast was usually some fresh fruit, toast and Guatemalan coffee that we purchased at Bookworks. We bought berries and eggs from the PG farmers market. Dinners in consisted of fresh salads, great breads from Pavel's, a simple roast chicken one night, steaks and cioppino. We got the cioppino ingredients from the Monterey Fish Market on the commercial wharf, fish, shrimp and clams plus cioppino base. That was a delicious meal on a rainy night.
Some of of our return meals were at In n Out, Old Monterey Cafe, First Awakenings, La Balena and the Sandbar and Grill. No complaints, everything was good as we remember them to be.
Rather than continue eating at places we were familiar with we tried going to new ones as well and were generally quite pleased with our decision. We had great street tacos at the Mi Tierra Market in Seaside, carnitas, al pastor, carne asada, pollo and barbacoa. All were good but the barbacoa really stood out for me. They also had amazing, crunchy chicharrones con carne, just delicious, but the Mrs. said it was pork fat cooked in oil lol. Still great tasting with cold beer.
Tried the Grill at Lovers Point, just across the street, had the PG burger and onion rings. Very decent fast food and well priced, just watch out for the birds while eating.
Il Vecchio in Monterey was a pleasant surprise, popular with good food at a reasonable price. Their starter salad was fresh with a great dressing, sweet and tangy at the same time. Their spaghetti and meatballs were fine but their lamb ragu with fresh house made pappardelle was excellent. Another table had their seafood pasta and that looked and smelled wonderful. A definite return visit for next time.
Mandos in PG was a nice neighborhood Mexican restaurant, just a few minutes walk away. Good enchilada plate and carne asada with rice, beans, a small salad and tortillas.
Finally, Revival ice cream was fun and interesting. Their was a line out the door on a wet, cold rainy evening, so you know it has to be good.
Already planning our visit for next year, can't wait to return with hopefully better weather. Looking at Rosine's, Gianni's Pizza and La Bahia as possibles. Also would like to find some good Vietnamese for spring rolls and pho if anyone knows of someplace. Thanks.