The Grill on Ocean Ave. – Carmel, CA

We stopped at the Grill for a bite of lunch. We found the restaurant based on their Tripadvisor rating (36/127). We sat at the front of the restaurant with a view of the street and a breeze blowing in from an open window! This is a BIG happy for a Texas girl. We don’t eat with the windows open in Texas in July. The aioli would spoil and the lettuce would wilt.

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The menu had a great variety of mouth-watering choices: seafood Louie salad, grilled Castroville artichoke with chicken salad, wild mushroom ravioli and salmon BLT. I opted for the bibb lettuce and Gorgonzola salad. It was the ultimate! The lettuce crispy and cold, the raisins golden and sweet, the pecans crunchy with a kick and the Gorgonzola buttery and fierce. Honestly..,one of the top 5 salads I have ever had.

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Daughter ordered the Dungeness crab cakes. No surprise here; I think she ate crab every other meal. These were her favorite of the trip.  She did not care for the caramelized red onions, but I ate every single one. They were yummy.

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Mother ordered the two-slice country club.  Do you see a pattern here? Daughter digs crab and Mother loves a club. The club was another hit. Two slices of bread rather than three? Wish I would have thought of it. I usually take one slice off anyway. The sandwich was elevated to another level with Applewood smoked bacon, avocado and tomato-basil aioli.

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This place was one of our top restaurants of the entire vacation. I want to go back and try the grilled Castroville artichokes with chicken salad. I spied it on another table and it looked luscious.

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