on March 20, 2002
Our first night in Monterey we got hungry right around 9 p.m. We headed down to Cannery Row and were forced to discard a number of restaurants because they were exceedingly noisy, either with music or people. We selected Bullwacker's on the basis of menu and ambiance. At 9:20 or so on a Sunday this bar and restaurant was calm but not deserted. There were easily 25 people in the bar and front dining area engaged in the various pursuits of eating, drinking and talking.
Bullwacker's was dark in a pleasant--not depressing--way and has groovy nautical decor. We were especially entertained by a wall display of sailors' knots and the driftwood in the window seemed charmingly in place.
The food was quite nice! I was expecting okay-to-good pub food and what I got instead was simply the best steak sandwich I have ever had. I am not a steak sandwich fanatic, but I have sampled them in more restaurants than I can count. Bullwacker's wins. The meat had been prepared in an excellent marinade and its sandwich roll was an excellent compliment. My discerning husband gave the apple pie a la mode a 7 out of 10. We had fun there, sitting by the window, looking out at the Row, nursing a beer. The service was efficient and cheerful. Perhaps the best way to sum up is that Bullwacker's a pub to which I could take my mother...at least on a Sunday night.
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