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Santa Cruz and South Bay restaurants open on New Year’s Eve, Part 1 of 2

Innovative cuisine at The Lexington House in Los Gatos

Innovative cuisine at The Lexington House in Los Gatos

Planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2013 at a restaurant in Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, or another nearby South Bay city? Here are details and menu highlights for a variety of venues; I’ll publish a few more tomorrow.

Santa Cruz Area

Aquarius
Located at the Santa Cruz Dream Inn overlooking the Wharf, Aquarius is hosting two seatings for dinner on New Year’s Eve: 5-6:30 p.m (three courses, $65) and 9 p.m. (five courses, $85). The second seating includes a DJ and live music, dancing, hats/noisemakers, and a midnight toast. Call 460-5012 for reservations or more information.
175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

Johnny’s Harborside
On New Year’s Eve, Johnny’s is serving a prix fixe, three-course dinner for $48 that includes a glass of champagne. Call 479-3430 for reservations; the first seating is 5 p.m. and the last is 9:30 p.m. Customers choose one selection from each course. Appetizer options include fresh local crab and citrus bisque. Second course choices include half steamed fresh local dungeness crab with pan-seared crab cake, herb-roasted potatoes, and green bean almondine, and grilled New York strip loin with mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach, provencal stuffed crimini mushrooms, and roasted garlic butter. Dessert selections include Meyer lemon & cranberry bundt cake.
493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz

Michael’s on Main
The Soquel restaurant is serving a fixed-price $55 four-course dinner with seatings from 5:30 – 9  p.m. Dinner includes a glass of champagne and New Year’s party favors. Call (831) 479-9777 for reservations. Appetizer choices include Corralitos sausage and blue cheese stuffed mushrooms; second course choices include lobster bisque. Entrees include salmon wellington and desserts include cheesecake infused with late harvest moscato.
2591 Main St., Soquel

Hindquarter
The Santa Cruz restaurant is open on New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m. onward. It’s serving the regular dinner menu plus holiday specials. Call (831) 426-7770 for reservations.
303 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

The Cocoanut Grove
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the oceanfront Cocoanut Grove from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. Tickets for dinner and the dance are $84; the dance only is $41 in advance and $46 at the door. Entertainment will be provided by The Alison Sharino Band, The Surfing Magician, and Innisfree Celtic Music. The dinner buffet is from Crown Café Catering and includes a glass of sparkling cider or champagne. A no-host full bar will be available.  Call (831) 423-2053 for information or buy tickets at brownpapertickets.com.

Los Gatos Restaurants

The Lexington House
The Lexington House just opened in September 2013, and it’s already gained many fans. The restaurant’s menu features products from local, organic, and sustainable sources skillfully prepared by Chef Philippe Breneman (formerly of Dio Deka and Moana Restaurant and Hotel Group, as well as a stint at Manresa).  For its first New Year’s Eve celebration, The Lexington House is offering a five-course $85 menu featuring “the best of the season.” Beginning with a Cauliflower Veloute and a Caviar Cracker, guests will have options including Diver Scallops with parsnips and brown butter; Fettuccine with uni butter and Dungeness crab; Mills Farro with wild mushroom and a slow cooked egg; Rendered Lamb Tenderloin with golden turnips and hedgehog mushrooms, and Textures of Chocolate and Maple Truffles. Call (408) 354-1600 for reservations.
40 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos

Dio Deka
Award-winning restaurant Dio Deka is offering its annual New Year’s Eve party with two seatings: the first from 6-8:30 p.m. ($95) and the second from 8:30 p.m. to past midnight ($125).  Each features a four-course menu with Greek specialties from Chef Jeff Fitzgerald such as Keftethakia lamb meatballs (I highly recommend these!), Octapothi Scharas – mesquite-grilled octopus, Avgolemono – classic egg-lemon soup with orzo; Lavraki – mesquite-grilled Mediterranean Branzino; Paithakia – Mesquite-grilled double-cut lamb chops; and Brizola – mesquite-grilled prime bone in rib eye. Guests that attend the second seating will receive party favors, a midnight complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and encouragement to ‘dance the night away when the bar opens up onto a dance floor with a live DJ.’ Call (408) 354-7700 for reservations.
210 E. Main St., Los Gatos

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Santa Cruz and South Bay restaurants open on Christmas, Part 1 of 2

Aquarius in Santa Cruz

Aquarius in Santa Cruz

It’s the countdown to Christmas; do you have your restaurant reservations yet for Santa Cruz or another South Bay area? Here are details and menu highlights for several venues; I’ll publish a few more tomorrow and also let you know of some restaurants that are closed for a few days over the holidays.

