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edible Monterey Bay Summer 2016

56 edible monterey bay summer 2016 Shadowbrook 1750 Wharf Road • 831.475.1511 www.shadowbrook-capitola.com Everyone’s special occasion restaurant, this unique destination is perched on a lush hillside above Soquel Creek. Its multi-level rock and redwood dining rooms are decked with fairy lights and you arrive in a vintage cable car—a truly romantic experience! New executive chef Roger Gowen offers farm-fresh local produce, fresh herbs from a rooftop garden and many vegetarian options. Open M–F 5–8:45pm, Sa 4:30–9:45pm, Su 4:30–8:45pm. CARMEL Aubergine Monte Verde at Seventh • 831.624.8578 www.auberginecarmel.com Located within the romantic L’Auberge Carmel, a visit to Aubergine feels a bit like a trip to Europe. But the food is the real draw here: executive chef Justin Cogley was named one of Food & Wine’s best new chefs of 2013 and it’s no wonder. He’s an eloquent and imaginative interpreter of fine seasonal ingredients and executive pastry chef Ron Mendoza—who won the reader-selected 2015 EMB Best Pastry Chef Award— delights with surprising and inventive desserts. Open daily 6–9:30pm. Basil Seasonal Dining San Carlos Street between Ocean and Seventh avenues (Paseo Courtyard) 831.626.8226 • www.basilcarmel.com “Organic, local and seasonal” are not just buzzwords at Basil. is cozy restaurant in the Paseo Courtyard is the first and only one in the area to earn three stars from the national Green Restaurant Association. General manager/owner Denis Boaro and chef/owner Soerke Peters turn out intensely flavorful dishes—like black squid ink linguine with sea urchin sauce and Monterey abalone in vermouth butter sauce—and provide a full bar with a great selection of California wines. Many vegan entrées available. Heated, dog-friendly outdoor seating. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30am, Su brunch 11am–3pm. California Market at Pacific’s Edge Hyatt Carmel 120 Highlands Drive 831.620.1234 • www.pacificsedge.com Enjoy organic, sustainably sourced farm-to-table favorites on the redwood deck overlooking the Pacific or indoors next to the cozy pot-bellied stove in California Market while waiting for the highly anticipated upstairs restaurant (formerly Pacific’s Edge) to reopen this summer. Breakfasts include vegetable fritatas and eggs benedict, lunch features fresh soups, salads and fish tacos. At dinner the focus is on seafood; don’t miss the octopus confit appetizer. Happy hour M-F in the Sunset Lounge. Breakfast and lunch 7am-3:30pm; dinner 5:30-8:30pm, winter; 6-9pm DST. Sunset Lounge 3:30-9:30pm. Cantinetta Luca Dolores Street and Ocean Avenue • 831.625.6500 www.cantinettaluca.com Prepared in the Tuscan tradition, using the freshest and simplest ingredients sourced locally or imported from Italy, this authentic Italian eatery serves housemade breads, pastas and sauces, hand-cut premium meats and antipasti with chef Jason Balestrieri’s artisanal salume. Guests are served in an atmosphere of warm tones and


edible Monterey Bay Summer 2016
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