Get a sneak peek at Pearl Hour this month. The new cocktail concept from Katie Blandin—from Bar Cart Cocktail Co. and Golden Bear Bitters—and business partner Chris Garrecht-Williams officially arrives this winter at the former Carbone’s bar in Monterey after a remodel in the new year. But i…
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
In honor of its eighth anniversary, il vecchio has a series of special promotions for the month of September. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays this month, get 33 percent off entrees from 5-6pm (must order by 6pm, excludes daily specials, maximum party of six). On Thursdays, draft beers and s…
Friday, September 06, 2019
The end of the world is upon us.
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Seaside’s Plates Com Tam has closed. A spin-off from popular local noodle chain Chopstix, owner Mikey Nguyen and family turned the spotlight towards rustic Vietnamese comfort foods, including the eponymous com tam broken rice plates. While Plates Com Tam may have closed, the Chopstix chain i…
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Quail Lodge and Waypoint Bar + Kitchen welcomes Brian Parks as executive chef. A graduate from both the California School of Culinary Arts and the College of the Canyons, Parks has degrees in culinary arts, business science and social science. He’s brought his experience in both cooking and …
Friday, August 23, 2019
We all know not to bring up religion or politics in polite conversation, if there is still such a thing. And maybe it’s now wise not to bring up Greenland. Or the border wall. Probably should stay away from detention centers, plastic straws, Muslims, Evangelical Christians, Israel, the Raide…
Monday, August 19, 2019
On Cannery Row, Crêpes on the Row Cafe quietly opened late last month. The menu is split between Salée savory crepes ($6.95-10.95) and Sucrée sweet crepes ($5.95-9.50), with signature selections like the Monterey Special (caramelized onions, feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, $10.95), House…
Monday, August 12, 2019
Beep, beep: Car Week is here. The influx of car aficionados will keep local restaurants busy, so here are some good tips for dining out this week. Call ahead for reservations and wait times, especially if you’re dining in a group of four or more. If you do manage to snag a reservation and ca…
Friday, August 09, 2019
They say numbers don’t lie.
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Salinas Valley Food & Wine arrives this weekend. Festivities start with the kick-off party on Friday, Aug. 9. Sample beer from local home brewers and wines from local wineries. Food trucks will also be on hand with food for sale (5-8pm, Salinas City Center, $20). Saturday sees a lively s…
Monday, July 29, 2019
In Seaside, The Butter House is readying for opening this month. Owners Benny and Susan Mosqueda are reviving the former Nifty 50 Cafe with a fresh interior, but still a retro focus on the all-American diner. The menu teases classic meat and eggs combos, plus a selection of eggs Benedict: “T…
Friday, July 26, 2019
Why? Just why do we even need to know the answer?
Monday, July 22, 2019
Congratulations to Caraccioli Cellars: The local winery’s 2013 Brut Cuvée and Brut Rose were both awarded gold medals at the 2019 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships.
Friday, July 19, 2019
Historians are still grappling with the fallout—the human agony, the cultural damage, the vast fields of destruction—left by the bloody and terrible Clam Chowder War. The horrific Saving Private Ryan scenes (“The area before the house was paved with clam-shells.”)? How America’s “greatest ge…
Monday, July 15, 2019
Chopstix has opened its fourth location, this one in Carmel Rancho Center. The opening brings popular Vietnamese concept’s signature pho, banh mi sandwiches, rice bowls and of course boba beverages to Carmel. The restaurant is offering a limited-time 15 percent discount for grand opening fes…
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple’s 73rd annual Obon Festival is Sunday, July 14, from noon-5pm. The afternoon celebrates Japanese culture with food and entertainment. Look for Japanese favorites like teriyaki, udon, sushi, gyoza and more for sale, plus Taiko drumming, martial arts demonstr…
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
The popular Golden Tee Restaurant and Bar will soon be under new ownership. Carmel’s Pepe International, helmed by veteran restaurateur Rich Pepe, has been approved to lease both the Monterey Regional Airport restaurant and the Flyaway Cafe, the latter of which is located in the secure area.
Monday, July 01, 2019
Monterey’s Portola Hotel & Spa was honored at the second annual San Francisco Design Week Awards last month. The international design competition seeks “to encourage thought leadership by supporting designers whose works can contribute towards a positive future for society.” The hotel sn…
Friday, June 28, 2019
It used to be so easy. Plop down 15 to 20 percent of the bill at a nice restaurant, civic duty done.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Gin. Campari. Sweet vermouth. All in equal portion. There’s not much to a Negroni, really. Yet this crimson cocktail has captured the hearts of bartenders and their patrons for 100 years, even earning a weeklong celebration with Negroni Week underway now.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Look for a new cocktail destination to arrive in Monterey this winter: The Pearl Hour. The new bar comes from Katie Blandin Shea of Bar Cart Cocktail Co. and is named for the “interval between day and night when time stops and examines itself” in John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. The Pearl Hour …
Friday, June 21, 2019
Recently a kindly woman contacted the Weekly with a serious dilemma.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Wine Enthusiast released its annual America’s Best Wine Restaurants list last week. The list honors 100 restaurants across the country that “incorporate wine in thoughtful and exciting ways . . . restaurants where wine is shared and celebrated, and where, in our experiences, the selection, f…
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Carl Alasko | Il Vecchio
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Fathers Day is Sunday, June 16. Here are some options for your day with dad:
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Tricycle Pizza is back in business. The popular food truck closed up its brick-and-mortar location in Monterey at the end of April and has moved to a delivery-only model. Order Tricycle’s signature wood-fired pizzas via Grubhub, Postmates and Uber Eats 4-8pm Monday-Friday. Given the short sp…
Friday, June 07, 2019
Sherlock Holmes would give up. The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew? They’d whimper a bit and then crawl home in defeat. Scooby-Doo and the gang? This one is way out of their league. Alan Turing wouldn’t even come close.
