Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

FOOD In the Valley: Baja Cantina and Grill and Filling Station Southwestern, Mexican Baja Cantina features Southwestern/Mexican cuisine and a sunny setting that makes it easy to linger over brunch. The back decks are a beautiful place to enjoy the frequent sun, valley views, enchiladas and margaritas. 7166 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. (831) 625-2252, Bear + Flag Roadside American Define the phrase “modern California roadside eatery.” If you need some help, think a top chef using good ingredients to bring sandwiches, burgers and other simple fare—pimento cheese and crackers—to an unheard of level. There’s even a seasonal grilled cheese sandwich, along with craft beers and local wines. 7152 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. (831) 2938608, Covey Grill Steakhouse Glistening grilled meats, slabs of halibut or salmon—this is classic fine dining, but with a twist. Yes, you can order steak (or a steak flight) and a Caesar salad. But depending on the season, you might find grilled nopales. And the burger is a standout. 8205 Valley Greens Drive (Quail Lodge), Carmel. (866) 675-1101, Earthbound Farm Stand Salads, Sandwiches Since 1984, Earthbound Farm in Carmel Valley has delivered fresh, organic produce to the world. Its organic kitchen, next to fields and the organic farm stand, continues this tradition. 7250 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. (831) 625-6219, Jeffrey’s Grill & Catering Breakfast, Lunch If you wonder where everyone is on a Sunday morning in Carmel Valley—or pretty much any other morning to early afternoon—they are crowded into Jeffrey’s. There’s something for everyone on the menu. But if you want a traditional brunch, the Hollandaise on their Benedicts is spot on. 112 Mid Valley Center, Carmel. (831) 624-2029, Lucia Restaurant Global Lucia is one of the county’s Zagat-rated dining rooms and a frequent choice for Best Restaurant by Weekly readers—for good reason; the cooking is done with rare finesse. Both menu and cocktail lineup changes regularly. Bernardus Lodge, 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. (831) 658-3400, WWW.MONTEREYCOUNTYWEEKLY.COM 71 History, Heritage, Hospitality Stop in for a quick lunch and shop our market, for great domestic and imported goods! Open daily 10am to 5pm • 750 Cannery Row Suite 108, Monterey • 831-901-3175 f P Coniglio_1-3s_VG23_gk.indd 1 6/14/23 4:21 PM Open for Breakfast and Lunch 8am-2:30pm • Closed Tuesday 831-324-4162 602 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove winstons_1-3s_ED23_dg.indd 1 3/30/23 11:04 AM