Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

FOOD ing. 1315 N. Main St., Salinas. (831) 4495151 Kokoro Sushi Japanese The rolls roll on at this Salinas sushi joint, with something to please every species of Calistyle sushi lover. The appetizer list is packed with fresh seafood. Bento box lunches and charbroiled combo plates, with crazy generous portions. 36 W. Gabilan St., Salinas. (831) 424-7553, La Casa del Sazón Mexican La Casa del Sazón began as a couple from Michoacán selling street tacos from a cart. There are now three restaurants, with two Salinas locations. The cooking is homestyle and very much comforting. 22 Romie Lane, Salinas. (831) 751-2300. 438 Salinas St., Salinas. (831) 783-1277, Mama Lupita’s Mexican Or, as the locals call it, Mama Loops! It looks like a family-run Mexican joint. That’s because it is. Try the street tacos and you won’t be disappointed. 321 Salinas St., Salinas. (831) 424-5300, Mangia Italian Mangia reminds you of why people love Italian cooking, especially when it’s done well. The dishes are familiar, except that the chef’s touch is so deft that even something like a gorgonzola cream sauce becomes heaven. In a year that has seen many new openings, this is one of the best. 328 Main St., Salinas. (831) 256-2170 Mi Taqueria Mexican Tacos, tortas and burritos—oh, my. A kitchen dedicated to fast food, Mexican style. 1220 S. Main St., Salinas. (831) 998-8083 Pastability’s Italian, American A fast casual concept, from the family behind Gino’s Family Restaurant Group. Guests pick one of six pastas, from rotini to gluten-free penne, then select a sauce from a rundown of nine. They also present specialty plates. 11 W. Acacia St., Salinas. (831) 998-7715, Patria European One of Oldtown Salinas’ most popular spots, thanks to a charming farmhouse interior and Northern European cuisine. Patria specializes in housemade pastas, stylish pizzas, grilled game and unique salads. A traditional chef using traditional techniques. 228 S. Main St., Salinas. (831) 424-5555 93 EXPERIENCE THE ORIGINAL Watch as your personal chef slices tender steak and juicy chicken. Take in the aroma of sizzling shrimp, lobster and savory vegetables. Or try our fresh nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls, all prepared with the same flair that made Benihana a legend in Japanese cuisine. 136 OLIVIER ST. MONTEREY NEAR OLD FISHERMAN’S WHARF OPEN DAILY (831) 644-9007 WWW.BENIHANA.COM OPEN FOR LUNCH & DINNER DAILY 12 NOON TO 10PM Benihana_1-3s_VG23_gk.indd 1 6/1/23 4:58 PM POST A NEW REVIEW AND GET A FREE MICHELLADA! ORGANIC BAJA TACOS TORTAS BURRITOS QUESADILLAS BIRRIA POZOLE ANTOJITOS ALL DAY BREAKFAST a HANDMADE CORN TORTILLAS OPEN DAILY 11AM-8PM CALL US TO PLACE YOUR ORDER 831.717.4843 598 LIGHTHOUSE AVE, MONTEREY WWW.MISSION19TAQUERIA.COM Mission19_1-3s_VG23_dg.indd 1 6/14/23 4:36 PM