For coffee, espresso, and homebaked beignets, head to the Trailside Café (550 Wave St, 831/649-8600, www.trailsidecafe.com, daily 8 a.m.–4 p.m., $10–15). This Cannery Row restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a heated patio overlooking the bay.
For more views and exemplary American cuisine, stop by the Duck Club Grill (400 Cannery Row, 831/646-1706, www.montereyplazahotel.com, daily 6:30–11 a.m. and 5:30–9:30 p.m., $30) in the Monterey Plaza Hotel. Steaks, lamb chops, and the namesake duck are what’s on order here and the extensive wine list offers many complements.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition