This time we stayed in Monterey but spent our first day in Carmel meandering down Ocean Ave looking at all the shops. We wandered into Il Fornaio which is tucked away off the street and opens up into a large comfortable atrium-covered dining area. Here you can order a tasty margarita pizza - enough for two - with the usual toppings (cheese + tomato sauce) and a delightfully thin crust for about $7.50. Add a cookie and coffee for the perfect midday meal.
Lodging this time was Casa Munras on, you guessed it, Munras Avenue. The hotel is well-located and well-priced with most restaurants a few minutes walking distance. Also within close proximity is the pedestrian-friendly foot path which winds past Cannery Row down to the Aquarium for a leisurely way to see the sights.
For breakfast try the Old Monterey Cafe located on Alvarado Street. You might have a bit of a wait but the breakfast burritos and Belgian waffles are worth it!
Finally, we returned to Montrio Bistro where we ordered family style: bacon-wrapped prawns, spinach salad and a sirloin steak accompanied by mashed potatoes. All fairly standard but well done and served by the ever-friendly, knowledgeable staff. The dessert - bread pudding - is simply a must-have!
|The bread pudding with passion fruit ice cream at Montrio Bistro in Monterey. Amazing!|