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Reader Survey Winners

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Best Bakery
Gold:
Gayle's Bakery and Rosticceria
504 Bay Ave., Capitola
462-1200

Silver:
Kelly's French Pastry
1547 Pacific Ave., SC
423-9059
7486 Soquel Drive, Aptos
662-2911

Bronze:
The Buttery
702 Soquel Ave., SC
458-3020


Best Barbecue
Gold:
Cole's
8059 Aptos St., Aptos
662-1721
2590 Portola Drive, SC
476-4424

Silver:
Hindquarter Bar & Grille
303 Soquel Ave., SC
426-7770

Bronze:
Little Lou's
1415 41st Ave., Capitola
479-7427


Best Breakfast
Gold:
Zachary's Restaurant
819 Pacific Ave., SC
427-0646

Silver:
Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
542 Seabright Ave., SC
427-9713

Bronze:
Walnut Avenue Cafe
106 Walnut Ave., SC
457-2307


Best Brunch
Gold:
Chaminade
1 Chaminade Lane, SC
475-5600

Silver:
Walnut Avenue Cafe
106 Walnut Ave., SC
457-2307

Bronze:
Zachary's Restaurant
819 Pacific Ave., SC
427-0646


Best Beer-on-Tap Selection
Gold:
99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall Beer Pub
104 Walnut Ave., SC
459-9999

Silver:
Santa Cruz Brewing Company/Front St. Pub
516 Front St., SC
429-8838

Bronze:
Seabright Brewery
519 Seabright Ave., SC
426-2739


Best Bread
Gold:
Alfaro's Cafe and Bakery
920 Pacific Ave., SC
426-9240

Silver:
Kelly's French Pastry
1547 Pacific Ave., SC
423-9059
7486 Soquel Drive, Aptos
662-2911

Bronze:
Gayle's Bakery and Rosticceria
504 Bay Ave., Capitola
462-1200


Best Breakfast
Gold:
Zachary's Restaurant
819 Pacific Ave., SC
427-0646


Best Burger
Gold:
Carpo's
2400 Porter St., Soquel
476-6260

Silver:
Jack's Hamburgers
202 Lincoln St., SC
423-4421

Bronze:
Front St. Pub
516 Front St., SC
429-8838


Best Burrito
Gold:
Taqueria Vallarta
608 Soquel Ave., SC
457-8226
893 41st Ave., SC
464-7022

Silver:
Costa Brava
505 Seabright Ave., SC
423-8190

Bronze:
Jalapeños Taqueria
206 Laurel St., SC
457-0159
1201 Soquel Ave., SC
466-9739


Best Butcher Shop
Gold:
Shopper's Corner
622 Soquel Ave., SC
423-1696

Silver:
Deluxe Foods of Aptos
783 Rio Del Mar, Aptos
688-7442

Bronze:
Corralitos Market and Sausage Co.
569 Corralitos Rd., Watsonville
722-2633


Best California Cuisine
Gold:
Cafe Cruz
2621 41st Ave., SC
476-3801

Silver:
Oswald
1547 C Pacific Ave., SC
423-7427

Bronze:
Clouds
110 Church St., SC
429-2000


Best Chinese Restaurant
Gold:
O'mei Sichuan Chinese Restaurant
2316 Mission St., SC
425-8458

Silver:
Golden Buddha
4610 Soquel Drive, Soquel
479-0788

Bronze:
King Schwan
415 Ocean St., SC
429-5898


Best Coffeehouse
Gold:
Jahva House
120 Union St., SC
459-9876

Silver:
Caffé Pergolesi
418 Cedar St., SC
426-1775

Bronze:
Espresso Royale Caffe
1545 Pacific Ave., SC
429-9804


Best Deli
Gold:
Zoccoli's Delicatessen
1534 Pacific Ave., SC
423-1711

Silver:
Erik's DeliCafe
712 Front St., SC
425-5353
1664 Soquel Ave., SC
458-1414
102 Rancho del Mar Shopping Center, Aptos
688-5656
1601 41st Ave., Capitola
475-4646

Bronze:
Mike's Deli Cafe
1222 Soquel Ave., SC
425-2328


Best French Fries
Gold:
McDonald's
Many locations

Silver:
Carpo's
2400 Porter St., Soquel
476-6260

Bronze:
Front St. Pub
516 Front St., SC
429-8838


Best Grocery Store
Gold:
Shopper's Corner
622 Soquel Ave., SC

Silver:
New Leaf Community Market
2351 Mission St., SC
426-1299
1134 Pacific Ave., SC
425-1793
1210 41st Ave., Capitola
479-7113
6240 Hwy 9, Felton
335-7322

