We enjoyed our stay in Santa Cruz last summer - so much so that we're slated to come back for another week and a half starting in the second week of August. Here's my report from last summer:
Now that we have a better feel for the lay of the area, we plan on revisiting many places. We are staying a little further north from our first trip - around Wood's Lagoon. We're hoping to be a little more centrally located around Santa Cruz. I've read through a couple of Santa Cruz-related threads:
The second was recently started by poster emglow101, who recently finished an extended stay in LA. He posted extensively about Mariscos Chente, a Mexican eatery specializing in seafood from the Sinaloa/Nayarit area along the Pacific coast. He appreciated the focus that chef Sergio Penuelas had to his kitchen, and was wowed by the results. I think all of us Hounds appreciate such efforts in those who create in their kitchens, breweries, bakeries, cellars, etc. I'm getting that vibe from El Salchichero. Are there any other places that come to mind?
We will have a similar profile as last summer. Our four-legged kid - now 14 1/2 years young - will be with us again. Our two kids are still kids but are good when it comes to food. We will be hitting the Boardwalk at least once, and plan on hitting the beaches, probably the mountains, and hoping to have a lot of down time in between to soak up local food and drink. I splay myself open to any and all suggestions. Thanks!