On the third day of our road trip as we headed down to Big Sur, we pulled over in Carmel to have breakfast at Carmel Belle. You may be a bit skeptical of the food quality at first given that this establishment is hidden inside the Doud Craft Studios indoor shopping center. However, your apprehensions will be long gone once your eyes fall upon the dishes being served around you and the fragrances softly soothing your senses.
Carmel Belle endeavors to use only those ingredients local to Monterey County, creating fresh and unique farm-to-table dishes. Everything is organic and locally sourced from farmers markets and farms. After drooling over the menu selections, that included stone-cut oatmeal and hot polenta bowls, I ordered poached eggs with bacon and avocado toast. My travel companion Todd opted for a breakfast sandwich.
The eggs were poached to perfection oozing with yolk with each forkful, smothering the thick pieces of bacon with searing yellow yolks (only to be enjoyed with truly fresh eggs like I enjoyed as a child on my father’s “old homestead” as he calls it!). Ordering the Avocado toast brought on a sense of silliness since anyone can prepare this side serving, right? Just toast up some bread and top it with avocado as I would normally do at home? The “magic touch” used here was not disclosed to me, but I can assure you that this was not your usual toast topped with avocado. This thick sliced, fresh baked & toasted Country Bread was topped with what appeared to be a whole avocado, sliced in the most perfect proportions, and drizzled with the perfect amount of olive oil & sea salt.
Todd’s breakfast sandwich was a full meal all on its own, with thick slices of bread, poached eggs, bacon, and gooey white cheddar cheese. The bread was extremely soft and definitely stole the show. For those of us who truly enjoy good, real bread made by artisans and not made with fillers and air, this is the place.
Doud Craft Studios on San Carlos between Ocean and 7th, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone: (831) 624-1600