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“Dining in” at Santa Cruz County restaurants, June 19, 2020

Bacon & egg croissant from Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticerria
Photo courtesy of Gayle’s

So much has changed since my last article at the end of May, with restaurants now being allowed to open for dine-in service if they follow restrictions and social distancing guidelines. Here are some highlights of places that are open for onsite dining, whether that’s on an outdoor patio, in a dining room with limited seating, or both. Many of them are also still doing food to-go. I will try to publish an update in a few days.

Most of these are “listings only” but first, I wanted to share more details for a few local businesses:

Seabright Social, in the former location of Seabright Brewery (519 Seabright Ave., seabrightsocial.com) opened June 12 and features lots of outdoor seating plus some indoor seating. Hours are 11:30am-11:30pm daily (closed on June 22 for one day only). Reservations are recommended at 831-426-2739. After buying the brewpub and restaurant in 2019, local residents/co-owners Jason and Keiki McKay (who run Aptos-based Cantine Winepub in Aptos) and Jon Bates have done renovations to the building and the menu. Food includes salmon ceviche and a street taco trio with chicken mole, pork carnitas, and beef asada. Drinks include several Seabright Brewery draft beers, local wine, and a full bar.

Scrumptious Fish & Chips recently restarted its popups. Upcoming appearances include Steel Bonnet Brewery in Scotts Valley (5-8 p.m. on several Friday nights), the Scotts Valley (Saturday) and Live Oak (Sunday) farmers markets, and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing in Westside SC. Visit https://www.scrumptiousfc.com/find-us for complete schedule.

The Palm Deli has its patio open again, with tables spaced appropriately, at 3000 Valencia Ave. They have returned to regular hours, opening at 7am every day, closing at 6pm weekdays and 5pm Sat-Sun. Visit https://www.thepalmdeli.com.

Hula’s Island Grill at 221 Cathcart St. offers the choice of dining indoors or on the lanai deck out front (takeout is also still available). They open at 2pm every day, and close at 8pm Sun-Thurs and 9pm Fri-Sat. Visit https://www.hulastiki.com/

Gayle’s Bakery at 504 Bay Ave. has newly extended hours of 7am-7pm daily and is now allowing socially distanced sit-down dining. Also, with online orders there is now next-day pick up (shorter wait time—when they first reopened, it was a two-day wait). Visit https://www.gaylesbakery.com.

May’s Sushi closed its 1800 Soquel Ave. location on June 1, and is now operating out of Sesame Korean Grill at 435 Front St. Both cuisines are still available, as the restaurants have the same owners. In addition, the owners announced they will be opening a new restaurant called Crazy Crab, adjacent to Sesame, which will feature seafood boils. Visit https://www.sesame-koreangrill.com/ or call 831-454-8355.

Vim at 2238 Mission St. reopened its dining room and patio on June 17, and it’s open 5-8pm Wednesday-Saturday and 10 am-1pm Sunday (Vim started doing Sunday brunch during shelter in place, and it was popular so they’re continuing now that they’re open for onsite dining). Visit https://www.vimsantacruz.com.

Mentone at 174 Aptos Village Way now offers first-come-first-serve tables outside in the parking lot on the weekend, from 3:30-7pm Fridays and 12-6ish Saturdays and Sundays. There is beer, wine, cocktails, pizzas, salad, and a variety of snacks.  Takeout pizza is available Wednesdays and Thursdays. Visit https://www.mentonerestaurant.com or call 831-708-1174.

Madrone Kitchen, a meal delivery business from chefs Reeny Marquez and Sean Adams, is doing Friday popups at Aldo’s (790 Mariner Park Way) from 5 p.m. to sellout. They sell food items while Aldo’s offers beer, wine and cocktails for sale.  Sample popup menu offerings include Mojo Shrimp Skewers with citrus garlic herb sauce, Cuban-style black beans, rice, and fried plantains. Madrone Kitchen also does weekly Sunday dinner delivery. Visit madronekitchen.com.

