Why Locals Fill This Popular Restaurant & Bar Behind The Portola Hotel
You don’t even have to walk into Peter B’s Brewpub to know this is a popular place among locals in Monterey, CA.
It’s evident from the people sitting around the outside fire pits, all with craft beers in front of them.
And once you get one of those beers – or perhaps some Monterey County wine from one of its wine taps, or maybe you prefer a cocktail – and start to absorb the menu, it’s not hard to figure out the attraction.
Peter B’s has combined award-winning craft beers with outstanding food in a very comfortable environment that’s as well suited to Monterey as otters in the bay.
And it keeps evolving. Peter B’s continually adds new and seasonal beers – you can get these individually or in flights – and the menu is constantly updated with new items.
Peter B’s Menu: Fish Tacos & Sausage Calzone
One of the most popular of those items are the grilled fish street tacos ($14) which are not really street tacos in size, but three-regular-sized tacos served overflowing with lettuce and toppings. They are good, crunchy and filling.
A kind of spinoff of these are smaller versions served Thursdays on a dollar taco night that fills up the place every week.
One of the best menu items is the calzone with the house-made sausage, and at a mere $12 it rivals the $9 buffalo chili for the best food deal in Monterey.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find any better, more tasty sausage anywhere in Monterey Bay, even in a high-end Italian restaurant. The flavors will stick with you for days, almost haunting you to return for it.
The fact it’s served in a casual calzone is a prefect for this place rather than as part of a pasta dish. Especially when mated with one of Peter B’s craft beers.
The menu also includes pizza, fish & chips, a steak, salads, sandwiches and burgers. The kitchen is shared by Jack’s, the high-end restaurant attached to the Portola Hotel, which explains why the quality of the food is so high.
Peter B’s Craft Beer Flights
But hey, there’s also the beer! And Peter B’s has an abundance of it. PubClub.com’s blogger – a lager lover – has long favored the Blonde but on the last visit shared two flights with, well, The Blonde.
A lot of people in town are bragging about the Honolua Coconut Brown. Girls love it. The seasonal flight also includes a German lager (Soberanes Caynyon), the Sum of Hours Imperial Red (which understandably won a Silver Medal at the World Beer Championships and packs a nice 9.5% AVB), the Paddlin’ Canoe California Common and the El Chuphopcabra Black IPA.
The Belly Up Blonde Ale (gotta love that name!) leads the standard flight of regular craft beers. This also includes the Fort Ord Wheat (which is very good even if you are not a wheat beer lover), the Inclusion Amber Ale, the Legend of Laguna 6.5% IPA which is described as having a “cannabis finish,” and the 7% Stout Resistance.
With all this filling, tasty food, a multitude of craft beers, plus sports on TVs both and outside, fire pits on a patio and a true local crowd, it’s pretty apparent why Peter B’s is such a consistent and locals’ favorite restaurant and bar.
Peter B’s Brewpub