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Santa Cruz County food & drink changes & closures, as of April 1, 2020

Pasta to go from Lago Di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria
photo courtesy of Lago Di Como

Hi everyone. Thanks to everyone who has emailed me with more restaurants to add, and to those who have thanked me for all the energy I’m spending on these lists. Both are appreciated!

I am publishing new articles as often as I can, to help everyone during this pandemic / shelter in place. Here’s the latest list—current as of the end of the day yesterday, April 1. As always, email me at tara@santacruzfoodie.com if you have information to share, or corrections for me, for future articles.

Restaurants & other food vendors

(listed alphabetically)

  • Akira Sushi: both locations are open Wed-Sun noon to 8 pm for takeout, Santa Cruz (831) 600-7093, https://www.akirasantacruz.com/, & Aptos (831) 708 2154, https://www.akiraaptos.com/
  • Alderwood: takeout and delivery 4-8 pm Tues-Sunday, two lines open 831-588-3238 or 831-888-6901, https://www.alderwoodsantacruz.com
  • Aloha Island Grille: takeout, 831-479-3299
  • Aptos St. BBQ: takeout and delivery, aptosstbbq.com
  • Avanti Restaurant: takeout daily 4-7:30 pm, a la carte or family meals serving four, 831-427-0135, http://avantisantacruz.squarespace.com
  • Back Nine Grill & Bar: takeout with curbside pickup, and delivery, 831-226-2350, http://www.backninegrill.com/
  • Bad Animal Books: Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday from 4-7 pm, take-out “family meals” with curbside pick up. Emergency first responders get a 50% discount. Order at badanimalbooks.com.
  • Bagelry: closed until further notice
  • Barceloneta: started doing takeout April 1, pickup is 4-7pm Wednesday to Saturday, 831-900-5222, https://eatbarceloneta.square.site/
  • Beach Street Pizza & Bar: takeout, curbside pickup and delivery, Monday-Thursday 2-8pm, Friday & Saturday 12-9pm and Sunday 12-7pm. Happy Hour is Mon-Fri 4-7pm for Appetizers & Drinks. 831-471-8530, www.beachstreetpizzaandbar.com
  • Beer Thirty Pour House: 11 am-7 pm daily, https://www.beerthirtysantacruz.com/
  • Betty Burgers: new Aptos location, 415 Trout Gulch Road (831-612-6668) plus two other locations (41st Ave. and Seabright) are doing takeout from noon to 8 pm, bettyburgers.com. Downtown location is closed.
  • Bittersweet Bistro: open Wednesday-Sunday noon-7 pm for take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery (on orders over $75), 831-662-9799 bittersweetbistro.com.
  • Blue Bunny Tacos: closed until further notice
  • The Buttery Bakery: takeout and delivery 7 am to 5 pm, butterybakery.com, 831-458-3020
  • Café Brazil: 8 am to 3 pm daily, 10 percent discount on all order, (831) 429-1855, http://cafebrasil.us/
  • Café Mare: takeout/curbside and delivery, 831-458-1212, http://www.cafemare.com/
  • Café Sparrow: Tues-Sat 4-7 pm, 831-688-6238, http://cafesparrow.com/
  • Carpo’s: noon to 8 pm daily, carposrestaurant.com
  • Charlie Hong Kong: noon-9 pm, takeout (curbside pickup). They will cater & deliver to serve first responders, medical/hospital staff & government workers, charliehongkong.com
  • Chocolate: takeout/delivery daily 4-8pm. They use DoorDash for delivery; menu is updated on DoorDash every day at noon, and there are daily specials Delivery info is at https://www.doordash.com/store/chocolate-santa-cruz-284767/ & pickup info is at https://chocolatesantacruz.com/wine-list/
  • Cilantro’s: daily 11 am to 7 pm, 831-761-2161, https://cilantroswatsonville.com
  • Coffeetopia: Closed until further notice
  • Colectivo Felix: Thursdaythrough Saturdayempanada, soup, and/or dip delivery to Santa Cruz residents, https://colectivofelix.square.site/
  • Companion Bakeshop: Westside location open for takeout 8 am-2 pm daily except Mondays, Aptos location closed, companionbakeshop.com. Also offering aweekly “Bakers Box” where you order & pay in advance and pick up on Tuesday or Thursday. Three different bakery product boxes are available along with several “add on” items (organic milk, hot sauce, etc.),https://companionbakeshop.com/shelter-box-order
  • Crow’s Nest: takeout daily with curbside pickup 11:30 am-8 pm, also Beach Market next door 9 am-8 pm, http://www.crowsnest-santacruz.com/
  • Dharma’s: closed for the foreseeable future
  • East End Gastropub: takeout, visit eastendpub.com for details
  • East Side Eatery from Pleasure Pizza: 11 am-8 pm, takeout/delivery only, with curbside pickup for online orders, pleasurepizzasc.com
  • El Chino Mexican Restaurant: open for takeout, 831-476-7175
  • El Jardin: takeout,831-477-9384, https://www.eljardinrestaurant.net/
  • El Pájaro CDC Commercial Kitchen Incubator: (412 E. Riverside Dr. Watsonville) Daily pop-up takeout program launched April 1 to support small food businesses (Cali Dawg, Dos Hermanos Pupuseria and more), which rotate and offer lunch and dinner. Customers place and pay for food orders ahead of time. For menus and more info, see @elpajarocdc on IG or FB. They will publish weekly menus every Saturday.
  • El Palomar: takeout with curbside service, daily noon to 6 pm, see Instagram & Facebook @elpalomarrestaurant for specials including family packages. Pacific Ave. entrance is closed– enter through Front Street entrance, adjacent to the Soquel/Front Parking Garage, 831-425-7575, elpalomarsantacruz.com
  • El Rosal Bakery: takeout food includes tamales, open 7 am to 8 pm, (831) 462-1308
  • Engfer Pizza Works: 4-9:30 pm daily except Monday, engferpizzaworks.com
  • Erik’s Deli: takeout, online ordering, curbside pickup and delivery are available at four locations, hours vary: Aptos 831- 688-5656, Capitola 831-475-4646, Santa Cruz 831-462-1919, and Scotts Valley 831-438-4646, eriksdelicafe.com
  • Farm Bakery & Café: takeout and delivery, 8 am to 4 pm daily, 831-684-0266, https://www.thefarmbakerycafe.com/
  • Foodsmith: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Thursday night for delivery Monday and/or Thursday of following week, myfoodsmith.com
  • Full Steam Dumpling: 4-8 pm Wednesdays they have ready-to-cook ramen dinner (just cook noodles), dumplings, and limited sides. Delivery or pick up on Chestnut St. behind Santa Cruz Food Lounge. Fridays from noon-4 pm, they’re doing frozen pickup of beef Gyoza, vegan Gyoza & Char Siu Bao at discounted prices. Pickup on Chestnut St. Text or call (626) 549-5574
  • Gabriella Café: takeout from 11:30 am-2 pm & 5-7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday, 831-457-1677, gabriellacafe.com
  • Golden Roots Kitchen: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Friday early afternoon for following week, linktr.ee/goldenrootskitchen
  • Gayle’s Bakery: closed until further notice
  • Habit Burger Grill: take-out and delivery from 10:30am-9:00pm daily, (831) 466-9264, https://www.habitburger.com/
  • Hanloh Thai: pre-packaged, ready-to-heat food pick-up Monday (Sante Adairius) and Wednesday (SC Mountain Brewing); pre-order at hanloh.square.site
  • Hidden Fortress Coffee: takeout daily 7:30 am-12:30 pm in Watsonville, menu includes breakfast bowls/burritos, sandwiches, and coffee drinks, https://www.hiddenfortresscoffee.com/cafe-menu
  • Hindquarter: takeout and delivery Wed-Sun 1-6 pm, 831-426-7770, https://www.thehindquarter.com/
  • Holy Smokes Country BBQ: daily except Mondays, free delivery, takeout, curbside pickup, 831-471-8787
  • Home: takeout with curbside pickup, taking phone orders after 3 pm for pickup 4-7pm Thursday-Saturday, 831-431-6131, http://www.homesoquel.com, also offering soups/stews and (uncooked) sausages at Downtown (Wednesday) and Live Oak (Sunday) farmers markets
  • Hula’s: closed until further notice
