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Savor And Sample Monterey County Delights During Restaurant Month

Home to the nation’s largest vegetable producing region, the culinary talent of Monterey County, California will be showcased during California Restaurant Month 2013. Thirty-five restaurants featuring the diversity of the destination will offer a 10 percent discount or a prix-fixe menu to customers who mention California Restaurant Month from January 1-31, 2013.

Only in Monterey County can food enthusiasts zip down the Big Sur coastline to have breakfast nestled beneath the redwoods at Big Sur River Inn and then have fresh local sanddabs for lunch while watching sea otters play above the Monterey Bay at Café Fina. History buffs will find minds and appetites satisfied by dining in the very house where John Steinbeck grew up near the agriculture fields of Salinas.

Special menus for January 2013 have been crafted by award winning chefs tucked along the dips of Carmel Valley, the nooks of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and the historic streets of Monterey. Unique prix fixe menu stars include Chef Tim Wood who will deliver a Monterey Bay Fisherman’s Stew featuring Crab Fennel Garlic Tomato Broth at The Lodge Restaurant. Sweet tooths will be able to experience dessert magic at a newly renovated Aubergine (2013) which Zagat recently ranked 5th best in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza plans to delight customers with an intriguing dessert of grapefruit, white chocolate, and celery.

Dine at a discount at Moss Landing’s Haute Enchilada Café & Gallery where sustainable seafood is always on the menu and the artichoke risotto is locally sourced. To dine like a local, head to Pacific Grove and experience Fandango Restaurant as they celebrate 25 years of award winning cuisine. Additional taste bud adventures include Pacifica Café in Seaside. Steak lovers will discover Filet Mignon and Prime Rib cooked to perfection. International flavors can be found in Marina, which is home to dozens of authentic restaurants. Experience island fare at Kula Ranch by trying the Big Island Fish Tacos.

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Monterey County is located 120 miles/192 km south of San Francisco and 345 miles/552 km north of Los Angeles along the classic California corridor. The region boasts 99 miles of prime Pacific Coastline, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, three historic missions, 40,000 acres of premium vineyards, more than 40 tasting rooms, 24 golf courses and over 250 lodging properties. Monterey County includes the Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur, North County and the Salinas Valley. The Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY), just three miles from historic downtown Monterey and minutes from the area’s major attractions, is served by non-stop flights to and from Denver (DEN), Las Vegas (LAS), Phoenix (PHX), Los Angeles (LAX), San Diego (SAN) and San Francisco (SFO).
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