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Monterey restaurants' French flavors keep locals, tourists satiated

4 Sep 2013 3:07 PM
Monterey restaurants' French flavors keep locals, tourists satiated

California's miles of coastline not only allow for entertainment and recreation, but also contribute to the culinary scenes of many seaside metropolitan areas. One such city, Monterey, has long been considered a premier destination for gourmands due to the many restaurants located within its limits. These establishments are highly regarded for their gastronomic offerings, but few other area eateries have received as much attention as those that focus on French cuisine.

Whether you own lavish Monterey real estate, or are planning an extended visit to this historic area, you would be remiss to pass over the opportunity to sample the exquisite fare at these locations:

Bistro Moulin
?Having previously received critical acclaim from publications such as the Monterey County Herald and Monterey County Weekly, this French restaurant continues to amaze patrons to this day. The kitchen is overseen by chef/owner Didier Dutertre, who began his culinary training in Tours, France at the age of 15. Today, he and his fiancé Colleen Manni offer guests the chance to taste such indulgent creations as parisien spinach gnocchi and cannelloni tartufi. 

Seeing as Monterey is also known for its many vineyards, the wine list at this gourmet eatery is long, and populated by hundreds of renowned labels. Visiting oenophiles can choose from an expansive collection of domestic and imported French blends, as well as numerous champagnes and dessert wines. To learn more about this restaurant's offerings, or to make a reservation, call (831) 333-1200.

Crepes of Brittany
Of course, if you are a fan of fine French food, you must also be a connoisseur of the region's different desserts. One such establishment offering customers the chance to sample authentic delicacies from the European nation is Crepes of Brittany. The business's menu includes sweet crepes and savory galettes, as well as offerings you can take home to make your own gastronomic masterpieces.

Popular selections among patrons who prefer sweet treats include the lemon sugar, as well as peach melba, which are made with the traditional flour crepes and homemade whipped cream. While those who enjoy more hearty selections often order the brie and caramelized onions as well as the smoked salmon, cream cheese and red onion options, which are made with organic buckwheat flour crepes. For more information on the menu items, or to place an order for pickup, call (831) 649-1825.