The holidays are notoriously full of rich foods, sweet treats and caloric excess. This time of year, I’m eyeing salads over pommes frites. But where can you get a good salad around town?
You’ve spotted a few of my favorites in my recent reviews and “best bites” — the endive and roasted apple salad at the Point Pinos Grill (Pacific Grove) is hearty and full of fall flavors; Cantinetta Luca (Carmel) has a refreshing beet and arugula salad; La Bicyclette (Carmel) always features some great salads.
If you’ve got company in town and you’re planning a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, check out their restaurant, tucked away behind the self-serve cafeteria.
Cindy Pawlcyn — of Napa fame — is at the helm and right now the menu features a mighty tasty salad with local Swank Farms produce — including roasted beets, fennel and watercress. (And locals, don’t forget the aquarium is free for Monterey County residents Dec. 3 to 11, with proof of residence.)
Nearby, Happy Girl Kitchen (Pacific Grove) whips up some tasty vegetarian fare, including unique salads featuring farm-fresh local veggies. These days, look for salads featuring apples and other fruits of the fall harvest.