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Feb 18, 2008 12:40 PM

Best organic restaurants in Santa Cruz??

Hi all,

I am planning a trip down to the Santa Cruz area from Berkeley this week, and am looking for good organic restaurants that are not solely vegetarian ... a place that uses fresh local organic veggies and organic/natural meats and serves great tasty food is what we're looking for. Thanks! -- Corey

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  1. I don't know SC all that well, except for a taco truck here and there.

    I do like Charlie Hong Kong a healthy fast food joint. They have organic veggies.

    The opposite price range Gabriella Cafe is a charming spot that has mostly sustainable local sources. I have not been here for a long time so I cannot say if it has held up or not.

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    1. re: Lori SF

      I'll have to disagree w/ you on Charlie Hong Kong. They do use organic veggies, but the food is just not that tasty, varied, or prepared w/ care IMO. They do have a local following and I like the concept and the fact that it's in my neighborhood, but it just doesn't work for me...

      Nice sit-down places doing the organic/local/natural thing:
      Ristorante Avanti on Mission in westside
      Soif in downtown
      La Posta on Seabright in eastside
      Gabriella Cafe on Cedar in downtown (I haven't been since new chef)