Pacific Grove is a small, underdeveloped area between Monterey and Carmel, CA near the famous 17 Mile Drive and world renown golf courses Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay for just two. Begun as a Methodist town and until 1971 it did not allow alcohol, naturally it soon fell behind its better known neighbors.
My wife and I took the short drive from Carmel since a friend grew up in CG (as locals call it) and we want to visit this beach community. Well two major surprises, the wonderful small Victorian homes lining the streets down to the ocean and The Red House Cafe.
We selected it by chance among a number of cafes and inns along Lighthouse Avenue and we were more than pleasantly surprised, we were excited.
I ordered the Warmed Tomato Mozzarella on crunchy Italian bread with their special balsamic vinaigrette. I was concerned that the bread would be the thick cut usually supplied to hide the mysteries of the sandwich but it was this cut, crisp and added the tactile crunch to local sauted tomatoes in balsamic (not salty, just right) and wonderfully soft and undertoned cheese. What a great combination.
My wife had the usually pedestrian 'field green' salad, but when i is fresh, crisp and made with caramelized onions, kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes AND Champagne vinaigrette it leaves the ordinary behind.
Certainly worth a side visit.
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