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03.25.09

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Photograph by CURTIS CARTIER
Oh-Lu-Lu!: Lulu's wins Santa Cruz's java-lovin' heart.

Food & Drink

Readers Survey Results


Best Bagel

Bagelry
320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz. 831.429.8049
1636 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.425.8550
4763 Soquel Dr, Soquel. 831.462.9888

Noah's
1141 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.454.9555

Bagel Cafe & Bakery
1830 Main St, Watsonville. 831.722.3838

Best Bakery

The Buttery
702 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.458.3020

Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
504 Bay Ave, Capitola. 831.462.1200

Kelly's French Bakery
402 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz. 831.423.9059'

Best Barbecue

Cole's
2590 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz. 831.476.4424

Bruno's
245 Mt. Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley. 831.438.2227

Armadillo Willy's
2180 41st Ave, Capitola. 831.479.7422

Best Bar Food

Red restaurant and bar
200 Locust St, Santa Cruz. 831.425.1913

99 Bottles
110 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.459.9999

Seabright Brewery
519 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.426.2739

Best Breakfast

Zachary's
819 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.427.0646

Walnut Ave Café
106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.457.2307

Silver Spur
2650 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz. 831.475.2725

Best Burger

Jack's
202 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz. 831.423.4421

Betty Burgers
505 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.423.8190

Carpo's
2400 Porter St, Soquel. 831.476.6260

Best Burrito

Taqueria Vallarta
608 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.457.8226
1101 Pacific Ave #A, Santa Cruz. 831.471.2655
893 41st Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.464.7022
6272 Hwy 9, Felton. 831.335.4264

Tacos Moreno
1053 Water St, Santa Cruz. 831.429.6095

Planet Fresh
1003 Cedar St, Santa Cruz. 831.423.9799

Best Cheap Eats

Charlie Hong Kong
1141 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.426.5664

Palomar Taco Bar
1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.425.7575

Taqueria Vallarta
608 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.457.8226
1101 Pacific Ave #A, Santa Cruz. 831.471.2655
893 41st Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.464.7022
6272 Hwy 9, Felton. 831.335.4264

Best Chinese

O'Mei restaurant
2316 Mission St, Santa Cruz. 831.425.8458

Charlie Hong Kong
1141 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.426.5664

Little Shanghai
1010 Cedar St, Santa Cruz. 831.458.2460

Best Coffeehouse

Lulu Carpenter's
1545 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.429.9804
118 Cooper St, Santa Cruz. 831.429.5858

Caffé Pergolesi
418 Cedar St, Santa Cruz. 831.426.1775

Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co.
1330 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.459.0100

Best Comfort Food

Saturn Café
145 Laurel St, Santa Cruz. 831.429.8505

Santa Cruz Diner
909 Ocean St, Santa Cruz. 831.426.7151

Zachary's
819 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.427.0646

Best Cookies

Pacific Cookie Company
1203 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.429.6905

The Buttery
702 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.458.3020

Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
504 Bay Ave, Capitola. 831.462.1200

Best Deli

Zoccoli's
1534 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.423.1711

Erik's Deli Cafe
1664 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz. 831.462.1919
102 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos. 831.688.5656
1601 41st Ave, Capitola. 831.475.4646
1980 N. Main St, Salinas. 831.449.7272
155 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.425.5353
222 Mt. Hermon Rd #J, Scotts Valley. 831.438.4646
1074 Green Valley Rd, Watsonville. 831.724.7575

New Leaf
1101 Fair Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.426.1306
1134 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.425.1791
1210 41st Ave, Capitola. 831.479.7987
13159 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek. 831.338.7211
6240 Hwy 9, Felton. 831.335.7322

Best Desserts

The Buttery
702 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.458.3020

Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria 504 Bay Ave, Capitola. 831.462.1200

Chocolate
1522 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.427.9900

Best Falafel

Falafel House
113 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.459.9770

Falafel of Santa Cruz
1501 Mission St, Santa Cruz. 831.459.0486

Falafel Hut
309 Beach St, Santa Cruz. 831.423.0567

Best Fast Food

Jack's 202 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz. 831.423.4421

Taco Bell
802 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.316.0024
1404 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.316.0031
1405 Mission St, Santa Cruz. 831.316.0032

Charlie Hong Kong
1141 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.426.5664

Best French Fries

Saturn Café 145 Laurel St, Santa Cruz. 831.429.8505

Jack's
202 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz. 831.423.4421

Betty Burgers
505 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.423.8190

Best Ice Cream

Marianne's
1020 Ocean St, Santa Cruz. 831.458.1447

Polar Bear
389 Coral St, Santa Cruz. 831.425.1108

Cold Stone Creamery
1129 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.423.7015

Best Indian

Royal Taj
270 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.427.2400

Sitar
1133 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.427.3000

Ambrosia
207 Searidge Rd, Aptos. 831.685.0610

Best Innovative

Malabar
514 Front St, Santa Cruz. 831.458.3023

Hula's
221 Cathcart St, Santa Cruz. 831.426.4852

Saturn Cafe
145 Laurel St, Santa Cruz. 831.429.8505

Best Italian

Ristorante Italiano
555 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.458.2321

