www.montereycountyweekly.com February 22-28, 2024 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY 31 CHILL Along Broadway Street in King City, there is a cafe that stands out for several reasons. It’s one of the few places with a chill outdoor patio, for one thing. And the aromas of freshly baked scones and orange ricotta bread mingle into pure comfort. But Hestia is also known for its lattes. Barista and co-owner Sierra Stamps resisted the urge to promote a menu of house specialty coffee drinks. Since the shop opened in 2021, however, regulars have taken to her touch with flavored lattes. “The lavender latte has kind of become our flagship,” she says. No wonder. The lavender latte showcases a sweet and floral balance that lingers. It’s a simple presentation, with espresso and lavender syrup, as well as a thoughtful drip of vanilla—“Just to not let the lavender overpower,” Stamps says. Mother-daughter duo Kelly Green and Stamps joined their talents in baking and coffee for the venture. Green is a longtime home baker while Stamps honed her barista skills at coffee houses in Paso Robles. “We kind of put the two together and opened up,” Green says. The lattes gained notice in part because they are not over the top, even when Stamps is inspired by her mother’s holiday cookies to create a chocolate-gingerbread version. Stamps’ only trick is a careful attention to ratios, allowing the espresso to bring its character into play. Of course, there are other options at Hestia Cafe. “I actually just drink regular coffee every day,” Stamps says. Hestia, 320 Broadway St., Suite B, King City. Open 7am-4pm Mon-Thu and 7am-5pm Fri. 386-1265. Latte Love Hestia does without a signature coffee drink menu, yet customers still find them. By Celia Jiménez SEND IDEAS TO: chill@mcweekly.com COURTESY OF HESTIA If you are interested, orientation/ information sessions will be held at the State Parks Headquarters at 2211 Garden Rd. in Monterey. Come to learn about the volunteer program at Point Sur. Sunday, February 25th at 1pm For more information, email: CCLK@pointsur.org or leave a phone message at: 831-647-8261 BRIDGE LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS Starting Saturday, June 3 10 AM - 1 PM 10 Weeks Monterey Bridge Club www.montereybridgeeducation.org BRIDGE LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS BRIDGE LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS Starting Saturday, June 3 10 AM - 1 PM 10 Weeks Monterey Bridge Club www.montereybridgeeducation.org Starting Saturday, March 2 10 AM‑1PM 10 Weeks BRIDGE LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS Starting Saturday, June 3 10 AM - 1 PM 10 Weeks Monterey Bridge Club www.montereybridgeeducation.org INDOOR AND OUTDOOR DINING AND TAKEOUT Eat + Drink Indoor, Outdoor Dining & Take Out Tapas (Happy) Hour 4:30–6pm Nightly NOW OPEN FOR BRUNCH SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9am–1:30pm 700 Munras Ave., Monterey | 831-375-0176 | estebanrestaurant.com BEACH HOUSE RESTAURANT + BAR @ LOVERS POINT ★ Indoor dInIng & Take-ouT daIly, 4:30pm 620 Ocean View BlVd. Pacific GrOVe 831-375-2345 • beachhousepg.com lovers poInT Beach cafe Is also offerIng Take-ouT daIly, 9am-4pm 57 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey 831-373-1851 www.abalonetti.com ’23 OPEN FOR INDOOR DINING AND TAKE-OUT Everyday 11:30am-8:30pm Monterey County’s Best Calamari WOOD FIRED PIZZAS, BURGERS, PASTA, SALADS, SANDWICHES AND MORE 11:30AM MON-FRI, 10AM SAT & SUN melvilletav.com 484 Washington St., Downtown Monterey 831.643.9525 HAPPY HOUR FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS Daily 4-6pm WEEKEND BRUNCH WITH BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS Monterey’s MOST Recommended Pizzeria Open at 4pm Mon-Thurs • Open at 3pm Fri Open at 12pm Sat.& Sun. 725 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey giannispizzamonterey.com 831-649-1500 BEST PIZZA ’98-’23 Fisherman’s Wharf’s Newest Restaurant Serving Fresh Seafood, Pasta, Steaks, Sandwiches Open Daily at 11:30am Great views at the end of the Wharf #1 www.rockfishmonterey.com • 831.324.4375 ’23 JOIN US NIGHTLY FOR DINNER AT 5pm TWO HAppY HOURS DAILY 5-6pm & 8-9pm Call or go to sardinefactory.com for details, reservations. 701 Wave Street, monterey, 831-373-3775 BEST RESTAURANT IN mONTEREY! OPEN EVERYDAY for DINNER at 4:30pm Offering all your favorites plus wine, cocktails, bottle and draft beers. 763 Wave St., Monterey 831.373.3778 thewhalingstation.com ’23 Best Steak and Martini