Carmel by the Sea is one of California's top culinary destinations for its size
of city. While the population is modest, Carmel looms large in the art world,
hospitality and food.
The romantic, twisted Monterey pines, white sugar-sand
beaches, stunning rocky cliffs and coves, and fog-shrouded days & nights create
romantic appeal, courtesy of nature.
When you arrive in Carmel by the Sea, you feel good. And so do chefs who come
to Carmel to do what they love--cook and create. With the salad bowl of the
nation just miles away (Salinas valley), the produce is exceptional--especially
the lettuce and vegetables.
The garlic capital is nearby in Gilroy, and artichoke capital a few miles
distance in Castroville. Wineries such as Chateau Julien, focus one fresh
ingredients, and the celebrity audience (Carmel Pine Cone newspaper even
advertised they'd pay for celebrity photos taken around town) all come into play
when a chef decides to accept an assignment at a luxury hotel, or set up his
very own cafe or bistro in Carmel.
For years Clint Eastwood was partner in Hog's Breath Inn similar to the cafe
shown in the photo, and many chefs reckon that if an actor and politician can
open a restaurant and succeed, why cant we?
The food scene is constantly changing in Carmel by the Sea. Some our favorite
haunts are places such as the main dining room at Carmel Valley Ranch, where
elegant meals can be had in elegant surroundings.
Cafes and markets sell delicious ready-made salads for take-out, or you can
grab a seat at a cozy place such as the Tuck Box
English Tearoom, a tea house in downtown
Carmel that has been around for decades.
Great options and great locations for dining make Carmel one of the best
places to sit and people watch while you sip, savor and taste. Bon apetit!