  • Ideal Bar & Grill: Daily noon-6 pm, takeout food plus brewed coffee and espresso drinks. Orders can be placed in person at café or at 831-423-5271. Only two guests at a time will be allowed in Ideal for pickup. www.idealbarandgrill.com
  • India Joze: open for takeout Tues-Sat from 5-8 pm, 831-325-3633, Indiajoze.com/order/eat
  • Jack O’Neill Restaurant at the Dream Inn: Takeout family breakfast Saturday-Sunday 8-11 am and family dinner daily 5-7:30 pm; each serves 4-6 people, see menu at https://www.jackoneillrestaurant.com/. Gift cards: there’s a current promotion—if you buy a gift card of $100 or more, and are one of the first 50 customers, you will receive a complimentary breakfast voucher for a later date. Call 831-460-5012.
  • Jeffery’s Restaurant: daily 7 am to 5 pm (sometimes later than 5), 831-425-1485
  • Kaito: 4-9 pm daily except Monday, takeout plus delivery to limited areas – delivery ends at 8 pm, https://www.smilekaito.com/
  • KFC: open for takeout, (831) 476-1170
  • Kianti’s: takeout with curbside pickup, or delivery, https://www.kiantis.com/
  • La Posta: takeout with curbside pickup, options include fresh bread loaves lapostarestaurant.com
  • Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria: open daily except Tuesdays noon-8 pm, takeout/delivery including free delivery to limited areas, menu includes family-size options and they also offer deli case up front for “quick grab and go foods to warm/cook at home,” lagodicomoristorante.com
  • Laili: takeout/delivery, lailirestaurant.com
  • Lillian’s Italian Kitchen: takeout, 831-425-2288, lilliansitaliankitchen.com
  • Linda’s Sea Breeze: 8 am-1 pm, takeout, cash (ATM available) or check, 831-427-9713, https://www.restaurantji.com/ca/santa-cruz/lindas-seabreeze-caf-/
  • Loard’s Ice Cream: takeout Monday-Thursday 2-8pm, Friday & Saturday 12-9pm and Sunday 12-7pm, next door to Beach Street Pizza & Bar, 831-471-8530.
  • Lupulo Craft Beer House: food and beer pickup and delivery noon to 8 pm daily, lupulosc.com
  • Manuel’s: takeout, 831-688-4848, manuelsrestaurant.com
  • Marianne’s Ice Cream: takeout, both locations, mariannesicecream.com
  • Mattia Pizza: delivering from 3-7 pm daily; place order by texting 669-236-9182 or via Instagram (@mattiapizza04) or email (mattiapizza04@gmail.com). Delivery is free if you buy three or more pizzas.
  • Mentone: David Kinch’s new restaurant opened March 25 with takeout only at 174 Aptos Village Way, mentonerestaurant.com. Call 831-708-1174 to pre-order from 11 am until sell-out. Rotating selections including pizza, salad, cocktails, and wine for Wednesday-Sunday pickup (4 pm onward)
  • Mission Hill Creamery: 2-9 pm Tues-Sat, 2-7 Sun, selections include ice cream, fresh bread, chicken pot pies, missionhillcreamery.com
  • Mission Street BBQ: takeout, 831458-2222, https://www.missionstbbq.com
  • Naka Sushi: takeout and delivery, Tuesday-Sunday 5:30-8:30 pm, nakasushi.org
  • Nick the Greek: takeout/delivery, nickthegreeksj.com/locations, and they’re giving out one roll of toilet paper per family per visit
  • Olive Garden: takeout and delivery,https://www.olivegarden.com/order-togo
  • Pacific Cookie Company: cookies and treats to go and offering curbside pick-up; order at 831-429-6905
  • Panda Express: takeout and delivery, pandaexpress.com
  • Parish Publick House: takeout, both locations, theparishpublick.com
  • Pasatiempo Golf Course: MacKenzie Bar & Grill is closed until further notice; Hollins House is doing take-out dinner. thehollinshouse.com/restaurant
  • Persephone: take-out menu available Fridays and Saturdays (may expand in future). Menu will change week to week, see https://www.toasttab.com/potter/v3
  • Picnic Basket: 9am-3pm daily, takeout or delivery, you can add an ice cream pint to your order from sister business The Penny Ice Creamery, http://thepicnicbasketsc.com
  • Pixie Deli: 831-688-1115, https://www.pixiegoodeats.com/
  • Pino Alto Restaurant at Cabrillo College: closed until further notice
  • Pizza My Heart Various locations open for takeout and/or curbside pickup and delivery, https://www.pizzamyheart.com
  • Pono Hawaiian Grill: closing downtown location for the foreseeable future
  • Pono Hawaiian Kitchen & Tap: (Capitola) noon to 7:30pm. Sunday-Thursday, noon to 8 pm Fri-Saturday, 831-476-7458, menu at ponohawaiiangrill.com (not all items are available; customers can ask when they call)
  • Pretty Good Advice: takeout daily 11 am-7 pm
  • Red Apple Café: 8 am-3 pm daily, 831-685-1224, https://www.redappleaptos.com
  • Robbie’s Sandwiches: takeout and delivery, 10 am-3 pm,(831) 515-7411
  • Rosie McCann’s: takeout and delivery, (831) 426-9930, https://rosiemccanns.com
  • Sabieng Thai: food to go from 3-8 pm daily, 831-425-1020, https://www.sabiengthaicuisine.com
  • Sala Thai: takeout and delivery, salathaisantacruz.com
  • Salsa’s: window service only, 831-465-1105
  • San Marcos Charquito Tacos y Tortas: takeout, 831-888-6697
  • Scopazzi’s: noon to 7 pm Wednesday-Sunday, 831-338-6441
  • Seabright Deli: 11 am-7 pm daily, walkup window and curb service, 831-515-7484
  • Shadowbrook: closed until at May 1
  • Showtime Pizzeria: takeout (pizza, wings, ravioli, lasagna & more), 831-662-3362, http://showtimepizzeria.com/
  • Slice Project Pizza: takeout through side window, Thurs-Sat 4-9 pm (last order at 8:30 pm), 831-319-4581, 300 Main St. Watsonville, sliceprojectpizza.com
  • Soif: UPDATE April 5: food service has stopped, takeout with curbside pickup, Tues-Sat 4-8 pm, soifwine.com
  • South Point Coffee Bar & Tap Room: coffee bar open daily 7 am to noon, limited bar menu 4-8pm Thurs-Sun but may soon add Wednesday, southpointseascape.com
  • Surf City Sandwich: 10:30 am-3 pm, takeout or delivery, see surfcitysandwich.com.
  • Taqueria Los Gordos: 9 am to 7:30 pm daily except Sunday when hours may vary, call 831-688-0911 or see IG Losgordosaptos
  • Taqueria La Cabana: 9 am-8 pm daily, 831-425-7261
  • Taqueria Tepeque: open for takeout, Brown Ranch Marketplace (same Capitola complex as Trader Joe’s), 831-462-2758, https://taqueriatepeque355.wixsite.com/tepeque
  • Togos: takeout with curbside pickup, and delivery, six locations covering Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Watsonville, hours vary, https://www.togos.com
  • Tortilla Flats: call 831-476-1754 starting at 1 pm to place order; pick up between 4-8 pm, tortillaflatstogo.com
  • Tramonti: takeout and delivery, 11:30 am-9 pm, 831-426-7248, http://www.tramontisantacruz.com
  • Upper Crust: takeout and delivery, 831-423-9010 (Westside location), https://uppercrustsc.com/
  • Vasili’s: takeout, vasilisgreekrestaurant.com
  • Vim Dining & Desserts: main restaurant is closed but owner/chef Jesikah Stolaroff is doing take-out and delivery of “celebration cakes and desserts” including brownies and cookies, on a sliding scale. They are also selling bottles of wine. Email jesikah@vimsantacruz.com to place an order.
  • Wasabi Sushi: open for takeout and offering free miso soup, Brown Ranch Marketplace (same Capitola complex as Trader Joe’s), 831- 515-7455, https://www.instagram.com/wasabicapitola/
  • Woodstock Pizza: open for take-out and delivery, 831-427-4444, https://woodstockscruz.com, also they’ve partnered with The Salvation Army to provide pizzas to the hungry, doubling every donation a person makes. A $25 donation will provide pizza for up to 10 people, see https://bit.ly/2UuhOXJ
  • Zameen: They re-opened Aptos location March 26 (other branches remain closed) for take-out food Thursday-Sunday 4-7:30, 831-688-4465

Get info for more downtown SC restaurants, & downtown SC food/drink venues, at https://downtownsantacruz.com/downtown-delivered. See menus for some restaurants at the Instagram account whatsopensantacruz & the site whatsopensantacruz.com—they also have some info on other services that are open (I’m not affiliated with any of these–just wanted to share resources).

