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Corundas Michoacanas and Pambazos | El Encanto Restaurant in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 days ago

El Encanto Restaurant is the new kid in town that took over long-timer El Oaxaqeño's site. I had a chance to try it for the first time on Día de Muertos when it had been open for a month. Things lo...

Las 2 Fridas #2 | Westridge - Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 23 days ago

Nestled in between Wendy's and Starbucks in the Westridge shopping center near Walmart, Las 2 Fridas 2 opened 3+ months ago. A second location of the Seaside original, this new juice bar offers Mex...

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Restaurant El Milagro #2 | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 26 days ago

Three years ago I dropped by El Milagro #2 when it was newly opened for a bowl of menudo. https://www.chowhound.com/post/menudo-mornings-salinas-1038283?commentId=10116535 A few months ago I was ba...

Pan de Muerto at La Soledad Bakery | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 29 days ago

With Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) fast approaching on November 2 and observances starting on the weekend, I visited a long-time favorite and Oaxacan specialist, La Soledad Bakery. This time...

Portobello's | Oldtown Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Portobello's moved from South Main Street to the Taylor Building in Oldtown Salinas and reopened in August. https://www.chowhound.com/post/portobellos-rotisseria-cafe-salinas-86648 It's a half-bloc...

Assault with a deadly weapon: Champagne

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

" . . . The incident began when a security guard told two people to leave the gaming property grounds. That prompted one of the unruly suspects, later identified as Harrison, to spray the guard wit...

Tico's Tacos (Salinas)

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by Melanie Wong 17 years ago

Last weekend my brother needed a quick snack and pulled into Tico's Tacos on South Main St. Unbeknownst to me, he's been eating here since he was in high school. I'd never been in, assuming it wa...

Mexican breakfast in Salinas?

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by srr 13 years ago

My DH and I are driving from SF to Pismo on Sunday morning and would like to stop somewhere for breakfast. By breakfast, I mean anything from chilaquiles to menudo to birria to huevos con machaca....

Salinas Juneteenth Celebration, June 19, 1pm to 4pm

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

"Salinas Time to Shine! Food, Vendors and Music Rodeo Grounds Salinas 1PM to 4PM Masks and COVID Guidelines Enforced" https://www.instagram.com/salinasjuneteenth/ 1034 N Main St, Salina...

Shrimp Taco Dorado @ Mi Taqueria | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Mi Taqueria opened on Monday. It's taken over the spot previously home to Boardwalk Subs, Red's Burgers, and even earlier, Campus Drive-In. I gave it a try on Day 3. I asked whether this was con...

Salinas City Barbeque Opens in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 years ago

For the last month, I've been watching progress on Salinas City Barbeque toward opening. The restaurant has taken over the former location of Smalley's RoundUp. I'd noticed the sign painting unde...

Fundraisers for Steinbeck House in Salinas: BBQ 4/10 & Mothers Day Tea 5/8

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

The historic Steinbeck House and its restaurant has been closed during the pandemic. To try to re-open by summer or fall, it will be hosting two fundraisers. Pre-order drive through take out ava...

Tacos El Grullense #3 | South Pearl & East Alisal - Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

Tacos El Grullense #3, a new truck from Taqueria El Grullense, launched on March 17. I noticed it passing by the neighborhood a couple days later and stopped to check it out. I actually ate here tw...

2/18 Drive-thru BBQ Chicken Dinner, California Rodeo - Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

"Date: Feb 18, 2021 Time: 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM Cost: $45.00 Location(s): Rabobank Stadium at the Salinas Sports Complex Take the night off from cooking on Thursday, February 18th and pick up a...

Edible Monterey Bay Marketplace

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 months ago

Edible Monterey Bay has highlighted a selection of artisanal food and drink handcrafted in the Monterey Bay area. For this holiday giving season, this is an easy way to shop local and support our n...

Secret Bakery | Salinas & Greenfield

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 months ago

One of this season's farmers market discoveries is Secret Bakery, vending at the Oldtown Salinas market on Saturday morning's or at Flora's Farm in Greenfield on Sundays. The cottage baker works ma...

Apple Raspberry Crumb Pie at The Farm in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 years ago

Maybe you've noticed the giant sculptures by John Cerney depicting workers in the fields on Hwy 68 driving out of Salinas just before you go over the river? That's The Farm, the grower and farmstan...

La Michoacana Plus Paleteria | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Open for four months when I tried it in September, La Michoacana Plus is the latest ice cream parlor and paleteria to open in Salinas. Really colorful interior and good COVID-19 practices with soci...

Avatar Indian Grill in Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 years ago

When I read the Californian’s piece a few Thursdays ago about a new Indian place in town, I couldn’t get myself over to Avatar fast enough. The article said that Bhupender Singh was the chef/ow...

Curbside Dinners and Housemade Gelato at Rancho Cielo | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

This summer I've had the opportunity to pick up curbside dinner and housemade gelato a couple times from the Drummond Culinary Academy at Rancho Cielo in Salinas. The meals are prepared by students...