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Salinas CA: Patria

An evening drive back to San Jose took me through the heart of Steinbeck country. Dinner in Salinas, Steinbeck's home, was a perfect way to cap off the experience. Patria is elegant and welcoming with tall ceilings and superb service. The menu features an interesting combination of Italian and German selections.
My meal started with soft, pillowy bread.
My squash soup was superb, creamy with a touch of heat.
My veal was creamy and hearty. The potatoes added a touch of carmelized goodness. The baby carrots were superb, as one would expect from this rich farm country.
My apple strudel was outstanding, flaky and with great fruit taste.

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