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…
Thursday, January 23, 2020
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…
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
It is as equally as celebratory as cake, but arguably the most iconic dessert that families gather around holiday feasts for is pie. (Could you even imagine gathering around a sheet cake for Thanksgiving?)
Don’t have time to cook? Have no interest in cooking? Maybe you tried and failed miserably and need a last minute change of plans. Or it could be that you’d rather surround yourself with strangers that are probably better company than a certain uncle.
Tee Up...Nov. 16 marked their first day Monterey Regional Airport’s Golden Tee was up and running the new owners. Richard Pepe and Bobby Richards. Pepe is well-known for Vesuvio, Little Napoli and Carmel Bakery. They plan to slowly sprinkle new items onto the menu and open the observation de…
Friday, November 22, 2019
Of all subjects, you would think that pie would be the least contentious. Yeah, we could maybe debate whether a tart or a cheesecake counts as pie. Otherwise, it’s all good, right?
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
P.G. has taste…Pacific Grove welcomes its newest restaurant. Taste of India is now up and running, filling the space at 1180 Forest Ave. once occupied by Vito’s. 641-7493.
Monday, November 11, 2019
Cannery Row Brewing Company shut down abruptly on Sunday night. Messages on social media indicate that employees were notified by text message. On Monday morning, a sign reading “Closed for Maintenance” was posted on the restaurant’s door.
Maybe it gets lost in all the hoopla over other holidays—minor things like Halloween and Thanksgiving—people may have missed the national White Truffle Festival. Celebrate at Pèppoli in Pebble Beach through Nov. 17, with tagliolini, Kobe beef tartar, grilled veal, all with Alba white truffle…
Friday, November 08, 2019
“We go through a lot of chicken breast,” says Benny Mosqueda, owner of Seaside’s popular The Butter House.
Monday, November 04, 2019
A lot of people stop at Wine and Swine, and why not? Great wines along with meat prepared by top local chefs (Nov. 9 6-10pm, $125). But the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival offers so many more cool events that are worth exploring. Hiking with Stemware (the only way to appreciate the outdoors…
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Pacific Grove’s reinterpretation of “street food” takes place Saturday, Nov. 2. Salud Pacific Grove is an al fresco dinner with tables and lighting set up on Grand Avenue and prepared by some of P.G.’s top chefs. 5pm. $75, cityofpacificgrove.org, ages 21+ only.
Monday, October 28, 2019
Let’s talk tacos. Not the ones with hard yellow tortilla “shells” and “Mexican” five-cheese blend (which fun fact: it doesn’t have any kind of Mexican cheese in it—thanks, Kraft). Let’s talk buttery soft and chewy corn tortillas, some kind of meat (preferably stewing since the crack of dawn…
Friday, October 25, 2019
The Weekly’s superb editor, Sara Rubin—who also happens to be a very fine person of many talents—posed a brilliant and thoughtful question regarding Halloween candy the other day.
Halloween is on the horizon and brings spooky events to Central Coast restaurants, bars and wineries this week.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Local favorites Hula’s Island Grill on Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and The Tap Room in Pebble Beach each received national recognition this month.
Monday, October 21, 2019
Seaside’s hotly anticipated Other Brother Beer Co. and Ad Astra Bread Co. made their debut over the weekend to booming crowds during a soft opening preview. The pair of projects is slated to open on Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Friday, October 18, 2019
1. Raise Hell: The Life and Time of Molly Ivins—Osio Theater, Friday-Sunday
In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, restaurants reported that guests came in seeking mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and homey soups. A Nielsen survey at the time found the same thing happening at grocery stores, with Americans stocking up on chips, instant potatoes and the like.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Word from Cima Collina winemaker Annette Hoff is that the winery will be shutting down at the end of the year. "With the passing of our owner Dick Lumpkin this past spring, the family members have decided not to continue producing Cima Collina wine. It saddens me to inform you that we will b…
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
La Playa Carmel’s bar has reopened as Bud’s. The new name honors the late Bud Allen—who owned and operated the bar from 1962 to 1984—and Carmel’s bohemian roots. Branding itself as “a local haunt for lore and libations,” Bud’s features a new menu of cocktails with food developed in partnersh…
Friday, October 04, 2019
Laurel and Hardy, Ruth and Gehrig, Maurice and Auguste...um...Maurice and whozits?
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Bernardus Marinus Pon, owner of Bernardus Winery in Carmel Valley, died on Monday, Sept. 30. In memory of Pon, who went by Ben, the tasting room located at 5 West Carmel Valley Road closed Tuesday and remains closed Wednesday.
Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Sad news from Bernardus Winery: founder Bernardus (Ben) Marinus Pon has passed away. Born and raised in Amersfoort, Holland, Pon fell in love with Carmel Valley during a visit here in the 1980s and eventually made the valley his second home. Pon leveraged his appreciation for wine to establi…
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
The results are in and they are definitive: Santa Lucia Preserve makes the best chili in Monterey County. Or maybe Garren Fisher does. Or the honor could go to Bernardus Lodge. Some might say Jeff Langan deserves the title. All were winners in the Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce's 26th ann…
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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…
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…