Tuesday, June 23, 2020
As many restaurants have started coming back for dine-in service as Covid-19 guidelines allow them to, others have stuck with takeout-only, and others remain closed entirely. In some cases, restaurants are shutting down entirely.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
It was a bold idea to help struggling businesses during a pandemic that was perhaps too innovative for a town that values its Good Old Days. P.G. Al Fresco, Pacific Grove City Manager Ben Harvey’s attempt to create an outdoor dining space for restaurants on Lighthouse Avenue as they reopen w…
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Shortly after they were forced to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Monterey County schools started offering grab-and-go meals for children in the county facing food insecurity.
Monday, June 08, 2020
Monterey County got the go-ahead from Health Officer Edward Moreno to reopen—or widen the opening—of more businesses including restaurants, hotels, campgrounds, wineries and bars, gyms, zoos and museums beginning Friday, June 12.
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
After more than 30 years at the helm of restaurant group Downtown Dining, Tony Tollner is retiring, and selling his restaurant dynasty. (His plans now include motorcycle trips and hiking.)
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Monterey and Santa Cruz counties have been cleared by the California Department of Public Health to advance to the next stage of reopening during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
On Thursday morning, May 21, Jeffrey LeTowt of The Tuck Box had his day in court. Or at least his first day of several.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
When the day comes that dine-in eating is allowed to resume in Monterey County, some large restaurants might be able to make the economics work after removing tables to comply with social distancing rules. They’ll have to balance wages, food, water and overhead costs with less diners bringin…
Thursday, May 07, 2020
Being treated to a hearty brunch and mimosas or bloody marys at your favorite spot with your family is like a rite of passage for moms on Mother’s Day. Since families can’t wine and dine their moms in restaurants this year due to Covid-19, many local restaurants are offering takeout specials…
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
It's one of the silver linings of a pandemic and economic crisis: innovative solutions and partnerships. One such innovation—meant to help provide economic stimulus to restaurants and help seniors who are staying home and still need to eat—is the state's Great Plates Delivered program, annou…
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
There will not be customary parades or communal festivities for Cinco de Mayo this year due to Covid-19, but it's still an opportunity for a history lesson—and to drink a celebratory margarita.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Beer and cider sales are up 20 percent across the country during this extended coronavirus lockdown, which makes sense considering that drinking is one of the few options for fun right now. But while the big corporate brands are doing well, many craft brewers appear to be struggling, accordi…
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
For years, Gladys Parada dreamed of opening a simple lunch cafe. She'd perfected a basic menu of sandwiches and a soup-of-the-day in her years with a food truck. And when The Press Club in Seaside became available, it looked like a long-time dream come true.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Just after Monterey County Health Officer Edward Moreno issued a shelter-in-place order shutting down all "non-essential" activities on March 18, Yann Lusseau prepared to close his bakery, Parker-Lusseau.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
It's weird timing to open a new grocery store, sure. But a new Grocery Outlet location opened on schedule in Prunedale on March 17, hours before the county Health Department announced a shelter-in-place order would take effect at midnight on March 18.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Just before 1pm on Tuesday, a young man sat on the curb near Rise + Roam in Carmel, staring glumly at his phone. Todd Fisher, the executive chef of the restaurant group that includes Seventh & Dolores, Folktale Winery and the newly opened Rise + Roam gestures toward him.
Monday, March 16, 2020
One way restaurants are responding to the coronavirus situation is by introducing curbside pick up or using a delivery service in order to keep human contact minimal.
Reid Norris, executive director of Everyone's Harvest, knowns things can change given the COVID-19 pandemic that has seen Gov. Gavin Newsom urge bars and nightclubs to temporarily shut down and restaurants to reduce seating to keep diners away from each other.
Adapt. Do whatever it takes. Survive.
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday, March 15, requested that bars, pubs and wine tasting rooms across the state shut down temporarily as the state tries to stem the spread of COVID-19. He also asked that restaurants cut capacity in half to allow for greater social distancing. (The recommended m…
Thursday, March 12, 2020
With uncertainty the only certainty about coronavirus and upcoming events, Pebble Beach Company decided to cancel the popular Pebble Beach Food & Wine.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
New Brew…Yeast of Eden was named the Best New Brewery in California by the 2019 RateBeer Best Awards. A team of brewers from around the world sampled something like 640,000 beers to come to this conclusion, which sounds like a fun process (although how is one capable of rating beer after dow…
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Open and Shut…The popular Turtle Bay Taqueria in Seaside has closed. A new spot, Boiling Krab, is in the works in the same location at 1301 Fremont Blvd., with an anticipated opening in April. While we’re on that block It’s home to a new panadería. La Yaquesita has opened at 1450 Fremont Blv…
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Book It Now…Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette in Marina has teamed up with luxury Champagne label Veuve Clicquot for a four-course dinner on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6pm. If you have time and $168 in your pocket, call 883-5535 to reserve a seat.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Keeping Score…The restaurant count in Monterey County keeps changing. The Happy Anchor dropped—not gonna say it—last week and early reports are all good. The food truck specializes in grilled cheese, tomato bisque and tater tots. You’ll have to check online to find out where it docks next. M…
Thursday, February 13, 2020
There will likely be a few verbal rotten tomatoes tossed at this afternoon’s meeting of Pacific Grove’s Economic Development Commission. On the agenda is the somewhat controversial proposal to add a second—and swankier—farmers market to the city’s weekly schedule.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Shades of Blue…Business in Seaside is booming, and the newest addition is Deja Blue, with a soft opening this weekend, followed by a grand opening Feb. 22. (It’s at 500 Broadway, where the Dunes used to be.) They’ll dish New Orleans-inspired cuisine and host live jazz, blues and comedy—“some…
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Cocktail Hour…Word is that Pearl Hour has expanded its hours. The destination bar on Lighthouse in Monterey is now open daily at 5pm. That's every single day. That is a very good thing for those who love clever cocktails and live music.
