Carmel Pine Cone –
National Steakhouse Month
notwithstanding, it’s also time to cel-
ebrate salmon at Fisherman’s Wharf
with its Salmon Stravaganza. The
commercial season opened in May,
and restaurants on the Wharf are serving up
their favorite versions of the popular fish.
Here’s the rundown: Abalonetti’s and
Domenico’s are both stuffing salmon with
seafood; Big Fish Grill’s doing a salmon cake
appetizer; Crab Louie’s is grilling it; Liberty
Fish is doing a play on fish and chips; and
Paluca Trattoria is serving it with pasta put-
tanesca — fettuccine in a spicy tomato sauce
with capers, garlic, anchovies and olives. The
Grotto’s broiling it and topping with beurre
blanc, a tangy butter sauce; newcomer Scales
is doing an apricot-and-jalapeno glazed ver-
sion in the restaurant and a smoked salmon
sandwich in its deli.
Restaurants all over Fisherman’s Wharf are celebrating
Salmon Stravaganza this month with dishes like this salmon
on a plank from Scales restaurant.
22A The Carmel Pine Cone June 10, 2016
FOOD & WINE
Salmon with Sanders, wining, a
beef or two and something fishy
IF SAM and Angeli Mercurio at
Domenico’s on the Wharf know what it was
— other than a long history, great food and a
good view — that led presidential candidate
Bernie Sanders to the restaurant for dinner
before his campaign rally in Monterey last
Wednesday, they’re not saying.
What they will tell you about the memo-
rable evening is that reservations were made
the day before and that he shared a table with
seven staffers, while six Secret Service
agents dined discreetly nearby.
The meal included appetizers of fried
calamari, oysters Rockefeller — perhaps a
bit out of keeping with his campaign’s
themes — and Dungeness crab cakes.
Sanders had the cedar plank sockeye salmon,
Caesar salad and of course, some clam
chowder. After dinner he paused to glad-
hand the other patrons and according to
Angeli, gathered a bit of an entourage in his
wake as he headed off the Wharf.
She added that he enjoyed his dinner and
snapped photos of the view. “It was such an
exciting night at Domenico’s,” she said