Although not yet open for “dining in,” Soif Restaurant and Wine Shop (831-423-2020, http://www.soifwine.com/) now has curbside pickup for food and wine from 4-8 pm  Wednesday-Saturday. They had stopped doing takeout in early April. Also, the May/June issue of California Bountiful, the magazine for the California Farm Bureau Federation, featured an article about Soif’s executive Chef Tom McNary with several recipes. Sister restaurant La Posta (831-457-2782, https://www.lapostarestaurant.com), formerly open Friday-Sunday, is doing pickup 4-8pm Thursday through Sunday. Also, there is a Thursday special: pizza or pasta with salad for one person, for $20.

Colectivo Felix now offers delivery Friday through Sunday to local residents (formerly only Fri-Sat). Empanadas are available by the half dozen or dozen, and they create a rotating variety of salads, soups, and desserts. Also, customers can now order a seasonal Ridge to Reef Organics produce box. Visit https://colectivofelix.square.site/ to order, or email info@colectivofelix.com with questions.

As always, please email tara@santacruzfoodie.com if you have information to share, or corrections, for future articles.

Open for “dine-in” service

Alderwood (831-588-3238 or 831-888-6901, https://www.alderwoodsantacruz.com)

Auntie Mame’s Café (831-438-1840, https://auntiemamescafe.co)

Belly Goat Craft Burgers (at Abbott Square Market on Front St., https://www.bellygoatburgers.com)

Bittersweet Bistro (831-662-9799, http://bittersweetbistro.com)

Blaze Pizza (831-607-2030, https://www.blazepizza.com)

Blue Bunny Tacos (at Abbott Square Market, https://www.instagram.com/bluebunnytacos)

Britannia Arms (831-464-2683, https://www.facebook.com/britanniaarmscapitola/)

Café Iveta (Westside and campus locations, iveta.com)

Café Mare (831-458-1212, http://www.cafemare.com)

Café Rio (831-688-8917, https://www.caferioaptos.com)

California Grill (831-722-8052, www.californiagrillrestaurant.com)

Chaminade’s “The View, A Treeside Restaurant” (831-475-5600, www.chaminade.com/santa_cruz_restaurants)

Chocolate (831-427-9900, https://chocolatesantacruz.com)

Coffeetopia (http://www.coffeetopia.com)

The Crepe Place (831-429-6994, https://thecrepeplace.com)

The Crow’s Nest (831-476-4560, https://crowsnest-santacruz.com)

Daisuki Octagon Sushi (831-316-5464, at Octagon by Abbott Square, http://daisukioctagonsushi.com/)

Dharma’s (831-462-1717, www.dharmasrestaurant.com)

East End Gastropub (831-475-8010, http://eastendpub.com/)

El Jardín (831-477-9384, https://www.eljardinrestaurant.net/)

El Palomar (831-425-7575, https://elpalomarsantacruz.com)

The Farm House (831-536-5363, https://www.farmhousewatsonville.com)

Firefish Grill (831-423-5200, http://www.firefishgrill.net/)

Gabriella Café (831-457-1677, http://gabriellacafe.com)

Holy Smokes Country BBQ (831-471-8787, https://www.holysmokescountrybbqandcatering.com)

HOME Soquel (831-431-6131, http://www.homesoquel.com)

Hula’s Island Grill (831-426-4852, https://www.hulastiki.com)

Jalisco’s (https://www.jaliscorestaurant.com)

Jeffery’s Restaurant (831-425-1485, https://www.facebook.com/Jefferys-Restaurant-2348536278713065/)

Kianti’s Pizza & Pasta Bar (831-469-4400, https://www.kiantis.com/)

The Kitchen at Discretion (831-316-0662, https://www.discretionbrewing.com)

Lago di Como (831-454-8257, http://lagodicomoristorante.com/)

Laili Resaturant (831-423-4545, www.lailirestaurant.com)

Lillian’s Italian Kitchen (831-425-2288, https://www.lilliansitaliankitchen.com)

Michael’s on Main (831-479-9777, www.michaelsonmain.com)

Mission Hill Creamery (831-508-0774, http://missionhillcreamery.com)

Mutari Chocolate (http://www.mutarichocolate.com)