Grocery stores

(listed alphabetically)

  • Aptos Natural Foods has reduced hours of 10 am to 7 pm with senior hours of 8-10 am (65 years and up, and 10 percent discount during this time), aptosnaturalfoods.com
  • Black Point Market: still open for business, groceries and ready-to-eat food, 831- 713-5842
  • Costco: effective March 30, hours are reduced (closing earlier): 10 am-6:30 pm weekdays, 9:30 am-6 pm Saturdays, 10 am to 6 pm Sunday. Seniors and vulnerable customers can shop Tues through Thurs 8-9 am—note, “official (published) hours to non-seniors” don’t start until 10 am weekdays, but unofficially, on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays Costco is letting non-seniors in right after the senior hour ends at 9. Updated gas station hours are 7:30 am-7 pm weekdays, 7:30 am-6:30 weekends, 831-469-0961, https://www.costco.com/
  • Deluxe Foods: open for business, see deluxefoodsofaptos.com
  • Food Bin & The Herb Room: open 8 am to 8 pm, call 831-423-5526 (Food Bin) or 831-429-8108 (Herb Room) or visit https://www.foodbinherbroom.com
  • Grocery Outlet: hoursare8 am to 9 pm daily, https://groceryoutlet.com/store-locator
  • New Leaf Community Markets: reduced hours 9 am to 8 pm daily, 8-9 am is for pregnant, senior, and immune-compromised individuals. Extended senior discount (formerly Wednesday, now Monday-Friday). There are temporary store capacity limits at all locations and new waitlist technology at some locations that gives customers the option to join a waitlist queue via text with their mobile phone upon arrival at the store. New Leaf asks that families elect one member to do the shopping whenever possible and to limit store visits to 30 minutes or less to help minimize potential wait times, https://www.newleaf.com/
  • Nob Hill: open, visit raleys.com/stores/nob-hill-foods-bay-capitola-california
  • Safeway: reduced hours & senior early morning hours on certain days depending on location, https://www.safeway.com/
  • Shopper’s Corner: as of April 1, they had not reduced hours (still 6 am – 9 pm). For seniors and vulnerable guests, they will take your order via email (shoppers.statements@gmail.com) and shop for you Monday-Friday, & call when ready to pick up—when you email your list, include your name & phone #. http://www.shopperscorner.com/
  • Staff of Life: reduced hours 9 am-8 pm, seniors 60 & older can shop at 8 am from Monday-Friday, online shopping with pickup/delivery is coming soon, https://www.staffoflifemarket.com
  • Target: reduced hours at stores including Capitola & Watsonville (8 am-9 pm), starting this week the 8-9 am slot on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is for vulnerable populations only (65 and older, those with underlying health concerns, and pregnant women), https://www.target.com/store-locator/find-stores
  • Trader Joe’s: both Santa Cruz and Capitola locations are open with reduced hours: 9 am to 7 pm daily. On March 30 they began hosting an early shopping hour from 8-9 am for seniors and disabled, https://www.traderjoes.com/
  • Whole Foods: reduced hours 9 am-8 pm, seniors 60 & older can shop at 8 am https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

Farmer’s Markets – currently open:

  • Downtown Santa Cruz Wednesday
  • Aptos/Cabrillo College Saturday
  • Westside SC Saturday
  • Live Oak Sunday

Breweries

  • Discretion Brewing: online ordering (toasttab.com/discretion-brewing) and parking lot pick up from 11 am to 4 pm daily
  • Humble Sea Brewing Co. is to-go only. Hours are daily noon to 6 pm  Visit humblesea.com.
  • Sante Adairius is offering to-go sales, from noon to 6 pm daily. Visit rusticales.com.

Wineries

For a comprehensive winery list, see what Laura Ness wrote for Edible Monterey Bay on March 20 athttps://www.ediblemontereybay.com/blog/wineries-want-to-help-you-cope-with-covid/ (sharing this with her permission)

Seafood

Local vendors offering fresh fish for delivery include H&H Fresh Fish and Ocean2Table.

H&H’s weekly subscription program: choose between one or two meals and pause subscriptions when you need to. See hhfreshfish.com/community-supported-fishery. They have a retail shop at 493 Lake Ave. (below Johnny’s Harborside).

Ocean2Table: order seafood to be delivered as frequently or rarely as you choose. They recently expanded so that people can add limited amounts of local vendors’ eggs, chicken, and produce to their fish delivery. See getocean2table.com.

Other

  • Deke’s Market on 7th Ave., with In Mah Belly Deli, is open. Contact 831-476-5897 or dekesmarket.com
  • Mutari Chocolate is open for delivery and pickup Wednesday-Sunday noon to 7 pm; visit mutarichocolate.com and check their Instagram @mutarichocolate for promotions/discounts
  • Sushi Market Sprouts: still open, they carry prepared packaged sushi (same family that runs Kaito Restaurant) & a few Japanese groceries & housewares, also refrigerated miso dressing from Hakouya, https://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-market-sprouts-santa-cruz
  • Toque Blanche: store hours are 11am-6pm daily. They are offering curbside pickup at our Santa Cruz store, and shipping to customers with flat rate $9.99 shipping for orders over $50, or free shipping for over $99, (831) 426-1351, https://www.mytoque.com/pages/toque-blanche-and-the-coronavirus
  • Capitola’s The Vitamin Center is taking phone orders and offering curbside pickup. Call 831-462-4697 after 10 am daily except Sunday.

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Santa Cruz County food/drink closures & changes, as of March 25, 2020

Gyros at Nick the Greek
photo by Tara Fatemi Walker

Hi — I am still doing what I can to share information during the Coronavirus pandemic. Here’s the latest list I’ve been able to gather. Please forgive any mistakes in these listings, 1) because it’s a constantly changing situation, and 2) because I’m moving really fast trying to distribute a lot at once. Email me at tara@santacruzfoodie.com if you have information to share, or corrections for me, that I can add to future articles.

