57 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey
Year after year this Fisherman’s Wharf institution propels itself into the upper-echelon of gastropodal glory, and 2012 is no exception: The Monterey County masses have once again crowned their calamari king. Crispy-yet-flaky batter covers the righteous rings and tender tentacles of loligo squid here like nowhere else. This original recipe is flash-fried for 30 seconds in zero trans-fat soybean oil and served with zesty sauces. For those with more adventurous tastes, try the equally delicious buffalo, garlic or Baja style options, three of a dozen different preps. Got a squid craving but don’t have the time? Abalonetti’s new Fish and Chips eatery now has all the traditional goodness available grab-and-go style next door.