Santa Cruz Restaurants

Aquarius
Located at the Santa Cruz Dream Inn overlooking the Wharf, Aquarius is serving a special 3-course prix fixe menu on Christmas Day from 1-8:30 p.m. The cost is $48; there will be a kids’ menu available. Entrée choices include 12-ounce prime rib with horseradish crème fraiche and roasted root vegetables, and chanterelle mushroom pappardelle. Call (831) 460-5012 for reservations or more information.
175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

Chaminade offers a Christmas Eve buffet from 5-9 p.m. The cost is $46.95 for adults, $15.95 for kids 6-12, and free for kids under 6. On Christmas Day the restaurant is serving a buffet from noon-6 p.m. The price is $49.95 for adults, $16.95 for kids 6-12, and free for kids under 6. Visit the holiday web site to view menus. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations.
One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

Hindquarter
The restaurant is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 12/24: Hindquarter is open from 5-9 p.m. 12/25: Hindquarter is open 2-8 p.m. The restaurant is serving the regular menu plus holiday specials. Call (831) 426-7770 for reservations.
303 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Solaire at Hotel Paradox
On Christmas Day Solaire is offering a four-course prix fixe menu from noon-8p.m.: $45 for adults, $35 for seniors, $14 for kids 6 and older, and free for kids 5 and under. For reservations call (831) 600-4545.
611 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Also note that Hoffman’s is open on Christmas Eve, but closed on Christmas Day. For Christmas specials visit the restaurant’s web site at hoffmanssantacruz.com.

San Jose

LB Steak
The Santana Row restaurant is open on Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. It’s offering a regular menu at lunch. At dinner there will be a limited regular menu, plus a special $64.50 prix fixe four-course dinner (the prix fixe selections are also available a la carte). Entrée choices include crispy roast pork shoulder with parsnip puree, roasted cauliflower, cipollini onions, and salsa verde. Call (408) 244-1180 for reservations.
334 Santana Row, Suite 1000, San Jose

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Santa Cruz Restaurant Week Oct. 2-9 offers $25 3-course dinners

Food at Severino's in Aptos, one of more than 30 participants in Santa Cruz Restaurant Week 2013. Photo courtesy of SCRW Facebook page

Food at Severino’s in Aptos, one of more than 30 participants in Santa Cruz Restaurant Week 2013. Photo courtesy of SCRW Facebook page

Foodie alert: it’s time for the fifth annual Santa Cruz Restaurant Week where more than 30 local restaurants – from Aptos, Soquel and Capitola to Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Ben Lomond, and Felton – serve three-course gourmet dinners for only $25. And you can win a free Santa Cruz Restaurant Week dinner through my web site! Read end of article for details.
Special menus are offered Oct. 2-9, 2013,  and typically include three options for each course: appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Customers choose one selection from each course.

The 2012 Restaurant Week was very popular and a lot of fun for those of us who participated as customers! Restaurant reservations are recommended but not required.
I will post a few menus and at least one review in the next few days.

Restaurants that are participating, in alphabetical order:
• Aquarius at the Dream Inn
• Booka
• Café Rio
• Center Street Grill
• Chocolate
• The Crow’s Nest
• El Palomar
• Gabriella Café
• Hindquarter Bar & Grill
• Hoffman’s Bistro & Patisserie
• Hula’s Island Grill
• Ideal Bar & Grill
• Johnny’s Harborside
• La Posta
• Laili
• Linwood’s at Chaminade Resort
• Louie’s Cajun Kitchen & Bourbon Bar
• Main Street Garden & Café
• Michael’s on Main
• Oak Tree Ristorante
• Oswald
• Pearl of the Ocean
• Red Restaurant & Bar
• Ristorante Italiano
• Sanderlings at Seascape Resort
• Severino’s Bar & Grill
• Soif
• Stonehouse Bar & Grill at the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley
• Süda
• The Point Chophouse & Lounge
• Tyrolean Inn & Restaurant
• Zelda’s On The Beach
• 515 Kitchen & Cocktails
For more information, visit the event web site.

