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A Mediterranean omelet with fixin’s on the patio of the Village Corner, where the kitchen understands the concept of “crisp bacon.”

Road trip to a trio of Carmel restaurants

Published: Thursday, May. 29, 2014 - 8:46 am

If you have a couple of days this summer, one way to beat the Sacramento scorch and grab a great bite is to make tracks for the Monterey Peninsula. Next time you do, try this trio in Carmel, the 1-square-mile seaside village that bulges with 60-plus restaurants. Think in terms of splitting dishes:

Porta Bella: For dinner, introduce yourselves to a wild mushroom Napoleon and a plate of lemon-scented capellini with bay scallops, mussels, prawns and lobster. Ocean Avenue and Monte Verde; (831) 624-4395,

Village Corner: For breakfast, sit on the outdoor patio by the fire pit and share a Mediterranean omelet (tomato, mushroom, spinach, mozzarella) and side of crisp bacon, or calamari steak and eggs. Dolores and Sixth, (831) 624-3588,

Nielsen Bros Market: For lunch, follow the aromas to the charcoal grill in front of the market, a local legend since 1930. Choose from fresh wurst (housemade franks, spicy Polish, hot and mild Italian), baby back ribs, beef and chicken kebabs, and skirt steak. Sit on the weathered-wood bus bench out front. San Carlos and Seventh Avenue, (831) 624-5939,

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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