I was up in Santa Cruz the past 4-5 days and wanted to help out anyone who find themselves in the area.
For Breakfast we went to
- Cafe Brasil: twice. I had a delicious Feijoada plate with the first farofa I have liked, orange segments, rice, & vinagarete and fried yucca. Friend had the cocota with eggs. Second time the acai bowl which is formidable but the acai is cut with seems to be apple juice. May sound crazy but they also have the best banana pancakes I have ever-tasted and a great fritada. Delicious Pilao coffee do brasil. http://cafebrasil.us/
- Paula's: Delicious, simple breakfast food.
- Verve Coffee - AMAZING coffee, and cappuccino http://vervecoffeeroasters.com/
- El Palomar: Antithesis to the the steamed, grey mystery carne asada you can find readily available in SD berto's shops. Homemade tortillas and real Azada. Great option downtown.
- Cafe Fina In Monterey Fishermans wharf. Sand Dabs were tasty if a little undercooked. BBQ Sardines good but not noteworthy. Clam chowder was superior. Calamari way overbattered and seasoned. Local Monterey Bay wheat beer and view were the best parts: http://www.englishalesbrewery.com/mon...
-Parker Lusseau for Canneles de Bordeaux http://www.parker-lusseaupastries.com/
- Sushi on the Run in Aptos - a place that best reflects beauty of simplicity - the most memorable and delicious traditional sushi I have had that I can remember. I can still taste the exquisite uni and tobiko with quail egg.