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Dec 27, 2006 07:53 PM

Best breakfast in Santa Cruz?

Lived in SC many years ago, and vaguely remember Zachary's for breakfast, and Linda's in the Seabright area. Going back for New Year's weekend and would love some recommendations. East side, west side, doesn't matter, as long as it's not Aptos or another city. Great breakfast with lots of choices...

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    1. Zachary's is still here and as good as ever (my pick for best in the area). The Linda formerly of Linda's Seabreeze out on Seabright has for quite a few years run the Silver Spur on Soquel. Info here:

      It's also really good (but note that they're closed on Sundays).

      1. Even thought I live in Aptos, I am not taking offense to your comment about staying away from our little town. Depending on what you are looking for - Hoffmans on Pacific Ave has good Eggs Benedict - if it isn't raining you could try Aldo's at the Harbor. If you should ever venture into Aptos, we walk to the Pixie market at Rio Del Mar Beach for home made breakfast burritos and mimosas.

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        1. re: cindyinaptos

          cindy, will be staying in Aptos in April, any faves?

          1. re: toodie jane

            Aptos doesn't have too many choices for breakfast. The best place for a traditional breakfast is probably the Red Apple Cafe. For a "bakery cafe" experience, the Farm is the place to go.

            I see that Sanderlings has breakfast. Has anyone tried that?


        2. Thanks :) I love Aptos, but we're trying to stay close to our hotel which is near downtown SC as we have a lot of committments in that area while we are there. Thanks for the suggestions!

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          1. re: Clare K

            Hoffman's or Zachary's would be good since they're both in downtown. Here's my brunch report from Hoffman's and a link to their website:

            I tried Zachary's for breakfast for the first time about a month ago and enjoyed it. Had the corned beef and hash w/ eggs which was tasty enough. Hey ahclem, what do you like at Zachary's?

            1. re: Carb Lover

              My favorite is actually the archetypical basic breakfast of fresh orange juice, perfectly fried over-easy eggs, their fabulously flavorful bacon, great home-fries and either the wheat toast or, even better, the jalapeno cornbread. Simple but sublime.

              1. re: ahclem

                Any healthy places to eat (breakfast or lunch) in Santa Cruz? I'm sure there must be a ton...?

                1. re: Clare K

                  Brasil Cafe in Santa Cruz is excellent. We were in SC for 4 days this summer and ate bfast there daily! YUM!
                  You must try the acai bowl! Almost every table ordered it. It is blended acai fuit with granola. Delicious. There is a huge variety of bfast choices, healthy! I believe the owners are Brasilian. You must go there!

                  1. re: Displaced California Foodie

                    Yes, I like Cafe Brasil, and you remind me that I should go there before UC is back in session! Their fresh fruit juices are also a vibrant way to start the morning.


          2. About 10 miles north of SC is a small town called Davenport. The Davenport Cash Store makes the best huevos rancheros I've ever had.