Hottest New Monterey County Restaurants
Monterey County is having a culinary moment. Yes, the land best-known for Clint Eastwood's mayoral stint and Big Sur's hair-raising cliffs is now a hotbed of up-and-coming chefs and restaurateurs. While we love the old-guard restaurants, including Casanova in Carmel and Nepenthe in Big Sur, here are eight new Monterey County restaurants to hit up on your next trip to the area. We've even added suggested dishes and nearby hotels. Note: if you want to try a restaurant so new we couldn't yet vet it for this list, Affina Carmel is your place.