Oasis Tasting Room & Kitchen (831-621-8040, oasissantacruz.com)

Olive Garden (831-462-0120, https://www.olivegarden.com)

Oswald (831-423-7427, http://www.oswaldrestaurant.com)

Oyunaa’s Mongolian Cuisine (831-469-9900, http://www.oyunaas.com)

Palm Deli (831-688-3354, https://www.thepalmdeli.com)

Pizza My Heart (https://www.pizzamyheart.com)

Pizzeria La Bufala (831-999-0301, at Abbott Square Market, https://www.pizzerialabufala.com)

Pleasure Pizza—East Side Eatery (831-6058, https://www.pleasurepizzasc.com)

Pono Hawaiian Kitchen & Tap (831-476-7458, ponohawaiiangrill.com)

Rosie McCann’s (831-426-9930, https://rosiemccanns.com/santacruz)

Roux Dat (at Octagon by Abbott Square, https://rouxdatcajuncreole.com)

Sanderlings at Seascape Resort (831-662-7120, https://www.sanderlingsrestaurant.com/menus)

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing (831-425-4900, https://www.scmbrew.com)

Scopazzi’s (831-338-6441, www.scopazzisrestaurant.com)

Tortilla Flats (831-476-1754, https://www.tortillaflatstogo.com)

Tramonti (831-426-7248, http://tramontisantacruz.com)

Veg on the Edge (831-423-3000, at Abbott Square Market, https://vegontheedge.com)

Vino Locale Wine Bar & Tapas (https://www.vinolocalesantacruz.com)

Vinocruz Winebar & Kitchen (https://vinocruz.com, 831-426-8466)

Woodies Café (https://www.facebook.com/woodiescafeca).

Woodstock’s Pizza (831-427-4444, https://woodstockscruz.com)

Zachary’s (831-427-0646, http://www.zacharyssantacruz.com)

Zelda’s (831-475-4900, http://zeldasonthebeach.com)

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Santa Cruz County food & drink changes & closures, as of May 28, 2020

Empanadas from Colectivo Felix
Photo by Diego Felix

Here is the current status of many local restaurants, grocery stores and other food/drink vendors, as of the end of the day May 28.

Sad news: Capitola’s Paradise Beach Grille, which was closed for the last couple months due to shelter in place, will not reopen. It would have celebrated its 20th anniversary on Memorial Day.

Some of the items in this article with new or updated listings: restaurant re-openings like Michael’s on Main and Zachary’s; updates on Cat & Cloud Coffee, Chocolate, Crow’s Nest, Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria, Mission Hill Creamery, Pacific Thai, and Pretty Good Advice; and new listings for retail shops from Homeless Garden Project and The True Olive Connection (see Miscellaneous & Farms).

Please understand there will probably be some mistakes, as things are constantly changing. Note that I can’t include every Santa Cruz County business—this is a manual effort.

Please email tara@santacruzfoodie.com if you have information to share, or corrections, for future articles.

