My wife aren't familiar with Monterey, so we checked out the Loose Noodle because it was in this discount guidebook we had. We were drawn in partly by their advertisement that all meals come with Ciabatta bread.\r
We go in and were impressed by the decor - it seemed fancy with good tablecloths and nice wine glasses atop each table.\r
We look at the menu and again it says that all meals come with Ciabatta bread. But when the waiter served us bread, it wasn't Ciabatta bread. Rather, it was some sort of cheap french bread. Now what was weird is that some other patrons had the good Ciabatta bread. \r
As I looked around, my wife and I realized that there was a pattern here - if you looked like you were wealthy (well-dressed, business people, etc.) then you got the good bread. If you looked like us (casual, touristy, etc.) you got the bad bread.\r
We tested our theory with three new patrons and it worked. The couple with the child who dressed like they shop at Ross - bad bread. The fifty-somethings who came in with a swagger - good bread. The young professionals on their lunch break - good bread.\r
In addition, the power shut off three times, and the server got our order wrong. These other things would have been ok had we not felt judged because of the way we looked.
Pros: Nice initial decor; close to the action in Downtown Monterey
Cons: poor food, poor service