Steinbeck Plaza is one of the major sights in Monterey and is located in the downtown area, not far from the famous Cannery Row which Steinbeck depicted in his works. The plaza pays tribute to the famous writer through small statues and manicured gardens. It also offers a beautiful unobstructed view of the entire Monterey Bay.
The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurants are, of course, famous thanks to the film Forrest Gump and we found dozens across the country. There are tons of varieties of shrimp dishes and they're almost all very good. References to the film are present everywhere in the menu on there are quotes from the film on the overhead beams. To get your (usually friendly) waiter's attention, you put a red plate reading "Stop Forrest Stop!" on our table. If you order a cocktail, you get a souvenir glass from the gift shop next door. I was pleasantly surprised by the food, all the more appetizing than I had expected. I guess it should be no surprise that they know their shrimp at Bubba's!
Cafe Fina is a seafood restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. All the restaurants on the wharf have small windows overlooking the sea, and this one is no different. The view is lovely and you can have lunch while watching the sea lions frolic in the water in front of you. I ordered a very good Fish & Chips, but they also have a lot of seafood options like crab and lobster, which were surprisingly affordable. A half lobster went for around $20.00 or so.
I always stop at these sweet shops because they're irresistible. The store is kind of visually polluted with checkered decoration and and strong colors everywhere. The coolest things are the huge apples topped with chocolate and granulated sugar. They're so enormous they wouldn't fit in my mouth and they were a big mess...but they are worth it! There are also several of these stores in the U.S. that sell these super fattening apples.