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THE CONTEST:
This contest is open to readers of examiner.com and santacruzfoodie.com, but employees of Examiner.com are not eligible to enter.
PRIZE – One winner receives two $25 gift certificates for dinner at Center Street Grill during Santa Cruz Restaurant Week 2013. To enter, email your name to tfatemiwalker@yahoo.com and include the words “Santa Cruz Restaurant Week.”
Or post a comment to this article on my Facebook page and include “Santa Cruz Restaurant Week.”

Either way, the entry deadline is Thurs. Oct. 3 at 9 a.m. I will pull a name from all entries and notify the winner by email.

Center Street Grill’s 2013 Restaurant Week menu includes entrée choices of Grilled Salmon Puttanesca with capers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, mashed potatoes, and green beans, Seafood Fettucine with crab, shrimp, smoked salmon, mushrooms, and lemon cream sauce, and Grilled Pork Loin Chop with blue cheese & peaches, mashed potatoes, and asparagus.
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Restaurants for Easter in Santa Cruz and San Jose

Brunch at Johnny's Harborside in Santa Cruz

Brunch at Johnny’s Harborside in Santa Cruz

Hard to believe but it’s already Easter 2013; if you haven’t made plans for dining out this Sunday, here are some restaurants in Santa Cruz and San Jose with special offerings.

 Santa Cruz Restaurants

Hindquarter Bar & Grille

Hindquarter is open on Easter Sunday. From 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. it will be featuring a special brunch menu with “savory and sweet selections plus luscious libations.” From 5:30-9 p.m. it will be serving its full dinner menu special appetizers, entrees and desserts for Easter. Call (831) 426-7770 for reservations.

303 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz

Johnny’s Harborside

Santa Cruz restaurant Johnny’s Harborside is offering a special Easter brunch menu from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (last seating at 2:15 p.m.). Dinner service begins at 3 p.m. with a few specials in addition to the regular menu. Easter brunch specials include a variety of Eggs Benedicts (such as a crab cake variation for $16, traditional for $12), a lobster omelet with asparagus and havarti cheese ($16), and a proscuitto breakfast sandwich ($11). Call (831) 479-3430 for reservations.

493 Lake Avenue, Santa Cruz

 

Chaminade

The Chaminade offers its annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; the price is $49.95 (adults), $17.95 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. Selections include prime rib, honey baked ham with Jack Daniels glaze, rosemary and garlic encrusted lamb leg, a seafood bar with teriyaki salmon, peel and eat prawns, fried calamari and more, omelets made to order, and Belgian waffles with fresh berry compote. Additional highlights: several salads, roasted vegetables, cheese ravioli, a chocolate fountain, and a sundae bar. There will be Easter egg hunts for the kids at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m, and 2:30 p.m. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations.

One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

 

Ideal Bar & Grill

Ideal Bar & Grill is serving special Easter Brunch selections, plus a regular limited brunch menu, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and dinner from 4-9:30 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be at the restaurant from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Brunch specials include Crab Benedict ($15) plus Pancetta-wrapped Pork ($15) marinated in rosemary, thyme, and garlic, served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. Call (831) 423-5271 for reservations.

106 Beach Street, Santa Cruz

 

The Point

The Point is serving special Easter dishes for brunch (8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and dinner (4 p.m. onward). Brunch specials include Cajun Blackened Salmon ($12) with avocado and asparagus benedict, and dinner specials include Bleu Cheese and Prosciutto Stuffed Pork Chop ($16) and Crabmeat and Lobster Lasagna ($21). Call (831) 476-2733 for reservations.

