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recommended Grill On Ocean Avenue
Grill On Ocean AvenueOcean Avenue (between Lincoln & Dolores), Carmel, CA 93921, United States
Ahh Carmel-by-the-Sea, everyone there is so carefree, with no street numbers for anyone to see... Ever notice that the businesses on Ocean Ave in Carmel have no number address? Doesn't it make the ... read more
life of a UPS guy kinda miserable? Well, fortunately, we stopped a UPS guy, who turned out to be friendly, for suggestions on good lunch spots. He pointed us over to The Grill, so we checked out the menu and thought it looked rather good. We went inside and were greeted by the extremely sweet hostess. Service was friendly and quick, and almost as soon as we got seated, our order was brought to our table. He had the Grilled Salmon Club (guava-ginger-hoisin glazed salmon, lettuce, tomato, bacon, avocado, lime-cilantro aioli on whole wheat country bread). I had the Oak-Grilled Chicken Breast (marinated with garlic and rosemary, jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, served on ciabatta roll, sun-dried tomato and artichoke aioli). We swapped halves with each other so we could try both. $12 for sandwiches is pretty steep, but the grilled salmon club was worth every bite! The grilled chicken, not so much. But just for that salmon club, I'll spend an entire tank of gas to get down there for!
If you plan on going to Carmel (which you should!), then here's a great spot to grab lunch.
recommended Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
It feels like it was just yesterday that I came here as a 4th grader. Next thing I know, I'm a chaperone for a group of 5th graders! However, not too much has changed for me since the time I was there ... read more
as a kid: - While eating lunch outside of the aquarium, enjoying the beautiful ocean view, a kamikaze seagull snatched a cookie right out of my fingers as I was about to take a bite. That stealthy bugger did it so fast that I couldn't wrestle it away with my kung fu grip! I cried, like I did when the little boy who yanked my ponytail, took my Hostess Cupcake and ran away in 4th grade. - During the sea otter feeding (which only happens 3 times a day for 15 minutes), I had to stand on my tippy-toes to get a glance at the otters in the tank. After a couple minutes, I gave up and resorted to watching it on the plasma tv. Adults are so selfish, getting there super early and standing up front! The poor little kids had to crawl through their legs to get up to the window to see. Yeah, so I'm pretty much the same height I was in 4th grade. - The kids splashing around in the touch pool still freak me out. Be gentle! The kids were about to jump into the pool and grab a bat ray - why do you think they're swimming all the way on the other end? At least the volunteers are pretty attentive. And now they have a hand sanitizer dispenser and towels so you can clean your hands. - I still haven't seen the penguins. Where are those cute little guys? Ah, the memories. Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of those places that is always fun for kids and remains fascinating for adults. Just beware of the seagulls, they have no fear! Don't say I didn't warn you!
One of the best aquariums in CA!
Passionfish701 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Tasty and affordably priced, Passionfish is a popular destination for those in-the-know about seafood restaurants in Monterey. Located along the freeway, parking isn't too difficult (park along the ... read more
road), and you get some nice views. Service is friendly. It's not as fancy as I thought it would be, but I had a decent time.
Probably the most recommended restaurant in the Monterey area!
recommended Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Carmelo
Mission San Carlos Borromeo De CarmeloCarmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
One of the most beautifully restored and well-cared for missions along California's El Camino Real, plus the gardens are beautiful in spring. This is where some of the remains of padre Junipero Serro, ... read more
who established many of Alta California's 21 original Spanish Catholic missions, lie buried. It's a short drive south of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea.
recommended Mundaka Restaurant
Mundaka RestaurantSan Carlos Street, Carmel, CA
So many of Carmel-by-the-Sea's restaurants are stuffy, old-school dining rooms where locals do lunch. Not this stone courtyard tapas bar, which has live flamenco music and DJs, ... read more
Spanish/Basque/Californian tapas and house-made sangria. Not cheap, but not unreasonable by Carmel standards either.