Cooking, like taking a pop quiz and defusing a bomb on national television, is often a source of stress. Disarm your hunger with today’s Groupon to Em Le’s in Carmel. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get $25 worth of American fare for dinner.
- For $7, you get $15 worth of American fare for lunch.
Since 1955, the culinary craftsmen at one of Carmel’s oldest restaurants have infused hearty American fare with local ingredients and fresh seafood befitting its coastal location. The dinner menu ranges from pasta to seafood, titillating diners with maritime dishes such as linguini with fresh clams ($21.95) or Pacific salmon ($17.95). Vegetarians can take taste tours of meatless morsels of spinach-and-cheese ravioli ($15.95) or garden burgers ($14.95) served with special sauce, and meat mongers can sink newly sharpened incisors into veal marsala ($19.95) or lamb shanks braised in wine sauce and paired with garlic mashed potatoes ($19.95). During lunch, fish and fries ($13.75), penne pasta with chicken ($15.50), and blue-cheese burgers ($12.75) help fill noontime stomach vacancies. Visitors can soak in Em Le’s cozy cottage setting, where a fireplace nostalgically recalls a time when California was on the East Coast.
Em Le’s Old Carmel Restaurant
Originally opened in 1955 as a joint-venture chocolate shop, Em Le’s welcomes visitors into its quaint A-frame dining room with the irresistible scents of fresh pasta, simmering sauces, and seared meats. The eatery is known for its french toast, made with a recipe that has remained unchanged since 1955. The batter-cooked confection is served during breakfast alongside more than 10 savory omelets and pancakes piled with fresh fruit. Guests can snuggle up to the fireplace while they browse a dinner menu of comfort food ranging from spaghetti and meatballs to short ribs served with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh veggies.