58 edible monterey bay summer 2016 Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar 16 W. Carmel Valley Road 831.659.2774 • www.wfrestaurant.com Originally built in the late 1920s to refresh travellers on the stagecoach run between Monterey and Tassajara, this landmarked steakhouse still draws loyal customers from miles around. Attentive service and excellent steaks and dishes that make the most of our region’s fresh produce are its trademark; look for twists from new chef Greg Karjala, formerly of Sticks at Spanish Bay. Seating available in an outdoor courtyard and lively saloon as well as the historic dining room. Pet-friendly. Dinner 4:30–9:30pm F–Sa, 4:30–9pm Su–. DAVENPORT Whale City Bakery 490 Highway 1 • 831.423.9009 www.whalecitybakery.com Davenport’s artistic charm and oceanside location make it hard not to slow when you pass through on Highway 1. ose in the know stop at the historic Whale City Bakery. e bakery tempts with housemade breads, pastries, muffins and pies, but it’s only the beginning. Whale City also offers a full restaurant that serves up comfort classics and other hearty dishes. e bar and live music every ursday attract a loyal local following. Open daily 6:30am–8pm. FELTON e Cremer House 6256 Highway 9 • 831.335.3976 www.thecremerhouse.com Housed in the oldest building in Felton, e Cremer House showcases progressive, handmade food and drink with a nod to its historic mountain surroundings. is collaborative restaurant project between the Felton New Leaf Market and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing has filled a niche in the San Lorenzo Valley, bringing organic craft beer, cider and wine on tap, and artisan, housemade breads and “pantry” products to this restored and revered property. Open Su– 11:30am– 9pm, F–Sa 11:30am–10pm. La Balena Junipero Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues 831.250.6295 • www.labalenacarmel.com La Balena’s seasonal menu changes daily but always expresses a spectacular and inventive take on the rustic food of a classical Tuscan trattoria. Chef Brad Briske sources ingredients from local organic farms and prepares the restaurant’s pastas and slow-cooked meats from scratch daily. Owners Anna and Emanuele Bartolini have created an excellent Italian wine list and a warm, inviting atmosphere, complete with back garden seating. Open Tu–Su 5–10pm, Sa–Su 11:30am– 3:30pm. CARMEL VALLEY Lucia Restaurant & Bar Bernardus Lodge & Spa 415 W. Carmel Valley Road • 831.658.3400 bernarduslodge.com/wine-cuisine Where once there were walls, glass panels now can be folded back to bring the outside—including Carmel Valley’s nearly constant sunny weather—into the new Lucia Restaurant & Bar. Named for the Santa Lucia mountain range and wine appellation that beckons to the south of the lodge, the expansive restaurant replaces what once was Wicket’s Bistro and Marinus. And best of all, renowned chef Cal Stamenov is still in the kitchen, serving both his signature tasting menu and dishes à la carte. Wine list is equally notable. Open daily 7am–2pm and 5–10pm. ROUX 6 Pilot Road • 831.659.5020 www.rouxcarmel.com Chef Fabrice Roux opened his namesake restaurant Roux in Carmel Valley in December, creating a charming European atmosphere with a romantic, contemporary interior and sun-drenched patio. e popularity of his small plates and paella just might be surpassed by his housemade French beignets with local fresh-fruit filling, served with Illy coffee as early as 7:30am for those who stop in. Monthly wine dinners and extensive wine list. Open daily 11:30am–10pm, Sa–Su 10am–3pm for brunch.
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