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Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Food and Drink

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Best Late-Night Eatery

BEST FOOD OpenLate SaturnSATURN CAFÉ

1. Saturn Café is a certified green business, and uses biodegradable products for to-go orders.

2. The longtime local fave opened on Mission Street in 1979. It then moved to a bigger location across the street, which was destroyed in a fire on New Year’s Eve in 1999, before moving to its current home downtown.

3. All menu items are vegetarian, and there are also vegan and gluten-free options. Most of the ingredients used at Saturn Café are organic and come from local farms.

4. The best-selling items on the menu are the nacho fries and the milkshakes.

5. Saturn’s chefs use trans-fat free oil for cooking and all of their meatless burgers are cholesterol free. | AMANDA EDWARDS



Best Indian Cuisine – Aptos

BEST FOOD IndianAMBROSIA INDIA BISTRO

1. Need a heat check? Manager Ray Rodrigues expertly guides diners through what’s hot and what’s not.

2. The lunch buffet at $9.95 boasts nine aromatic choices, including salad and bread.

3. Instead of naan, diners can request wheat-free papadum—a tasty, crisp lentil cracker that’s great for dipping into stew-like dishes.

4. Their Indian rice pudding dessert, kheer, is complimentary with the buffet lunch.

5. Ambrosia has two sister restaurants in Monterey, on Abrego Street or Cannery Row. | JUNE SMITH        


Best BBQ – Aptos 

BEST FOOD BBQ AptosAPTOS ST. BBQ

1. Open every day from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., specializing in pork, beef and bison ribs with yummy sides.

2. Owner Larry Ingram’s family recipes include sauces, rubs and raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing. Salads can be ordered with entrée meats served on top.

3. There is live music every night from 6 – 8 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 1 – 3 p.m.

4. The brew menu consists of California beers only, some made locally.

5. Tuesdays there are bargain prices for tap beers—and you can keep the glass. | JUNE SMITH

 

 

Best Cheap Eats

BEST FOOD CheapEats CharlieCHARLIE HONG KONG

1. Charlie Hong Kong was opened in 1998 by Charlie Deal, who was also a partner in Oswald. It has been owned by Carolyn and Darryl “Rudy” Rudolph, since 2000.

2. The menu at Charlie Hong Kong is inspired by the savory flavors of Southeast Asia.  

3. The Rudolphs have carried on Deal’s original concept of combining a street-food menu with high-quality, sustainably produced ingredients, at affordable prices.

4. The best-selling item on the menu is the Spicy Dan’s Peanut Delight—eggless wheat noodles and an organic veggie medley in a spicy organic coconut peanut sauce, with organic peanuts, cilantro, bean sprouts, carrots, and scallions.

5. Charlie Hong Kong also does catering orders. | AMANDA EDWARDS



Best Bread

BEST FOOD Bread CompanionCOMPANION BAKERY

1. The bread recipes come from inspiration at Companion Bakery, but also from trial and error. The buckwheat scone, for instance, was an experiment that has become a customer favorite.

2. Breadmaking is a collective effort at Companion, and the bakers are divided into teams: pastry team, bread team, and bread manager who creates new recipes. The bread manager is Erin Lampel, who started the business in 2005.

3. There are 18 different kinds of bread, all baked on a daily basis.

4. The best-selling breads are rosemary walnut sourdough, 100 percent whole wheat, and the “local loaf.”

5. Companion uses a four-deck steam injection oven for baking. | AMANDA EDWARDS

 

Best Donut

BEST FOOD DonutFERRELL’S DONUTS

1. Ferrell’s has been open for more than 50 years.

2. Donuts are made in-store twice a day.

3. Their best-selling donut is still the original glazed donut.

4. Most people probably wouldn’t expect that their busiest times are Friday and Saturday nights, but it’s true.

5. National Doughnut Day, Friday June 5, is their busiest day of the year. | AMANDA EDWARDS


Best Breakfast – Capitola

BEST FOOD Breakfast GaylesGAYLE’S BAKERY & ROSTICCERIA

1. Now in their 37th year, Gayle’s makes 500 breakfast pastries, 700 sandwiches, 200 dinners and 100 cakes on an average Saturday.

