Morsels 04.22.21

EGGS AND BAKEY First Awakenings, the breakfast spot beloved by Salinas and Peninsula locals, has a brand-new location in Monterey. The menu is expansive, from diner breakfast and lunch classics like eggs Benedict and gourmet pancakes to sandwiches and big salads. They’re open seven days a week, at 300 David Ave., Monterey. 372-1125,

SOARING WINGS… Salinas-based Wings Uncommon knows what the people want: High-quality, free range, non-GMO chicken wings. Pick bone-in or boneless and from a variety of flavors including chile verde or teriyaki fusion. Orders for pickup at 737-8244, or find where they’ll be slinging wings at

BEER FOR A CAUSE… The crew at Alvarado Street Brewing has a new beer for nature lovers called Hoppy Hiker, and it’s a tasty, hazy IPA. A portion of proceeds from each purchase will go to the Big Sur Land Trust. (Read more @ Chill) 655-2337,

MEMBERS ONLY… The Santa Lucia Preserve has a new gourmet shop, The Nest Coffee House, and it’s stacked with some of the best Monterey County has to offer, including coffee from Captain + Stoker, beer from Alvarado Street Brewery and bread and goodies from Ad Astra Bread Co. For membership, check out their website (I’ll spare you the heart attack price to join, but remember: There is no free lunch.) 1 Rancho San Carlos Road, Carmel.

THE PEARL OF SALINAS… John Steinbeck’s birthplace, The Steinbeck House, has faced a year of financial wrath due to the pandemic. The museum and restaurant is closed as of now, but they are having special events to raise funds, including a Mother’s Day tea special. Pre-order and pay before May 4 and set mom up with a tea party for her special day. To order, call 424-2735; pick up at 132 Central Ave., Salinas.

VAINGLORIOUS BRUNCH… Wine is hard to pair with breakfast foods but Folktale Winery may have the fix. Their brunch menu features a bevy of bubby cocktails whipped up by barkeep Ashleigh Poland. It includes specials such as their orange passion mimosa. Their brunch runs from 10:30am-2:00pm Sundays, reservations required. 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. 293-7500,

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