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Santa Cruz and nearby restaurant news highlights, Part 2 of 2

Jamaican food from The Jerk House

Jamaican food from The Jerk House

Here is some restaurant news for Santa Cruz and other local areas. I published Part 1 of this two-part series a few days ago.

Openings

Perfectly Pressed Juice Bar opened a Pleasure Point location in October at 3617B Portola Dr. next to Coffeetopia. The store sells many cold-pressed organic juices made with fruits and/or vegetables. I recently had the opportunity to sample three varieties. They were all delicious and refreshing, but my favorite was Green Dream with cucumber, spinach, kale, romaine, celery, apple, lemon and ginger. Green Dream happens to be one of their top sellers. Perfectly Pressed has locations in Salinas, Seaside, Marina and Prunedale and will open a Watsonville location next month. Santa Cruz hours are M-F 6-6, Sat 8-2, and Sun 10-2. Call (831) 331-4041.

The Jerk House opened in Santa Cruz in October. The restaurant serves Jamaican cuisine. Read my preview article to learn more about food and drink selections. I haven’t had the opportunity to dine there yet, but I look forward to it. The Jerk House is at 2525 Soquel Drive, (831) 316-7575. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tues-Thurs and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri-Sun.

Ruyi Dim Sum opened in Capitola in July. The restaurant, which is in the same 41st Ave. complex as New Leaf, serves Chinese food and dim sum. Selections include shrimp dumplings, steamed buns (BBQ pork, chicken, and more), Mongolian beef or chicken, mu shu with meat, fish, or veggies, chow mein, and fried rice. Ruyi Dim Sum is at 1200 41st Ave. Suite C, (831) 475-3688. Hours are approximately 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. daily.

Opening in the Future

El Salchichero and Uncommon Brewers are collaborating to create a very large (2,700 square foot!) bar and restaurant on River Street near the Old Sash Mill. They plan to open sometime in 2016, hopefully by April or May. The bar/lounge will be called The Oasis and will serve six to eight Uncommon Brewers draft beer plus cider and local wines. Food selections will include sausage sandwiches and cheese and charcuterie plates. There will also be a salumi-curing room for el Salchichero and space for Uncommon to expand its oak barrel-aging program. The location will be 415A River St.

East End Gastropub is opening in Capitola in late January or early February, in the former location of Tony and Alba’s next to the Cinelux Theater. The folks behind West End Tap & Kitchen are opening the pub on 41st Avenue adjacent to Cinelux Theater in late January or early February. The restaurant will feature a menu similar to West End, with wood-fired pizzas, appetizers, sharing plates, and craft beer and keg wine. East End Gastropub will be at 1501 41st Ave.

Cafe Brasil announced in November that they are going to open a location at UC Santa Cruz. They will take over management of the Global Village Cafe (formerly managed by Hoffman’s) in the lobby of McHenry Library. The menu will be based on Cafe Brasil’s Capitola offshoot, Amazon Juices, which includes juices, smoothies, acai bowls, sandwiches, egg burritos, salads and rice bowls. Cafe Brasil will also serve Brazilian coffee and Kelly’s French Bakery pastries. They hope to open later this month with a limited menu and expand to a full menu in January.

Juicy Sweet, a juice bar that will also feature smoothies, Straus organic soft serve ice cream, and frozen yogurt, will open in Aptos in the future. The location will be in the Aptos Center at 7500 Soquel Drive.

Closings
Camellia Tea House in Capitola has closed.

Changes
Lillian’s no longer serves lunch. Also, it’s expanding into a much larger space just a few doors down from the current location at 1116 Soquel Ave. They hope to begin serving food in this new spot (the former site of Jerry’s Sports) in March.

Back Porch in Soquel Village is now open on Saturdays. In September they started selling their food out of a mobile food trailer Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In late November, they added Saturdays, same hours. Their menu includes tacos, banh mi, and lamb sliders. The trailer is located at the corner of Soquel & Daubenbiss, at the Christmas tree lot.  Call (831) 332-3401.

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St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Santa Cruz & nearby plus Bonny Doon Vineyard’s move

Tarpy's Roadhouse in Monterey

Tarpy’s Roadhouse in Monterey

Many local restaurants and bars are offering St. Patrick’s Day specials this weekend; I’ll post some today and more in the next couple days, and I want to also share the news about Bonny Doon Winery’s move.

