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Santa Cruz restaurants?

stillnotdon Sep 14, 2013 06:31 PM

Hope this is the right board. Nothing much on Chowhound about Santa Cruz. We'll be there for 2 days and eat anything--Anyone have any recommendations? Thanks!

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    syrahgirl RE: stillnotdon Sep 18, 2013 11:11 AM

    Aquarius @ The Dream Inn is good. We also enjoyed Hoffman's Bistro downtown. A short drive to Capitola is The Shadowbrook Inn which has excellent food and ambiance. :)

    1. RWCFoodie RE: stillnotdon Sep 20, 2013 05:28 PM

      Hi stillnotdon - did you look at this thread?


      Oswald is mentioned. Take a look at their website/menu:


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        bouncepass RE: stillnotdon Sep 21, 2013 04:00 PM

        Things in Santa Cruz don't change all that quickly other than a plethora of new pizza places that have opened over the last year or so. Here's my up-to-date list of preferred places:

        La Posta: Italian. Most consistently excellent restaurant in the area. Rarely a misstep. The wine list is all Italian in case that matters.

        Soif: Some people claim it's expensive but for the quality, I think it's better value than Oswald. You can go entirely with small plates or there are entree sized plates as well. Amazing by-the-glass wine list, and all bottles from the shop are also available.

        Bantam: wood-fired oven pizza on the Westside, along salads, pastas, etc. Crust has good chew and slight crispiness.

        Oswald: I really like their burger, which is on the bar menu but you can order it in the restaurant proper as well. Excellent cocktails.

        Other restaurants worth considering: Gabriella Cafe; Aptos St. BBQ; Sid's Smokehouse; Pizzeria Avanti; Ristorante Avanti; Laili Restaurant.

        I don't think there are any destination-worthy Mexican places in town (on the level of the much-lamented Tepa Sahuayo) assuming one is coming from elsewhere in California. If one comes from a Mexican-deprived location, then Taqueria La Cabana or Taqueria Los Pericos are my preferred spots.

        Other highly-recommended edibles: Verve (world class coffee); The Buttery (outstanding bakery); The Penny Creamery (ice cream); Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (world class beer - limited hours, so check carefully); burger (two locations, Westside and Aptos; the food is average but the Belgian and American craft beer selection is outstanding); 99 Bottles (excellent beer selection downtown, mostly American craft beer).

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          RWCFoodie RE: bouncepass Sep 21, 2013 07:33 PM

          Thanks bouncepass; appreciate the update. Always good to hear about places old and new that offer good eats in and around Santa Cruz...

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          stillnotdon RE: stillnotdon Sep 25, 2013 02:23 PM

          Thank you to everyone who replied! We visited Santa Cruz on a Sunday and Monday. On Sunday we ate at Ristorante Avanti which was wonderful and able to accommodate my husband's dietary issues while providing ME with an absolutely delicious-no restrictions whatsoever-meal. Monday it turned out Osvalds was closed, but because of those issues, we ate at Surfrider where I had a very good burger and a delicious brownie with a scoop of Marianne's ice cream which almost made up for Penny Creamery being closed on Monday, (Later found out there is a kiosk on Pacific we could have gone to....oh well.) We got a great cup of coffee at Verve and a cupcake from Buttercream. And, BTW, we stayed at Adobe on Green Street which is a wonderful B&B. Thanks again!!!!

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            RWCFoodie RE: stillnotdon Sep 26, 2013 09:51 AM

            stillnotdon, thanks for reporting back - that's what makes Chowhound work...

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