SUKEROKU, 1701 Mission St, (831)426-6660
First try here and our last attempt at Japanese food in Santa Cruz, and looks like we'll continue going to Aptos and Watsonville for our sushi fix. Overall, the most disappointing place in SC's Japanese food scene. Ordered a bento box combo dinner and unagi dinner b/c raw fish in case didn't look fresh. Not as much turnover as other places in town. Food was uninspired w/ no ounce of pride or passion for a mom-and-pop joint. Really wanted to like it and proprietress/waitress was sweet but will not return.
KELLY'S FRENCH BAKERY, 402 Ingalls St, (831)423-9059
Second visit. Line out the door. Love it even more. Great breakfast or lunch place. Ordered margherita pizzetta on their housemade crust ($7) and a bakery sampling: pain au chocolat ($3), jam sable ($1), and chocolate macaron (75 cents). Pizzetta good if you like thick, doughy crust like my husband. ALL of the baked goods were scrumptious, made w/ care, and of excellent value! The chocolate, jam, and butter they use is of superb quality. Their Peet's coffee was also brewed well. The salads on other tables looked impeccably fresh and cranberry bean soup sounded good. Make sure to ask about the daily specials. Their francese loaf is still my favorite over The Buttery, Gayle's, and Golden Sheaf.
ALDO'S RESTAURANT, 616 Atlantic Ave, (831)426-3736
I've said enough positives about this place in the past, but had my camera along so thought I'd share some photos below. Sorry the food pics are a little blurry, but you get the idea. I love, love this place on a relaxed Sat. or Sun. day. Great for breakfast or lunch. Fried seafood baskets w/ fries ($7-10ea) for those who can't resist the combo of fried food w/ salt air like me and Y, but many lighter alternatives like salad and sandwiches. Bummed that I missed the strawberry waffles since they stop serving breakfast at 1pm, but my fish and chips made w/ rock cod were a delicious consolation. Y commented that his oysters were a little overfried, but that didn't stop him from downing them w/ a smile. Fries tasted of real potato goodness, but I'm going to ask for well-done next time. I shamelessly ogled what was on other tables. Grilled mahi mahi tacos, large salads, burger, onion rings, housemade pastas all looked tasty. Very dog-friendly since there were about 10 dogs of all shapes and sizes lounging on the outdoor deck.
PS. I've gotten some great live Dungeness all season off the boats at the R and S docks in the Yacht Harbor. Wild salmon should be available any day now! Will check it out and report back.
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