You may recall that Le Cigare Volant, the restaurant at Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Westside Santa Cruz tasting room, shut down at the end of 2012. Now the winery has announced it is moving its tasting room to Davenport (the winery first moved to Santa Cruz from Bonny Doon in 2008). The new location will open in late spring in the former site of Davenport Gallery at 450 Highway One. Meanwhile, Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Swift Street Courtyard tasting room will be open until at least May.

St. Patrick’s Day in Santa Cruz & nearby

Aptos restaurant Bittersweet Bistro is offering food and drink specials including corned beef and cabbage and Irish creme brulee. Bar and outdoor patio opens at 3:00 p.m. Dining room service starts at 5:30 pm.

787 Rio Del Mar Boulevard, Aptos, (831) 662-9799.

 

Yacht harbor restaurant Crow’s Nest is offering live music by the Irish Rovers from 4:30-7 p.m. in its upstairs lounge, which serves lots of delicious affordable food and has a full bar.

2218 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz (831) 476-4560

 

Westside Santa Cruz butcher shop el Salchichero is selling grass-fed corned beef for all you do-it-yourselfers. Hours are Tues-Sun from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

402 Ingalls St, Suite 25, Santa Cruz (831) 423-MEAT

 

Monterey-based Tarpy’s Roadhouse is serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner and offering a special Tipsy Tarpy cocktail (includes Jameson’s, Apple Pucker Schnapps, and pineapple juice).  If you wear green, you get a free dessert.

999 Monterey Salinas Highway, Monterey, (831) 647-1444

 

Scotts Valley restaurant Malone’s Grille is serving corned beef and cabbage all day on both Sat. Mar. 16 and Sun. Mar. 17. On Sunday, it will also offer live Irish music.

4402 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley (831) 438-2244

The Super Bowl in Santa Cruz: food and drink specials and recommendations

Tacos at Santa Cruz’s Crow’s Nest, one of several restaurants with Super Bowl specials

This Sunday, several Santa Cruz area restaurants and bars are offering food and drink specials during the Super Bowl — here is a round-up. Super Bowl kickoff is at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

Bittersweet Bistro

The bar opens at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday for the Super Bowl. For a $25 price, Bittersweet is offering a special Super Bowl buffet and viewing on its 110” TV in the back room. Buffet includes shaved prime rib, French dip with carmelized onion au jus, Bittersweet chili, Nathan’s hot dogs, sliders, nachos, chips and dipsm fruit salad, buffalo chicken wings, submarine sandwiches, tacos, black beans and Spanish rice, pizzettas, and taquitos. Or you can sit in the bar, watch the game on one of seven HD flatscreen TVs, and purchase food and drink off of the bar menu. There will be drink specials and prizes (chance to win Santa Cruz Warriors tickets, a mini Weber BBQ, and more).

787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos, (831) 662-9799.

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is throwing a Super Bowl party. The microbrewery will set up TVs both inside the bar and on the deck outside, and offer its organic beers on tap plus Wing Ding wings.

402 Ingalls Street, Suite 27, Santa Cruz (831) 425-4900

Crow’s Nest

The oceanfront restaurant’s Super Bowl party kicks off at 3:30 p.m. in the upstairs bar when happy hour prices begin. Crow’s Nest will serve half-price appetizers and well drinks, plus draft beer specials. The happy hour prices last all night – including after the live comedy show starts at 9 p.m.

Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, 2218 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz (831) 476-4560

Woodstock’s Pizza

The pizzeria Woodstock’s is offering happy hour prices on drinks during the Super Bowl. Also, if you buy an extra-large pizza with 1 topping or more, you can purchase 12 wings for $5 (valid all day Feb. 3 for dine-in, take-out, or delivery; mention Super Bowl deal when ordering).