Restaurants & other food vendors

(listed alphabetically)

  • Alderwood: takeout and delivery menu, 831-588-3238, https://www.alderwoodsantacruz.com/
  • Aptos St. BBQ: takeout and delivery, see aptosstbbq.com
  • Avanti: takeout daily 4-7:30 p.m., a la carte or family meals serving four, 831-427-0135, http://avantisantacruz.squarespace.com
  • Back Nine Grill & Bar: takeout with curbside pickup, and delivery, 831-226-2350, http://www.backninegrill.com/
  • Bad Animal Books: Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday from 4-7 p.m., take-out “family meals” with curbside pick up. Emergency first responders get a 50% discount. Order at badanimalbooks.com.
  • Bagelry: closed until further notice
  • Betty Burgers: new Aptos location, 415 Trout Gulch Road (831-612-6668), plus two other locations (41st Ave. and Seabright) are open for takeout from noon to 8 p.m., bettyburgers.com. Downtown location is closed.
  • Bittersweet Bistro: open Wednesday-Sunday noon-7 pm for take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery (on orders over $75), 831-662-9799 bittersweetbistro.com.
  • Blue Bunny Tacos: closed until further notice
  • The Buttery Bakery: takeout and delivery 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., butterybakery.com, 831-458-3020
  • Café Mare: takeout/curbside and delivery, 831-458-1212, http://www.cafemare.com/
  • Carpo’s: noon to 8 p.m. daily, carposrestaurant.com
  • Charlie Hong Kong: noon-9 p.m., takeout (curbside pickup). They will cater & deliver to serve first responders, medical/hospital staff & government workers, charliehongkong.com
  • Chocolate: takeout/delivery daily 4-8pm. They use DoorDash for delivery — menu is updated on DoorDash every day at noon, and there are daily specials Delivery info is at https://www.doordash.com/store/chocolate-santa-cruz-284767/ & pickup info is at https://chocolatesantacruz.com/wine-list/
  • Coffeetopia: Closed until further notice
  • Colectivo Felix: Thursday and Friday empanada, soup, and/or dip delivery to Santa Cruz residents, https://colectivofelix.square.site/
  • Companion Bakeshop: Westside location open 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Aptos location closed, companionbakeshop.com
  • Crow’s Nest: takeout daily with curbside pickup 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., also Beach Market next door 9 a.m.-8 p.m., http://www.crowsnest-santacruz.com/
  • Dharma’s: closed for the foreseeable future
  • East End Gastropub: takeout, visit eastendpub.com for details
  • East Side Eatery from Pleasure Pizza: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., takeout/delivery only, with curbside pickup for online orders, pleasurepizzasc.com
  • El Rosal Bakery: takeout food includes tamales, currently open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. but hours might shorten next week, (831) 462-1308
  • Engfer Pizza Works: 4-9:30 p.m. daily except Monday, engferpizzaworks.com
  • Farm Bakery & Café: takeout and delivery, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, 831-684-0266, https://www.thefarmbakerycafe.com/
  • Foodsmith: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Thursday night for delivery Monday and/or Thursday of following week, myfoodsmith.com
  • Full Steam Dumpling: Wednesdays 4-8 p.m. they’re offering ready-to-cook ramen dinner (just cook noodles), dumplings, and limited sides. Delivery or pick up on Chestnut St. behind Santa Cruz Food Lounge. Fridays from noon-4 p.m., they’re doing frozen pickup of beef Gyoza, vegan Gyoza & Char Siu Bao at discounted prices. Pickup on Chestnut St. Text or call (626) 549-5574
  • Gabriella Café: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 831-457-1677, gabriellacafe.com
  • Golden Roots Kitchen: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Friday early afternoon for following week, linktr.ee/goldenrootskitchen
  • Gayle’s Bakery: New info after article published: announced 3/26 they are closing until further notice, gaylesbakery.com
  • Holy Smokes Country BBQ: daily except Mondays, free delivery, takeout, curbside pickup, 831-471-8787
  • Hanloh Thai: pre-packaged, ready-to-heat food pick-up Monday (Sante Adairius) and Wednesday (SC Mountain Brewing); pre-order at hanloh.square.site
  • Home: takeout with curbside pickup, taking phone orders after 1 p.m. for pickup 4-7pm daily except Mondays, 831-431-6131, homesoquel.com
  • Ideal Bar & Grill: Daily noon-6 p.m., takeout food plus brewed coffee and espresso drinks, are available. Orders can be placed in person at café or at 831-423-5271. Only 2 guests at a time will be allowed in Ideal for pickup. www.idealbarandgrill.com
    Kianti’s: takeout with curbside pickup, or delivery, https://www.kiantis.com/
  • La Posta: takeout with curbside pickup, lapostarestaurant.com
  • Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria: open daily noon-8 p.m. except Tuesdays, takeout/delivery including free delivery to limited areas, menu with family-size options through April 7, lagodicomoristorante.com
  • Laili: takeout/delivery, lailirestaurant.com
  • Lillian’s Italian Kitchen: takeout, 831-425-2288, lilliansitaliankitchen.com
  • Linda’s Sea Breeze: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., takeout, cash (ATM available) or check, 831-427-9713
  • Lupulo Craft Beer House: food and beer pickup and delivery noon to 8 p.m. daily, lupulosc.com
  • Manuel’s: takeout, 831-688-4848, manuelsrestaurant.com
  • Marianne’s Ice Cream: takeout, both locations, mariannesicecream.com
  • Mentone: David Kinch’s new restaurant opened March 25 with takeout only at 174 Aptos Village Way, mentonerestaurant.com. Pre-order pizza, salad, cocktails, and wine at toasttab.com/mentone/v3 for Wednesday-Sunday pickup (4 p.m. until sold out). Pizza includes pesto and Crescenza cheese, and Sopressata and Calabrian chiles.
  • Mission Hill Creamery: 2-9 p.m. Tues-Sat, 2-7 Sun, selections include ice cream, fresh bread, chicken pot pies, missionhillcreamery.com
  • Naka Sushi: takeout and delivery, Tuesday-Sunday 5:30-8:30 p.m., nakasushi.org
  • Nick the Greek: takeout/delivery, nickthegreeksj.com/locations, and they’re giving out one roll of toilet paper per family per visit
  • Olive Garden: takeout and delivery,https://www.olivegarden.com/order-togo
  • Pacific Cookie Company: cookies and treats to go and offering curbside pick-up; order at 831-429-6905
  • Panda Express: takeout and delivery, pandaexpress.com
  • Parish Publick House: takeout, both locations, theparishpublick.com
  • Pasatiempo Golf Course: MacKenzie Bar & Grill is closed until further notice; Hollins House is doing take-out dinner. thehollinshouse.com/restaurant
  • Persephone: take-out menu available Fridays and Saturdays (may expand in future). Menu will change week to week, see https://www.toasttab.com/potter/v3
  • Pino Alto Restaurant at Cabrillo College: closed until further notice
  • Pono Hawaiian Grill: downtown location closed for the foreseeable future
  • Pono Hawaiian Kitchen & Tap: (Capitola) daily noon to 7pm. but might expand soon to 8 p.m., 831-476-7458, menu at ponohawaiiangrill.com (not all items are available; customers can ask when they call)
  • Pretty Good Advice: takeout daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Robbie’s Sandwiches: takeout and delivery, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.,(831) 515-7411
  • Rosie McCann’s: takeout and delivery, (831) 426-9930, https://rosiemccanns.com
  • Sala Thai: takeout and delivery, salathaisantacruz.com
  • Scopazzi’s: noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 831-338-6441
  • Seabright Deli: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, walkup window and curb service, 831-515-7484
  • Shadowbrook: closed until at least April 7
  • Soif: takeout with curbside pickup, Tues-Sat 4-8 p.m., soifwine.com
  • Surf City Sandwich: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., takeout or delivery, see surfcitysandwich.com.
  • Taqueria Los Gordos: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily except Sunday when hours may vary, call 831-688-0911 or see IG Losgordosaptos
  • Togos: Capitola location is still open for takeout, 831-476-7330
  • Tortilla Flats: call 831-476-1754 starting at 1 p.m. to place order; pick up between 4-8 p.m., tortillaflatstogo.com
  • Tramonti: takeout and delivery, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., 831-426-7248, http://www.tramontisantacruz.com
  • Upper Crust: takeout and delivery, 831-423-9010 (Westside location), https://uppercrustsc.com/
  • Vasili’s: takeout, vasilisgreekrestaurant.com
  • Vim Dining & Desserts: main restaurant is closed but owner/chef Jesikah Stolaroff is doing take-out and delivery of “celebration cakes and desserts” including brownies and cookies, on a sliding scale. They are also selling bottles of wine. Email jesikah@vimsantacruz.com to place an order.
  • Zameen: They are re-opening the Aptos location March 26 and offering to-go food. “We will have a limited menu that changes daily, offering dishes from all three locations,” says owner Ed Watson (other branches remain closed)

Get info for more downtown SC restaurants, & downtown SC food/drink venues, at https://downtownsantacruz.com/downtown-delivered. See menus for some restaurants at the Instagram account @whatsopensantacruz & the site whatsopensantacruz.com. They also have info on other services that are open (I’m not affiliated with any of these–just wanted to share resources).

