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Readers' Choice

Best Food & Drink

Bakery

GOLD
Gayle's Bakery
504 Bay Ave., Capitola, 462.1200

SILVER
The Buttery
702 Soquel Ave., SC, 458.3020

BRONZE
Emily's
1129 Mission St., SC, 429.9866

Barbecue

GOLD
Cole's
8059 Aptos St., Aptos, 662.1721
2590 Portola Dr., SC, 476.4424

SILVER
Bruno's
245 Mount Hermon Rd., SV, 438.2227

BRONZE
Mike's Soul Food
139 Water St., SC, 423.7200

Breakfast

GOLD
Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
542 Seabright Ave., SC, 427.9713

SILVER
Zachary's
819 Pacific Ave., SC, 427.0646

BRONZE
Walnut Avenue Cafe
106 Walnut Ave., SC, 457.2307

Burger

GOLD
Jack's Hamburgers
202 Lincoln St., SC, 423.4421

SILVER
Carpo's
2400 Porter St., Soquel, 476.6260

BRONZE
Saturn Cafe
145 Laurel St., SC, 429. 8505

Burrito

GOLD
Taqueria Vallarta
1101 Pacific Ave., SC, 471.2655
608 Soquel Ave., SC, 457.8226
893 41st Ave., Capitola, 464.7022

SILVER
Tacos Morenos
1053 Water St., SC, 429.6095

BRONZE
El Palomar
1336 Pacific Ave., SC, 425.7575

Cheap Eats

GOLD
Charlie Hong Kong
1141 Soquel Ave., SC, 426.5664

SILVER
Taqueria Vallarta
locations above

BRONZE
Saturn Cafe
145 Laurel St., SC, 429. 8505

Chinese

GOLD
O'mei
2316 Mission St., SC, 425.8458

SILVER
King Szhwan
415 Ocean St., SC, 429.5898

BRONZE
Golden Buddha
4610 Soquel Dr., Soquel, 479.0788

Coffeehouse

GOLD
Jahva House
120 Union St., SC, 459.9876

SILVER
Caffe Pergolesi
418 Cedar St., SC, 426.1775

BRONZE
Starbucks Coffee
various locations

Desserts

GOLD
Gayle's Bakery
504 Bay Ave., Capitola, 462.1200

SILVER
The Buttery
702 Soquel Ave., SC, 458.3020

BRONZE
Bittersweet Bistro
787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos, 662.9799

Grocery Store

GOLD
Shopper's Corner
622 Soquel Ave., SC, 423.1696

SILVER
New Leaf
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
Staff of Life
1305 Water St., SC, 423.8632

Ice Cream

GOLD
Marianne's
1020 Ocean St., SC, 458.1447

SILVER
Polar Bear
1224 Soquel Ave., SC, 425.5188

BRONZE
Baskin Robbins
245 Mount Hermon Rd., SV, 438.3167
1601 41st Ave., Capitola, 476.3155
100 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos, 688.3166

Indian

GOLD
Royal Taj
270 Soquel Ave., SC, 427.2400

SILVER
Asian Rose
1547 Pacific Ave., SC, 458.3023
1116 Soquel Ave., SC, 423.7906

Innovative Menu

GOLD
Saturn Cafe
145 Laurel St., SC, 429. 8505

SILVER
Pearl Alley Bistro
110 Pearl Alley, SC, 429.8070

BRONZE (TIE)

