I'll be in Monterey in November. Hey foodies out there, what are your favorite restaurants? nightlife?
There are some good restaurants in the Valle area, though I've got a few faves downtown too.
Right behind the Catedral, on the edge of the Barrio Antiguo area, is an italian restaurant called Iannilli's. Their food is excellent and the atmosphere just can't be beat --- it's been a favorite of mine for several years.
It should go without saying that you need to try cabrito at least once. There's a lot of good cabrito restaurants around town, but if its your first foray into it, I'd recommend the campy atmosphere of El Rey del Cabrito.
For very inexpensive eating, look for one of the Dona Tota locations. Great gorditas served up quick --- definitely beats "fast food" pits.
The club concentrations are in two parts of town. There's several clubs around San Pedro/Garza Garcia, and they strike me as catering to a very young 20s kind of crowd. Then there's the clubs in the Barrio Antiguo area which seem to attract people a couple years older (i.e., young people with jobs as opposed to just students mooching off daddy).
There's quite a few other places around town. One of my favorite places to hang out on a Friday or Saturday night is called Casa de Pancho Villa --- it's downtown on Padre Mier. Intimate club setting on weekdays with live acoustic museum in an old hacienda style colonial era home, and on weekends, the big tent area out back is open with a mix of acts.
Thanks much for the info!
Best zones are: Oldtown (downtown area) and Valle (south west area).
You can find a lot of bars and restaurants there, just take a look and pick one.
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