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Monday, November 17, 2014

Mondays on Mission Street: Grasing's Restaurant

Today we are introducing "Mondays on Mission Street," a weekly column that will feature our favorite businesses located on the same street as us here at Tradewinds. Today we will be highlighting Grasing's Coastal Cuisine, a Mission Street Restaurant serving contemporary California cuisine, featuring fresh, local ingredients from the Carmel Coast and Central Valley.

Grasing's Restaurant
Mission St. & 6th Ave.

Lunch: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm daily (Lunch Menu)
Dinner: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm daily (Dinner Menu)

There is something for everyone at Grasing's, where simple, fresh ingredients are transformed into creative dishes with bright and bold flavors. The restaurant itself has a very charming, cottage-style exterior, and a clean, tastefully decorated and cozy interior. The staff is wonderful and accommodating and the service is excellent.
For those with a smaller appetite, the bar area is a perfect place to sip a cocktail and enjoy an appetizer or two with friends. I highly recommend the heirloom tomato salad, as the acidity of the tomato and balsamic glaze pairs perfectly with the creamy burrata cheese and red onion marmalade. Other stars on the appetizers list include the Calamari, which is offered in two different portion sizes, the Dungeness Crab Cakes and the Lobster Mac n' Cheese.

Maybe I'm weird, but I can always determine the quality of a restaurant by their salad offerings. Grasing's really knocks it out of the park with the warm spinach salad, which has diced pancetta, beets, feta cheese and a dijon vinaigrette. And for those who don't need to be bribed with meat, the Butter Lettuce with Point Reyes blue cheese crumbles, candied walnuts, caramelized peaches and balsamic vinaigrette is a great choice, full of complementary flavors and textures.

The Main Courses are where the restaurant truly shines, and the wide variety of steak, seafood and poultry options can appease an entire crowd of picky eaters. Grasing's offers their "Chop House Favorites" a selection of grilled steaks including Filet Mignon, Bone-in Rib Eye, Prime Natural New York, and a milk-fed Veal Chop.

Grasing's "Paella," a unique spin on the classic Spanish dish, with orzo pasta substituted for the rice component, is a highly recommended dish for seafood lovers. The farm-raised Monterey Bay Abalone and Seared Pepper Ahi Tuna are also dishes I can personally put my stamp of approval on. Grasing's also offers Lamb, Pork, Duck, Chicken and Vegetarian options - so really, how can you go wrong here?

If I haven't sold you on Grasing's with their food menu, perhaps I can appeal to you with their extensive, Wine Spectator award-winning wine list and inspired cocktail creations. With myriad wine options from the Napa Valley, Central Coast, and European selections, the accolades come well-deserved. No matter your favorite varietal, Grasing's has an option that will undoubtedly pair wonderfully with your food choices.

Grasing's is the perfect place for both a fun night out with your friends or a romantic, dinner with your significant other. If you are only in town for a night or two, I highly recommend you give them a try!  

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