3326 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz

San Jose

Left Bank

Left Bank on Santana Row is serving Easter Brunch special dishes in addition to its regular menu. One selection is Quiche a la chair de crabe dormeur et asperge local ($14.50), which is 
Dungeness crab meat and local asparagus quiche served with organic mixed greens, honey, and passion fruit vinaigrette. Call (408) 984-3500 for reservations.

377 Santana Row, Suite 100, San Jose

Other local restaurants doing Easter meals include Café Cruz in Soquel (dinner begins at 4 p.m.; call (831) 476-3801) and Faz in Sunnyvale (brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus easter egg hunt; call (408) 752-8007).

 

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Santa Cruz and San Jose restaurants open on New Year’s Eve, Part 1 of 2

Chef Ross McKee creates delicious food at Solaire in Santa Cruz

It’s the countdown to 2013 and the countdown to New Year’s Eve; do you have your restaurant reservations yet for Santa Cruz or San Jose? Here are details and menu highlights for a variety of venues; I’ll publish a few more tomorrow.

Santa Cruz Restaurants

Aquarius

Located at the Santa Cruz Dream Inn overlooking the Wharf, Aquarius is serving two meals on New Year’s Eve: brunch (7am-3pm) and dinner (5:30-10 p.m.). Also, a bar menu will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and the lounge is open for cocktails until 12:30 a.m. Aquarius has two dinner seatings for New Year’s Eve, one starting at 5 – 6 :30 p.m. and one starting at 9 p.m. First seating is $65 for three courses; second is $85 for four courses. The second seating includes a live DJ and vocalist Tammi Brown. Food selections include two mushroom veloute, slow poached lobster, grilled Colorado lamb loin, and chocolate cake with toasted pistachios, caramel sauce, and raspberries. Call 460-5012 for reservations or more information.

175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

Oswald

This restaurant is offering a special three-course prixe fixe menu for New Year’s Eve; the cost is $55. Appetizer choices include mushroom tart with arugula and balsamic reduction, and Dungeness crab with avocado and greens. Entrée choices include seafood stew with fennel, croutons and aioli, and roasted chicken with gnocchi and broccolini. Dessert selections include persimmon pudding with whipped cream, and chocolate souffle. Call (831) 423-7427 for reservations.

121 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz

 

Johnny’s Harborside

On New Year’s Eve, Johnny’s is serving a prix fixe, three-course dinner for $38 that includes a glass of champagne. Call 479-3430 for reservations; the first seating is 5 p.m. and the last is 9:30 p.m. Customers choose one selection from each course. Appetizer options include fresh local crab bisque and baby spinach & goat cheese salad with medjool dates and roasted beets. Entrée choices include crab-stuffed petrale sole and pepper-crusted flatiron steak. Dessert selections include a trio of mousse parfaits. You can also order a la carte items if you sit at the bar. On New Year’s Eve during the day, the restaurant is offering its regular menu from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. On New Year’s Day, Johnny’s opens at 10 a.m. for brunch which is served until 2, followed by regular dinner service which ends at 9 p.m.

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz

Hindquarter

The restaurant is open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. 12/31: Hindquarter is open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, and from 5 p.m. onward for dinner serving the regular menu plus holiday specials. 1/1: Closed at lunch. The dining room is open at 5:30 p.m. serving the regular menu. Call (831) 426-7770 for reservations.

303 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Solaire at Hotel Paradox

On New Year’s Eve Solaire is open from 4 p.m. – 1 a.m. A four-course tasting menu ($75) is available for dinner; reservations start at 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and the table is then yours for the evening. The $75 per person includes party favors, live entertainment, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. On New Year’s Day Solaire is serving brunch from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The restaurant will have an appetizer, salad, and dessert buffet with a la carte entrée selections plus unlimited sparkling wine or mimosas. Appetizers include fruit, cheese, antipasto, and vegetable crudite. Entrée choices include eggs benedict made with Glaum eggs (vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions are available), the Paradox burger (includes brioche bun and house ground beef), mussels with pernod, white wine, leeks, fennel, butter and herbs. Brunch is $28 for adults and $14 for kids ages 3-12. For reservations call (831) 600-4545.