O'mei
2316 Mission St., SC, 425.8458

Asian Rose
1547 Pacific Ave., SC, 458.3023
1116 Soquel Ave., SC, 423.7906

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

Late-Night Dining

GOLD
The Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Ave., SC, 429.6994

SILVER
Saturn Cafe
145 Laurel St., SC, 429. 8505

BRONZE
Santa Cruz Diner
909 Ocean St., SC, 426.7151

Local Wine, Red

GOLD
Bonny Doon Big House Red
10 Pine Flat Rd., SC, 425.3625

SILVER
Bargetto
3535 N. Main St., Soquel, 475.2258

BRONZE
Storrs
303 Portrero, SC, 458.5030

Local Wine, White

GOLD
Storrs Chardonnay
303 Portrero, SC, 458.5030

SILVER
Bonny Doon (Ca del solo)
10 Pine Flat Rd., SC, 425.3625

BRONZE
Bargetto
3535 N. Main St., Soquel, 475.2258

Mexican

GOLD
El Palomar
1336 Pacific Ave., SC, 425.7575

SILVER
Taqueria Vallarta
locations above

BRONZE
Tampico Kitchen
820 Pacific Ave., SC, 425.9820

Little Tampico
2605 Main St., Soquel, 475.4700

Microbrewery

GOLD
Seabright Brewery
519 Seabright Ave., SC, 426.2739

SILVER
Santa Cruz Brewing Co. (R.I.P.)
516 Front St., SC, 429.8838

BRONZE
Boulder Creek Brewery
13040 Hwy. 9, Boulder Creek, 338.7882

Outdoor Dining

GOLD
Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Ave., SC, 429.6994

SILVER
Crow's Nest
2218 East Cliff Dr., SC, 476.4560

BRONZE
Ciao Bella
9217 Hwy. 9, Ben Lomond, 336.9221

Pizza

GOLD
Pizza My Heart
1116 Pacific Ave., SC, 426.2511
209 Esplanade, Capitola, 475.5714
5401 Scotts Valley Dr., SV, 439.0880

SILVER
Tony & Alba's
817 Soquel Ave., SC, 425.8669
1501 41st Ave., Capitola, 475.4450
226 Mount Hermon Rd., SV, 439.9999

BRONZE
Pleasure Pizza
4000 Portola Dr., Capitola, 475.4999
1917 Mission St., SC, 426.1400

Restaurant to Blow the Rent In

GOLD
Shadowbrook
1750 Wharf St., Capitola, 475.1511

SILVER
Oswald
1547 C Pacific Ave., SC, 423.7427

BRONZE
Pearl Alley Bistro
110 Pearl Alley, SC, 429.8070

Sandwich

GOLD
Zoccoli's
1534 Pacific Ave., SC, 423.1711

SILVER
Carpo's
2400 Porter St., Soquel, 476.6260

BRONZE
Eric's Deli
various locations

Seafood

GOLD
Riva Fish House
500 Municipal Wharf, SC, 429.1223

SILVER
Crow's Nest
2218 East Cliff Dr., SC, 476.4560

BRONZE
Stagnaro's
59 Municipal Wharf, SC, 423.2180

Steak

GOLD
Hindquarter
303 Soquel Ave., SC, 426.7770

SILVER
Crow's Nest
2218 East Cliff Dr., SC, 476.4560

BRONZE
Pearl Alley Bistro
110 Pearl Alley, SC, 429.8070

Sushi

GOLD
Mobo Sushi
105 River St., SC, 425.1700

SILVER
Shogun
1123 Pacific Ave., SC, 469.4477

BRONZE
Takara
1800 Soquel Ave., SC, 457.8466
3775 Capitola Rd., Capitola, 464.1818

Thai

GOLD
Thai House
353 Soquel Ave., SC, 458.3546

SILVER
Sabieng
1218 Mission St., SC, 425.1020

BRONZE
Star of Siam
3005 Porter St., Soquel, 479.0366

Vegetarian

GOLD
Saturn Cafe
145 Laurel St., SC, 429. 8505

SILVER
Dharma's
4250 Capitola Rd., Capitola, 462.1717

BRONZE
Asian Rose
1547 Pacific Ave., SC, 458.3023
1116 Soquel Ave., SC, 423.7906

Wine List

GOLD
Pearl Alley Bistro
110 Pearl Alley, SC, 429.8070

SILVER (TIE)

Ristorante Avanti
1711 Mission St., SC, 427.0135

Shadowbrook
1750 Wharf St., Capitola, 475.1511

BRONZE
Casablanca
101 Main St., SC, 426.9063

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