If you didn’t catch the post two weeks ago about the magic that is Big Sur and Carmel take a second to check it out here. Caught up? Ok, now let’s talk food. I feel like it should go without saying that I like to plan my travel around eating. This trip was no different. I lined up dinner both nights based on an embarrassing amount of time spent on Yelp, travel sites, reading random foodie articles and talking to friends. The diligence paid off because we ate like kings and my foodie heart left content and excited to go back and try more. Here is a glimpse of some places I would recommend.
Dolores Street at 7th
Carmel by the Sea
We had a lovely casual dinner here and were shocked at how affordable it was. For less than $100 we shared an appetizer, two main courses and a bottle of wine…we ain’t in San Francisco anymore! I’ve heard rave reviews about their brunch too, definitely trying it next time.
Big Sur Bakery – THE BEST MEAL OF THE TRIP!
Big Sur, CA 93920
Big Sur Bakery is reason enough to go explore Big Sur. The atmosphere is laid back and welcoming, the servers are incredibly friendly and the breakfast pizza will blow your mind. I’d also like to give a special shout out for the extra crispy bacon, that just made me happy.
48510 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA
Worth stopping for the view alone. We didn’t stay long because we weren’t up for a cocktail (although I wish we had been) and the wait was really long. Next time, I’m making a reservation and indulging in one of their famous burgers!
5th Avenue between Mission and San Carlos
Carmel by the Sea
Casanova was the restaurant for our special dinner out and it did not disappoint. Homemade pastas, unique local wines (pinot noir really shines in this part of the world) and a beignet dessert that made the hubs a happy camper. I was a bit hesitant when I learned the ownership is the same as Bicyclette, but the experience and food was truly unique.
San Carlos Street
Carmel by the Sea, CA 93923
Carmel Belle is a charming little cafe with tons of healthy options for a casual breakfast or brunch. I was especially enamored because of the gluten free options available…even the Eggs Benedict came on gluten free bread as a standard order! Great easy going vibes and a place you don’t feel guilty eating a peanut butter cookie with breakfast. Just saying.