710 Front St, Santa Cruz (831) 427-4444

el Salchichero

It’s not a restaurant – but it’s a great butcher shop and retail store if you are having people over for the Super Bowl and have some last-minute shopping to do (or if you just want to cook for yourself). It’s open Sunday (and every Tues-Sun) from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. el Salchichero recommends any or all of these items for Super Bowl treats: beer bacon, blood orange marinated chicken thighs, grass fed steaks, sausages for sandwiches or appetizers, cured meats for a charcuterie plate, Yucatan flat iron, and Mad Marge’s meatballs. If you’re in Live Oak and need last-minute Super Bowl meats, el Salchicero will be at the Live Oak Farmers Market from from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

402 Ingalls Street, Suite 25, Santa Cruz (831) 423-MEAT

Hula’s

Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room is offering $5 pupus all night on Super Bowl Sunday. Traditionally the $5 pupus are offered 4:30 – 6 p.m. seven days a week. I went to Hula’s the other night and can recommend these tasty pupus: Abalone Style Calamari (pan-fried calamari with lime-ginger-cream sauce and soy glaze), Sweet Potato Fries (addicting!), and Spicy Edamame.

221 Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz (831) 426-HULA

 

Ideal Bar & Grill

Ideal is showing the Super Bowl on 10 big screen TVs. Game day specials include the following $5 appetizers: chicken wings, nachos, potato skins, garlic fries, calamari, and quesadillas. Happy Hour is from gametime through closing; drink specials include $3 domestic beers and $3 Cuervo margaritas.

106 Beach Street at the Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz (831) 423-5271

Santa Cruz fests: 300 bottles of wine at Oktoberfest, food and drinks at Sausagefest

Sausage from Freedom Meat Lockers, a participant in Saturday’s Santa Cruz Sausagefest

The many food-related fun activities this weekend in Santa Cruz include two fests, Sausagefest on Saturday and Oktoberfest on Sunday, and each benefits a worthy local organization. And Oktoberfest includes the opportunity to bid on 300 bottles of wine!

Saturday’s Sausagefest details:
The event is Oct. 6 from 5-9 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Homeless Garden Project, and it’s recommended you go early as it’s likely to sell out. Also, you’re encouraged to bring “kids, dogs, blankets, and chairs.” There is a $5 entry fee (free for kids) and there will be live music. Expect handcrafted sausages from El Salchichero, Freedom Meat Locker, and Corralitos Meats, homemade sauerkraut, pickles, and mustards, sweet and savory treats from Penny Ice Creamery and Nut Kreations, and wine from folks including Odonata. Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is hosting the sixth annual festival and there will be $5 draft beers from SCMB, Uncommon Brewers, and Sante Adarius. For more information call (831) 425-4900.

Location: The corner of Mission Street Extension and Western Drive (same site as the Westside Farmers Market which is earlier that day and every Saturday)


Sunday’s Oktoberfest details:

The event is Oct. 7 from 12-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Santa Cruz County. Admission is free. Lunch is available for purchase from 12-2:30 p.m. Items include kielbasa, sauerkraut, potato salad, and apple strudel prepared by Five Star Catering. Beverages available will include soft drinks, beer, and wine.

The program includes live music and both silent and live auctions; the silent one is from 12-3 p.m. and the live one begins at 3:30 p.m. Also, tickets will be sold for a drawing with cash prizes (and you don’t need to be present to win). Auction items include vacations and weekend getaways to places such as Hawaii and San Francisco, the aforementioned 300 bottles of wine, sports and other event tickets, jewelry, artwork, and restaurant gift certificates. If bidding for prizes isn’t your cup of tea, you can peruse the “cash and carry” tables and purchase products including holiday items, and browse the large assortment of garden items such as flowering plants and ornamentals. For more info call (831) 430-3033.

Location: Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, 150 Jewell Street (off Graham Hill Road), Santa Cruz

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Chef Brad Briske & butcher Chris LaVeque at Santa Cruz Downtown Farmers’ Market July 4

A vendor at the downtown Santa Cruz Farmers' Market

Local chef Brad Briske, whose experience includes cooking at Gabriella Café and Main Street Garden & Café, will be at a special event at the Santa Cruz Downtown Farmers’ Market on July 4, 2012.

The Farmers’ Market recently started a monthly food/farm education series called The Foodshed Project, and this Wednesday is the second event (Next month’s theme is Peach Party). Beginning at 3pm, Briske and butcher Chris LaVeque (of el Salchichero) will be presenting. The event includes grilled grass-fed mini burgers, and provides information on the importance of pasture-raised meats and eggs.