Bronze:
Safeway
Many locations


Best Healthy Menu
Gold:
Dharma's Restaurant
4250 Capitola Rd., Capitola
462-1717

Silver:
Cafe del Sol
1315 Water St., SC
423-8041

Bronze:
Fresh Choice
3555 Clares St., Capitola
479-9873


Best Ice Cream/Yogurt
Gold:
Double Rainbow
1123 Pacific Ave., SC
423-3231

Silver:
Polar Bear Ice Cream
1224 Soquel Ave., SC
425-5188

Bronze:
Marianne's Ice Cream
1020 Ocean St., SC
458-1447


Best Inexpensive Restaurant
Gold:
Asian Rose Cafe
1547 Pacific Ave., SC
458-3023

Silver:
Carpo's
2400 Porter St., Soquel
476-6260

Bronze:
Taqueria Vallarta
608 Soquel Ave., SC
457-8226
893 41st Ave., SC
464-7022


Best Innovative Menu
Gold:
Pearl Alley Bistro & Wine Bar
110 Pearl Alley, SC
429-8070

Silver:
Oswald
1547 C Pacific Ave., SC
423-7427

Bronze:
India Joze
1001 Center St., SC
427-3554


Best Italian
Gold:
Ristorante Avanti
1711 Mission St., SC
427-0135

Silver:
Ristorante Italiano
555 Soquel Ave., SC
458-2321

Bronze:
Ciao Bella
9217 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond
336-9221


Best Late-Night Eatery
Gold:
The Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Drive, SC
429-6994

Silver:
So Say We
418 Front St., SC
454-9547

Bronze:
Saturn Cafe
1230 Mission St., SC
429-8505


Best Local Wine
Gold:
Bonny Doon Vineyard
10 Pine Flat Road, SC
425-3625

Silver:
Bargetto Winery
3535 N. Main St., Soquel
475-2258

Bronze:
Trout Gulch Vineyards
3875 Trout Gulch Rd., Aptos
688-4380


Best Local Wines Tasting Room
Gold:
Bargetto Winery
3535 N. Main St., Soquel
475-2258

Silver:
Bonny Doon Vineyard
10 Pine Flat Road, SC
425-3625

Bronze:
Storrs Winery
303 Potrero, SC
458-5030


Best Lunch Under $5
Gold:
Taqueria Vallarta
608 Soquel Ave., SC
457-8226
893 41st Ave., SC
464-7022

Silver:
Asian Rose Cafe
1547 Pacific Ave., SC
458-3023

Bronze:
The Bagelry
320 Cedar St., SC
429-8049
1636 Seabright Ave., SC
425-8550
4763 Soquel Ave., Soquel
462-9888


Best Mexican
Gold:
El Palomar
1336 Pacific Ave. SC
425-7575

Silver:
Taqueria Vallarta
608 Soquel Ave., SC
457-8226
893 41st Ave., SC
464-7022

Bronze:
Rosa's Rosticceria
493 Lake Ave., SC
479-3536


Best Microbrewery
Gold:
Santa Cruz Brewing Company/Front St. Pub
516 Front St., SC
429-8838

Silver:
Seabright Brewery
519 Seabright Ave., SC
426-2739

Bronze:
Boulder Creek Brewery
13040 Hwy. 9, Boulder Creek
338-7882


Best Muffins
Gold:
Rebecca's Mighty Muffins Inc.
514 Front St., SC
429-1940

Silver:
Emily's Good Things to Eat
1129 Mission St., SC
429-9866

Bronze:
Kelly's French Pastry
1547 Pacific Ave., SC
423-9059
7486 Soquel Drive, Aptos
662-2911


Best Natural Foods Store
Gold:
New Leaf Community Market
2351 Mission St., SC
426-1299
1134 Pacific Ave., SC
425-1793
1210 41st Ave., Capitola
479-7113
6240 Hwy 9, Felton
335-7322

Silver:
Staff of Life
1305 Water St., SC
423-8632

Bronze:
Stapleton's
415 River St., SC
425-5888


Best Neighborhood Market
Gold:
Shopper's Corner
622 Soquel Ave., SC

Silver:
New Leaf Community Market
2351 Mission St., SC
426-1299
1134 Pacific Ave., SC
425-1793
1210 41st Ave., Capitola
479-7113
6240 Hwy 9, Felton
335-7322

Bronze:
Day's Market Liquors & Deli
526 Seabright Ave., SC
423-4289


Best New Restaurant
Gold:
Star Bene
2-1245 E. Cliff Dr., SC
479-4307

Silver:
Aldo's
841 Almar Ave., SC
429-9982

Bronze:
Mike's Deli Cafe
1222 Soquel Ave., SC
425-2328


Best Outdoor Dining
Gold:
The Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Drive, SC
429-6994

Silver:
Crow's Nest
Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, SC
476-4560

Bronze:
Ristorante Italiano
555 Soquel Ave., SC
458-2321


Best Pizza
Gold:
Pizza My Heart
1116 Pacific Ave., SC
426-2511
209 Esplanade, Capitola
475-5714
5401 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley
439-0880

Silver:
Tony & Alba's Pizza
817 Soquel Ave., SC
425-8669
1501 41st Ave., Capitola
475-4450
226 Mt. Hermon Road, Scotts Valley
439-9999

Bronze:
Upper Crust
2415 Mission St., SC
423-9010
2501 Soquel Dr., SC
476-2333


Best Place to Splurge
Gold:
Shadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf St., Capitola
475-1511

