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Carmel Magazine, Summer/Fall 2018

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NACHO BIZNESS RAISES BAR ON BALLPARK FAVORITE One of the highest Yelp-rated restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula offers one menu item. And it's served in a paper boat. Yes, we're talking nachos, but not that familiar ballpark fare (although visually there is a resem- blance). Nacho Bizness in New Monterey is slightly bigger than a broom closet, has one table and a kitchen with no stove. Yet the nachos are so gooey and tasty that a nightly line (Thursday- Saturday) snakes out the door onto the sidewalk. "The spot is small but it's dope," writes one Yelper. "Bomb! Just what you need after a couple beers," writes another. Finally, this about the cheese sauce: "There's some dark magic going on." No magic, just wild creativity from co-owners Steb Montez and Brittani Bristol. Boasting a sign that reads "open hella late," Nacho Bizness cor- ners the market on post-bar-crawl guilt bingeing. Past Saturday night specials include: Filipino nachos with pork adobo; smoked brisket nachos with Fieldwork Coffeetown cheese; Hawaiian plate lunch nachos; and Korean pork belly nachos with kimchi salsa and Sriracha crema. Look for the Lighthouse Avenue "bizness" on the next season of HBO's "Big Little Lies." The writers and film crew spent so many nights brain- storming over nachos that they wrote the place into the script. "They said the only reason they chose us is because they could eat free nachos," Montez says. Nacho Bizness is located at 615 Lighthouse Ave. in Monterey. LAST BITES Beach f ire bans got you down? Monterey Tides offers a private beach bonfire experience (with bar ser vice from Bar Sebastian) for $35/person…Poppy Hall in Pacific Grove now ser ves "California soul food" from the creative culinar y minds of former Big Sur Baker y Chef Philip Wojtowicz and Big Sur Roadhouse Chef Brendan Esons…Billed as a "neighborhood restaurant and specialty coffee shop," Stationaery in Carmel opens where Club Jalapeño spiced it up for 30 years. C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 8 241 RESERVATIO NS 831-3 72 -3456 BANQ UETS 831-3 3 3 -9798 223 17th St., Pacific Grove Featuring Fresh Seafood, Rack of Lamb, Pastas, Paellas, Steaks & more! Full Bar Ser vice Private Dining Rooms World-Class Wines Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sparkling Albariño and Sparkling Albariño Carmel Valley Village Tasting Room 19 East Carmel Valley Road (831)298-7083 • Open daily Carmel-by-the-Sea Tasting Room Lincoln and Ocean (831)574-3135 • Open daily V i i t O u r E x c e p t i o n a l T a t i n g R o o m N E W LO CATIO N!

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