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
Sad news out of Pacific Grove: Joe Rombi’s La Piccola Casa has unexpectedly closed. The longtime spot for pizza, pastas and panini shuttered after service on Sunday, June 2. To thank customers for their support over the years, the restaurant will host a closing party on Wednesday, June 5, wi…
Foodies around town and throughout the state have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Michelin Guide’s coveted list of stars. The dining guide released its inaugural California guide—the first regional guide in the United States—at a ceremony in Huntington Beach on Monday evening and …
Monday, May 27, 2019
The countdown to the release of the famed Michelin Guide’s inaugural California guide is on. The gastronomy guide will drop its star selections next Monday, June 3, recognizing standouts across the state for food and service. To whet palates for the main event, the guide’s Bib Gourmand recom…
Friday, May 24, 2019
Tom Snyder knows his limitations.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Basil Seasonal Dining’s new culinary team wasted little time rolling out a new menu. Executive Chef Bryce Hansen and Chef de Cuisine Cameron Falls blend Old Word tradition with New World inspiration to craft a menu of Venetian Italian cuisine. New highlights include housemade ricotta and asp…
Friday, May 17, 2019
Somehow we missed National Beer Can Appreciation Day.
Monday, May 13, 2019
The Annex is now open in the Carmel Crossroads shopping center. The hip new wine spot comes from Ashleigh Hutchison,owner of Industry Outlaw wine broker and distributor. The concept is part wine bar, part social club. Look for an extensive list of reasonably priced wines by the glass and bot…
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Get ready for a taste of Rome here on the Central Coast with the arrival of Rise + Roam—the newest project for the Folktale Wine Group—in Carmel late this summer.
Friday, May 10, 2019
How can the ownership of a taco shop discriminate against Mexicans?
Monday, May 06, 2019
American Craft Beer Week is May 13-19. Monterey’s original craft brewery Peter B’s Brewpub is celebrating with a lineup of special events and promotions. Peter B’s monthly brewery tour drops Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30pm for a behind-the-scenes look at brewing ($15, free for Mug Club members). O…
Monday, April 29, 2019
After a series of soft opening teases, Cult Taco—a fast casual taqueria from the team behind Carmel’s Cultura Comida y Bebida—officially opens Wednesday, May 1, in downtown Monterey. Choose from mushrooms with green pipian, mole-style cauliflower, local fish, garlic mojo de ajo prawns, chick…
Friday, April 26, 2019
Paul Corsentino is a culinary scofflaw. And no, he doesn’t care. He even flaunts his villainous ways.
Monday, April 22, 2019
MEarth celebrates sustainable living with its annual MEarth Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10am-4pm. The daylong event at the Hilton Bialek Habitat adjacent to Carmel Middle School sees local chefs preparing bites featuring fruits and vegetables from MEarth’s gardens. Participating chefs in…
Friday, April 19, 2019
Tricycle Pizza surprised local foodies with yesterday’s announcement that its New Monterey location will be shuttering next week. But the wood-fired oven isn’t out just yet: Next month, the popular pizza purveyor will return reimagined as a delivery-only concept.
Believe it or not, this is a matter of great importance, one that even medical journals pontificate over. And it is because of concerned professionals and rigorous research that we have a clear answer to this week’s Burning Question.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
The pop of a Champagne cork. The sizzle of a hot grill. The hiss of smoldering embers. The clink of wine glasses. This weekend, picturesque Pebble Beach was the stage for a symphony of flavors during the twelfth annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival. The four-day celebration saw celeb…
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Easter is right around the corner and local restaurants have hatched a number of options this weekend.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Cultura Comida y Bebida’s Josh Perry claimed the crown in last week’s 7D Mixology Throwdown cocktail competition at Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse. The final round saw Perry competing against Olana Sullivan from Pour Girl Bartending. Three rounds of competition first had the pair making co…
Friday, April 12, 2019
Asparagus frightens the bejeezus out of wine.
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
After whetting the appetites of local foodies with appearances at local food festivals, hotly anticipated Alta Bakery + Cafe made its formal debut last week in downtown Monterey.
Monday, April 08, 2019
Alta Bakery + Cafe is now open in downtown Monterey. The long anticipated bakery inside the historic Cooper Molera Adobe comes from Culinary Director Ben Spungin—a veteran pastry chef whose resume includes local hotspots Bernardus Lodge, Restaurant 1833 and Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn—a…
Friday, April 05, 2019
Ask anyone about their favorite campfire treat and you can anticipate the answer will pretty much be unanimous.
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
The hotly anticipated Alta Bakery + Cafe is getting ready to make its debut this week at Monterey’s historic Cooper Molera Adobe. Culinary Director/Partner Ben Spungin and Head Baker Matt Somerville are making the final preparations for opening—possibly as soon as Thursday, April 4.