My brother and most of his family will be heading up the coast next month, looking at colleges for my niece. Decades since I went to UCSC. He's a foodie, but appreciates authentic ethnic as much as high-end fine dining. I'm interested in recommendations.
Back when I ate there, the bigdeal restaurant was the Shadowbrook, with that tram up the hill. I have fond memories of Chef Tong's for great Chinese, the chocolate madness at the Saturn Cafe, the cinnamon rolls that came out of the oven at 2:30 at Harrell's, and a bunch of vegetarian places. I also have very fond memories of the croissant at Kelly's bakery -- I think it or a remnant is still around, but is it still great?
They will be heading to Stanford and up to Berkeley after, and loved Chez Panisse, Zuni, and Tartine their last trip a couple years ago. So anything really unique and current in Santa Cruz or on the way too or from would be appreciated. Let me know what you recommend and why you appreciate them.