3. Forge in the Forest Restaurant

Take your dog out to dinner at the Forge, which has a courtyard reserved for four-legged diners and offers a special menu for them. No dog? This onetime blacksmith shop — converted to outdoor patios and indoor bar and restaurant — is still fun, and the food is both trendy and tasty. We split an Italian sausage pizza ($15.95) and had a few dollars to spare. 5th at Junípero, Carmel; (831) 624-2233, http://www.forgeintheforest.com Pictured: The Francis Whitaker Blacksmith Salad has organic field greens, crumbled blue cheese, red onions, sliced pears, oranges and spicy pecans all tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette.
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