King City Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in King City

April 14, 2018 Alice Mieles

King City (variant: Kings City) is a city in Monterey County, California, United States. King City is located on the Salinas River 51 miles (82 km) southeast of Salinas, at an elevation of 335 feet (102 m). It lies along U.S. Route 101 in the Salinas Valley of the Central Coast. King City is a member of the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments. The population was 12,874 at the 2010 census. It is a small town which has experienced slow economic growth over the past 50 years.

1. The Cork & Plough

200 Broadway St, King City, CA 93930-2865 Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 12 - SGD 35 +1 831-386-9491
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

The Cork & Plough

The Cork & Plough opened in February 2015 and is located in King City's Town Square on Broadway St. Seattle-native Chef Travis Childers brings a menu filled with quality interpretations of classic dishes as well as a few more daring ventures into modern American cuisine, all of which are built around the seasonal products of California's central coast. The wine menu, curated by Anna Childers, also focuses on locally sourced products. Every wine on the menu can be ordered either as a taste, a glass, or a bottle, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff can expertly guide you to wines that best suit your palette. We also offer flights, making The Cork & Plough the best restaurant in the area to sample all the terrific wines from our local vines. Behind the bar you find a wide selection of whiskey, citrus juiced fresh to order, flavored syrups and grenadine made from scratch, as well as infused liquors and homemade bitters being expertly combined by our passionate bartenders to create amazing craft cocktails.

Reviewed By ItalianChicken1 - Paso Robles, California

Nice pub in King city! We enjoyed the food and the fresh made soda which we tried ginger ale! Lovely.
The server was nice too.
Some unusual combinations of food but very nice!

2. Starbucks

1301 Broadway St, King City, CA 93930-3320 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Dinner +1 831-386-9858
Excellent
47%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Starbucks

Reviewed By KennyBoy1722

Wake up [email protected] after July 4th, and then realized I want a coffee for my long trip later. Find out here, stop by drink a coffee, enjoy the relax moment on the sofa indoor. u know starbucks not with best coffee, but always nice service , good environment and convenient location. Good morning America.

3. Donut King

807 Broadway St, King City, CA 93930-3303 +1 831-385-4542
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Donut King

Reviewed By Carol M - Tucson, Arizona

This such a great little donut shop. I only come through here about once a year but the Donut King is alway on my radar. I always get a raised glazed donut - light, perfect texture, and perfect glaze. So yummy. This time my husband tried an apple fritter, in addition to his usual plain old fashioned donut, and he said it was better than his favorite where we live. You can eat there or take your treats home.

4. Tacos La Poteranca DE Jalisco

201 Broadway St, King City, CA 93930-2830 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner +1 831-385-7500
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Tacos La Poteranca DE Jalisco

Reviewed By wellygoot - hong kong

Nice people, great food. Authentic Mexican style tacos with quality meat. Every time I travel on highway 101 I plan on stopping at this place in King City to eat. And look forward to it! There is also a great little Mexican bakery next door for desserts.

5. Don Miguel's Bakery

620 Broadway St, Ste K, King City, CA 93930-3200 +1 831-386-0325
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By Rich C

About half-way between Santa Bárbara and San Francisco sits this little Panaderia/Taco Shop. We were fortunate to land there on a weekend. This apparently is the only time they make the Al Pastor on an outside rotisserie grill. We smelled it roasting as soon as we got out of the car. This alone is worth the stop, but it's also a Panaderia and they have an amazing assortment of Pan Dulces (and wonderful Churros). Another attraction is their Chile Verde-both the traditional pork AND made wth chicken also.
If you find yourself near King City, take the Broadway exit and skip the Denny's; Don Miguel's is down the street.

6. Wildhorse Cafe

50630 Mesa Verde Rd, P.o. Box 633, King City, CA 93930 Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 12 - SGD 26 +1 831-385-4312
Excellent
34%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 52 reviews

Wildhorse Cafe

Reviewed By wildswanDelaware - Delaware

Intrigued by good reviews, we sought out this small diner outside King City...and really enjoyed the experience. Our perky, friendly server 'Breana' made us feel welcome and helped our choices. My 'chicken fry steak dinner' was delicious (and large)...just like my grandmother made on our ranch ;-) . We liked the cheery banter among regulars (mostly long-haul truckers), and highly recommend 'Wildhorse' for travelers on US 101.

7. Guadalajara Restaurant

211 Broadway St, King City, CA 93930-2830 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 831-385-4606
Excellent
35%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Guadalajara Restaurant

Reviewed By FuzzyMelon - Monterey, CA

We have been using this establishment during our motorcycle day trips, for going on 15+ years now. It is sometimes the only reason we plan to go out.
Now, I cannot speak for the menu in its entirety but there is something that I can endorse with complete confidence.

We go for one thing and one thing only - Camarones a la Diabla.

This is a dish that is served so many different ways in so many different places but make no mistake: We believe that it is the best version we have tasted to date anywhere. The balance between flavor and heat has consistently been to perfection. Add that I believe that they own the tortilla factory next store and it really doesn't get much fresher than this.
So there, you have our little secret now. It's up to you how you choose to use this information but as for me....we're setting up day ride tomorrow and our plan (as always) will include our favorite lunch stop. I cannot wait, hope to see you there.

8. Lawrence's Restaurant

611 Canal St, King City, CA 93930-3503 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 831-386-0920
Excellent
28%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 78 reviews

Lawrence's Restaurant

Reviewed By j3ffr3y111 - Middlebury, Vermont

I wish this place were in my home town. The place looks a bit sketchy from the outside but don't be fooled. The service is amazing and the food is spectacular. I got the California omelette with home fries. Often restaurants mess up potatoes like this but here they are exceptional. The biscuit on the side is great! Coffee and tea service is quick and regular without asking! I went here several time while on duty at Fort Hunter Liggett. Enjoy!

9. Vietnam Restaurant

721 Broadway St, King City, CA 93930-3302 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Vietnamese Lunch, Dinner +1 831-386-9256
Excellent
38%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Vietnam Restaurant

Reviewed By Larry A - Jackson, California, United States

I've been traveling to King City for several years now and mostly eat at one great Mexican restaurant but when I'm there, it's usually with a large gathering of friends. With this group, there's too many and it's getting too loud so when I saw Vietnam Restaurant I figured it was worth checking out. My group there is 3-4 friends and it's much quieter. However, that's not the main reason for dining there, it's the fresh food! Mostly, we have one of the noodle dishes but equally as good is their lemon grass chicken! The spring rolls are also very tasty. With drink, one can eat well here for less than $10. A great bargain for lunch or dinner!

10. El Taco Bravo Restaurant

550 Canal St, Ste C, King City, CA 93930-3455 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Mexican Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 831-385-6745
Excellent
60%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

El Taco Bravo Restaurant

Reviewed By Trankj - Normandy, Tennessee

Taco Bravo provides a broad spectrum of menu choices at market prices. Location was easily accessible, large windows on the street provided good visibility, and the service was speedy and responsive. The food was typical Spanish with a broad selection, cooked well, and served hot. A good buy for Spanish food!

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