Lillian's Italian Kitchen
1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.425.2288

Ristorante Avanti
1711 Mission St, Santa Cruz. 831.427.0135

Best Late Night Eatery

Saturn Café
145 Laurel St, Santa Cruz. 831.429.8505

Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.426.6994

Santa Cruz Diner
909 Ocean St, Santa Cruz. 831.426.7151

Best Local Wine--Red

Bonny Doon Vineyard
328 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz. 831.425.3625

Bargetto Winery
3535 N. Main St, Soquel. 831.475.2258

Soquel Vineyards
8063 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel. 831.462.9045

Best Local Wine--White

Storrs Winery
303 Potrero St, Santa Cruz. 831.458.5030

Bonny Doon Vineyard
328 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz. 831.425.3625

Bargetto Winery
3535 N. Main St, Soquel. 831.475.2258

Best Mediterranean

Vasili's
1501 Mission St #A, Santa Cruz. 831.458.9808

Zameen
7528 Soquel Dr, Aptos. 831.688.4465

The Greek authentic cuisine
435 Front St, Santa Cruz. 831.466.9990

Best Mexican

El Palomar
1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.425.7575

Taqueria Vallarta
608 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.457.8226
1101 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.471.2655
893 41st Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.464.7022
6272 Hwy 9, Felton. 831.335.4264

Little Tampico
2605 S. Main St, Soquel. 831.475.4700

Best Microbrewery

Seabright Brewery
519 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.426.2739

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
402 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz. 831.425.4900

Santa Cruz Ale Works
150 Dubois St #E, Santa Cruz. 831.425.1182

Best Milkshakes

Saturn Café
145 Laurel St, Santa Cruz. 831.429.8505

Betty Burgers
505 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.423.4421

Marianne's
1020 Ocean St, Santa Cruz. 831.458.1447

Best New Restaurant

Oswald
603 Front St, Santa Cruz. 831.423.7427

Khyber Pass
810 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.423.3400

Lillian's Italian Kitchen
1116 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.425.2288

Best Outdoor Dining

Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.429.6994

Crow's Nest
2218 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 831.476.4560

Aldo's
616 Atlantic Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.426.3736

Best Pizza

Pizza My Heart
1116 Pacific Ave #B, Santa Cruz. 831.426.2511
209 Esplanade #A, Capitola. 831.475.5714

Woodstock's
710 Front St, Santa Cruz. 831.427.4444

Engfer's Pizza Works
537 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.429.1856

Best Salad

Café Cruz
2621 41st Ave, Soquel. 831.476.3801

Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.429.6994

Dharma's
4250 Capitola Rd, Capitola. 831.462.1717

Best Seafood

Riva Fish House
31 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz. 831.429.1223

Stagnaro's
59 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz. 831.423.2180

Crow's Nest
2218 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 831.476.4560

Best Soup

Erik's Deli Cafe
1664 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz. 831.462.1919
155 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.425.5353
102 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos. 831.688.5656
1601 41st Ave, Capitola. 831.475.4646
1980 N. Main St, Salinas. 831.449.7272
222 Mt. Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley. 831.438.4646
1074 Green Valley Rd, Watsonville. 831.724.7575

Dharma's
4250 Capitola Rd, Capitola. 831.462.1717

New Leaf
1101 Fair Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.426.1306
1134 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.425.1791
1210 41st Ave, Capitola. 831.479.7987
13159 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek. 831.338.7211
6240 Hwy 9, Felton. 831.335.7322

Best Steak

Hindquarter Bar & Grille
303 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.426.7770

Café Cruz
2621 41st Ave, Soquel. 831.476.3801

Shadowbrook
1750 Wharf Road, Capitola. 831.475.1511

Best Sushi/Japanese

Mobo Sushi
105 S. River St, Santa Cruz. 831.425.1700

I Love Sushi
516 Front St, Santa Cruz. 831.421.0706

Shogun
1123 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.469.4477

Best Taqueria

Taqueria Vallarta
608 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.457.8226
1101 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.471.2655
893 41st Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.464.7022
6272 Hwy 9, Felton. 831.335.4264

Tacos Moreno
1053 Water St, Santa Cruz. 831.429.6095

La Cabana
2332 Mission St, Santa Cruz. 831.425.7261

Best Thai

Sabieng
1218 Mission St, Santa Cruz. 831.425.1200

Star of Siam
3005 Porter St, Soquel. 831.479.0366

Thai House
353 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.458.3546

Best Vegetarian

Dharma's
4250 Capitola Rd, Capitola. 831.462.1717

Saturn Café
145 Laurel St, Santa Cruz. 831.429.8505

Malabar
514 Front St, Santa Cruz. 831.458.3023

Best Winery

Bonny Doon Vineyard
328 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz. 831.425.3625

Bargetto Winery
3535 N. Main St, Soquel. 831.475.2258

Storrs Winery
303 Potrero St, Santa Cruz. 831.458.5030


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