Grocery stores

(listed alphabetically)

  • Aptos Natural Foods has reduced hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with senior hours of 8-10 a.m. (65 years and up, and 10 percent discount during this time), aptosnaturalfoods.com
  • Black Point Market: still open for business, groceries and ready-to-eat food, 831- 713-5842
  • Costco: hours are 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., seniors and vulnerable customers can shop Tues & Thurs 8-9 a.m., https://www.costco.com/
  • Deluxe Foods: open for business, see deluxefoodsofaptos.com
  • Grocery Outlet: hoursare8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, https://groceryoutlet.com/store-locator
  • New Leaf Community Markets: reduced hours 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, encouraging people with flexibility to come in after 9 a.m. so that 8-9 a.m. can be for pregnant, senior, and immune-compromised individuals https://www.newleaf.com/. They extended senior discount from Wednesday, to Monday through Friday
  • Nob Hill: open, visit raleys.com/stores/nob-hill-foods-bay-capitola-california
  • Safeway: reduced hours & senior early morning hours on certain days depending on location, https://www.safeway.com/
  • Shopper’s Corner: as of March 25, they had not reduced hours (still 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.). For seniors and vulnerable guests, they will take your order via email (shoppers.statements@gmail.com) and shop for you Monday-Friday, & call when ready to pick up—when you email your list, include your name & phone #. http://www.shopperscorner.com/
  • Staff of Life: reduced hours 9 a.m.-8 p.m., seniors 60 & older can shop at 8 a.m. from Monday-Friday, https://www.staffoflifemarket.com
  • Target: reduced hours at stores including Capitola & Watsonville (8 a.m.-9 p.m.); starting next week they’ll reserve the first hour stores are open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to accommodate seniors and those with underlying health concerns (stores with CVS Pharmacy inside will be open during those times as well), https://www.target.com/store-locator/find-stores
  • Trader Joe’s: reduced hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, https://www.traderjoes.com/
  • Whole Foods: reduced hours 9 a.m.-8 p.m., seniors 60 & older can shop at 8 a.m. https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

Farmer’s Markets

These are currently open:

  • Downtown Santa Cruz Wednesday
  • Aptos/Cabrillo College Saturday
  • Westside SC Saturday
  • Live Oak Sunday

Breweries

  • Discretion Brewing: online ordering (toasttab.com/discretion-brewing) and parking lot pick up from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, beginning March 25.
  • Humble Sea Brewing Co. is to-go only. Hours are Monday-Thursday 2-7 p.m. and Friday-Sunday noon to 7 p.m.  Visit humblesea.com.
  • Sante Adairius is offering to-go sales, from noon to 6 p.m. daily. Visit rusticales.com.

Wineries

For a great, comprehensive winery list, see what Laura Ness wrote for Edible Monterey Bay on March 20 at https://www.ediblemontereybay.com/blog/wineries-want-to-help-you-cope-with-covid/ (shared with her permission).

Other

Deke’s Market on 7th Ave., with In Mah Belly Deli, is open– 831-476-5897 or dekesmarket.com

Sushi Market Sprouts: still open, they carry prepared packaged sushi (same family that runs Kaito Restaurant) & a few Japanese groceries & housewares, also refrigerated miso dressing from Hakouya, https://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-market-sprouts-santa-cruz

Capitola’s The Vitamin Center is taking phone orders and offering curbside pickup. Call 831-462-4697 after 10 a.m. daily except Sunday.

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Santa Cruz County food/drink closures & changes, as of March 21, 2020

Truffles at Chocolate Restaurant
photo by Liz Birnbaum of The Curated Feast

As I mentioned in my post Thursday, I am doing what I can to share information during the Coronavirus pandemic. Hoping this helps those of you who are either buying groceries or ready-to-eat food and drinks, and also helps the local business owners. Unfortunately I’ve already heard of one closing because of the health crisis: the restaurant/pub 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall announced Thursday it would be closing for good because they wouldn’t be able to survive this.

I wanted to also mention, for staying healthy, that Capitola’s The Vitamin Center is taking phone orders and offering curbside pickup. Call 831-462-4697 after 10 a.m. daily except Sunday.

Please forgive any mistakes in these listings, as it’s a constantly changing situation. Email me at tara@santacruzfoodie.com if you have information to share, that I can add to future articles. I’ll provide more listings in a couple days.

Grocery stores (listed alphabetically)

  • Costco: hours are 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., seniors and vulnerable customers can shop Tues & Thurs 8-9 a.m., https://www.costco.com/
  • Grocery Outlet: hoursare8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, https://groceryoutlet.com/store-locator
  • New Leaf Community Markets: reduced hours 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, https://www.newleaf.com/
  • Shopper’s Corner: as of March 21, they had not reduced hours (still 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.). For seniors and vulnerable guests, they will take your order via email (shoppers.statements@gmail.com) and shop for you Monday-Friday, & call when ready to pick up—when you email your list, include your name & phone #. http://www.shopperscorner.com/
  • Staff of Life: reduced hours 9 a.m.-8 p.m., seniors 60 & older can shop at 8 a.m. from Monday-Friday, https://www.staffoflifemarket.com
  • Target: reduced hours at stores including Capitola & Watsonville (8 a.m.-9 p.m.): https://www.target.com/store-locator/find-stores
  • Trader Joe’s: reduced hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, https://www.traderjoes.com/
  • Safeway: reduced hours depending on location, https://www.safeway.com/
  • Whole Foods: reduced hours 9 a.m.-8 p.m., seniors 60 & older can shop at 8 a.m. https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

Farmer’s Markets – these are currently open:

  • Downtown Santa Cruz Wednesday
  • Aptos/Cabrillo College Saturday
  • Westside SC Saturday
  • Live Oak Sunday

Restaurants & other food vendors

  • Alderwood: reopening March 24 with takeout and delivery menu, alderwoodsantacruz.com
  • Bad Animal Books: Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday from 4-7 p.m., take-out “family meals” with curbside pick up. Emergency first responders get a 50% discount. Order at badanimalbooks.com.
  • Bagelry: closed for the foreseeable future
  • Bittersweet Bistro: open Wednesday-Sunday noon-7 pm for take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery (to Aptos on orders over $100), bittersweetbistro.com.
  • Blue Bunny Tacos: closed until further notice
  • Café Mare: takeout/curbside and delivery, 831-458-1212, http://www.cafemare.com/
  • Charlie Hong Kong: noon-9 p.m., takeout (curbside pickup). They will cater & deliver to serve first responders, medical/hospital staff & government workers, charliehongkong.com
  • Chocolate: takeout/delivery daily 4-8pm. They use DoorDash for delivery — menu is updated on DoorDash every day at noon, and there are daily specials Delivery info is at https://www.doordash.com/store/chocolate-santa-cruz-284767/ & pickup info is at https://chocolatesantacruz.com/wine-list/
  • Colectivo Felix: Friday and Saturday empanada delivery to Santa Cruz residents, possibly adding soup next week (check site Monday), https://colectivofelix.square.site/
  • Crow’s Nest: takeout daily with curbside pickup 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., also Beach Market next door 9 a.m.-8 p.m., http://www.crowsnest-santacruz.com/
  • Dharma’s: closed for the foreseeable future
  • East Side Eatery from Pleasure Pizza: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., takeout/delivery only, with curbside pickup for online orders, pleasurepizzasc.com
  • Full Steam Dumpling: Thursday-Sunday noon-5 p.m., takeout with curbside pickup (at Santa Cruz Food Lounge), (626) 549-5574
  • Home: takeout with curbside pickup, taking phone orders between 1-6pm, 831-431-6131, homesoquel.com
  • Ideal Bar & Grill: Daily noon-6 p.m., takeout food plus brewed coffee and espresso drinks, are available. Orders can be placed in person at café or at 831-423-5271. Only 2 guests at a time will be allowed in Ideal for pickup. www.idealbarandgrill.com
    Kianti’s: takeout with curbside pickup, or delivery, https://www.kiantis.com/
  • La Posta: takeout with curbside pickup, lapostarestaurant.com
  • Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria: takeout/delivery including free delivery to limited areas, menu with family-size options through April 7, lagodicomoristorante.com
  • Laili: takeout/delivery, lailirestaurant.com
  • Linda’s Sea Breeze: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., takeout, cash (ATM available) or check, 831-427-9713
  • Nick the Greek: takeout/delivery, nickthegreeksj.com/locations
  • Olive Garden: doing takeout and delivery,https://www.olivegarden.com/order-togo
  • Panda Express: takeout and delivery, pandaexpress.com
  • Pasatiempo Golf Course: MacKenzie Bar & Grill is closed until further notice; Hollins House is doing take-out dinner. thehollinshouse.com/restaurant
  • Persephone: take-out menu available Fridays and Saturdays (may expand in future). Menu will change week to week, see https://www.toasttab.com/potter/v3
  • Pono Hawaiian Grill: closing downtown location for the foreseeable future
  • Pretty Good Advice: takeout daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Shadowbrook: closing until at least April 7.
  • Soif: takeout with curbside pickup, Tues-Sat 4-8 p.m., soifwine.com
  • Surf City Sandwich: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., takeout or delivery, see surfcitysandwich.com.
  • Tortilla Flats: closed until further notice
  • Tramonti: takeout and delivery, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., 831-426-7248, http://www.tramontisantacruz.com
  • Vim Dining & Desserts: closed until further notice
  • Zameen: all branches will be closed through at least March 22.

