photo credit: Allison Green
Monterey is not the most vegan-friendly destination since most restaurants want to make use of all the great local seafood. El Cantaro is an exception. You’ll find plant-based spins on traditional Oaxacan and Pueblan dishes, like tlayudas, mole negro, and chile en nogada. Tacos are also a staple here: choose from nopal, mushroom, crispy potato, or a variety of vegan meats as your filling. This laid-back counter-service restaurant has a few tables inside and outdoors, but the better move is to get takeout and eat on the waterfront two blocks away.