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Jun 23, 2011 06:28 AM

Looking for Santa Cruz Restaurant for local food lover!

My sister Karen will be in Santa Cruz for a week. I want to send her to a restaurant that emphisizes local cuisine including wine and beer. She loves seafood and mexican but I am open to any and all suggestions. Casual places vs. high end would be appreciated. We don't care for overly formal or stuffy places. No dive joints though, it is her birthday afterall!! She is a great eater and loves to get the "feel" of a city through their cuisine. No chains or tourists traps please.She has a car so she can drive a bit if neccesary... Thanks!

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  1. Cafe Brasil for breakfast
    Tacos Moreno
    Manuel's in Aptos
    Cafe Gibraltar
    Bonny Doon Cellar Door Cafe & Vineyard
    Aquarius Restaurant in the Dream Inn

    Cafe Brasil
    1410 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    Tacos Moreno
    1053 Water St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

    1. I love the chicken enchiladas with mole sauce at Tortilla Flats just on the Soquel side of Santa Cruz - pretty little upscale Mexican restaurant with outstanding margritas:-)