Get info for more downtown SC restaurants, & other downtown SC food/drink venues, at https://downtownsantacruz.com/downtown-delivered

Breweries & wineries

  • Big Basin Vineyards closed the Boulder Creek and Saratoga tasting rooms until further notice.
  • Humble Sea Brewing Co. is to-go only.” Hours are Monday-Thursday 2-7 p.m. and Friday-Sunday noon to 7 p.m.  Visit humblesea.com.
  • Sante Adairius is offering to-go sales, from noon to 6 p.m. daily. Visit rusticales.com.

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Santa Cruz County food/drink closures & changes, as of March 19, 2020

Appetizer at HOME
photo courtesy of HOME web site

Hi everyone – I wanted to help share some information in this unprecedented environment. As this is constantly evolving and I don’t have the time or resources to gather everything at once, I am starting with one list today & including hours where I have them.

I will add a second list soon, with more in each of these categories, and try to do revised and/or additional lists in the days to come. I wish you all continued good health.

Please email me at tara@santacruzfoodie.com if you have information to share, that I can add to future lists/articles (I have some more ready to share but if I keep typing I will never finish & be able to share these).

Grocery stores

  • New Leaf Community Markets reduced hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, newleaf.com
  • Trader Joe’s reduced hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, traderjoes.com
  • Safeway: reduced hours depending on location, safeway.com/

Farmer’s Marketsthese are currently open:

Downtown Santa Cruz Wednesday

Aptos/Cabrillo College Saturday

Westside SC Saturday

Live Oak Sunday

Restaurants

Alderwood: reopening Tuesday with takeout and delivery menu, alderwoodsantacruz.com

Bad Animal Books: Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday from 4-7 p.m., take-out “family meals” with curbside pick up. Emergency first responders get a 50% discount. Order at badanimalbooks.com.

Blue Bunny Tacos: closed until further notice

Charlie Hong Kong: noon-9 p.m., takeout (curbside pickup). They will cater & deliver to serve first responders, medical/hospital staff & government workers, charliehongkong.com

Dharma’s: closed for the foreseeable future.

East Side Eatery from Pleasure Pizza: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., takeout/delivery only, with curbside pickup for online orders, pleasurepizzasc.com

Home: takeout with curbside pickup, taking phone orders between 1-6pm, 831-431-6131, homesoquel.com

La Posta: takeout with curbside pickup, lapostarestaurant.com

Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria: takeout/delivery including free delivery to limited areas, menu with family-size options through April 7, lagodicomoristorante.com

Laili: takeout/delivery, lailirestaurant.com

Nick the Greek: takeout/delivery, nickthegreeksj.com/locations

Panda Express: takeout and delivery, pandaexpress.com

Pasatiempo Golf Course: MacKenzie Bar & Grill is closed until further notice; Hollins House is doing take-out dinner. thehollinshouse.com/restaurant

Pono Hawaiian Grill: closing downtown location for the foreseeable future

Shadowbrook: closing until at least April 7.

Soif: takeout with curbside pickup, soifwine.com

Surf City Sandwich: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., takeout or delivery, see surfcitysandwich.com.

Tortilla Flats: closed until further notice

Vim Dining & Desserts: closed until further notice

Zameen: all branches will be closed through at least Sunday.

Breweries & wineries

  • Big Basin Vineyards closed the Boulder Creek and Saratoga tasting rooms until further notice.
  • Humble Sea Brewing Co. is to-go only.” Hours are Monday-Thursday 2-7 p.m. and Friday-Sunday noon to 7 p.m.  Visit humblesea.com.
  • Sante Adairius is offering to-go sales, from noon to 6 p.m. daily. Visit rusticales.com.

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Chocolate for Halloween and Beyond: Recchiuti Confections truffles & Chocolate on Pacific’s 20th anniversary

Calavera Truffles Collection, photo credit: Recchiuti Confections

I have sweet news from San Francisco-based Recchiuti Confections and Santa Cruz-based restaurant Chocolate.

Recchiuti Confections

Recchiuti Confections makes small batch chocolate using traditional European techniques and chocolate from Guittard, El Rey, and Valrhona. Their Calavera Truffles collection launched late last month just in time for Halloween. This collection ($22, available in-store and online) consists of eight pieces of Recchiuti Confections’ signature burnt caramel truffles. They are decorated with hand-placed artwork of the calavera, “meaning ‘skull’ in Spanish, symbolizing the celebration of ancestors and vibrant journey of life,” says a Recchiuti representative. On Oct. 29, the company is releasing a similar truffle box but this one is “fall-themed.” Also priced at $22 for eight pieces, Autumn Harvest Truffles have founder/chocolatier Michael Recchiuti’s signature burnt caramel truffles topped with visuals of autumn-inspired greenery. If you find yourself falling in love with the caramel flavor (as I did when the company kindly sent me a sample), you should know there is a scrumptious-sounding Burnt Caramel Sauce available as well — $12 for a nine-ounce jar. Recchiuti’s web site recommends serving over your favorite dessert or eating by the spoonful.

Store locations are One Ferry Building, Shop #30 (415-834-9494) and 801 22nd St. (415-834-9494), San Francisco. Visit recchiuti.com for details or to order online.

Chocolate

Restaurateur David Jackman is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his Santa Cruz restaurant Chocolate with a dinner and party from 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. The event will feature live music, and attendees can choose a family-style dinner for $35 (or four for $120) or can order from the regular menu. Visit eventbrite.com for tickets and more information. The family-style dinner will include appetizers, antipasto, hot and cold entrees, a special birthday cake, and assorted chocolate mousse truffles. All seating will be at tables for six to nine guests seated together. Cocktail servers will have trays with drinks for an additional fee.

If you’re unfamiliar with Chocolate, the traditional menu includes lots of fabulous desserts plus savory dishes like spicy chocolate BBQ roast pork, or chicken mole made with Mary’s free-range chicken braised in mole sauce made with organic bittersweet chocolate. Mole lovers have the choice of poblano (roasted sweet peppers, peanuts, chocolate, garlic, and chipotle pepper) or Oaxacan (plantains, peanuts, almonds, chocolate, and five kinds of spicy toasted chiles). The restaurant is also renowned for its hot chocolate menu with about a dozen options, such as a dark chocolate/milk chocolate/cardamom combination and drinks with Mexican or Belgian chocolate. See chocolatesantacruz.com.

Location: 1522 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 831-427-9900

 

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Restaurants for Easter in Santa Cruz, South Bay and SF

Past brunch dishes at Porta Blu in Menlo Park. Photo credit: Porta Blu

Dining out for Easter 2019? It’s this coming Sunday; here are some restaurant and food vendor highlights for Santa Cruz, the South Bay, and San Francisco.

