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edible Monterey Bay Summer 2016

62 edible monterey bay summer 2016 ers at lunch or dinner paired with craft beers, local wines or a variety of house specialty cocktails with our new full liquor license. Open M–F 7:30am–8pm, Sa 7am– 8pm, Su 7am–6pm. Our happy hour is M–F 4–6pm with draft beers $3, wine $5 and well drinks $5. PEBBLE BEACH Porter’s in the Forest 3200 Lopez Road • 831.622.8237 www.poppyhillsgolf.com/porters New, later hours for dinner make it easier to experience chef Johnny De Vivo’s creative California cuisine, prepared with sustainable, fine local and regional ingredients. Fresh cocktails from mixologist Carlos Colimodio, craft beers and local wines round out the experience. A recent renovation creates a relaxed atmosphere of understated elegance in which to enjoy the beautiful setting. Expect the same focus on quality and flavor at breakfast and lunch. Open M–Tu 6am–6pm, W–Su 6am–9pm. SAN JUAN BAUTISTA Vertigo Coffee Roasters 81 Fourth Street • 831.623.9533 www.vertigocoffee.com Artisanal coffee roasted on site as well as wood-fired pizzas, freshly made soups, salads, sandwiches, breakfast burritos plus pan dulces from El Nopal bakery in Hollister have made Vertigo a locals’ favorite as well as a great find for visitors en route to the San Juan Mission, Pinnacles or other area attractions. Owners Dmitri and Kitty Fridman have recently added regional craft beer, served on a 21-and-over beer garden, out back. Open Tu–F 7am–7pm, Sa–Su 8am–7pm. Closed M. SAND CITY Sweet Elena’s Bakery and Café 465 Olympia Avenue, Ste. D • 831.393.2063 www.sweetelenas.com Whether for a delicious breakfast or lunch or to pick up baked goods to go, this warm café provides a welcome respite from the big-box stores that surround it. Bakerowner Elena Salsedo-Steele uses fine local ingredients in all her quiches, galettes and sweets. Some are made from family recipes; all are from scratch. Her granola has a cult following. Sweet Elena’s is also a community goods include a daily scone, cookies and turnovers. Open daily 7:30am–3pm. Jeninni Kitchen + Wine Bar 542 Lighthouse Avenue • 831.920.2662 www.jeninni.com Inspired by flavors of the Mediterranean, Jeninni Kitchen + Wine Bar’s rich and decadent cuisine takes you on a journey from Morocco and Spain to the Levant, birthplace of owner and sommelier, amin Saleh. Don’t miss the crispy octopus, lamb burger with signature eggplant fries and occasional paella nights and other special events. Readers of EMB selected Jeninni for the Best Restaurant Local Heroes Award of 2015. Open Su– 4–9:30pm, F–Sa 4–10pm. Closed Wednesdays during the winter. Happy Hour—”sips and snacks”—4–6pm every day (except Wednesdays). Passionfish 701 Lighthouse Avenue • 831.655.3311 www.passionfish.net If you’re looking for a restaurant with playful, spectacular food and a scrupulous commitment to sustainability, this green-certified restaurant is hard to rival. e elegant dining room is celebratory yet relaxed, and the award-winning wine list features many sustainable names and is priced at retail. Chef Ted Walter’s menu is ever changing with the seasons, but always includes delicious organic local produce, inventive slow-cooked meats and an array of sustainable seafood choices. Open daily 5pm. Point Pinos Grill 79 Asilomar Boulevard • 831.648.5774 www.ptpinosgrill.com With sweeping views of the coast near Point Pinos Lighthouse and a relaxed clubhouse vibe, this scenic spot has blossomed under the direction of executive chef Dory Ford. For breakfast, choose from huevos rancheros, chicken fried steak, eggs benedict and an array of tasty omelets. For lunch through dinner, enjoy dishes like Ale-Steamed Mussels, Crispy Fried Dry Rubbed Jerk Chicken Wings and all-natural beef burg


edible Monterey Bay Summer 2016
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