The farther food has to travel to the plate, the more likely it is to dally in truck stops or take up with an unsavory cast of characters who abuse ketchup. Find fresher, dawdle-free food with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of local and organic meals at Carmel Belle in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Carmel Belle whips up organic, American, and locally-sourced delicacies every day for breakfast and lunch. Poached organic eggs from Glaum Ranch see the sunny insides of breakfast sandwiches, perch on thick-cut country toast alongside asparagus, truffled mushrooms, and roasted tomato ($11), or take the form of fabled green eggs and ham with prosciutto La Quercia from Iowa and arugula-herb purée ($10.50). Lunch platters teeter out from the kitchen teeming with house-made mozzarella and toast drizzled with McEvoy Ranch olive oil ($7), or balancing stacked sandwiches, such as the rotisserie chicken salad sandwich with roasted tomatoes, served on ciabatta bread ($10.50). Clover Organic milk and cream swirl in espresso ($2) and coffee from local roasters Mr. Espresso, crowned with decorative foam depicting your favorite historical damask pattern, and local wine and beer choices show surrounding areas that you're still committed, despite sleeping in a Chicago band T-shirt. Carmel Belle's butter-yellow walls complement the thick wood tables and chairs with rattan seats, and its outdoor dining area brings food momentarily closer to the land from whence it came.