Santa Cruz & Scotts Valley

Chaminade Resort & Spa

The Chaminade offers its annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; the price is $65 (adults), $20 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. Selections include fresh carved prime rib and leg of lamb, a seafood bar, omelets made to order, a devilled egg trio, a Mediterranean mezze display, several salads, and desserts such as Easter specialties and pastries. There will be hourly Easter egg hunts for the kids between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – these are open to restaurant and hotel guests only. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations. Visit chaminade.com.

One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

Hilton Scotts Valley

The Hilton SV offers its annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; the price is $35 (adults), $19 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. Selections include roasted herbed turkey, a carving station with honey glazed ham, a smoked salmon platter, Belgian waffles with berry compote, chicken apple sausage, an omelet bar, and desserts including a shortcake bar and cinnamon apple bread pudding. There will be Easter egg hunts at noon and 2, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Call (831) 440-1000, ext 4 for reservations.

6001 La Madrona Drive, Scotts Valley

South Bay

Manresa Bread

At the three Manresa Bread  locations (Los Gatos, Los Altos & Campbell), a few special dishes are available for Easter feasts. Guests can pre-order partner/head baker Avery Ruzicka’s seasonal strawberry apricot Panettone, fig walnut or chocolate Babka, and tomato and asparagus quiche, to pick up at the bakeries between April 19-21. For advance orders, visit pre-ordermanresabread.com. Additional treats are available at the two bakeries (276 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, and 271 State St, Los Altos) and the one all-day café & bakery (Campbell, 195 E. Campbell Ave.) during Easter weekend. For Easter brunch April 20, Manresa Bread Campbell will add dishes such as burrata and asparagus toast, vegan vegetable soup, and doughnuts. Visit manresabread.com.

 

Porta Blu

At Porta Blu there will be an “Easter Brunch Bash” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bay Area native / Chef de Cuisine Michael Riddell, has created a menu with dishes such as Lemon Pancakes, Rosemary Ham Benedict, and Dungeness Crab Toast. Families are invited to indulge in a gourmet spread of dishes, snap a photo with the Easter bunny, grab a basket for the egg hunt, or play in the petting zoo. Porta Blu’s weekly jazz brunch series will continue on Easter, with live music provided by local saxophonist Michael O’Neil. For reservations, visit portablurestaurant.com.

200 Independence Dr/, Lobby Level, Menlo Park

 

San Francisco

Recchiuti Confections

An artisan chocolate leader for over 20 years, Recchiuti Confections is known for meticulously sourcing ingredients and hand-crafting their recipes in small batches using traditional European techniques. Store locations are One Ferry Building, Shop #30, and 801 Twenty-second Street. Visit recchiuti.com. The below items are available both in store and online.

  • Force Noir Eggs (12 pieces, $25): Dark chocolate shells filled with vanilla-laced chocolate and hand-painted with a fresh new design of lustrous pink and purple. 12 egg-shaped halves making up 6 whole eggs packed in an elegant platinum box
  • Almond Hazelnut Praline Eggs (12 pieces, $25): Signature 45% milk chocolate shells filled with 45% milk chocolate hazelnut-almond praline. 12 egg-shaped halves making up 6 whole eggs packed in an elegant platinum box
  • Bunnies and Blossoms (8 pieces, $22): Hop into Easter with the Bunnies and Blossoms truffle collection. Each Burnt Caramel truffle is topped with original artwork; truffles are made by blending dark, smoky caramel with 70% dark chocolate ganache and enrobing it in semisweet chocolate

 

Presidio Social Club

Nestled in the heart of San Francisco’s iconic Presidio National Park, Presidio Social Club (563 Ruger St.) is a former military barrack turned modern eatery paying homage to its historical past by celebrating classic Americana cuisine and a completely in-house maintained barrel-aged cocktail program. Presidio Social Club invites families to enjoy Easter Sunday Brunch between 9 a.m. -3 p.m. either indoors or on the restaurant’s tree-lined open patio (dependent on weather). They will offer both classic and specialty a la carte menu items such as those listed below. Visit presidiosocialclub.com. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

  • Mission-style chilaquiles ($15.95): with scrambled eggs, tomatillo, cotija cheese
  • Slow-roasted Leg of Pork ($23): with soft polenta, fried eggs, and salsa verde
  • Challah French Toast ($14.50): with pecan butter and maple syrup
  • Brioche Beignets ($10): with brown sugar hot chocolate

 

Capo’s Chicago Pizza & Fine Italian Dinners

Celebrating “Chicago-style cuisine with an emphasis on authenticity and quality ingredients,” Capo’s owner Tony Gemignani invites guests to experience a traditional Italian Easter dinner with classics such as his Stuffed Crust pies. Originally derived from the traditional Italian Easter pie, Scarciedda, Capo’s offers stuffed pizzas like the Big Jim, Old Chicago, and Frank Nitti.

641 Vallejo Street

 

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Christmas shopping: last minute restaurant gift card bonuses

Photo caption: Sushi Garden is offering discount gift cards this holiday season

Two weeks ago I posted this article with eight different “gift card bonus offers” from Santa Cruz and Capitola restaurants. Here are a few more for any of you doing very-last-minute shopping.

 

Capitola, Scotts Valley and Watsonville

Sushi Garden is offering 10% off if you purchase at least $50 worth of gift certificates. You have to buy them by Dec. 24, and they’re valid at all three locations: Capitola (820 Bay Ave.), Scotts Valley (5600 Scotts Valley Dr.) and Watsonville (1441 Main St.).Visit sushi-garden.com.

 

Capitola, Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz

Jamba Juice is offering a gift card deal this holiday season, through Christmas. If you buy $25 in gift cards, you get a $5 bonus card redeemable in January and February. For more information, visit jambajuice.com. Local stores include Capitola (3555 Clares St.), Santa Cruz (1550 Pacific Ave.), and Scotts Valley (214 Mt. Hermon Rd.).

 

Santa Cruz

At Blaze Pizza (1901 Mission St.), if you buy a $25 gift card by Dec. 31, you get a free pizza reward to use at in 2019 (Jan. 1-Feb. 28). Restrictions: You must be a Blaze Rewards member (but it’s easy to sign up). For more information, visit blazepizza.com/locations/santa-cruz.

 

And finally, even though it’s not food-related, I have to mention Bookshop Santa Cruz because it’s such a wonderful, independent resource—and it’s been so for more than 50 years! Through the holiday season, you receive a free $10 BSC gift card when you purchase four $25 gift cards, or a free $5 gift card when you purchase five $10 gift cards. Speaking of food, your gift recipients (or you!) can buy a cookbook or a different type of food book (Ruth Reichl’s Comfort me With Apples…Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, etc.). Visit bookshopsantacruz.com.

 

Best wishes for a great 2019!

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Santa Cruz holiday shopping: Gift card bonus offers for restaurants

Pono Hawaiian Grill is offering discount gift cards this holiday season

If you’re in Santa Cruz or Capitola and have some gift or stocking stuffer shopping to do, you’ll be happy to know that several restaurants are offering “gift certificate bonus deals” for the 2018 holiday season. Here are a few options – if you hear of any more, let me know at tara@santacruzfoodie.com so I can share with everyone, thanks!

Santa Cruz

Pono Hawaiian Grill (120 Union St.) – If you buy a $25 gift card, it costs $20. If you buy a $100 card, you get a $20 bonus certificate. The offer is valid until Dec. 31. For more information, call 831-426-7666 or visit ponohawaiiangrill.com.

 

Hula’s Island Grill: ((221 Cathcart St.): Purchase a $50 gift certificate and get a $10 card free to keep for yourself. Purchase $100 and get a $20 certificate free. Offer available until December 23. For more information, call 831-426-4852 or visit hulastiki.com.

 

Mission Hill Creamery (1101B Pacific Ave., 831-216-6421) is offering gift cards at a 20 percent discount. Purchase cards such as a $10 card for $8 or a $50 card for $40. The promotion is valid through Dec. 24. Visit missionhillcreamery.com.