2. The staff uses 6,000 pounds of butter and 65,000 eggs every month.

3. Their most popular sweet pastries are cinnamon rolls, bear claws and Morning Glory muffins.

4. Gayle’s has taken out 35 building permits, and three huge ovens are being replaced. A remodel is coming soon.

5. For Gayle’s on the Run, go to the express counter near the back of the shop. | JUNE SMITH


Best Burrito – Aptos/Soquel

BEST FOOD Burrito GordosLOS GORDOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT

1. Their selection of bean, regular, super, jumbo and breakfast burritos range in price from $4.95 to $8.25.

2. Meat options include carne asada (beef steak), carnitas ( shredded pork), pollo (boiled chicken), pollo asada (grilled chicken), al pastor (bbq pork) and chile verde (green chile pork).

3. Aptos business owner Frank Horath is partial to the grilled chicken burrito. His testimonial: “The wrap is soft and not too thick, but holds a large amount of moist and chunky chicken. Beans are seasoned just right and the rice is chewy yet fluffy. Dried chile de arbol peppers in the filling give a perfect zip of flavor.”

4. Many customers start the day with the popular chorizo and egg burrito.

5. Glossary help for gringos: Lengua is beef tongue, buche is pork stomach and tripitas is pork intestine. | JUNE SMITH

Best Chinese

BEST FOOD Chinese OmeiO’MEI

1. O’mei has been serving serves authentic Chinese cuisine since 1979.

2. The long-running customer favorite on the menu is the red oil dumplings.

3. For dessert, however, the most popular item is the banana ice cream.

4. Their unusual pre-appetizer, small-dishes menu includes sesame candied cashews, seaweed salad, spicy sliced vegetarian sausage and more.

5. For take-out, most customers order from the express menu, which includes noodle bowls, sautés and chow mein. | AMANDA EDWARDS


Best Bakery

BEST FOOD Bakery ButteryTHE BUTTERY

1. Popular cakes at the Buttery include black forest, hazelnut chocolate, and “gift box cake”–layers of frosted chiffon filled with chocolate or raspberry mousse decorated with a bow.

2. The Buttery’s bread is delivered fresh every day by sister bakery Golden Sheaf; options include sourdough, ciabatta, German rye and focaccia, plus a variety of rolls and buns.

3. Their Corner Café menu is designed around what’s available locally from partners like Glaum Egg Ranch, Happy Boy produce and Swanton Berry Farm.

4. Each Thursday sees two new weekly entrees offered, priced from $6.50 to $9.50.

5. Haystack cookies are actually the same as coconut macaroon cookies, but with dates and walnuts. | JUNE SMITH

Best Coffee House (Independent)

BEST FOOD VerveVERVE COFFEE ROASTERS

1. Verve is part-coffee house, part-lab. Roasters at Verve work with a 1965 German-made Probat UG 15 roaster, and run sample roasts through several cupping sessions.

2. There are seven different coffee blends and four different espresso blends.

3. There are three Verve locations in Santa Cruz: Eastside, downtown and Seabright.

4. Apparel, brew kits, coffee beans, filters, and more are sold in store as well as online.

5. Buena Vista and French Roast are their darkest roasts. | AMANDA EDWARDS

 

 

Acai Bowl

CAFÉ BRASIL

1410 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 429-1855, cafebrasil.us

RUNNERS-UP Samba Rock Acai Cafe, Amazon Juice  

Appetizers

HULA’S ISLAND GRILL

221 Cathcart St., Santa Cruz, 426-4852, hulastiki.com

RUNNERS-UP Crow’s Nest, 515 Kitchen & Cocktails 

Bagel

BAGELRY

320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 429-8049; 1636 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-8550; 4763 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 462-9888, bagelrysantacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Main Street Bagels, Bagel Cafe & Bakery

Bakery

THE BUTTERY

702 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 458-3020, butterybakery.com

RUNNERS-UP Gayle’s Bakery, Kelly’s French Bakery

Barbecue

APTOS STREET BBQ

8059 Aptos St., Aptos, 662-1721, aptosstbbq.com

RUNNERS-UP Mission St. BBQ, Cole’s BBQ & Catering

Bar Food

515 KITCHEN & COCKTAILS

515 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 425-5051, 515santacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP West End Tap Kitchen, Crow’s Nest  

