514 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 649-3474, crystalfishmonterey.com
If it’s sushi you’re after, look no further than Crystal Fish. A New Monterey staple, owner-chef Tamotsu Suzuki turns out fresh sushi like no other in the area. Combinations span from classic (think salmon and avocado) to adventurous (the aka-tombo roll includes fried calamari, avocado and green onion, topped with seared albacore and spicy miso sauce). There’s a reason there is a line always out the door. And dare to try some new things that depart from the sushi menu, too – the nasu miso eggplant will forever raise your expectations of eggplant.