We ate at several good places while we were gone – a couple of old favorites, and some places that were new to us. In Monterey, we spent a lot of time at the Crown and Anchor. Eric was impressed with the selection of beers, and they have pretty good pub food and a nice, neighborhood feel.

Whenever we’re in Big Sur, we always try to have a meal at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn. The menu changes, but I’ve never had a bad meal there. We’ve never stayed at the Inn, but the restaurant is rustic and charming. Eric had bouillabaisse and I had bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with mushrooms and apples and polenta – delicious!

In Cambria, one of our favorites is Robin’s Restaurant.  They have an international menu that changes with the seasons – the last couple of times we’ve been there the selection skewed Asian, but everything is yummy. I had the kobe flank steak with ginger green beans and wasabi mashed potatoes, and it was fabulous. We also tried the Sow’s Ear for the first time – it’s basically upscale comfort food, in a warm and intimate setting. Very good. I tried the chicken fried steak, which was pretty good (still not as good as grandma’s) and Eric had shepherd’s pie with yams.  The food was good and they have a nice wine list. I’d definitely go back.

And although it’s not a restaurant, I’ll throw in a quick plug for the Cambria Pines Lodge. We’ve stayed there a couple of times now, and like it a lot. It’s a bit quirky, but nice and homey, and much better than an Econolodge or Motel 6 for not much more money (look for Internet specials).

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