Best of Monterey Bay® Visitors Guide

98 The Best of Monterey Bay ® 2023-2024 food dishes are diverse (fitting for a hotel crowd), but also worthy of destination status. The bar shows some cocktail creativity, as well. 1441 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Seaside. (831) 3931115, Stammtisch German Imagine a small-town kitchen somewhere in Germany. It would be a place for hearty fare (schnitzel, for instance), mugs of good beer and a friendly welcome from the host. This is Stammtisch. 1204 Echo Ave., Seaside. (831) 899-3070, Sushi Time Japanese The massive menu includes no fewer than 30 “special rolls,” from the common to bold American adaptations. Sitting at the cute sushi bar in the back makes service easy, especially in light of lunch rushes. 1153 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. (831) 884-5011, Tacos California Grill Mexican The lunch menu is pared down to tacos, enchiladas and such. The dinner menu is more extensive. 400 Palm Ave., Seaside. (831) 3941080, Tacos el Jalisciense Mexican From the moment this place opened in 2023 there were lines, with drive-through customers often blocking one lane of Fremont. Limited seating inside. 1390 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. (831) 920-2172 Taqueria Zarape Mexican It can be difficult to find parking at times, especially around lunch and dinner—this unassuming taqueria is that good. Some of the draws: simple street style tacos, burritos, enchiladas or tostadas. 1107 Fremont St., Seaside. (831) 899-1125, The Butter House American, Eclectic There’s nothing finer than a great diner, and The Butter House is a great diner. Choose from classic egg combos and omelets, or go for pancakes, waffles, French toast and more. There are some unique rice offerings, like the carne asada fried rice, as well as Filipino classics like the longaniza with eggs. 1760 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. (831) 394-2887, The Creperie Café Crepes The menu packs a lot into a short list. There are savory crepes layered with vegetables, cheese and meats (or go vegetarian). Sweet options include fruit, Nutella, chocolate or all of the above. The batter for all crepes is vegan. And there are clever paninis. 1123 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. (831) 901-3900 The Oven Pizzeria Pizza Two styles of pizza are in play here. One is a California style, but the other is a type of pie most West Coast places mess up: New York. Here, they do it right. In fact, it’s the closest thing to old-school Big Apple crust that you’ll find. 720 Broadway Ave., Seaside. (831) 8991762, Tricycle Pizza Pizza Once upon a time Tricycle had sit-down dining at a prime location in Monterey and it drew steady crowds. That space went away, though not the pizza’s popularity. The new location in Seaside is takeaway only for meat, meatless and plant-based pies. 1950 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. Delis, Markets and Shops The Meatery The Meatery is an old-school butcher with upscale meats—pasture-raised, prime, the good stuff. Yet it also serves as a deli, with some outstanding options. Think 18-hour brisket. The reuben is a particular favorite. 1534 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. (831) 656-8810, Bakeries, Ice Cream and other Treats Angelina’s Bakery Angelina’s is known for their breakfast pastries loaded with fresh fruit. Also their cakes and cookies and everything else. Tres leches? Try quatro leches. 1725 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. (831) 394-8808, La Media Naranja Choose from a colorful range of cold pressed juices. So many refreshing flavors. 1450 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. (831) 747-1232 Lupita’s Bakery The family behind Lupita’s has been baking since the late 1800s, starting in Mexico. You can order tacos, but that’s hard when you see the bakery’s signature line of cake bars. 1048 Broadway Ave., Seaside. (831) 394-0188, MYO Pure Frozen Yogurt See listing under Carmel. 840 Broadway Ave., Seaside. (831) 375-3769, myofrozenyogurt. com Paris Bakery See listing under Monterey. 1232 Broadway Ave., Seaside. (831) 394-7798, Red’s Donuts See listing under Monterey. 1646 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. Sweet Elena’s Bakery and Café Sweet Elena’s used to be a strictly wholesale business until the pastries’ and pies’ popularity demanded otherwise. Light soups, quiches and sandwiches are also served. There’s also a full coffee bar and rotating local artwork on display. 465-D Olympia Ave., Sand City. (831) 393-2063, Melville Tavern Nik Blaskovich