Carmel Pub SocietyThe purpose of this page is to generate discussion about the art of dining at a pub. Carmel is blessed with many outstanding pubs. A pub is a nice place. It may be defined as a place of libation which incidentally serves food. Like an English bar that sells kidney pie and bangars. But in Carmel-by-the-Sea, these establishments are cozy eating houses, with low key, knowledgeable and convivial innkeepers, glowing crackling fireplaces, low tuned and substantive conversation, all comfortably cloaked in an informal atmosphere that incidentally can put a great glass of wine across the plank at you.
We'll begin the discussion with an interesting culinary surprise, but a shocking disappointment in its wine selections. The Pub at La Playa is a wonderfully appointed room, its historical photos, a Carmel hallmark, is a distinctive room. Particularly when considering its stunning setting, the Pub at La Playa is fine place. You wouldn't expect to find a tamale on the menu, but maybe if its a lobster tamale. It is, we are pleased to report, a gastronomical joy. All the other things on La Playa's pub menu, naturally we include the memorable crab cakes, are commendable. The wine list, however, is another matter. And to made it stupidly snobby and insulting, there are no Monterey County wines served by the glass. This is pretty shocking. Considering the quality, and the fact that most of the best Napa wineries now grow and make wine in Monterey County. And, it's easier to get a glass of Monterey County at any of the better restaurants than it is at Hotel La Playa. But, if you can get past that, the lobster tamale is great. Only $7. Ok, that's a start. Let's hear your comments. Tell the rest of us about your Carmel Pub discoveries. Email: CarmelPubSociety@PelicanNetwork.Net Back to Carmel Central Coastal California Pebble Beach Big Sur Central Coast Communities Online
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