Downtown Monterey’s newest restaurant serves California Comfort Cuisine and features a spectacular 50 foot pewter bar top, motorcycles and vintage photographs in a modern and sporty environment that pays homage to Laguna Seca Raceways 11 Turns.


Turn 12 Opens Quietly With a 50-Foot Metal Bar and a Lot of Excitement – “The look has to be the surprise,” Gina Phinny told me in May. “Everybody will see why.” I didn’t want to wait to take a peek at the massive overhaul happening at the troubled (and landmark) property at Tyler and Franklin in Monterey, but figured Phinny has steered Carmel Valley’s Baja Cantina (625-2252) for a generation with her husband and fellow car fanatic Pat Phinny, and has opened a half dozen restaurants in her career, so she knows what she’s doing. read more