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Elli's Great American Restaurant

(Restaurants/all dining)
1250 S Main St Salinas, CA, 93901
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Businesses and organizations participating in HER Helmet Thursdays help HER / Mother Earth by providing discounts on Thursdays for people who bike. A long-term project with no scheduled end-date, HER Helmet Thursdays was launched in 2009 in Monterey County, California as a public service. NOTE: When participating businesses and organizations sign up, they are provided a staff reference sheet. Many have frequent staff changes. Just in case a staff person on duty isn't familiar with this long-term project, it may be helpful to have the listing for that location pulled up on your mobile phone screen (or print a copy of their listing to take along), so you're prepared to kindly show their listing.
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Good-times, friendly vibe with a widely diverse menu. Elli's cuisine represents the melting pot of American culinary tastes, including Italian, Cal-Mex, Cajun, All-American, and much more. Your only problem will be deciding what to order--so many yummy choices! Spacious dining rooms, casual atmosphere. Very family friendly, yet a fun, relaxed place for a date too.

Bike Tips:

A flat mile and a half bike ride from the National Steinbeck Center in Oldtown Salinas, via Main Street. Or, use the slightly longer--but also flat--route provided here.

From the MST Transit Plaza, take Gabilan Street past First Awakenings, past Monterey Street (one-way street, traffic light). Turn RIGHT at next intersection, which is Pajaro Street. You can take it all the way to San Joaquin Street (1.5 to 2 miles). Turn RIGHT and go one block to S. Main Street. Make a LEFT turn and continue to Elli's, which will be on your right.

Note: While this route is a little longer than just going through Oldtown via Salinas St. and getting onto S. Main Street, most cyclists feel it's safer. It is quieter, more residential. So again, the recommended route is to avoid biking on South Main Street and use Pajaro Street instead. (Pajaro is one block east of S. Main St, runs parallel to it. Pajaro is less crowded with cars and has better bike lanes most of the way.)

If, however, you choose to travel on Main Street, wear high-visibility clothing and exercise extra caution to enjoy this busy avenue, where you'll pass through a stretch of local shops and bustling shopping centers coming from Steinbeck Center.

Also note: cyclists from the San Francisco Bay area can bring their bikes to Oldtown Salinas via Amtrak train. Tourists and local residents coming from the Monterey Peninsula may want to transport their bikes to Salinas on the Monterey-Salinas Transit bus, then cycle in Salinas. Elli's is about 1.5 miles from the Monterey-Salinas Transit plaza; the MST buses carry bikes. See the bike-and-ride section at Bicycling Monterey for tips.

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