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    Chevys Fresh Mex

    2 reviews

    It's a chain, I know...but that doesn't mean it can't have some really tasty Mexican food! The atmosphere is always relaxed and inviting, even when they are busy, with several seating options indoors in the main dining area, or in the cantina, and outdoors in the partially enclosed patio. I'm pretty picky about my chips and salsa (mainly because I ...

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    First Awakenings

    First Awakenings is a really charming Breakfast & Brunch place in Salinas. Their menu has a lot of interesting and unique combinations and the food is delicious. I had a Bay Burger sandwich plate, which consists in grilled tender calamari steak, melted jack cheese, tartar sauce, tomato and lettuce. The plate comes with homestyle potatoes (they don't serve french fries), ...

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    Black Bear Diner

    2 reviews

    Part of a small chain of wilderness/bear themed restaurants, the Salinas location is a great example of what an American family-style restaurant should be: good food in large portions served in a friendly local atmosphere.

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    The choke coach

    1 review

    Get the fried artichokes! You won't regret it! Even the frozen artichokes from Pezzini Farms were delicious months later.

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    In-N-Out Burger

    1 review

    A solid choice when on the road and need quick food. This location is right off of the 101 highway.

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    Peninsula Pastries

    1 review

    Even thought it's located in a somewhat hidden location (and looks a bit rundown from the outside), this French bakery survives mostly on word of mouth and from what I hear is usually sold out of it's fresh-baked goodies by the early afternoon. I asked for a piece of their bread pudding, and for $3 I received this 4-5 serving ...

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    Viva Espresso Organics

    Do you drive down US 101 between San Francisco and Santa Barbara or LA a lot? Then you already know that corporate coffee from Starbucks is just about your only option anywhere beween San Jose and San Luis Obispo. Now this friendly, locally owned coffee shop is your new best friend for caffeine kicks in Salinas. It's about 10 minutes ...

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    Chef Lee's Mandarin House II

    1 review

    Pretty good versions of traditional Chinese fare, but with a few surprises. Unfortunately the name escapes me, but there's this one noodle dish with a heaping dose of curry that I absolutely loved. I remember liking it so much that asked the waitress to find out from the chef what type of curry it was so I could replicate the ...

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    Famous Dave's

    1 review

    It may be a chain, but it sure does capture the essence of a good ole' fashioned BBQ! If you're there with a group of 4-6 people (there were 5 of us when we went), I highly recommend ordering the "All American BBQ Feast" which is aptly served on the upturned metal lid of a garbage can. It's pretty substantial ...

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