The Central Coast town of Carmel-by-the-Sea boasts of having more restaurants in one square mile than any other small U.S. city. Indeed that square mile holds 50 eateries, including the one-Michelin-star Aubergine. Although that particularly award-winning restaurant isn't part of the festivities, you can still enjoy the rich culinary opportunities during the town’s first Carmel-by-the-Sea Culinary Week (Jan. 19–26), with immersive food experiences, special prix fixe menus, and fun events. Given the "Art of the Plate" theme, local chefs and restaurateurs will be asked to add extra visual flair to their offerings. Plenty of eateries are visual feasts already: Little Napoli, one of Carmel's oldest restaurants, was modeled to look like the founder’s grandparents' living room in Napoli, with photos, pictures, and Italian memorabilia on the walls.