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A new vegetable is taking over: Artichokes! The Artichoke Trail features a selection of restaurants and farms in Monterey County, including the town of Castroville, the “Artichoke Capital of the World."

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World's Largest Artichoke Statue, Castroville


  • CELLA RESTAURANT & BAR: Sip, Don't Choke Cocktail with artichoke amaro and a roasted artichoke rim
  • PEARL HOURTiger Style cocktail with bourbon, Artichoke Amaro (Carciofo Amaro),Amaro Dilei and blood orange amaro


  • ARTICHOKE FESTIVAL (June 8-9, 2024): The Artichoke Festival is fun for the whole family, featuring local chef demonstrations, artichoke-inspired food, musical entertainment, wine tasting and contests

Farmers Markets and Farm Stands

Carmel Valley Farmers Market

People picking out produce at the old Monterey farmers market

Pezzini Farms, artichokes, Castroville

Food Trucks

The Choke Coach Castroville food truck po boy


  • OCEAN MIST FARMS: Ocean Mist Farms started as a small artichoke farm in the Salinas Valley, founded by four Italian immigrants in 1924. Today, the company has grown into the leading grower of fresh artichokes sold in grocery stores and restaurants nationwide
  • SCATTINI FAMILY FARMS: For over 100 years, Scattini Family Farms have grown The Original Artichoke in Castroville and the Salinas Valley—committed to delivering the freshest produce from farm to fork


  • BAJA CANTINA & GRILL: Monterey Bay Quesadilla with grilled prawns, artichoke hearts, Jack cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, tartar, and dill sauce

Baja Cantina, artichoke, Carmel Valley

  • BEAR + FLAG ROADSIDE: Castroville Artichoke Burger, smash burger-style with an artichoke patty, dill Havarti, chow chow mayo, sprouts, tomatoes, pickled red onions on potato roll
  • CARMEL'S BISTRO GIOVANNI: Artichoke Hearts deep-fried with lemon aioli
  • FISH HOPPER: Artichoke Ravioli with spinach, mushroom and tomato sauce
  • FLAHERTY'S SEAFOOD GRILL & OYSTER BAR: Pacific Crab & Fire-Roasted Artichoke Quesadilla
  • FLYING ARTICHOKE: Choke Burger with sautéed sliced artichoke hearts, fresh ground beef, Swiss cheese and basil aioli spread on a sesame bun

Flying Artichoke, Salinas

  • FORGE IN THE FOREST: Roasted Artichoke marinated with balsamic vinegar & charbroiled, served with dijon mustard dip
  • GIANT ARTICHOKE RESTAURANT: An ode to the artichoke with an entire artichoke menu from nachos to pizza
  • GUSTO HANDCRAFTED PASTA & PIZZA: Artichoke-Fontina Ravioli - Ravioli Carciofi e Fontina - with a black truffle cream sauce, marinated artichoke, white truffle oil

Gusto, artichoke, Seaside

Little Napoli, artichoke, Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • OLD FISHERMAN'S GROTTO: Grilled Castroville artichoke marinated in balsamic vinaigrette, served with lemon dill aioli. 39 Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey
  • PHIL'S FISH MARKET & EATERY: Artichoke Provencal with sautéed scallops, shrimp, garlic and wine. 10700 Merritt Street, Castroville

Phil's Fish Market, artichoke, Moss Landing

  • RESTAURANT AT BIG SUR RIVER INN: Pasta Castroville with fettuccine pasta, artichoke hearts, creamy pesto sauce,
    zucchini, yellow squash, carrots and mushrooms

Big Sure River Inn, artichoke

Woodmarine Marine Market artichoke Castroville restaurant



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