611 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

San Jose Restaurants

 

LB Steak

The Santana Row restaurant is open on New Year’s Eve. It’s offering limited a la carte choices from its regular menu, plus a special $71.50 prix fixe four-course dinner (the prix fixe selections are also available a la carte). First course choices include trio of seafood crudo (yuzu and kampachi tartare, scallop ceviche, redfish escabeche) and prime beef tenderloin tartare. Second course choices include black truffle gnocchi, and third course choices include chicory-crusted loin of venison. Dessert selections include eggnog crème brulee with butter rum cookies. The last seating is at 11 p.m. Call (408) 244-1180 for reservations.

334 Santana Row, Suite 1000, San Jose

 

Amber India

Interested in Indian food to ring in the New Year? Amber India on Santana Row is providing a live band to accompany its always-delectable Indian cuisine. Dinner will include live cooking stations and wonderful tandoori kebabs. Call (408) 248-5400 for reservations.

377 Santana Row, Suite 1140, San Jose

Santa Cruz restaurants open on Christmas, and 12 Days of Xmas Giveaway Day 10: Hindquarter

Seared salmon with roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts, yellow tomato purée at Aquarius, which is open both Xmas Eve and Xmas Day

It’s Day 10 of Santa Cruz Restaurant Examiner/Santa Cruz Foodie’s “12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.” Today’s prize is a $50 gift card from the Hindquarter Bar & Grille. See end of article for how to enter.

Hindquarter and many other restaurants in the area are serving special holiday meals on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day, while some restaurants are closed. Here are some highlights.

Hindquarter: Open on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. 12/24: Dining room closed at lunch, but bar is open at 11:30 a.m. for lunches, appetizers, etc. The dining room is open from 5 – 9:30 p.m. serving the regular menu plus holiday specials. 12/25: Closed at lunch. The dining room is open from 2 – 8 p.m. serving the regular menu plus holiday specials. Call (831) 426-7770 for reservations.

Aquarius is open on Christmas Eve (regular menu) and Christmas Day. On 12/25, there is a $55 4-course menu from 12:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. See web site for menu details. There is also a special kids’ menu available. Call (831) 460-5012 for reservations.

Michael’s on Main: Open on Christmas Eve. The bar opens at 2 p.m., and the dining room is open from 3 – 8 p.m. with a special set menu. Call (831) 479-9777 for reservations. Closed on Christmas Day.

Hoffman’s: Open on Christmas Eve, serving the regular menu plus an optional 3-course prix fixe menu for $38. See web site for menu; call (831) 420-0135 for reservations. Closed on Christmas Day. Hoffman’s is running a pie promotion until 12/31 (apple, marionberry, pumpkin, and pecan): buy one pie, get half off the second one. Normal price is $14; special price is $21 for 2.

Bittersweet Bistro: Restaurant open on Christmas Eve featuring regular menu plus nightly specials with first seating at 4 p.m. and last seating at 8 p.m. Call (831) 662-9799 for reservations. Café open 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Both café and restaurant closed on Christmas Day.

 

Closed for the holidays:

 

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THE CONTEST:

Reminder — during the entire “12 Days of Christmas” promotion, each person can only win one prize.

DAY TEN PRIZE – The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from Hindquarter in Santa Cruz.

To enter, email your name to tfatemiwalker@yahoo.com and include the word “Hindquarter.”

Or post a comment to this article on my Facebook page, and include the word “Hindquarter.”

Either way, the entry deadline is Sat. Dec. 22 at 5 p.m.

The drawing will take place that evening; the winner will be notified via email.

 

Restaurants for Father’s Day 2011 in Santa Cruz and nearby

An example of the delicious food found at Johnny's Harborside

Father’s Day is a great time to enjoy a meal at one of your favorite restaurants, and many restaurants in Santa Cruz and nearby will feature special menus for the occasion.

Silver Spur

Santa Cruz restaurant Silver Spur serves fabulous comfort food for breakfast and lunch and is normally not open on Sundays (much to the disappointment of myself and its many fans, who stand in line on Saturdays for a spot). But Silver Spur is open this Sunday from 8am-2pm to honor Father’s Day. It will offer its regular menu – including great scrambles made with eggs or tofu and decadent cinnamon rolls – plus specials. Call 475-2725 for more information (they don’t take reservations).

