Thanks for the comment and the question:
I've got to be careful about posting photos from copyrighted sources but here's their website which has a virtual tour and other photos.
I (along with others) reviewed them for Zagat in 2012 and was happy but not overwhelmed. Based on a recent dinner I said they were still good, but not innovative enough, for my tastes. Others did not agree and they got fairly good review scores as you can see,
The bar is still great, the parking is free as always, but the prices are a tad high for what you get, Bert C. and his staff are wonderful hosts, salt of the earth, but the place needs a [physical and culinary makeover IMHO.
BTW, I'd suggest Passionfish in Pacific Grove, reasonable prices but excellent perhaps the best in fresh seafood, and wines that are marked up less than 15 dollars a bottle, as opposed to doubling or tripling the price at other locations.
Looks very familiar. Thanks for the photos. We have to make do with the scenery don't we? Have you ever been there before dawn when the squid boats are out? They have high intensity lights they shine directly in the water on either side of the boats to draw the future calmaris to the surface. A scene right out of Doc Rickett's and Cannery Row!
Speaking of which
"Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and the scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants, and ***** houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses."
Perhaps the best opening line in 20th century literature.
Indeed, Steinbeck said it best. I'll have to check out the Calamari boats once I'm retired - and every day will thus be a Saturday - as presently, getting up before dawn on a non-work day just seems - so wrong. (But the pre-dawn lights shining into the water sounds rather interesting).
Cannery Row is so touristy...
A blast from the past. The gals in our motorcycle group (now defunct) at Cannery Row during MotoGP weekend in 2004. I still can't believe Jodi (front row) wore that thing! I'm behind her looking like my usual conservative self... although we did puff on little cigars that evening (scandalous!)
Touristy Cannery Row, shut down for Superbike weekend.
Corkscrew at Laguna Seca
Depends, there are competing places that Zagat rates high was well (check out the Zagat.com website for more information. I think NYC might be the best place to dine in the US, according to the ratings of some of the places, but somehow a 300 meal for two is not within my budget unless someone else is paying!
pluto77, I have yet to catch a picture of a whale! Unfortunately, the last time I went on a whale watching cruise, all I had was a super slow, old point-and-shoot camera. Must try again! Still gotta try to catch a picture of a monk seal on the beach too! Seems like every time I go to the beach, they're never there, but they are there the day before and/or the day after!
But, thanks again!