While I love Carmel, those that run the place need to stop tinkering with the entrance to town. I once had no trouble finding Friar Tucks a block off Ocean Ave, now the highway doesn't go to Ocean Ave, making it harder to find this wonderful old fashion California diner.
Friar Tucks specializes in Reuben Sandwich's made on the grill with buttered bread. You can't buy these sandwich's in many towns cooked this good. I need to add, they make a great 1/2 Lbs burger for $ 6.95. The owner is older, friendly and very knowledgeable after 45 years in Carmel. My guess is this place won't be here in 5 years.
Go Now! This is a restaurant well worth your money and time! Maybe I should say backwards in time, backwards to when America was a kinder and more gentle place than it is today.
By the way, you won't be alone, this is a hangout for Carmel Cops and Fireman, it would not surprise me to find a couple of Hollywood type lurching around during the quieter times of the day. The place is real old time cool.