650 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz

Johnny’s Harborside

On Father’s Day, Johnny’s will serve its regular brunch menu with a beautiful view, plus brunch specials from 10am-2pm, followed by its regular dinner menu plus dinner specials from 2-9pm. Brunch specials are Dungeness Crab Omelet ($13) and Smoked Steelhead Benedict with BBQ Hollandaise ($13); dinner specials are Cumin-Spiced Wild King Salmon with Sautéed Summer Vegetables & Caramelized Onion Risotto ($26) and Surf & Turf with Braveheart Ribeye & Grilled Giant Spot Prawns plus Sautéed Summer Vegetables, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Garlic Bread ($29). Call 479-3430 for reservations.

493 Lake Avenue, Santa Cruz

Sushi Garden

On Father’s Day, Sushi Garden is serving lunch (11:30-2:30) and dinner (5-9:30) at both its Capitola and Watsonville locations. And customers can get one free roll if they bring a coupon from this week’s Good Times (p. 26) and make a lunch order for $20 or more or a dinner order for $40 or more. Recommended: the restaurant’s generous and tender maguro sashimi.

820 Bay Avenue, Capitola (across from Nob Hill), (831) 464-9192

1441 Main St., Watsonville (Target Shopping Center), (831) 728-9192

Bittersweet Bistro

Aptos restaurant Bittersweet Bistro is offering several steak specials in honor of Dad. Starting at 5pm, customers can choose a $15 Filet Mignon, Skirt Steak, Rib Eye, or New York Steak. Bittersweet is also serving $15 bottles of Kenwood “Yulupa” Cabernet Sauvignon during this time. Call (831) 662-9799 for reservations.

787 Rio Del Mar Boulevard, Aptos

 

Hindquarter Bar & Grille

Hindquarter is open on Father’s Day for both brunch/lunch and dinner (in case you hadn’t heard, the restaurant is now open every Sunday for brunch beginning at 10:30am). For Father’s Day, Hindquarter will be serving its regular menu plus Father’s Day specials. Brunch/lunch is served from 10:30am-2:30pm and dinner service begins at 5:30pm. Call (831) 426-7770 for reservations.

303 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz

Ideal Bar & Grill

Ideal Bar & Grill offers its regular menu plus Father’s Day brunch specials including Chorizo Omelet ($14), Sirloin & Eggs ($14, with an 8oz. choice sirloin cut), and Pork Salad ($16). The restaurant opens at 8:30am this Sunday, and dinner begins at 4pm. Call (831) 423-5271 for reservations.

106 Beach St., Santa Cruz

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Where to go on Mother’s Day in Santa Cruz and nearby: Restaurants part 2

Deep-fried ravioli appetizer at Ristorante Italiano

Dining out on Mother’s Day is a fun way to honor a great mom, and Santa Cruz has many restaurants offering special menus this Sunday. See Part 1 for more restaurants in the Santa Cruz area, one in Half Moon Bay and one in Glen Ellen, and see below for the second and final group of restaurants I am highlighting. Happy Mother’s Day!

Crow’s Nest

The Santa Cruz harbor restaurant with a great ocean view, always a bonus for special occasions, will be serving a special Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday. Call (831) 476-4560 for reservations. 2218 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

Ristorante Italiano

Ristorante Italiano is serving Mother’s Day dinner beginning at 4pm on Sunday. The restaurant is offering a free tiramisu with dinner. Call (831) 458-2321 for reservations.

555 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz

Hindquarter Bar & Grille

Hindquarter will be offering brunch on Sunday. From 10:30am-2:30pm, the restaurant will be serving its regular lunch menu plus a few Mother’s Day specials. Hindquarter will be serving its regular dinner menu from 5:30pm plus it will have dinner and dessert specials for Mother’s Day. Call (831) 426-7770 for reservations.303 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz

Bittersweet Bistro

Aptos restaurant Bittersweet Bistro is serving Mother’s Day champagne brunch from 9am-2pm. The buffet includes Strawberry-Chipotle Glazed King Salmon, Greek Style Roasted Leg of Spring Lamb, Bourbon Glazed Corralitos Ham, Bittersweet Grand Marnier French Toast, Classic Eggs Benedict, Made to Order Omelets, Housemade Scones, Croissants & Muffins, Beet Salad, and Tomato Mozzarella Salad – plus a dessert extravaganza including chocolate fountains. There will be a special kids’ table with Grilled Cheese, PB & J Sandwiches, Chicken Fingers and Cookies. The price is $52 Adults, $18 Children 6-12, and $5 Kids Five and Under. For the 9:00 a.m. seating only, receive a $10 discount per adult. Call (831) 662-9799 for reservations.

