By: Jonathan Bomarito
Monterey, Calif., is where I was born and raised. It’s probably one of the most beautiful places in the world and I feel lucky to call it home.
Over the years, I’ve found quite a few places in Monterey that I like to frequent that are definitely favorites in my book. And since Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is my home track, I can also give you an insider perspective of the racing circuit. I’d like to share a few of these with you and hope you enjoy them as well and maybe even run into you at one of my favorite spots.
Lets start with my home track, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It is one of my favorite tracks in the U.S. and for a couple of reasons. I enjoy Turns 9 and 10 specifically because of the flow and high speed of the corners – and, of course, the infamous Corkscrew as well. To get the best vantage point of the track as a spectator, the outside of Turn 2 is by far one of the best spots to see racing action through multiple corners. You’ll probably see some of my family and friends there too!
There are a lot of great restaurants in the Monterey Bay area, but the one that always gets me coming back is La Piccola Casa Pizzeria in Pacific Grove, owned by my good friend and a fellow racer, Joe Rombi. Stop by and say hi for me and order the “Godfather” pizza, a meat lover’s dream.
The Monterey Peninsula is also known for its seafood. You can really hit any restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf and get fresh, amazing seafood, but a favorite of mine is the Fisherman’s Grotto. Try their calamari!
If you’re looking for a good watering hole, try my brother’s bar in Monterey, Segovia’s Cocktails, and tell Chris (my bro) I sent you.
Alvarado Street (Monterey) is a great place to go for more of a local night life scene. You’ll have a mix of restaurants, coffee bars and night clubs to choose from.
If you’re looking to take in the sights and experience what makes the Peninsula so beautiful, you’ll want to do the 17 Mile Drive through Pebble Beach. It’s breathtaking! And your next stop should be Carmel Beach. It’s a picture perfect coastline that is dog friendly. It’s my French Bulldog’s favorite spot! Lastly, you have to hit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where my wife and I go every time we’re in town. The best time to go is in the early morning when they first open.
If you get a chance to check out some of my favorites, you’ll see why Monterey is so amazing and why I’m proud to call it ‘home.’