My friend and I will be spending about a week in the Santa Cruz area in mid-May. He was born and raised in Santa Cruz but has lived in the Midwest for many years and is out of touch with the best restaurants in the area now. I have been lurking on the message board for a while now scoping the places that have been mentioned. I will list some of the places I have gleaned. Please let me know if there is something I must not miss. A bit of a drive is not a problem.
Oswalds & Ristorante Avanti
So many bistros have been mentioned I am not sure which is the best?
Engfers for pizza
O'Mei for Szechuan
Central Texan BBQ in Castroville
Duartes for smelts
Gildas for Sand Dabs
Las Islitas & Tacos Morenos
Zachary's & Walnut Avenue Cafe for breakfast
Buttery, Emily's in Capitola, & Kelly's French Pastry
Polar Bear for ice cream
Please let me know if there is something I have missed, or ones that I should scratch off the list (due to recent closing for instance, or poor food/service).