Friday, January 31, 2020
The answer is yes. And with that, I can shut down the computer and get an early start on happy…Oh, yeah. Evidence.
A decade ago, Gladys Parada was ahead of the culinary edge, at least for Monterey County. Now she is planning a step back in time—a soup and sandwich diner.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Sing Babaloo…Hidden Fortress has fallen. Or it will come Feb. 8. The small-batch organic coffee roaster is leaving its space at The Press Club in Seaside. Replacing the coffee shop will be Babaloo, a diner featuring Cuban soups and sandwiches, along with coffee drinks. You may remember the p…
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Two of us were parked at one of the window seats in Wild Fish when a couple opened the door, but hesitated to come inside. The woman poked her head our way and cautiously asked “is it any good?” She went on to say that food service at the highly-regarded Pacific Grove restaurant had plummete…
Monday, January 20, 2020
Another new face…There's a new chef at Pacific Grove's Wild Fish. Nico Long took the helm last week after Margaret LaVetty's brief stint in the kitchen. Long was born in P.G. but served as chef all around the world—as a private chef on luxury yachts, at resorts and so on. If you're keeping s…
Sunday, January 19, 2020
News writer, columnist and senior curmudgeon Mary Duan describes the egg rolls from Salinas Donut as “weirdly good.”
Friday, January 17, 2020
There’s nothing particularly smoky about the Smokin Willie burger at Bayonet Grill. No bow to procuring artisanal cave-aged cheese or Wagyu beef, either. And yet you can’t put it down.
Monday, January 13, 2020
Dinner Time…Carmel is hosting Carmel Culinary Week Jan. 19-26, exploring Carmel as the “Next Big Little Foodie Getaway.” It’s a new thing that sounds like a good excuse to binge eat. The week will be full of prix fixe menus, complimentary tastes and culinary demonstrations at over 65 Carmel …
Thursday, January 09, 2020
The owners of Porta Bella Restaurant, Dametra and Mediterranean Restaurant agreed to settle a federal sexual harassment lawsuit.
Monday, January 06, 2020
Fun Fungi…Still anxiously awaiting the Big Sur Foragers’ Festival and its famed Fungus Faceoff? Tickets are available now. We porto-bet that by the end of the festival, you’ll be chanter-yelling about mushrooms from every rooftop and buttontop. It would be a crime-ini not to go so get your s…
Friday, January 03, 2020
Why would an adult wear a cardboard cutout crown on his head in the office? That might be a better question. Sure, the Weekly’s luxurious, I.M. Pei-designed editorial suite deserves a touch of royalty—but a printout of a coronet decorated with golden fleur de lis?
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Nothing says small-town local quite like a weekly farmers market, something which the Monterey Peninsula has in plenty, with farmers markets in various locations happening daily during peak summer season. But to the dismay of some of the farmers at nonprofit Everyone’s Harvest, which has hos…
Saturday, December 28, 2019
We could be persnickety and spend several inches of space debating the defining characteristics of a potato pancake and what separates it from a mat of crispy hash browns.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
There is no pretense at the original Michael’s location. There’s no art in the presentation, either. Dump enough sauce over the enchiladas to cover the plate, throw down some rice and beans alongside the quesadillas and send it to the table.
Monday, December 23, 2019
Vintage Days…Taste Morgan will be hosting a vertical tasting of three consecutive vintages of one of their flagship wines, taking you on a tour through the wines’ variations from one vintage to the next. In the crossroads, Dec. 27, 11am-5:30pm, $20 ($10 club members). No RSVP necessary. Foll…
Monday, December 16, 2019
In And Out…Things never stay the same, it seems. Boardwalk Sub Shop in downtown Monterey has closed and the space is up for sale, as is the Salinas location. Also in Monterey, the old Frutti De Mar Grill will soon be replaced by Sazón Express, a quick service Mexican place. Finally, Vince Po…
Friday, December 13, 2019
I'm a little sad to report that the U.S.—or at least around these coastal elite parts—hasn't jumped on the meat pie train like the U.K. has. Cornish pasties? Shepherd's pie? Northern pork pies? Anyone?
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Makin’ Bacon…We already know bacon makes everything better. Now Galante Vineyards is out to prove that it’s not just for breakfast anymore...or maybe that wine is for breakfast. Either way it plays out, they are hosting a bacon and wine pairing event featuring Baker’s Bacon and Galante wines…
Saturday, December 07, 2019
Before you ask to speak to my manager, who by the way is Weekly Managing Editor Dave Faries, I haven't gone nuts. I just want to talk.
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Small businesses are booming all over the county. After years of informal pop-ups within the Salinas and Peninsula communities and a GoFundMe campaign, Brew-N-Krew Ale House broke ground on their new brick-and-mortar brewery in Old Town Salinas.
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Smelts Fishy…Local historian Tim Thomas hosts Monterey’s monthly Wharf Walks the first Saturday of every month. The upcoming Dec. 7 walk will be focused on the sardine industry of Monterey, enriching all Wharf walkers with information about an industry that has been crucial to the evolution …
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving! Nice spread of turkey, mash potatoes and pump—oh...you have pumpkin pie on your table. While pumpkin pie maybe more available in Monterey County, try this holiday season to find some sweet potato pie. Scavenge the streets, call up friends of friends, sweet potato pie in t…