Loulou’s Griddle in the Middle – Monterey, CA

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Loulou’s Griddle in the Middle was recommended by a local Monterey resident.  What do you call someone from Monterey? A Montereyan?  We arrived when the doors opened. I am glad we did as the diner’s 3 booths, 8 counter seats and 5 tables outside were taken within minutes of our arrival.

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A bait shop originally, the brightly colored diner sits on Wharf #2.  While we dined, we were entertained by the constant stream of seafood trucks rolling backwards down the wharf loading up with seafood.  Our friendly waitress shared it was squid season.

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My daughter, Kate, order the crab cake and eggs.  The eggs were fluffy and the Loulou’s potatoes were just right. The crab cake was palatable, not sure it was fresh.

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I ordered two eggs over-medium.  They were perfectly cooked.  Again the potatoes rocked. I really loved their version of pico de gallo.  They replaced the cilantro with basil and sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top. I will definitely make this at home.

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We also split the signature hubcap pancake. My oh my!  It arrived steaming hot with its edges hanging over the plate.  I have no idea how they cooked a pancake that large evenly on the inside, but they did. Bravo.

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I am so glad we took our friends advice and dined at Loulou’s. It was a winner. Did anyone notice the Fiestaware?  Love!

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