Briske currently teaches classes at Let’s Cook!, a cooking school in Soquel. These include Sausage Making 101 (using organic pork from local Fogline Farms), Succulent Steaks, and Chicken 101. Read my recent article on Let’s Cook! LaVeque’s background includes a degree from San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy, an apprenticeship with Severino’s Community Butcher, an internship at renowned Los Gatos restaurant Manresa, and positions at local restaurants Cellar Door (now Le Cigare Volant) and Gabriella Cafe.

This Wednesday’s hours are 1:30-6:30 p.m. (summer hours for the market). The expanded hours usually last until Thanksgiving week. Between Thanksgiving and the week after Daylight Savings Time, hours are shortened to 1:30-5:30 p.m.

The Details
Santa Cruz Downtown Farmers’ Market special food/farm event
Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 3 p.m.
Cedar & Lincoln Streets (one block off Pacific, behind Logos/Toadal Fitness)

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Scotts Valley Hop N’ Barley Fest with food, beer, and kids’ activities

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is one of several local breweries participating in the Hop N' Barley Fest Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is one of several local breweries participating in the Hop N' Barley Fest. Photo courtesy of SCMB web site

On June 30, Sky Park in Scotts Valley hosts the 3nd annual Hop N’ Barley festival with many selections plus food — think lots of barbecue! — and kids’ activities. Hop N’ Barley festival organizers proudly state that this event is the “only beer festival in Santa Cruz County organized by a non-profit AND benefiting a non-profit.” Read details about the beneficiary non-profit, Community Housing Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, at the Land Trust web site. The organization is “…dedicated to providing a broad range of housing opportunities, with emphasis on ownership, that will remain affordable in perpetuity to very low, low and moderate-income residents of Santa Cruz County.”

More than 25 breweries are participating. There will be a kids area, skate park, free parking, bocci ball, four local bands performing live music, and it’s a dog-friendly event. Plus, there will be home-brewing demonstrations.

Food will be available to purchase from vendors including el Salchichero, Heavenly Café, Bruno’s Barbecue, and Cowboy Bar and Grill.

Gates open at 11:30 a.m., and tasting is from noon to 4:30 p.m. Music lasts from noon to 5 p.m. For those drinking beer, admission is $30 in advance/$35 at the door and includes a souvenir glass. There is also one ticket category which includes both beer and barbecue. The event has free admission for kids, designated drivers, and anyone else not drinking alcohol. Buy tickets online http://www.hopnbarley.org/tickets at http://www.hopnbarley.org/tickets.

Breweries offering tastings include local Santa Cruz Ale Works, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Boulder Creek Brewing, Corralitos Brewing, and Seabright Brewery. Others include Gordon Biersch, Tied House, Kona Brewing, Full Sail, and North Coast.

Skypark is located at 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

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Santa Cruz restaurant and food news

Chris La Veque at el Salchichero. Photo credit: el Salchichero

There is always a lot going on in Santa Cruz in terms of restaurant and food news. Here are a couple recent highlights:

Sabieng Thai Restaurant Re-Opens

The much-loved Sabieng in Westside Santa Cruz re-opened for business today, Thursday May 24, 2012. After it experienced a fire a few months ago, the restaurant owners decided to use the opportunity to do some remodeling. Meanwhile, Sabieng fans flocked to sister restaurant Kao Sook in Scotts Valley to get their fix while anxiously awaiting the re-opening. I know I’ll be there for lunch very soon, with its quick, delicious and affordable specials that include yummy soup. I missed you, Sabieng!

Location: 1218 Mission St, Santa Cruz, (831) 425-1020

el Salchichero Offers Great Barbecue Options

If you haven’t checked out this wonderful butcher in Swift Street Courtyard, you’re missing out. Memorial Day Weekend special offerings at el Salchichero include teriyaki-marinated skirt steak, syrah & rosemary tri-tip steak, lamb & apricot kebobs, pork kebobs marinated in IPA-orange-chili, and Mad Marge’s meatballs.

