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Haute Enchilada Cafe & Gallery

(Restaurants/all dining)
7902 Moss Landing Road Moss Landing, CA, 95039-9657
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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.
Before claiming discount, refer to FAQs and project details, including date restrictions, in "LISTINGS, Map, How to Get the Discounts, and FAQs about HER Helmet Thursdays" at

Haute Enchilada may be the only place in Monterey County where you can get a delicious tofu scramble, the breakfast dish more commonly found in metropolitan areas. The cafe's fish tacos and eggplant Moroccan salad are also very popular. The warm, friendly service and exotic decor inside and out make this an especially fun, and delicious, cycling stop.

Dine indoors, or outside in their warmed courtyard. And don't miss the eclectic gallery! Sunset magazine says, "Nowhere is the cadence of seaside life more fully celebrated" than in Moss Landing. And the frequent choice of the Haute Enchilada for a meeting place when the imagineers of Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties gather for their Imagination Coast breakfasts is another affirmation of not only this community but of this unique cafe.

Keep an eye on their events calendar too. They have a very special live music venue--a "dinner-theatre" vibe reigns in the Haute's separate space that seats about 60 people. This is a unique Monterey County showcase for touring and local musicians, one where musicians and audience alike appreciate that you can enjoy fabulous food while also being able to really focus on the music.

Bike Tips:

Provided below is a bike-there route, with two options (1a, 1b) once you reach Castroville. Also provided is a bike-and-ride (MST bus) combo route.

1.Bike there! Cyclists coming NORTH from the Monterey Peninsula, cycle the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail bike path through Marina, and continuing on where it will merge with Del Monte Boulevard. Follow Del Monte Blvd until just before H'way 1 Del Monte Blvd reaches Del Monte Road. Turn right onto Del Monte Road. Follow it until it T-s into Nashua Road. Take a left onto Nashua; approx 500 ft from there, the bike path resumes on the right-hand side. Watch for the green "bike route" signs. Follow bike path into Castroville. Then choose either option 1a or 1b.

(1a) Make a left turn onto Merritt Road/Highway 183 to get to Cabrillo Highway 1. Take a right onto H'way 1 (which has heavy traffic, though a wide shoulder; wear hi-visibility clothing and exercise extra caution; you'll likely be against wind). Follow H'way 1 approx 2.5 miles to Whole Enchilada, then make a left just after Whole Enchilada and another left to Haute Enchilada, which will be on your right a little way down the street.


(1b) To avoid H'way 1, when you reach Merritt Road/H'way 183 in Castroville, take a left and then an immediate right onto Highway 156 East for about a half-mile (busy h'way, but good shoulder; exercise caution). Then take a left onto Castroville Blvd, which will take you past North County High. Look for the bike path on right-hand side of Castroville Blvd. When you come to T-intersection, make a left onto Dolan Road. When you come to next T-intersection, you'll be at H'way 1 by the Moss Landing power plant. From there, turn left onto H'way 1 . (Note: at the power plant, you have to cross H'way 1 to make that left turn, which can be daunting. If you want to walk you bike on the northbound side of Hwy 1 a ways, you can cross more safely where the road has some divider lines between the northbound and southbound lanes.) Once you're on H'way 1, go south about a half-mile or so. Turn right just before Whole Enchilada and then make a left to reach Haute Enchilada, which will be on your right a little way down the street.

(2) Bike-bus combo! Travelers coming NORTH from the Monterey Peninsula may want to combine a bus trip with cycling. If so, take the MST 27 [confirm current service with] from Marina Transit Station, leaves Northbound to Watsonville at 9:18, 11:18 and 1:18 [at time of this posting; confirm schedule before planning trip]. The bus passes closeby and directly parallel to the restaurant; get off bus on Highway 1 at Dolan Road. For return trip, to get in a long bike ride on the return (since it is easier to bike SOUTH rather than NORTH on Highway 1, because of the afternoon winds), leave Moss Landing on Highway 1 going south. (There's a good shoulder there, just check your rear-view mirror for cars; you do have a rear-view bike mirror, don't you?!) Turn RIGHT onto Molera Road (by the fruit stand). From there it is 2.5 miles, with little or no traffic, on a paved road that passes through artichoke fields. It then goes OVER Highway 1 and joins Nashua Road. You'll pass another fruit stand and turn RIGHT onto Monte Road (little or no shoulder, not too much traffic; DO watch out for trucks!). Continue on that road for two miles; then it links up with the separate bike lane that parallels Del Monte Avenue. This trip may be comfortably made from Moss Landing to downtown Monterey in 2 to 2.5 hours, though could be completed more quickly by expert cyclists.

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