Restaurant & Bar An Oasis Off Highway 101 In Monterey Bay
For many travelers, it’s a potential distraction on the way to a destination.
A small cluster of restaurants by a seemingly small harbor along busy US 1 between Monterey and Santa Cruz.
For others, tho, Moss Landing is a destination. And after spending an evening eating and drinking like a Spanish conqueror at The Haute Enchilada Cafe & Gallerias, PubClub now knows why it’s a destination.
That’s because Haute Enchilada has great food, a dizzing number of drinks and a cool property that includes a decorative interior and inviting patio.
It’s also run by a lively and friendly gal named Kim, whose parents run the more visible Whole Enchilada, which is the most prominent restaurant people along on the highway.
The Haute Enchalada is behind Whole Enchilada, and once you pull in, you’ll see a part of Moss Landing you probably previously did not know existed.
There are antique shops and about a half-dozen restaurants, a fresh fruit and vegetable market a marina that goes deep into the bay that features nature excurions and cruises, and even a Bed & Breakfast, Captain’s Inn.
Which is a good thing because it’s easy to get caught up in all the cocktails at The Haute Enchilada!
There are three margaritas, and because they are made with fresh lime juice – no pre-made mix here – even the house version is very good.
The sangria comes served in a schooner and, like the margaritas, there are choices.
There is also a brandy from Spain, five choices of mojitos, Bloody Marys, mimosas and nearly 15 beers, six of which are on tap including the gluten-free Estrella Daura Lager which is the top choice of the Spanish soccer team.
And of course, quality wines from Monterey County wineries.
You’ll be tempted to try them all, because once you walk into Haut
e Enchilada, you will not want to leave for a while. The environment is as tasty as the drinks and the food is like having a Spanish feast.
Before long, you may feel as if you’ve got a new extended family, too, either from the Haute staff, other patrons or even Kim herself.
From the menu, PubClub.com can personally vouch for the crab and Huitlacoche (black corn truffle) enchilada, the prawns and the Peruvian Ceviche. Most main dinner menu items are in the low $20 range.
The Haute Enchilada also serves breakfast (Bloody Mary or mimosa!?) so it’s open pretty much from sunrise to past sunset. If you live in the Monterey Bay area, then join its club, which comes with invitations to private events such as tequila tastings.
The Haute Enchilada Moss Landing Details
Address: 7902 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, CA.
Phone: (831) 633-5843