Monterey Travel Guide
Monterey Local History
Monterey was first named Vizcaino in 1602, but was not actually colonized until much later in 1770. Even then Monterey did not grow to any size worth mentioning as the US takeover and the Gold Rush made sure that people were immigrating to other areas of North America. Hence the city has been little more than a backwater place.
The city was kept alive during its early years by a booming whaling industry which lasted till 1880, when sardine fishing and packaging stepped in to take its place. But in the early 1950's all the sardines disappeared and since it's many packing plants have been converted into huge souvenir mall and tourist destinations.
Monterey Restaurants and Bars
Fisherman's Wharf Probably the most popular local venue, Fisherman's Wharf is the place for seafood. Smoked salmon sandwiches are just one of the local delicacies. The prices are quite expensive so go a little earlier in the evening and have the early-bird special.
Fishwife Restaurant Another local favorite for those on a slightly smaller budget is the Fishwife. Here you can find great food at reasonable prices in a homely atmosphere. 1996 Sunset Drive. (Tel: 375-7107)
1001 Nights If seafood is just not quite your thing or for something different, try out this modest Middle Eastern restaurant. The huge all-you-can-eat buffet at around $8 is a real selling point. 444 Alvarado St. (Tel: 372-3663)
La Boheme Come and experience fine dining in this restaurant built as a French country hotel replica. The dishes and décor transport you across the ocean for a brief period to the French country side. A set menu consisting of multi-course meals plus wine and service for around $17 can be ordered. Dolores St. (Tel: 624-7500)
Monterey Bars & Clubs
The Firehouse In this old brick fire station, which used to function years ago, you'll find a colorful and chic cocktail lounge. Drinks are decently priced, but make sure to come on the weekend as there is free live music. 414 Calle Principal (Tel: 649-3016)
The Club of Monterey For those interested in the local clubbing scene, come and join the young hip crowd at this DJ-dance club. Stick shooters can be found downstairs at the pool table and dart boards. Cover charge ranges from cheap to pricey, there is no way of telling before hand. Live acts are also found here on occasion. Del Monte St. (Tel: 646-9244)
Monterey Brewing Company At this oddly titled nightclub, one of Cannery Rows many bars and nightclubs, live rock and blues bands can be seen nightly. Good lagers and ales are on tap and the bar food is not bad either. 700 Cannery Row (Tel: 375-3634)
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