as told to Pam Bonsper
290 Figueroa Street, Monterey
You may not believe it, but I'm writing this on a computer in my guardian's office. She took me to the Wharf Marketplace for lunch today. I munched a healthy dog biscuit provided by the establishment, while I heard her talking to the manager. I always like it when the conversation goes to the dogs, because that's why I write these reviews. After all, it's my job to get you to take your dog where you can eat your heart out instead of leaving him stuck at home eating your shoes.
Now, I could go on and on about the great food: the grilled panini sandwiches, (roasted portobella mushroom, baker's bacon, caprese, to name a few), the farm-to-table salads (thanks to Tanimura and Antle, who own the place), and tantalizing desserts. Not to mention the wines, cheeses, fresh seafood, bakery delights, and shelves of FRESH fruits and vegetables (this is where chef's shop!) Maybe you've already figured it out. This historic place, which used to be the old Southern Pacific Railroad Station is called “Marketplace” for a reason: it's a superior-quality breakfast and lunch eatery that is also a one-stop shop. And let's get back to the main point—it wants our business!
The conversation I overheard was on how to encourage dog guardians to come and enjoy. And bring their dogs with them. When I hear a manager thinking of ways to get our business, I perk up my ears (even though they go sideways) and listen.
She talked about plans for a yappy hour. Now that got my ears up. Since dogs don't have on-line dating sites (yet!), the massive patio and ambiance of the wharf is the perfect meeting place. Our owners can eat and shop while we sniff and plop. Lots of folks who are walking their dogs stop by for the bowl of water the Marketplace provides. I'll bet they'll stay if they see me out there with my tail wagging.
I'm also going to insist on going on Saturdays and Sundays so I can enjoy the sensational outdoor barbecue. Just don't expect me to greet you on Tuesdays. Wharf Marketplace is closed to allow the Farmer's Market to share its abundance.
Okay, I've got to go. I'm really at the computer to create that much needed site: www.dogsmeetdogs.com. Stay tuned!