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Aptos Farmers Market
Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Saturday year-round, 8am-noon. 831.728.5060 or

Photo Dharma's
A family trip to this vegetarian haven is like Mom's home cooking, only better. 4250 Capitola Road, Capitola. 831.462.1717. 8am-9pm daily. $4-$15.

Photo Sestri
Continues to live up to its reputation. 655 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz. 831.479.0200. Daily 5pm-close. $5-$28.

Photo 7-Eleven
Sushi, peach cobbler lattes and other adventures in fine dining are all waiting at the 7-Eleven. 602 Laurel St., Santa Cruz. Open 24 hours. Rating: 7 out of 11.

Photo The Buttery
Expanding to meet demand. 702 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 831.458.3020. 7am-6pm daily. $3-$7.

Photo La Perla del Pacifico
The place for south-of-the-border flavors in South County. 458 Main St., Watsonville, 831.724.0993. 10am-9pm Mon-Sat; 9am-9pm Sun. $3-$15.

Photo Central Coast Pie
The quest for the best pie on the Central Coast. Duarte's Tavern, 202 Stage Road, Pescadero; 650.879.0464. Sweet Elena's, 465D Olympia Ave., Sand City, 831.393.2063. Carpo's Restaurant, 2400 Porter St., Soquel, and 2018 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 831.476.6260; 831.427.1800.

Photo Vida Lounge & Grill
Certain to become downtown's newest hot spot. 1222 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. 831.425.7871. Dinner 5-11pm daily. $6.25-$21.95.

Photo Caruso's
Italian. A taste of Tuscany in Capitola Village. 115 San Jose Ave., Capitola. 831.465.9040. 5-9pm Tue-Sun. $6-$22.

Naka Sushi
Japanese. 851 41st Ave., Capitola. 831.479.9620. 5-9pm Tue-Thu, 5-9:30pm Fri-Sat, 5-8pm Sun. $5-$25.

E3 Playhouse
Various. 435 Front St., Santa Cruz. 831.466.9033. 5pm-close Mon, 11am-close Tue-Sun. $2-$8.

Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill
Grill. 490 Highway 1, Davenport. 831.423.9803. 6:30am-7pm, daily. $4-$10.

The Falafel House
Middle Eastern. A downtown favorite with a Middle Eastern flare. 113 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz; 831.459.9770; 11am-9pm Sun-Thu, 11am-10pm Fri-Sat.

Photo Sash Mill Café
Cafe. Recent ownership change brings new life to an old Santa Cruz favorite. 303 Portrero, Santa Cruz; 831.457.9222; 7:30am-3pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Sat-Sun.

Photo Soif
Gourmet. Bite-size plates for the gourmet appetite. 105 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz; 831.423.2020; 5-11pm Mon-Fri, 3-11pm Sat, 4-10pm Sun; $3-$19.

Photo Cafe Limelight
Cafe. An easy-to-navigate menu with simple yet creative sandwiches. 1016 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. Tuesday-Friday, 11:30am-3pm and 5pm-10pm; Saturday, 12pm-10pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 831.425.7873.

Photo La Hacienda
Mexican. Boardwalk tourists and locals both flock to this casual restaurant for good Mexican food with an ocean view. 303 Beach St., Santa Cruz. 11am-7pm. 831.427.2200.

Photo Beach Street Cafe
Cafe. Casual atmosphere and surprisingly good cooking are on the menu at this Watsonville institution. 6am to "after lunch" Wed-Sun . 435 W. Beach St., Watsonville, 831.761.0544.

Photo Cowboy Bar and Grill
Grill. Buffalo burgers, yam cakes and the obligatory Sloppy Jed win over the greenhorns in Felton. 11am-9pm Wed-Mon, 9am-9pm Sun. 6155 Highway 9, Felton, 831.335.2330.

Photo Seascape Foods
Deli fare hits the spot at Aptos market. 8am-8pm daily. 16B Seascape Village, Aptos, CA, 831.685.3134.


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