Friday, May 20, 2016

The Beach House: An Instant (and Yummy) Vacation

By Kelly Grace Thomas

Paradise doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag, but it should always taste delicious. On our recent trip to Monterey, Edible Skinny was lucky to visit The Beach House, a casual eatery in Pacific Grove, with good food, friendly smiles and an unforgettable view. In fact, the Beach House was voted the Best New Restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula in 2013 and 2014 - and we can see why.

Dining at the Beach House is an instant vacation. While the Beach House has a varied menu for every land, sea and and veggie lover, the most memorable thing about the restaurant is the jaw-dropping
panoramic view of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. While the restaurant offers both inside and outside dining, we highly recommend sitting and enjoying a relaxing meal on their outdoor patio, which is only made more fabulous by the Beach House’s exceptional wines list, which highlights the the best of the region. Edible Skinny sipped on Caymus Conundrum White Blend, a buttery bliss, while enjoying views of marine life and lapping waves. The Beach House is located at Lovers Point, in Pacific Grove. Lover’s Point is a scenic spot that oozes romance and beauty, visited by locals and tourists alike. Pacific Grove is also the starting spot of the beautiful Pebble Beach 17-mile drive, making Beach House the perfect first, or last stop, for those looking for a bite after a long day of sightseeing.

The Beach House also has a wide variety of entrees and appetizers that showcases the area’s culinary culture. Offering everything from
Cider-Cured Charbroiled Pork Chop to Scallop pot pies, to Flash-Fried Monterey Calamari; their menu is both diverse and creative. Edible Skinny decided to begin their dining experience with the Beach House’s Charred Brussels Sprouts. We wanted something that had a lot of taste, but that wouldn’t fill us up. This dish with its locally made chorizo, roasted butternut squash, garlic confit, rocket arugula, shaved parmesan was the perfect juxtaposition of savory and spice. For entrees we wanted to experience both land and sea. Our first entree, the Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf, tasted like a savory slice of home. Served with yukon gold potatoes, glazed carrots, sauteed mushrooms, green beans, mushroom gravy and crispy fried onions- this was comfort food at its finest. It would have been silly of us to be in Monterey and not indulge in a little scrumptious seafood. For our second entree, enjoyed the Steak, Scampi & Fries. This USDA Prime center-cut sirloin with grilled prawns scampi, garlic butter and fries was a perfectly portioned, taste trifecta.
Whether you want an awe-inspiring atmosphere, some comfort food, or the locally caught special, The Beach House has something for everything. Even if all you want is to sit in the sun, sip some wine and relax, the Beach House, with its stunning views and friendly service, is must see for those in the Monterey area. For more information visit

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