Chloe Dolata with her Carmel-native husband Jay, have operated Carmel Belle Café for seven years. It’s a popular spot for breakfast, lunch and early dinner for both locals and travelers seeking a little local flavor. Chloe obviously has great taste in restaurants, so when we asked, she happily obliged to share some of her favorite culinary haunts.
What are your favorites on the Carmel Belle menu that you would suggest to someone visiting?
For breakfast – roasted mushroom melt, polenta with all the fixins’, or the open-faced egg bacon and arugula sandwich. And for lunch – Meatloaf
sandwich, grilled Cheddar with roasted tomato soup, or one of our delicious healthy salads.
For the food & wine enthusiast visiting Carmel, what are the must-visit spots and/or must order dishes?
- La Belena — octopus & cauliflower appetizers are fabulous…but really everything is.
- Akioni Sushi — very authentic and a serious place…but very good! Get the housemade tofu, mushroom stew when in season.
- Casanova — amazing ambiance, great food and wine.
What do you love most about Carmel?
The natural beauty. No street lamps. Close to the ocean and Big Sur is not too far down Hwy 1.