Woodys Library Restaurant

Old-town Carmel has grown up around Kevin Rider’s warm, bookish restaurant housed in a renovated Carnegie library (circa 1913). Though hearty pork chops and steaks headline the entrees, the menu—itself a bit of a tome—continues to evolve in surprisingly delicious ways. Most intriguing is the chapter on comfort food. Homemade potpies place a delicate puff pastry atop rich, well-seasoned stew with baby carrots, onions, and green beans.

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