signature dishes Promotional Section signature dishes Promotional Section a rotisserie, grill and smoker; as well as locally-sourced, humanely raised meats and sustainably caught seafood. 15 Soledad Dr, Monterey, (831) 373-3737, elroysfinefoods. com Esteban Moroccan Spiced Lamb Chops Chef Mario uses a mélange of North African flavors to marinate the succulent, grass-fed New Zealand lamb chops. After grilling the lamb, it is served on a bed of citrus yogurt, then topped with a bright escabeche blend of slightly pickled fennel, sweet peppers, and baby carrots drizzled with house-made chimichurri. This simultaneously earthy, spicy, fresh, and acidic dish was an instant hit at the Big Sur Food & Wine Event. 700 Munras Ave, Monterey, (831) 375-0176,, hotelcasamunras. com/dining Gianni’s Pizza Gianni’s Special Pizza Gianni’s special is an outstanding combination of cheese, pepperoni, onions, fresh mushrooms, black olives, bell peppers and Italian sausage. Gianni’s pizza has a thick delicious secret-recipe crust, covered with a rich, tasty sauce, loaded with real mozzarella cheese and topped with the freshest meats and vegetables available. Nothing is frozen or artificial. All pizzas are hand tossed, not machine rolled, and they’ll make any combination desired. 725 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, (831) 649-1500, Grill at Point Pinos Huevos Rancheros Voted the Best Huevos Rancheros by the readers of Monterey County Weekly, it seems the obvious choice at this beautiful restaurant overlooking Point Pinos in Pacific Grove. Chorizo and avocado accompany organic eggs fried in salsa and served over black beans, queso fresco, country potatoes, sour cream and tomatoes. 79 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove, (831) 3751313, Hula’s Island Grill Kingston Crab Curry A favorite for everyone. This dish is loaded with Dungeness crab, and the delicious Barramundi (a sustainable, delicate, white fish). It features lots of wonderful creamy curry sauce, with the perfect amount of heat. This dish is also perfect for vegan and gluten-free diners, with a variety of vegan proteins to substitute. Served over coconut jasmine rice, with a side of sauteed organic, baby spinach. 622 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, (831) 655-4852, il vecchio Pasta Carbonara Rome’s most renowned pasta recipe shines in Pacific Grove at il vecchio. Smoked pancetta is fried to render fat and then fresh pasta is added to the skillet - with more fat. Whole eggs are beaten and added to the hot pasta as it is removed from the heat. Pecorino cheese is grated and mixed in to create the perfect creamy sauce, despite having no cream in the recipe. 110 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, (831) 324-4282, Jacks Monterey Monterey Bay Salmon Jacks Monterey features California Cultural Cuisine highlighting flavor profiles unique to cultures from around the world including a locally sourced Monterey Bay Salmon entrée. Proudly serving local and sustainable ingredients, this guest favorite features Monterey Bay Salmon, hoisin vegetables, shitakes, opal basil, sprouts, and vermicelli. Pair the Monterey Bay Salmon with a glass of wine from Jacks awardwinning wine list. Located inside the Portola 46 The Best of Monterey Bay ® EAT + DRINK 2023-2024 Melville Tavern Nik Blaskovich