Seven of the Biggest Brunches in the Monterey Bay Area
November 5, 2012
Eighty degrees demands a high degree of selectivity.
Or at least that's how I think when November gives us spotless skies and Indian summer temps like it has the last few days: I need a standout brunch on a beautiful patio to soak it all in.
Yesterday that meant I pounced on my glossy copy of the Best of Monterey County Wine & Dine and flipped to the list of standout brunches.
(For more lists—like lavish locals menus, beautiful housemade breads and holy house waters—visit the digital version of the magazine or look for it at magazine racks, top restaurants and concierge desks around the area.
At the top of the list, C Restaurant on Cannery Row (375-4800), whose water-top deck sounded just about ideal on such a picture-perfect midday. The brunch there happens noon-3pm weekends, with a mouthwatering menu stacked with items like oysters on the half shell with spicy Arctic char tartare ($4 each; $22 a half dozen) and rock shrimp “meatballs” ($12).
The croissant marscapone-stuffed French toast ($13) and sustainable rock shrimp-crab huevos rancheros ($15.75, above)—paired with barrel-tapped Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay ($28/half liter)—were as good as they sound, and a reminder that eating out is wildly better when you share.
Bonus C-faring beauties: There's a Jordan wine dinner ($95) there Friday, Nov. 9, with five reserve wines and four courses. And I just noticed there's a nice 50 percent-off-an-entrée coupon to C Restaurant on the back cover of the Wine & Dine magazine too.
Click here for six other brunches to watch for, no matter the weather.