Review: Louie Linguini’s

This is a much delayed post, but enjoy anyway!

Louie Linguini’s
660 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940

So after a few glorious hours at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, someoneiknow and I stepped out to grab a bite. After perusing several menus along Cannery Row, we decided on Louie Linguini’s – the prices seemed fair and the long seafood and pasta menu was mouth watering enough. We were seated outside on the balcony, and warm, crusty sourdough bread and butter followed soon after we were seated. As we happily munched on bread spread with new butter and just took in the views – all from the vantage point of Louie’s balcony.

Deliciously crunchy sourdough.

Not being particularly hungry, we split a few plates. To start, we had the crispy Clam Strips, which were chopped and drenched in a light and flaky batter served alongside house cocktail sauce. Amazing alternative if you are bored (as I am – someoneiknow orders it ALL the time) of Calamari.

Golden brown and super flaky Clam Strips.

Second, we split a large plate of fresh Mixed Greens Salad – a combination of organic greens topped with sweet and crunchy candied walnuts, pungent sliced red onions, and crumbly gorgonzola cheese drenched in a deliciously tangy homemade balsamic vinaigrette. The salad is light and refreshing, and just perfect for a warm day when all you want is something light.

Refreshing Mixed Greens w/ Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts

Our last entrée a Grilled Salmon Fettucine tossed in a (overly) creamy parmesan sauce with tart sun-dried tomatoes. As a rule, I do not like cream based pasta sauces, so I was already not a fan. The only saving element to the dish were the pieces of sun-dried tomatoes that intermittently broke up the monotonous parmesan richness. I don’t care much for this particular dish, and the salmon wasn’t spectacularly grilled – or if it was, then the overpowering parmesan sauce killed any of the salmon flavoring. But I am being unfair in my review, so try for yourself.

The remnants of our Grilled Salmon Fettucine

Louie boasts the best seafood restaurant on Cannery Row, and for the price – I wouldn’t disagree. The Clam Strips and my (non-seafood) Salad were delicious, and though the Salmon Fettucine was not my cup of tea, someoneiknow enjoyed it well enough. And as the prices are the fairest on all of Cannery Row, I do recommend Louie if you want a nice quiet meal that comes with a great price tag and even better ocean view.

Steinbeck sends his regards,
AnhD

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