"Best Restaurants of 2010"

Best Restaurants of 2010. - Monterey County Weekly

MCW, one of my favorite local papers, just finished their "Best Of" review of everything in Monterey County. I know that I'll come back to this post when I'm looking for a restaurant that won't disappoint. Below is a quick rundown of the best in each category:

New Restaurant of '09: Mundaka
Restaurant in Monterey County: Marinus  **oh snap! That's where my roommate works! Yay for him!
Restaurant more than 10 years old: Rio Grill
Restaurant in Big Sur: Nepenthe
Restaurant in Carmel: Cantinetta Luca

Restaurant in Carmel Valley: Cafe Rustica
Restaurant in Marina: Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse
Restaurant in Monterey: Montrio
Restaurant in North County: Phil's Fish Market & Eatery
Restaurant in Pacific Grove: Passionfish
Restaurant in Pebble Beach: Roy's **might have eaten here before with my mom, I'll try it again though!
Restaurant in Salinas: Gino's
Restaurant in Sand City: Sweet Elena's Bakery
Restaurant in Seaside: Fishwife **what no Baan Thai?
Place for a Business Lunch: Tarpy's Roadhouse **been there, can't remember a thing about it...
Best Breakfast: First Awakenings (Pacific Grove)
Cheap Eats: Chipotle (Monterey) **what about Tommy's in Marina?!!
Chinese: Tommy's Wok (Carmel)
French: Fifi's Cafe & Bistro (Pacific Grove)
Italian: Little Napoli (Carmel)
Japanese/Sushi: Crystal Fish (Monterey)
Korean: Orient Express (Seaside)
Mediterranean: Petra (Monterey)
Mexican: Peppers Mexicali Cafe (Pacific Grove) **tried going here but they weren't open, now I'm sad for missing out!
Middle Eastern: Amir's Kabob House (Monterey)
Thai Food: Thai Bistro II (Pacific Grove)
Appetizers/Small Plates: Esteban (Monterey)
Outdoor Dining: The Forge in the Forest (Carmel)
Vegetarian Menu: Tillie Gort's (Pacific Grove)
Steakhouse: John Pisto's Whaling Station (Monterey)
Family Restaurant: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (Monterey) **my other roommate works here! Both of their companies got on the list!!
Seafood: Monterey Fish House (Monterey) **definitely going here! top of my list! apparently you need to call wayyyy in advance though
Best Clam Chowder: Old Fisherman's Grotto (Monterey)
Best Splure: Ventana (Big Sur)
Best Wine List: Sardine Factory (Monterey)
Best Romantic Spot: Pacific's Edge at Highlands Inn (Carmel)

Sheesh, those took a long time to link! But this is my official MUST-EAT LIST. 
I solemnly swear to eat at every place and tell you all about it!

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