Carmel is a small town in California, mostly known for once having Clint Eastwood as mayor. Little known to most, Mr. Eastwood also ran a restaurant in town. Though he's no longer involved, the restaurant today is known as the Hog's Breath Inn. The restaurant is housed in a rustic wooden home and serves classic American burgers (and some salads, for good measure). The prices are great and you can customize your order by adding the ingredients you want. Oh, and free re-fills on soda!
We first went to the Village Corner for New Year's. It's a simple, economical and comfortable place, and the service was impeccable. We arrived at night without a reservation and the owner himself greeted us and led us to a table. The restaurant is set in a little cottage with an outdoor seating area that's covered and has heaters (so don't worry about the cold!). Village Corner mainly serves seafood dishes, but we opted for pasta instead. I got penne with olives and my partner got linguine with shrimp. Both were pretty good but we could have used some grated Parmesan on top! Each plate cost around $15.00. It's not a bad choice to eat in Carmel.
I went into this store because my mother was interested. In the end, I think I enjoyed it more than she did! The shops specializes in spices and jellies, all homemade. There are several different combinations, with a table at the front with crackers for tasting. I ate a lot, and was sorry I couldn't bring it all back to Brazil with me!
The Carmel Coffee House and Roasting Company is a great place to sit and read or relax with a cup of hot chocolate after a day exploring the city. The cafe is modest but friendly and has good combos like a wrap (which was huge, by the way) and soup for $13.00. The smoothies are also pretty good and cost $6.35. You can also build your own salad and sandwich with the ingredients you like and the chefs will whip it up for you on the stop.