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JRSD Oct 12, 2011 10:38 AM

We will be headed to Santa Cruz this weekend and I am trying to plan meals that will include a two year old and a 90+ year old.

La Posta and Sand Dabs looked good on the food front, would either be appropriate for 5 people including the wide age range? Obviously looking to eat an early dinner. If not, any other suggestions?

Also, would it be OK to bring the 2 year old to Burger? Would definitely like to go somewhere with good craft beer so was considering Engfer's Pizza since Red and 515 do not seem too kid-friendly.

Thanks!

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La Posta
538 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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    Gail RE: JRSD Oct 12, 2011 12:55 PM

    www.aldos-cruz.com

    Don't know about the beer situation, but I think their outdoor deck would fit the other criteria.

    1. emglow101 RE: JRSD Oct 12, 2011 03:10 PM

      I think Burger is overated a little bit with way to many options for burgers. Seabright Brewery is a nice option to sit outside for lunch. You might want to check out the Hindquarter for some nice cocktails and dinner. Both are kid freindly

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      Seabright Brewery
      519 Seabright Ave Ste 107, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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        bulavinaka RE: emglow101 Oct 17, 2011 10:14 PM

        Second emglow101's recs (Hey emglow101 - hope Italy was great!). Burger does have kid-friendly items but it takes forever to wade through the menu that is kinda hard to take in. Great beer options on tap there.

        Seabright Brewery is a fun and lively place. The place to be is the patio. The beer is good and reasonably priced (I liked the oatmeal stout), friendly staff, and enough food options for most folks.

        I think La Posta would suit the OP's needs perfectly. Great food, they open early enough for an early dinner, and kids to seniors and everyone in between are welcome.

        Engfer's has very good pizza, salads, soups and lots of tapped and bottled beer choices. Looking for kid-friendly will lead you here as well.

        Another nice dining option would be Bonny Doon's Cellar Door over off Ingalis. Menu is well thought out, service is cordial, the dining room is interesting and casual, and the the wine flights are reasonably priced.

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        La Posta
        538 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

        Seabright Brewery
        519 Seabright Ave Ste 107, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

        Cellar Door
        328 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz, CA

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          emglow101 RE: bulavinaka Oct 18, 2011 09:25 AM

          Italy was fantastic. I have to go back. I am spoiled now.

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        bouncepass RE: JRSD Oct 15, 2011 01:15 AM

        La Posta is fine for a wide age range, especially if you go in early. I think Katherine is the best chef in Santa Cruz at the moment.

        A 2 yr old in burger will be just fine. Their beer list is outstanding (the online list seems to be very accurate). I agree the food veers more towards decent than excellent, but I still frequent the place. I would avoid their pizza. I don't find "too many options" for burgers to be a bad thing.

        I would suggest Cellar Door as well. An open floor plan so there's room for a stroller or whatnot and a very decent list of beer by the bottle (wine is of course only from Bonny Doon since it's nominally their tasting room). I think the food is excellent. They only have one pizza each day on the menu but I almost always end up getting one to share, as it's almost always very good. Not quite SF (Pizzeria Delfina, etc.) good, but only one notch below. A good place to share food. Not so good if one insists on their own plate.

        I don't actually think Engfer's beer selection is that interesting. The other places with good beer selection in Santa Cruz are 515 (not the most kid friendly, I agree), Red (even less so), and Parish Publick House (more pub than restaurant - food's decent by pub standards, beer selection has nice variety, is well thought-out and has a good beer-geek factor though not as extensive as burger). 99 Bottles is OK but their food's a notch below the Parish IMO.

        I personally don't find the beer at any of the local breweries (Seabright, SC Mountain) to be all that good, but YMMV.

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        La Posta
        538 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

        Cellar Door
        328 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz, CA

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          JRSD RE: JRSD Oct 18, 2011 08:57 PM

          Thanks for all the help.

          Turned out that we had much larger parties than I was told, so was scrambling for some meals, but managed to incorporate the suggestions. Aldo's was a hit as the add-ons love DDD. Thought the Fried Calamari and pesto marinated shrimp were excellent and everyone was happy w/ the salmon.

          Engfer's did not have a very exciting beer selection, but the pizza was good and I had the Santa Cruz Mountain People's Porter which was very nice. Good coffee flavor and went well with the pizza.

          La Posta was a borderline disaster. Buratta/tomato salad and salumi plate were hits and the pasta was very good but the service was awful and the kitchen was backed up so that the "15 minutes more, but really more like 10" wait for the entrees was almost 25 more. Not good with a 2 year old. Would love to give them another chance with a smaller group when it was less crowded and with a different waitress.

          Went to Buttery every morning for coffee and pastries and absolutely fell in love. The zucchini muffin was one of the best muffins I have ever had and the cookies were fantastic. Basically, everything I tried was at least very good and the iced coffee and iced americanos were a huge help in dealing with family!

          Was sorry we missed out on Burger, but when I called on Sunday they were saying it was a 25 minute wait for food and that they suspended pizza service since the kitchen was so backed up. Lots of respect to them for being honest about the conditions when I called so that we didn't get there and have the 2 year old melt down.

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          La Posta
          538 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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            bulavinaka RE: JRSD Oct 19, 2011 07:44 PM

            Sorry to hear your visit to La Posta was less than great. I think this was a real stand-out place when we visited in that the food and service were great.

            We also really like The Buttery. My only gripe is the separate ordering scheme for drinks. Other than that, I envy those who live in that neighborhood...

            Don't know how much you enjoy great coffee, but Verve deserves a mention for exceptional coffee. Those cool summer mornings in Santa Cruz were meant for a great cuppa joe. Verve really hits the spot.

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            Verve Coffee
            816 41st Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

            La Posta
            538 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

          2. mudaba RE: JRSD Oct 9, 2012 04:40 PM

            Was in Santa Cruz last weekend and ate over and over again at a little breakfast/sandwich place called The Picnic Basket on Beach Street. We were staying at the Dream Inn and this little joint had everything we were looking for. We loved their breakfast burritos, hot mixed cereal (with polenta and oats mixed together) topped with spiced nuts; sweet potato sandwich; frittata sandwich. It was all so good, and easy takeout if you want to go to the beach.

            We also ate at Soif on Saturday evening. Did what we normally do and got lots of appetizers: Roasted Thomas Farm Kabocha squash soup w/ sautéed apples, candied ginger & crème fraiche, Burrata on toast w/ Everett Family Farm heirloom tomatoes & arugula, Crispy pork belly & squid w/ heirloom tomatoes & fried Jimmy Nardello peppers and then the Gnocchi a la Niçoise w/ Everett Family Farm squash, cherry tomatoes, sautéed spinach & fromage blanc. Got half glasses of wine, which was nice. I wouldn't seek out Soif a second time but enjoyed it just fine this once.

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