Last Friday with sunny skies and temperatures pushing 80 degrees in Monterey, Mom and I lunched al fresco at Stone Creek Kitchen. This was our first time here. I was drawn by the promise of paella, offered on Fridays. It's $16.99 per pound and made with real Bomba rice. The website said that it's available in the afternoon; the counterman told me he tries to have it ready no later than 10am to satisfy lunch take-out orders. The paella is sold room temperature and there's a self-serve microwave to warm up your food. Rice was heavily seasoned with smoked pimenton and too soft for my taste. Yet, this was pretty packed with cubes of chicken breast, chorizo, piquillo peppers, green beans, pickled guindilla peppers, lemon, and some big fat shrimp. The portion in the photo was just under a pound and cost $16.
We also tried the sweet potato casserole. Mom said she liked this better than the paella. Fluffy mashed sweet potatoes were baked with a fragrant and flavorful pumpkin seed-dill pesto and crunchy bread crumbs.
Besides these items, the deli case is full of composed salads, tartine of the day, bocadillos and other sandwich fixings, tomato tart, and other ready to eat heat-and-serve preps. I'll mention that the website says that indoor seating is now available. This would be tall counters with backless stools that might challenge some elders.
Stone Creek Kitchen
65 Canyon Del Rey Blvd
Monterey, CA 93940