Santa Cruz


Op-Ed: The successful reopening of restaurants might lie in pedestrian-only streets

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

" . . . An innovative alternative is to temporarily close main streets to cars, and repurpose that space. That means instead of narrow sidewalks there will be plenty of room for pedestrian flow. An...

"Spaghetti" Ice Cream @ Cruz Creamery in Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Last fall I set out to try Polar Bear Ice Cream, an old school brand made in Santa Cruz that has recently been reincarnated with the original recipes. I'd never been much of a fan of Marianne's, th...

Urgent Need for Volunteers at Food Banks

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

On Monday the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank sent out an urgent call for volunteers: "Volunteer in the Warehouse Urgent Need More than a third of our March volunteers have cancelled — that is 1,5...

Hanloh Thai pop-up @ Sante Adiarius in Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

In September I had a chance to catch the Monday evening pop-up of Hanloh Thai at Sante Adarius Rustic Ales tasting room in Santa Cruz. The menu is posted each week on Hanloh's website. I chose a...

Mission Hill Creamery | Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

Despite having tried and liked Mission Hill's when it opened in 2010 https://www.chowhound.com/post/fabulous-news-ice-cream-groupies-santa-cruz-728967 , some how it took me till Summer 2018 to retu...

Barceloneta in Santa Cruz opening

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

At long last, the much anticipated Barceloneta is opening on Wednesday, October 16. Barceloneta 1541-B Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 900-5222 Reservations https://resy.com/cities...

Get Hooked Santa Cruz Restaurant Week, 7/29 to 8/4/2019

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

JULY 29 - AUGUST 4, 2019 Dine out in Santa Cruz next week for Get Hooked restaurant week! “Get Hooked is a celebration of Monterey Bay’s sustainably caught seafood. Our local seafood story is a...

Mutari Chocolate: Bean-to-Bar Factory & Cafe in Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Last fall, my brother and I stopped by Mutari Chocolate to wait out traffic. The factory-cafe smells absolutely wonderful when you step inside. We decided to share the Tasting Flight, $15, of sing...

subtle, wonderful Cafe Campesino in Santa Cruz

by eldub 11 years ago

I've been wanting to try this little spot in downtown Santa Cruz because of its good reputation. Cafe Campesino did not disappoint. The ingredients are organic and sustainable. They advertise as '...

Santa Cruz Wharf: Riva vs. Gilda’s

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 years ago

Flashback to autumn 2011 . . . our family spent two weeks in a Santa Cruz beach house. A friend who grew up here recommended that we check out the daily specials at Gilda’s especially the Wedn...

Laili Restaurant: Seriously good food in Santa Cruz

by mastrude 3 years ago

Billed as Mediterranean/Afghan, the cuisine is nothing like what I expected. Seriously subtle, delicious flavors. Nothing overpowering. I believe most Santa Cruz restaurants are pretty mediocre. Th...

Kelly’s French Bakery and Verve Coffee (Santa Cruz)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 years ago

During our recent stay in Santa Cruz, we were based in Pleasure Point, not far from Verve Coffee. I had the chance to grab a cup there three times. While I’m glad I had a chance to try it, the G...

The Jerk House | Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Last month I stopped by The Jerk House in Santa Cruz for an early dinner. One of the specials of the day was jerk wild salmon with sides, $25. While the salmon itself was fine, and barely done as I...

11th Hour Coffee | Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Last month I spent a few days in Santa Cruz around meetings. One morning, I had the pleasure of starting my day at 11th Hour Coffee.

Coffeeville | Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Last week I needed a spot to take part in an online chat mid-road trip. Triangulation determined that I could be in Santa Cruz at the right time and I picked Coffeeville as my stop for free wifi. I...

Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant | Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Anyone tried Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant? I'd love to hear more about it. Apparently it has some classic regional Chinese dishes in addition to the usual Chinese-American padding. Cookbook aut...

The Penny Ice Creamery Pleasure Point | Santa Cruz

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

In the handful of years since The Penny Ice Creamery opened in Santa Cruz, a few times I've failed to drop in when passing through town because of inability to park downtown. This summer part of my...

Suggestions for drive from San Jose to Carmel Valley?

by kkandb 2 years ago

I am arriving at San Jose airport about midday and don't have to be at my hotel in Carmel Valley until late evening. Does anyone have any suggestions for good places to have lunch and explore on m...

Swanton, Donnelly & Marianne's (Santa Cruz area)

by Melanie Wong 16 years ago

Three weeks ago I took the scenic way southbound on the coast route. I made a first visit to Swanton, a chowhound favorite, lured by the signs along the roadside promising gelato. The fabled froz...

Family road tripping in Monterey/Pacific Grove/Cambria/Santa Barbara - Looking to finalize our food itinerary!

by jacolis 4 years ago

Hi all, Doing some research for a trip driving down Highway 1 from SFO to LAX. Need to fill in a few gaps with dining suggestions for our itinerary below. We are a family of four with two adve...