Bread

COMPANION BAKESHOP

2341 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 252-2253, campanionbakeshop.com

RUNNERS-UP Gayle’s Bakery, Kelly’s French Bakery

Breakfast – Santa Cruz

ZACHARY’S

819 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 427-0646, zacharyssantacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Walnut Avenue Café, Harbor Café  

Aptos / Soquel

RED APPLE CAFÉ

783 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos, 685-1224, redappleaptos.com

RUNNERS-UP Silver Spur, Sunrise Café

Capitola

GAYLE’S BAKERY

504 Bay Ave., Capitola, 462-1200, gaylesbakery.com

RUNNERS-UP Cliff Café, Cook House   

Scotts Valley / San Lorenzo Valley

AUNTIE MAME’S

3103 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, 438-1840

RUNNERS-UP Molly’s Café, Rocky’s Café  

Watsonville

RED APPLE CAFÉ

589 Auto Center Drive, Watsonville, 761-9551

RUNNERS-UP Cowboy’s Corner Café, Beach Street Café    

Brunch

HARBOR CAFÉ

535 7th Ave., Santa Cruz, 475-4948, harborcafesantacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Chaminade, 515 Kitchen & Cocktails

Burger

Santa Cruz

BETTY BURGERS

505 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8190, bettyburgers.com

RUNNERS-UP burger., Jack’s Burger  

Aptos/Soquel

BURGER.  

7941 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 662-2811, burgeraptos.com

RUNNERS-UP Carpo’s, The Hideout  

Capitola

BETTY BURGERS

1000 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 475-5901, bettyburgers.com

RUNNERS-UP Paradise Beach Grill, Carpo’s 

Scotts Valley / San Lorenzo Valley

MALONE’S GRILL

4402 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, 438-2244, malonesgrille.com  

RUNNERS-UP Trout Farm Inn, Cowboy Bar & Grill

Watsonville

WOODEN NICKEL

1819 Freedom Blvd., Freedom, 724-2600

RUNNERS-UP Cowboy Corner Cafe, Carmona’s   

Burrito

Santa Cruz

TACOS MORENO

1053 Water St., Santa Cruz, 429-6095

RUNNERS-UP Taqueria Vallarta, Planet Fresh Gourmet Burritos

Aptos/Soquel

TAQUERIA LOS GORDOS

7488 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 688-0911, taquerialosgordos.com

RUNNERS-UP El Chipotle, Sofia’s Taqueria 

Capitola

TACOS MORENO

1601 41st Ave.,Capitola, 464-8810

RUNNERS-UP Taqueria Vallarta, Chill Out Cafe 

Scotts Valley / San Lorenzo Valley

LOS GALLOS TAQUERIA

18 Victor Square, Ste. A, Scotts Valley, 439-9803

RUNNERS-UP Taqueria Vallarta, Maya Taqueria 

Watsonville

EL FRIJOLITO

11 Alexander St., Watsonville, 724-8823

RUNNERS-UP Super Taqueria, Cilantro’s Parrilla y Cantina 

Calamari

CROW’S NEST

2218 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 476-4560, crowsnest-santacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP West End Tap & Kitchen, Riva Fish House

Caterer

BARBARA & COMPANY

2431 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-6051, barbara-company.com   

RUNNERS-UP India Joze, Feast for a King   

Cheap Eats

CHARLIE HONG KONG

1141 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-5664, charliehongkong.com

RUNNERS-UP Taqueria Vallarta, El Palomar Taqueria  

Cheese Selection

NEW LEAF COMMUNITY MARKETS

1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-1306

1134 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-1793

1210 41st Ave., Capitola, 479-7987

RUNNERS-UP Shopper’s Corner, Deluxe Foods

Chinese

O’MEI

2316 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 425-8458, omeichow.com

RUNNERS-UP Canton, Little Shanghai  

Chocolatier

DONNELLY’S CHOCOLATES

1509 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 458-4214, donnellychocolates.com

RUNNERS-UP Mackenzie’s Chocolates, Chocolate  

Clam Chowder

STAGNARO BROTHERS

59 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, 423-2180, stagnarobros.com

RUNNERS-UP Riva Fish House, Crow’s Nest  

Coffeehouse (Independent)