Silver:
Bittersweet Bistro
783 Rio del Mar Blvd., Aptos
662-9799

Bronze:
Oswald
1547 C Pacific Ave., SC
423-7427


Best Restaurant Desserts
Gold:
Bittersweet Bistro
783 Rio del Mar Blvd., Aptos
662-9799

Silver:
India Joze Restaurant & Bakery
1001 Center St., SC
427-3554

Bronze:
Oswald
1547 C Pacific Ave., SC
423-7427


Best Restaurant in Santa Cruz County
Gold:
Shadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf St., Capitola
475-1511

Silver:
Thai House
353 Soquel Ave., SC
458-3546

Bronze:
Bittersweet Bistro
787 Rio Del Mar, Aptos
682-9799


Best Restaurant Service
Gold:
Shadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf St., Capitola
475-1511

Silver:
Cafe Rio
131 Esplanade, Rio Del Mar
688-6238

Bronze:
Casablanca
101 Main St., SC
426-9063


Best Restaurant With a View
Gold:
Crow's Nest Restaurant
2218 East Cliff Drive, SC
476-4560

Silver:
Casablanca
101 Main St., SC
426-9063

Bronze:
Riva Fish House
500 Municipal Wharf, SC
429-1223


Best Romantic Restaurant
Gold:
Shadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf St., Capitola
475-1511

Silver:
Casablanca
101 Main St., SC
426-9063

Bronze:
Gabriella Cafe
910 Cedar St., SC
457-1677


Best Salads
Gold:
Fresh Choice Restaurant
3555 Clares St., Capitola
479-9873

Silver:
Dharma's Restaurant
4250 Capitola Rd., Capitola
462-1717

Bronze:
Cafe Sparrow
8042 Soquel Dr., Aptos
688-6238


Best Sandwich
Gold:
Zoccoli's Delicatessen
1534 Pacific Ave., SC
423-1711

Silver:
Erik's DeliCafe
712 Front St., SC
425-5353
1664 Soquel Ave., SC
458-1414
102 Rancho del Mar Shopping Center, Aptos
688-5656
1601 41st Ave., Capitola
475-4646
222 Mount Hermon Road, Scotts Valley
438-4646

Bronze:
Mike's Deli Cafe
1222 Soquel Ave., SC
425-2328


Best Seafood
Gold:
Riva Fish House
500 Municipal Wharf, SC
429-1223

Silver:
Stagnaro's
59 Municipal Wharf, SC
423-2180

Bronze:
Cafe Rio
131 Esplanade, Rio Del Mar
688-6238


Best Soup
Gold:
Erik's DeliCafe
712 Front St., SC
425-5353
1664 Soquel Ave., SC
458-1414
102 Rancho del Mar Shopping Center, Aptos
688-5656
1601 41st Ave., Capitola
475-4646
222 Mount Hermon Road, Scotts Valley
438-4646

Silver:
Front St. Pub
516 Front St., SC
429-8838

Bronze:
Double Rainbow
1123 Pacific Ave., SC
423-3231


Best Steak
Gold:
Hindquarter Bar & Grille
303 Soquel Ave., SC
426-7770

Silver:
Portola House
3326 Portola Drive, SC
476-2733

Bronze:
Crow's Nest Restaurant
2218 East Cliff Drive, SC
476-4560


Best Sushi/Japanese
Gold:
Mobo Sushi
105 River St., SC
425-1700

Silver:
Takara
1800 Soquel Ave., SC
457-8466

Bronze:
Pink Godzilla
830 41st Ave., SC
464-2586


Best Takeout
Gold:
Carpo's
2400 Porter St., Soquel
476-6260

Silver:
Little Shanghai
1010 Cedar St., SC
458-2460

Bronze:
Cole's
8059 Aptos St., Aptos
662-1721
2590 Portola Drive, SC
476-4424


Best Taqueria

Gold:
Taqueria Vallarta
608 Soquel Ave., SC
457-8226
893 41st Ave., SC
464-7022

Silver:
Tacos Moreno
1053 Water St., SC
429-6095
303 Beach St., SC
427-2200

Bronze:
Taqueria Santa Cruz
2215 Mission St., SC
423-0606
1002 Soquel Ave., SC
429-5193


Best Thai
Gold:
Thai House
353 Soquel Ave., SC
458-3546

Silver:
Bangkok West
2505 Cabrillo College Drive, Soquel
479-8297

Bronze:
Real Thai Kitchen
1632 Seabright Ave., SC
427-2559


Best Vegetarian Offerings
Gold:
Dharma's Restaurant
4250 Capitola Road, Capitola
462-1717

Silver:
Malabar Cafe
1116 Soquel Ave., SC
423-7906

Bronze:
Saturn Cafe
1230 Mission St., SC
429-8505


Best Wine List
Gold:
Pearl Alley Bistro & Wine Bar
110 Pearl Alley, SC
429-8070

Silver:
Casablanca
101 Main St., SC
426-9063

Bronze:
Shadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf St., Capitola
475-1511


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