Mark C. Anderson, The Monterey County Weekly
The Biggest Food Story of 2013
The very first restaurant I ever reviewed, Jose’s Mexican Bar & Grill in New Monterey, closes this week. One of my top spots for a sunny (and superb) brunch went dodo bird whenToast folded. Pho King fled. (Phuck!) Breaker’s Cafe went broke. Maha’s is no longer, though they still do the farmers market.
We lost a share of our restaurants in 2013, but the biggest plot development was how many we gained. It was an unprecedented boom of restaurants that were new and good.
One way to illustrate that would be ranking the best newbies of ’13. And while it’s fair to debate the order I give them, there’s no denying they cumulatively represent the strongest bumper crop in a decade – at least. There’s been so many yum ones, in fact, there are no fewer than seven – seven – new to the list since I first did it just two months ago. Send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. My top 20 appear here
3. Beach House at Lovers Point (375-2345) •The landmark in the former Bathhouse has earned a loyal following fast for its legendary location and harbor views, big value seafood, pasta and American comfort food like firecracker shrimp, linguine and clams and bacon-wrapped meatloaf.