VERVE COFFEE ROASTERS

1540 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 600-7784

816 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 475-7776

104 Bronson St., Santa Cruz, 464-8141

vervecoffeeroasters.com  

RUNNERS-UP Lulu Carpenter’s, Coffeetopia  

Cookies

PACIFIC COOKIE COMPANY

1203 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-6905, pacificcookie.com  

RUNNERS-UP The Buttery, Gayle’s Bakery 

Cupcakes

BUTTERCUP CAKES & FARMHOUSE FROSTING

109 Locust St., Santa Cruz, 466-0373, farmhousefrosting.com

RUNNERS-UP Cutesy Cupcakes, The Buttery  

Date Night Restaurant

Santa Cruz

LAILI  

101 Cooper St., Santa Cruz, 423-4545, lailirestaurant.com

RUNNERS-UP Oswald, Crow’s Nest  

Aptos/Soquel

BITTERSWEET BISTRO

787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos, 662-9799, bittersweetbistro.com

RUNNERS-UP Café Cruz, Café Sparrow  

Capitola

SHADOWBROOK

1750 Wharf Road, Capitola, 475-1511  

RUNNERS-UP Paradise Beach Grill, Geisha Japanese Restaurant and Tea House  

Scotts Valley / San Lorenzo Valley

CREMER HOUSE

6256 Hwy. 9, Felton, 335-3976, thecremerhouse.com

RUNNERS-UP Casa Nostra, Scopazzi’s 

Watsonville

CILANTROS

1934 Main St., Watsonville, 761-2161, cilantroswatsonville.com

RUNNERS-UP Jalisco’s, Fish House Bar & Grill

Deli

ZOCCOLI’S DELI

1534 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-1711, zoccolis.com  

RUNNERS-UP Garden Deli, Erik’s DeliCafe

Desserts

THE BUTTERY

702 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 458-3020, butterybakery.com

RUNNERS-UP Gayle’s Bakery, Chocolate  

Donut

FERRELL’S DONUTS

2227 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 457-2760

RUNNERS-UP Allbright’s Donuts, Top Donuts

Falafel

FALAFEL HOUSE

113 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 459-9770, falafelhousesantacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Falafel of Santa Cruz, Zameen  

French Fries

BETTY BURGERS

1000 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 475-5901

505 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8190

1222 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 600-7056

RUNNERS-UP 515 Kitchen & Cocktails, burger.  

Frozen Yogurt

YOGURTLAND

1955 41st Ave., Ste. A4, Capitola, 462-3100

2117 Mission St., Santa Cruz, yogurt-land.com

RUNNERS-UP Top-A-Lot Yogurt, Leyla World Frozen Yogurt

Greek

VASILI’S GREEK RESTAURANT

1501A Mission St., Santa Cruz, 458-9808, vasilisgreekrestaurant.com

RUNNERS-UP Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine, Laili  

Hawaiian Cuisine

PONO HAWAIIAN GRILL

120 Union St., Santa Cruz, 426-7666, ponohawaiiangrill.com

RUNNERS-UP Hula’s Island Grill, Aloha Island Grille  

Hot Dog

GARY’S SNAPPY DOGS

930 Almar Ave., Santa Cruz, 295-3610

RUNNERS-UP Taylor Bros Hot Dogs, Lucy’s Hot Dogs  

Ice Cream

PENNY ICE CREAMERY

913 Cedar St., Santa Cruz

820 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 204-2523, thepennyicecreamery.com

RUNNERS-UP Marianne’s, Mission Hill  

Indian Cuisine

AMBROSIA INDIA BISTRO

207 Sea Ridge Road, Aptos, 685-0610, ambrosiaib.com

RUNNERS-UP Sitar Indian Cuisine, Maharaja  

Italian Cuisine

LILLIAN’S ITALIAN KITCHEN

1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, 425-2288, lilliansitaliankitchen.com

