Lots of good ideas have been offered, including not overlooking Sea Otter's won Beer & BBQ Garden--right up against the new Speed and Style, and the Food Court.
Here's something you may not yet be aware of: All over Monterey County, you get a discount on Thursdays--including April 14, SOC Opening Day, just because you ride a bike. That includes over 140 restaurants, plus wineries, museums, hotels, hostel, and more.
These places have been hand-picked by a local as the best businesses and organizations to lead the HER Helmet Thursdays project. They include a variety of price ranges, and they are located all over Monterey County.
They all give discounts on Thursdays, year-round, to males and females who ride their bikes. To get the discount, bike there, then walk in with your bike helmet and mention HER Helmet Thursdays. For lodging places, there are different arrangements: don't have to bike there, just BYOB (bike) or rent one for a day or longer from any Monterey County shop.
What's HER? H=Hotels, E=Educational and Entertainment venues, and R=Restaurants; and related places, too. HER also stands for Ma Earth, who benefits from more people pedaling.
So...when you're looking for good restaurants, start by checking out the HER Helmet Thursdays participants. And from there, check out the HER Helmet Thursdays spots that have further been identified as winners by the Monterey County Weekly's annual "Best of" readers poll: http://marilynch.com/blog/bike-to-the-best-of-monterey-county-2011-her-helmet-thursdays-winners.html
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