Location: 402 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz, (831) 423-MEAT

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The Picnic Basket: New Santa Cruz restaurant from owners of Penny Ice Creamery

Earlier this summer, the folks behind organic Santa Cruz ice cream shop The Penny Ice Creamery opened The Picnic Basket, a restaurant that serves savory food from local providers as well as the infamous Penny ice cream that has countless fans.

As owners Kendra Baker and Zach Davis have promised, The Picnic Basket offers a seasonal menu from “local farmers, foragers, and artisans.” Menu items include breakfast selections such as egg frittata pressed sandwich ($8), Santa Cruz-based Companion Bakers’ scones ($2.50) or Companion toast served with local Plumline jam ($3).

Lunch/dinner selections at The Picnic Basket include the El Salchichero hot dog with Farmhouse Culture sauerkraut ($6), which I can personally recommend, Ricotta and beet panini with lemon, toasted walnut spread and greens ($7.50), and Rib King pulled pork sandwich with roasted tomatillos and house slaw ($10). There are a variety of sandwiches and salads and ingredients change depending on local and seasonal availability; for example, the ricotta and beet panini has appeared as the ricotta and asparagus panini. I recently enjoyed the Picnic Salad ($7.50) with Fogline Farms lemon roasted chicken, very thinly sliced summer squash, shaved Parmesan cheese, toasted croutons, and mixed greens. The flavor and texture combinations worked perfectly in this refreshing dish. Read more on Santa Cruz’s El Salchichero.

Side dishes include corn on the cob ($2) and spiced nuts ($3), and beverages include sparkling fruit sodas made on-site ($3), Verve coffee ($2.75), and – coming soon – a variety of local beer plus wine from Birichino (co-founder John Locke is the wine director at Soif). Desserts include ice cream, sorbet, popsicles, shakes, and ice cream sandwiches. Don’t miss ice cream happy hour: double scoop for the price of a single on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm (also good at original Penny Ice Creamery on Cedar Street).

If you want more background on the original Penny Ice Creamery — including its owners who just a year after opening Penny now run two popular Santa Cruz spots — read this article (since that article was published, the hours have changed: Penny is now open 7 days a week).

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Picnic Basket Hours & Info

Hours: Daily 7am-midnight

125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz 95060

(831) 427-9946

www.facebook.com/thepicnicbasketsc

Dinner Market at Kelly’s Bakery: a bounty of local restaurants & wineries gather for one night

Ceviche taco made by Nuevo Southwest Grill at a previous Dinner Market

Kelly’s French Bakery and the Swift Street Courtyard are hosting a community dinner market this Saturday, June 25, from 5:30-9pm, and several restaurants and wineries gather for a unique experience. This is the fourth Dinner Market; the first took place in June 2009.

Folks get to choose from a variety of foods and drinks at affordable prices, then sit outside at tables set up just for the occasion and enjoy their purchases plus live music (folk, jazz, and swing). Before selecting which food and drink to buy, each adult pays a $5 admission fee which benefits Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group, which has worked since 1995 to raise money for organizations (such as Hospice of Santa Cruz County and WomenCARE) and fund new research. Kids 12 and under are free. With each ticket purchased, attendees receive a complimentary raffle ticket for prizes including a Ward Coffey surfboard and a $300 Southwest Airlines gift card. You can also buy extra raffle tickets if you want to increase your odds.

Restaurants, stores, caterers, and wineries will all have booths at the Dinner Market. The six wine vendors include Vine Hill Winery and Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. The brewery Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing will be selling organic beer. Food vendors include Feast for a King Catering (Saturday’s choices include Pomegranate Chicken and Strawberry Lemonade), Cafe Ella (selections include Savory Bread Pudding), Nuevo Southwest Grill (Ceviche Tostada and more), and el Salchichero (Brisket Tacos is one offering). el Salchichero is Swift Street Courtyard’s newest retailer; read about the butcher shop that opened in February 2011.

For full list of vendors and selections, see Kelly’s Bakery web site. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own plates, utensils, and glasses from home – and cloth napkins if possible – to save on waste.

The Details:

June 25, 2011

5:30–9pm

Swift Street Courtyard parking lot (402 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz)

$5 Admission; food and drinks for sale

For more info call (831) 423-9059 x102

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