Cultura Carmel: The Most Flavorful Burst of “Comida y Bebida” to Hit Carmel

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Words: Ana L. Roman

Photos: Manny Espinoza

If you’re looking for a new Americanized Mexican restaurant in the former Jack London’s location in Carmel, you’ll be sorely disappointed. However, if you’re looking for a new world of mescal-centric flavors concocted by Chef’s Michelle Estigoy and John Cox with an illustrious canon of Iberian Peninsula wines colorfully composed by Cultura Founder and Creator Sarah Kabat-Marcy, then sit down and get ready for some of the most revolutionary flavors to hit your tastebuds.

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Vegans, Vegetarians, and those who will eat anything (eye-watering hot peppers, anyone?) this is the most innovative and creative new restaurant to hit Carmel in a generation. Coined as a “Carmel restaurant with Oaxacan inspiration” it stars local ingredients via partnerships with small sustainable farmers and fair-trade mezcaleros. Enjoy both casual street taco-and-cerveza fare or Black River caviar and Wagyu steaks. Crunch into fresh hot peppers, corn, heirloom tomatoes, and even grasshoppers straight from Cultura’s own farm in Aromas.

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As if the ingredients weren’t mind blowing enough, the drinks will transport you south of the border, imbuing a truthful taste to the zeitgeist of Oaxaca City’s culinary innovation. Whether you want a simple Tecate on tap or almond-infused mezcal cocktails, you definitely cannot leave without  having a taste of the El Destilado.

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Afterwards, have a cup of ACME coffee or if you’re so inclined, by everyone a drink! (just be sure to give me 15 minutes to get there!)

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Visit http://www.culturacarmel.com/ for menu, location, and more information.

Email culturacomidaybebida@gmail.com for reservations.

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