787 Rio Del Mar Boulevard, Aptos

Sushi Garden

If you plan to go to Sushi Garden for Mother’s Day lunch or dinner, be sure to pick up this week’s Good Times. On page 26 there’s a coupon for a free roll on Mother’s Day, good on lunch orders of $20 or more and dinner orders of $40 or more. It’s good at both locations.

820 Bay Ave., Capitola, (831) 464-9192 and 1441 Main St, Watsonville, (831) 728-9192

Chaminade

The Chaminade offers its annual Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet from 9am-3pm; the price is $49.95 (adults), $17.95 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations.

One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

The Point Chophouse & Lounge

Mother’s Day brunch specials include candied walnut waffles ($9), Monterey Bay Eggs Benedict ($14), and $4 bloody marys and mimosas. Brunch is from 9am-3pm; call (831) 476-2733.

3326 Portola Dr., Santa Cruz

Whole Foods Santa Cruz

The supermarket’s Santa Cruz location offers Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday from 10am-noon. Breakfast foods like cage-free eggs, fresh pastries and more will be available for $2 each. And Moms get free coffee from 8am-noon on Mother’s Day! Call (831) 426-9901 for more information.

911 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Hoffman’s

Hoffman’s, located in downtown Santa Cruz, is serving Mother’s Day brunch and dinner. The restaurant is featuring its regular menus plus specials during both meals. Call (831) 420-0135 for reservations.

1102 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz

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Eat soup from local chefs and restaurants & benefit Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center

This Thursday, April 14, you can eat lots of great soup from local chefs and restaurants and benefit the Homeless Services Center (HSC) in Santa Cruz.

The 12th Annual Soupline Supper and Benefit Auction is at the Cocoanut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (400 Beach St.), Thursday April 14, 2011 from 5-7pm. For $25 per person or $50 per family, you receive soup, salad, bread, and dessert. The event is set up with different booths where chefs serve their homemade soup, so you can choose which ones to sample. Buy tickets by phone (831) 458-6020 x2101 or online at www.scshelter.org (click on Donate Now! and choose “Soupline” for the designation).

More than 40 restaurants are participating including La Posta, Gayle’s, Sawasdee, Hindquarter, Nuevo, Manuel’s, Zoccoli’s, Cafe Sparrow, Saturn Cafe, Erik’s DeliCafe, The Buttery, Stagnaro Bros, Laili, Pearl of the Ocean, Clubhouse Kitchen, Pacific Cookie Company, and India Joze.

There will be both silent and live auctions, all benefitting HSC. Silent auction items include stays at Esalen Institute and Bayview Inn plus Hearst Castle tours and beautiful products from Annie Glass, Artisans Gallery, and EcoGoods. Live auction items include

  • A week at the beautiful Nihi Kai Villas on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, rated in the Top 10 2010 Vacation Villas by Islands Magazine
  • A three-night stay in a gorgeous cabin in Tahoe Donner
  • A private plane ride from Jeremy Lezin, who will take winners from Watsonville up to the San Francisco Bay, stopping for lunch in Half Moon Bay
  • Dinner and drinks at the Aptos home of Rowland & Pat Rebele, with some of the best wines from Santa Cruz County and after-dinner entertainment
  • Tickets to the sold-out April 16th Santa Cruz Derby Girl bout, including private side-entrance, seat-service from Derby Girls, and limited edition merchandise
  • A gourmet dinner for 8 prepared by Santa Cruz Sentinel food columnist Donna Maurillo at the Scotts Valley home of art collector Dorothy Wise

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