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mariacarmen | | Dec 22, 2013 05:25 PM

We'll be in Capitola from the afternoon of 12/29 thru the morning of 1/1, staying at the Venetian.

I did some searches here, but most posts seem old. Any new info on good places to eat? Not looking for high end, because I feel we'd be disappointed, but hoping to find decent mid-to-low range places - aka, a good burger place, good Mexican, etc. We do have a kitchen, so we may cook a bit. I read about Gayle's bakery, seems like there are mixed reviews, and i'm not into baked goods myself. If we do want something fancier, is there any new info on Shadowbrook? I think if anything, we'd try the Rock Room, which seems more casual. Any idea if reservations are mandatory for that? How about Caruso's Tuscan (it's described as a hole-in-the-wall, which is fine)? Do people prefer Bella Roma Café? As for Mexican, how about Taqueria Agave, or El Toro Bravo? Breakfast joints? good eggs are all i'm looking for....

the only "nicer" thing I planned on doing was visiting Sante Adarius (contacted them, they're open until 7 on 12/29). any recent reviews?

While we're at it, any dive bars in town? Would really like a low key bar we can camp out in for NYE. my search for "dive bars Capitola" turned up bars in Soquel and Santa Cruz, and we don't want to drive... although we could cab it for the "right" dive bar.

any other tips, advice? Thanks in advance.

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