RUNNERS-UP Ristorante Avanti, Ristorante Italiano  

Juice Bar / Smoothies

NEW LEAF COMMUNITY MARKETS

1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-1306

1134 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-1793

1210 41st Ave., Capitola, 479-7987

RUNNERS-UP Amazon Juices, Cafe Brasil  

Kid-friendly Eatery

CARPO’S

2400 Porter St., Soquel, 476-6260, carposrestaurant.com

RUNNERS-UP Kianti’s Pizza & Pasta Bar, Betty Burgers  

Late-night Eatery

SATURN CAFÉ

145 Laurel St., Santa Cruz, 429-8505, saturncafe.com  

RUNNERS-UP Crepe Place, Santa Cruz Diner  

Mediterranean Cuisine

ZAMEEN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

7528 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 688-4465, zameencuisine.com

RUNNERS-UP Laili, Vasili’s Greek Restaurant 

Mexican Cuisine

Santa Cruz

EL PALOMAR

1336 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-7575, elpalomarsantacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP El Jardin, Casa Rosita’s  

Aptos / Soquel

MANUEL’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

261 Center Ave., Aptos, 688-4848, manuelsrestaurant.com

RUNNERS-UP Tortilla Flats, Palapas Restaurant y Cantina 

Capitola

EL TORO BRAVO

123 Monterey Ave., Capitola, 480-7544  

RUNNERS-UP Margaritaville  

Scotts Valley / San Lorenzo Valley

MAYA TAQUERIA

3115 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, 438-7004

RUNNERS-UP Los Gallos, Cafe Carlos

Watsonville

CILANTROS

1934 Main St., Watsonville, 761-2161, elpalomarcilantros.com

RUNNERS-UP Jalisco’s, El Frijolito

Middle Eastern

LAILI  

101 Cooper St., Santa Cruz, 423-4545, lailirestaurant.com

RUNNERS-UP Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine, Malabar

New Restaurant

ASSEMBLY

1108 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 824-6100, assembleforfood.com

RUNNERS-UP Cremer House, The Hideout  

Patio Dining

Santa Cruz

LAILI 

101 Cooper St., Santa Cruz, 423-4545, lailirestaurant.com

RUNNERS-UP Crow’s Nest, Crepe Place  

Aptos / Soquel

BITTERSWEET BISTRO

787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos, 662-9799, bittersweetbistro.com

RUNNERS-UP Michael’s on Main, Café Cruz  

Capitola

PARADISE BEACH GRILLE

215 Esplanade, Capitola, 476-4900, paradisebeachgrille.com

RUNNERS-UP Shadowbrook, Zelda’s  

Scotts Valley / San Lorenzo Valley

CREMER HOUSE

6256 Hwy. 9, Felton, 335-3976, thecremerhouse.com

RUNNERS-UP Malone’s Grill, Jia Tella’s  

Watsonville

CAFÉ ELLA

734 E Lake Ave., Watsonville, 722-0480, cafe-ella.com

RUNNERS-UP Cilantros, Jalisco’s

Pizza

Santa Cruz       

PIZZA MY HEART

1116 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-2511, pizzamyheart.com

RUNNERS-UP Woodstock Pizza, Engfer Pizza Works 

Capitola

PIZZA MY HEART

209 Esplanade, Capitola, 475-5714, pizzamyheart.com

RUNNERS-UP Pleasure Pizza, Village Host  

Scotts Valley / San Lorenzo Valley

REDWOOD PIZZERIA

6205 Hwy. 9, Felton, 335-1500, redwoodpizza.com

RUNNERS-UP Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub, Wood Fire Woodie

Watsonville

CASSIDY’S PIZZA

1400 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, 724-2271, cassidyspizza.net

RUNNERS-UP Big J’s Pizza, Hugo’s Pizzeria 

Restaurant

Santa Cruz

OSWALD

121 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-7427, oswaldrestaurant.com   

RUNNERS-UP Assembly, Laili   

Aptos/Soquel

CAFÉ CRUZ

2621 41st Ave., Soquel, 476-3801, cafecruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Café Sparrow, Bittersweet Bistro  

Capitola

SHADOWBROOK

1750 Wharf Road, Capitola, 475-1511

RUNNERS-UP Paradise Beach Grill, Suda   

Scotts Valley / San Lorenzo Valley

CREMER HOUSE

6256 Hwy. 9, Felton, 335-3976, thecremerhouse.com

RUNNERS-UP Trout Farm Inn, Casa Nostra

Watsonville

CILANTROS

1934 Main St., Watsonville,  761-2161, cilantroswatsonville.com

RUNNERS-UP California Grill, Jalisco’s

Salad

CROW’S NEST

2218 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 476-4560, crowsnest-santacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Dharma’s, Café Cruz  

Seafood

Santa Cruz       

STAGNARO BROS.

