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edible Monterey Bay Summer 2015

www.ediblemontereybay.com 65 Market Friday specials. Open daily from 8am for breakfast and lunch; dinner W–Sa 5–8pm; dinner Su pickup only, 5–6pm. Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand Organic Kitchen 7250 Carmel Valley Road • 831.625.6219 www.ebfarm.com/ourfarmstand Organic is essential at Earthbound Farm. In addition to fresh organic produce, prepared foods and gourmet groceries, the farm stand has a colorful salad bar and a certified organic kitchen. Under the direction of executive chef Sarah LaCasse, the kitchen turns out homemade soups and bakery goods daily. Take out or eat on site at tables set in the garden. The Farm Stand also hosts cooking demonstrations and other classes and activities. Open M–Sa 8am–6:30pm, Su 9am–6pm. Edgar’s Restaurant at Quail 8205 Valley Greens Drive • 831.624.2888 www.quaillodge.com Wholeheartedly dedicated to farm-to-table cuisine, globetrotting chef Ken MacDonald has transformed this clubhouse restaurant into a paragon of fresh, local, organic meals. Enjoy salads like kale, almond and spelt or the traditional iceberg wedge garnished with foraged mushrooms. There are tempting flatbreads and hearty entrées, including line-caught Santa Cruz sanddabs, grassfed steaks and burgers, as well as vegetarian options such as quinoa pasta and seasonal ravioli. All ingredients come from local farms and ranches—including, starting in 2015, Quail’s own on-site farm. Open daily 11am–9pm. La Balena (And coming soon, Il Grillo) Junipero Avenue between Fifth and Sixth avenues 831.250.6295 • www.labalenacarmel.com La Balena’s seasonal menu changes daily but always expresses a spectacular and inventive take on the rustic food of a classical Tuscan trattoria. Chef Brad Briske sources ingredients from local organic farms and prepares the restaurant’s pastas and slow-cooked meats from scratch daily. Back garden seating available. Watch for owners Anna and Emanuele Bartolini’s Il Grillo to open in June on Mission St. between 4th and 5th, also in Carmel. Small plates and wine will be the focus and the atmosphere, casual. La Balena is open Sa–Su 11:30am–3:30pm, Tu–Su 5–10pm. Ill Grillo will offer lunch M-F and dinner M-Sa. Rio Grill 101 Crossroads Boulevard • 831.625.5436 www.riogrill.com The high-energy Rio Grill features the talents of chef Cy Yontz, who produces creative regional California cuisine and the flavors of the Southwest using bold spices and an almond wood-fired grill. The recently renovated bar offers craft cocktails and an award-winning wine list, both catalogued and annotated on iPads. The Santa Fe Room (cap. 55) and Barrel Room (cap. 32) are available for private parties and special events. Open daily for lunch 11:30am–4:30pm; dinner 4:30–10pm; Sunday brunch 11:30am –3pm. Rocky Point Restaurant 36700 Highway 1, 10 miles south of Carmel 831.624.2933 • www.rockypointrestaurant.com Just 10 miles south of Carmel, Rocky Point has long been known for some of the most stunning views on the Big Sur Coast. Owners Peter Wang and his family have recently renovated the property to better welcome outdoor diners and more weddings and other private


edible Monterey Bay Summer 2015
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