Local Hot Spots The WGCIT is located in the new Taylor Building, in the heart of historic downtown Salinas, across the street from the Steinbeck Center and within walking distance of multiple restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. This building is a key part of an exciting downtown revitalization plan. Expect lots of new businesses in the coming months!
• Blue Aces Bake Shoppe 8 W. Gabilan Street Located in historic Old town Salinas, Blue Aces Bake Shoppe is a full service dessert bar and cakery with fresh savory quiches and tarts along with their dozens of decadent pastries. Cherry Bean Gourmet Coffeehouse & Roastery 332 Main Street Locally owned and operated coffee roaster serves espresso beverages, pastries, and breakfast burritos. First Awakenings 171 Main Street Local breakfast favorite, known for their customizable specialty pancakes. They were voted “Best Breakfast in Monterey County,” but also serve hearty lunch options. Rollick’s Specialty Coffee 217 Main Street Voted Best Coffee in Monterey County, this is a go-to spot for coffees, teas, and baked goods. They also serve ice cream affogatos. If you are a regular customer, open an account in order to get every 10th drink free. • • •
• El Charrito 122 W Market Street Family owned Mexican market, restaurant, and tortilleria that makes their food from scratch each day from authentic family recipes. The BEST tacos in town! They currently have no seating area, so plan to take your lunch to go. Farm Fresh Deli 145 Main Street Specializing in sandwiches, soups, salads, this deli prides itself on offering fresh foods and utilizing as many local produce items and locally made items as possible. They also offer “Waffle Cone Wednesday” where a waffle cone of frozen yogurt is only 99 cents. You can order online for speedy pick up. • Delicious tacos with homemade tortillas (often made-to-order). The hot sauce is spicy! Ticino 201 Main Street A convenient Italian deli with good coffees and a range of things like paninis, wraps, “gourmet of the day” specials like the grilled tri-tip on Wednesdays, rotating soups, and tossed-to-order salads. • • Pica Fresh Mex 157 Main Street
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