 

Woodstock’s Pizza  – Now through Christmas, for every $50 in gift cards you purchase, you get 5 free “Woody Bucks.” The Santa Cruz location is 710 Front St. Call 831-427-4444 or visit woodstockscruz.com.

 

Denny’s: customers who buy a $25 Denny’s gift card will receive $50 in coupons for future visits. The offer is valid through Dec. 25. The Santa Cruz location is 1515 Ocean St. Call 831-426-4628 or visit dennys.com.

 

Capitola

Paradise Beach Grille (215 Esplanade): Buy a $100 gift certificate for $80. Offer valid through Christmas. Call 831-476-4900 or visit paradisebeachgrille.com

 

Chili’s  – If you buy $50 in gift cards, you receive a $10 bonus card to keep for yourself. The Capitola branch is at 1855 41st Ave. For more information, call 831-462-1813 or visit chilis.com.

 

IHOP – If you buy a $25 gift card, you receive a $5 bonus coupon. The Capitola branch is at 1549 41st Ave. For more information, call 831-475-0540 or visit ihop.com.

 

Happy holiday shopping & Bon Appetit!

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Mother’s Day restaurant highlights for Santa Cruz & Monterey: Shadowbrook, Chaminade, Portola & more

Shadowbrook is open during the day on Mother’s Day. Photo courtesy of Shadowbrook.

Dining out on Mother’s Day is extremely popular, so if you haven’t made reservations yet, better hurry: here are a few restaurant highlights for Santa Cruz County and Monterey. I’ll publish more in the next few days.

Santa Cruz, Capitola, Aptos

Shadowbrook

It’s very rare for Shadowbrook to be open during the day, but it’s happening on Mother’s Day. The restaurant is serving a dinner menu all day (11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.) in its main dining room. Mother’s Day specials are slow-roasted leg of spring lamb (porcini mushroom-crusted with organic baby carrots, wild rice ‘pilaf’ and Cabernet jus, $28.95) and sweet-glazed ham (lightly smoked with Gouda potato gratin, grilled asparagus, apple-mustard and ham hock jus, $24.95). Many other dishes will be available like New England clam chowder; signature salad which includes baby spinach, candied pecans, and bacon-wrapped prawns; and house specialty Angus prime rib. See full menu here.

Many of the large party tables (7 people and up) have been booked, but as of press time there were a couple cancellations for the private room, at 11:15 and 5:15—this holds 12-16 people. For smaller parties (tables of four, for example) they are booked from 11 a.m. to 2:30, but there are reservation openings after that scattered throughout the afternoon and evening. Call 831-475-1511 for reservations. In addition, the Rock Room Bar & Lounge is open beginning at 10:30 a.m. for bar service and 11 for food, and might stay open as late as 10 p.m., but there are no reservations accepted for that area. It’s first-come, first-served. The regular dinner menu will be available at the rooftop heated bar/lounge deck. The regular Rock Room menu will be available in the lounge and on the deck. Because of Shadowbrook’s popularity—especially on Mother’s Day—many people choose to buy restaurant gift cards for Mother’s Day and give these as gifts, to be used at a later date.

1750 Wharf Rd., Capitola

 

Chaminade

The Chaminade offers its annual Mother’s Day buffet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13. Cost is $66.95 for adults, $18.95 for kids 6-12 and free for kids under 6. Selections include Belgian waffles; an omelet bar; mini quiches; gourmet salads; a seafood bar with teriyaki salmon, Dungeness crab legs and more; roast prime rib with au jus; bourbon glazed honey ham; and ravioli with porcini cream, fried leeks and wild mushrooms. Kids’ dishes are chicken strips and fries; mac & cheese; and mini pancakes. See full menu. Call (831) 475-5600 or visit  opentable.com for reservations.

One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

Sanderlings

Sanderlings at Seascape Resort has a brunch buffet from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm; the price is $56.95 for adults and $21.95 for kids. This year’s selections include a prime rib carving station; a seafood bar; a salad assortment (includes roasted beet with radicchio, apple, pickled apple; and Cobb; fresh fruit; and freshly baked croissants and muffins. Other highlights include potato cakes; smoked bacon and chicken apple sausage; and a kids’ menu with chicken tenders, hot dogs and more. Call (831) 662-7120 or visit opentable.com for reservations.

One Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos 

Hollins House

Hollins House at Pasatiempo has a brunch buffet from 10 am to 2 pm; the price is $75 for adults (includes a glass of champagne). The menu will include made-to-order omelets featuring choices such as smoked salmon and green garlic chives; Yukon gold potato hash; Applewood smoked bacon and breakfast sausage; a carving station with items such as Pitt ham with honey mustard and Hollandaise; artichoke quiche; and a few salads (including Caesar, and build-your-own-Cobb). Other highlights include a croissant and bagel station, cupcakes and bread pudding with salty whiskey caramel. See full menu here. Call (831) 216-5358 or visit opentable.com for reservations.

20 Clubhouse Road, Santa Cruz

Monterey

Portola Hotel & Spa

Portola Hotel & Spa is hosting Mother’s Day brunch at its De Anza Ballroom. There will be live piano music, and each mother receives a complimentary Mimosa. The buffet is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 831-649-7874 for reservations. Cost is $54.95 for adults, $41.95 for seniors 65 and up, and $24.95 for kids. The menu includes ham-gruyere frittata, sweet & savory crepes, California cheeses & cured meats with crusty bread & crackers, wild King salmon, and prime rib.  The kids’ menu includes macaroni & cheese and grilled chicken fingers with Ranch. See full menu.

Two Portola Plaza, Monterey

 

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Win a year of coffee from Peet’s Coffee & learn about holiday drinks

Photo credit: Peet’s Coffee, used with permission

Earlier this fall, Peet’s Coffee launched a campaign called “What Fills Your Cup?” In honor of this new campaign, it’s offering fans a chance to win a year’s supply of coffee (via a $1,000 Peet’s gift card)—and there will be five winners. Peet’s invites you to “Share Your Passion” by uploading a photo of yourself in pursuit of your own unique aspirations or passion—such as art, sports, or music. The contest will accept submissions through Nov. 20, 2017 on peets.com/passion. Winners will be randomly selected in a drawing conducted around Nov. 29, 2017. No purchase is necessary.

The Peet’s “What Fills Your Cup?” promotion has a cast of well-known characters who are driven by their passions. “The success of Peet’s Coffee is intrinsically tied to our passion for crafting the finest and freshest coffee sourced from the highest quality beans and hand-roasted in small batches,” said Andrea Fernandes, Director, Brand Marketing, Peet’s Coffee. The individuals whose stories Peet’s chose to highlight include:

  • Kristen Kish, an acclaimed chef (winner of Bravo’s Top Chef) releasing her first book, Kristen Kish Cooking
  • Brianna Cope, a professional surfer from Kauai chasing waves since the age of four, currently traveling the world as a member of the World Surf League
  • Scott Borrero, a lauded commercial photographer and winner of Nigel Barker’s Top Photographer

In other Peet’s news, the 2017 holiday blend coffee is now available at Peet’s coffeebar locations, select grocery stores across the country and online. Each season, Peet’s seeks the year’s best beans to create a unique, celebratory blend. The 2017 blend features beans from Guatemala (“for notes of bittersweet chocolate), Sumatra (“for a hint of warm spice”) and Ethiopia (“for a floral twist”). At the beginning of November, coffeebars started serving two new beverages for the holidays in addition to traditional seasonal favorites. The new drinks are Holiday Spiced Latte and Winter Solstice Tea Latte, both featuring a mix of holiday baking spaces. Returning drinks include Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog Latte and Pepperming Cocoa.

Last but not least, Peet’s is permanently adding House Made Chocolate Sauce to its menu. Coffeebar baristas will prepare it fresh each day with premium ingredients. I’m very excited to try this delicious-sounding treat next time I visit Peet’s!

To find a Peet’s Coffee location near you, use the online store locator.

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