Friday, August 19, 2016

Lallapalooza Restaurant (Monterey)

During our stay in Monterey. CA, we took 2 day trips. One was down to Big Sur and Hearst Castle and the other was up to Santa Cruz. Both days, we got back to Monterey around 8 pm and were super hungry so after parking at the hotel, we set off walking down Alvarado Street. Both times we ended up at a restaurant called Lallapalooza.
Usually after these long sight-seeing days, we're almost too exhausted to eat but also we're hungry and can't wait to eat. Lallapalooza was very welcoming and seated is right away. There are a lot of cocktails and bourbons, but we ordered iced teas. The iced teas were huge and mango flavored, which was nice. We started by sharing the House Salad (local organic greens, cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, candied pecans, & Italian dressing). The salad came with wedges of a cheesy bread, which were yummy. It was a nice sized salad and tasty.
We also shared Grilled Goat Cheese Polenta (with roasted wild mushrooms). Lots of mushrooms and a creamy sauce over cheesy polenta. This was really good and a pretty big serving.
Finally we shared Classic Margherita Pizza (fragrant basil and fresh mozzarella cheese top a light sauce made with Naples’ famous San Marzano tomatoes). It was good and we fought over the slices with the bubbles! We both were stuffed after sharing those three dishes.
The second time we went for dinner, we shared Calamari (lightly fried and tossed with lemon juice, garlic, Italian parsley, and red-pepper flakes). I liked that it was wedges of a calamari steak and not the usual rings and tentacles. The red pepper flakes made it a little spicy/hot for me but SP didn't think it was. They made it without garlic for us, which was great.
After the calamari, we shared the Cobb Salad (grilled chicken breast, avocado, hard boiled egg, tomato, spinach, Point Reyes blue cheese, chopped bacon, and Italian vinaigrette). They were kind enough to put the blue cheese on the side since SP doesn't like it but I do. There was more cheesy bread on this salad. We both really liked the cheesy bread! It was a very good sized salad to share.

We both really liked Lallapalooza. Both times, the hostess and staff were smiling, friendly, helpful. They had no problems accommodating our food requests (garlic, blue cheese). We didn't have reservations but were seated right away (Tuesday & Thursday around 8 at night). We'll definitely go back the next time we're in Monterey.

Lallapalooza Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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