59 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, 423-2180, stagnarobros.com

RUNNERS-UP Riva Fish House, Crow’s Nest

Aptos/Soquel

CAFÉ RIO

131 Esplanade, Aptos, 688-8917, caferioaptos.com

RUNNERS-UP Café Cruz, Palapas

Capitola

PARADISE BEACH GRILL

215 Esplanade, Capitola, 476-4900, paradisebeachgrille.com

RUNNERS-UP Shadowbrook, Zelda’s

Scotts Valley / San Lorenzo Valley

OTORO

235 Mt. Hermon Road, #G, Scotts Valley, 440-9040

RUNNERS-UP Rumble Fish, Trout Farm Inn

Watsonville

FISH HOUSE BAR & GRILL

972 Main St., Watsonville, 728-3333, fishhousewatsonville.com

RUNNERS-UP California Grill, La Perla del Pacifico

Small Plates

SOIF

105 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-2020, soifwine.com

RUNNERS-UP 515 Kitchen & Cocktails, Lúpulo Craft Beer House

Soup

ERIK’S DELI CAFE

1475 41st Ave., Capitola, 475-4646

1664 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, 462-1919

155 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-5353

RUNNERS-UP Dharma’s, Crow’s Nest

Steak

HINDQUARTER BAR & GRILL

303 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-7770, thehindquarter.com

RUNNERS-UP Café Cruz, Shadowbrook

Sushi/Japanese

Santa Cruz

MOBO

105 River St., Santa Cruz, 425-1700, mobosushirestaurant.com

RUNNERS-UP Akira, Shogun  

Aptos/Soquel

KAUBOI JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI

8017 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 661-0449, kauboigrillandsushi.com

RUNNER-UP Sushi on the Run

Capitola

SUSHI GARDEN

820 Bay Ave., #148, Capitola, 464-9192, sushi-garden.com

RUNNERS-UP Takara, Geisha Japanese Restaurant and Tea House

Scotts Valley / San Lorenzo Valley

OTORO       

235 Mt. Hermon Road, #G, Scotts Valley, 440-9040

RUNNERS-UP Rumble Fish, Yamamori  

Watsonville

IMURA

1994 Main St., Watsonville, 761-8799, imurasushi.com

RUNNERS-UP Miyuki, Sushi Garden

Taqueria

Santa Cruz       

TAQUERIA VALLARTA

1101 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 471-2655, taqueriavallartaonline.com

RUNNERS-UP Tacos Moreno, Santa Cruz Taqueria

Capitola

TAQUERIA VALLARTA

893 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 464-7022, taqueriavallartaonline.com

RUNNERS-UP Tacos Moreno, Taqueria Tepeque

Scotts Valley / San Lorenzo Valley

TAQUERIA VALLARTA

6272 State Rte. 9, Felton, 335-4264, taqueriavallartaonline.com

RUNNERS-UP Los Gallos, Salsa’s

Watsonville

EL FRIJOLITO

11 Alexander St., Watsonville, 724-8823

RUNNERS-UP Super Taqueria, Taqueria Mi Tierra

Tea House

HIDDEN PEAK

1541 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-4200, hiddenpeakteahouse.com

RUNNERS-UP Quail & Thistle, Geisha Japanese Restaurant and Tea House

Thai Cuisine

SABIENG

1218 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, 425-1020, sabiengthai.com

RUNNERS-UP Sawasdee, Star of Siam

Vegetarian

DHARMA’S

4250 Capitola Road, Capitola, 462-1717, dharmasrestaurant.com

RUNNERS-UP Café Gratitude, Saturn Café

Winery

BARGETTO

3535 N. Main St., Soquel, 475-2258, bargetto.com

RUNNERS-UP Alfaro, Storrs   

Wine List

SOIF

105 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-2020, soifwine.com

RUNNERS-UP Shadowbrook, Cava Wine Bar

Wine Shop

SOIF

105 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-2020, soifwine.com

RUNNERS-UP Shoppers Corner, VinoCruz

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