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The impossible: top-notch cuisine with oceanfront view?

While RP Inn is not Michelin quality food, it is very fresh, quite good, reasonably priced; it's not "right on the edge of the cliff" but has lovely views from its patio of a sweep of green lawn bordered with flowers and of the sea beyond cliff's edge (and you can stroll down there for a great Big Sur view. Lunch at this spot is a great beginning to the Route 1 drive north, or a good rest at the end of the drive south from Carmel to San Luis Obispo.

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Ragged Point Inn
19019 Highway 1, Ragged Point, CA 93452

Feb 07, 2011
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Your Favorite Inexpensive Restaurants in Monterey County, Please.

Head up to Moss Landing, the culinary capital of the Monterey Bay .... you can't lose with any of these choices: The Whole Enchilada (crab enchiladas with lobster coulis, ay caramba!) -- its snootier but equally delicious step-child, The Haute Enchilada (lovely patio, great breakfasts/lunches, fine wine list for dinners too) -- and the famous Phil's Fish Market, www.philsfishmarket.com/ at the end of the road -- freshest seafood anywhere, in a funky sawdust-floor setting, great market attached also.

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Haute Enchilada
7902 Moss Landing Rd, Moss Landing, CA 95039

Whole Enchilada
Highway 1 Moss Landing Rd, Moss Landing, CA 95039

Jan 21, 2011
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Recession Special: Locals Lunch, $8.95 at Tarpy’s Roadhouse, Monterey

Glad to hear of the recession meals; and this mother remembers when it was Cademartori's for sure! A lovely spot on the way from Carmel/Monterey to Salinas and the 101.

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Tarpy's Roadhouse
2999 Salinas Hwy, Monterey, CA 93940

Jan 21, 2011
granfran75 in California

Good Mexican in Santa Barbara

Glad someone mentioned this great "secret" taqueria on Milpas -- down the street from the famous Super Rica, but much better and ditto cheaper -- their soups (shrimp, chicken) are a meal to enjoy with no regrets!

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Taqueria El Bajio
129 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Jan 21, 2011
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