Map of Earthbound Farms Produce Stand

Consuming Carmel: Where To Find Worthwhile Eats In the Shire

Growing up on the Central Coast, I spent a fair amount of time in surrealistically beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea, a charming coastal hamlet untouched by the ravages of time, poverty, or chain stores, populated by luxury cars and well-heeled retirees and achingly cute cottages that make the whole place look like a hobbit Shire at night. I was born there, I got married there (I later got unmarried, but I don't hold this against Carmel in the least), and I suppose I'll probably die there in keeping with the chronology of things, but in the meantime, when I go back for a visit, here's where I get my fix of Frenchie la-la wood-fired breakfasts, freshly-plucked herbs, homemade gelato and sour balls.

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