Santa Cruz still a dining waste land? [moved from San Francisco/Bay Area board
Any new, old, improved places to eat?
Spent a nice weekend in June in Santa Cruz and did some research here to find good eats. We ended up eating one dinner at Theo's Restaurant which I thought was over rated but my dining companions loved and had a surprising great meal at Palapas Restaurant in Aptos. There is a good post here somewhere on Santa Cruz restaurants and they included Gabriella Cafe, Cafe Sparrow, Bleu Spoon. We thoroughly enjoyed Cafe Brasil for brunch and I would eat there often if I lived in the area.
Asian Rose and Malabar, formerly in two locations, are now one location on Front Street. At lunch it's Asian Rose -- you order at the cash register, then either order take-out or have a seat and they bring your order to you.
I cannot recommend this enough as the best inexpensive lunch option in the city of SC. I haven't had one thing I didn't like, and the lunch specials range from $5.50-$7.00. Unbelievable deal for the delicious Sri Lankan food alone, and the restaurant is pretty and serene, with dark wood floors and tables, and billowing white fabric draped from the lofty ceiling rafters.