Restaurants & other food vendors

  • 11th Hour Coffee: takeout, delivery and curbside available daily 8am-2pm; menu includes breakfast items. 831-331-5273, https://eleventhhourcoffee.com/
  • Abbott Square Market: restaurants are currently closed
  • Akira Sushi: both locations are open Wed-Sun 12-8pm for takeout, Santa Cruz,  831-600-7093, https://www.akirasantacruz.com/, & Aptos, 831-708 2154, https://www.akiraaptos.com/
  • Alderwood: takeout and delivery, Tue-Sun 10am-7pm, menu features freshly baked pastries, coffee, brunch cocktails, breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches until 2 p.m., plus burgers, pasta, and steaks, 831-588-3238 or 831-888-6901, https://www.alderwoodsantacruz.com/
  • Aloha Island Grille: takeout, 831-479-3299
  • Ambrosia India Bistro: takeout and delivery, both locations open, Aptos: Mon-Thurs 4:30-8:30, Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun 4:30-9pm, 831-713-2762, http://ambrosiaib.com/aptos/, Scotts Valley daily 4:30-8:30pm, 831-713-5594, http://ambrosiaib.com/scotts-valley/
  • Aptos St. BBQ: takeout and delivery, http://aptosstbbq.com
  • Ashby Confections: takeout with curbside pickup, chocolates and other treats available, Tues-Sat 11am-3pm, order by calling 831-454-8299, texting 831-234-1171, or going online at ashbyconfections.com (products can be shipped as well). Ashby is also at two local farmers’ markets each week: Wednesday downtown & Sunday Live Oak.
  • Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Café: delivery, order daily by 3pm and receive between 3-7pm, daily Scotts Valley deliveries plus Santa Cruz (Mon & Wed) and Felton (Tues & Thurs). Menu features traditional ice cream truck treats, Marianne’s ice cream, Pacific Cookie Company cookies, Ashby Confections goodies, Hidden Fortress organic coffee, and Rogue Pyes, https://auntlali.square.site/
  • Avanti Restaurant: takeout daily 4-7:30pm, 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, daily 11am to 9pm, recently added family meals to menu, 831-226-2350, http://www.backninegrill.com/
  • Bad Animal Books: Wed, Fri & Sun 4-7pm, take-out “family meals” with curbside pickup (emergency first responders get a 50% discount), also now offering pantry items including toilet paper, flour, sugar, butter, coffee, charcuterie, jam, and salad dressing, 831-900-5031, http://badanimalbooks.com
  • Bagelry: downtown Santa Cruz location (320 Cedar St., 429-8049) reopened Fri 5/15; midtown (1636 Seabright Ave., 425-8550) & Soquel (4763 Soquel Dr., 462-9888) reopened Fri 5/22. Takeout hours for all: 8am-2pm
  • Bangkok West: takeout, Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm & 5-9pm (can call to order from 4:30-8:30pm), Sat-Sun 11am-9pm (order by 8:30pm), 831-479-8297, http://bangkokwest.com/
  • Bantam: takeout Mon-Fri 4-8pm, reopened May 18, includes wood-fired pizza, family-style fried-chicken dinners, plus a self-described “physical mercantile” onsite with house-made breads and focaccia, pickles, and preserves, can order online or at restaurant, 831-420-0101, http://www.bantam1010.com
  • Barceloneta: takeout Wed-Sat 4-7pm, cocktails and wine available to go with meals, 831-900-5222, https://eatbarceloneta.square.site/
  • Beach Street Pizza & Bar: takeout, curbside pickup and delivery, Mon-Thurs 2-8pm, Fri-Sat 12-9pm and Sun 12-7pm. Happy Hour is Mon-Fri 4-7pm for appetizers & drinks. 831-471-8530, www.beachstreetpizzaandbar.com
  • Beer Thirty Pour House: Daily 11am-7pm, https://www.beerthirtysantacruz.com/
  • Betty Burgers: newest Aptos location, 415 Trout Gulch Road. 831-612-6668 plus two other locations (41st Ave. and Seabright) are doing takeout daily 12-8pm, http://bettyburgers.com. Downtown location is closed.
  • Bittersweet Bistro: BB has turned its dining room into a “mini market” with pantry essentials including milk, eggs, flour, pasta, produce, marinated meats, paper goods and half price bottles of wine. Hours are Wed-Sun 12-7 pm. The restaurant is serving food Wed-Sun 12-7 pm for takeout or curbside pickup, with delivery to the greater Aptos area on qualifying orders over $75, 831-662-9799, http://bittersweetbistro.com.
  • Blue Bunny Tacos: closed until further notice
  • Britannia Arms of Capitola: takeout with curbside pickup, daily 10:30am-8pm, place orders at 831-464-2583, full menu and special orders available, https://www.facebook.com/britanniaarmscapitola/
  • Bruno’s Bar and Grill: takeout with curbside pickup (plus delivery for Scotts Valley residents), Wed-Sun 2-8pm, https://www.brunosbarandgrill.com
  • Buttercup Cakes & Farmhouse Frosting:  takeout and delivery Fri-Sun 12-4pm, must place orders ahead of time via online Google Form or by emailing scbuttercupcakes@gmail.com, cupcakes and mini-cookies (minimum order of 6 for each category), cakes, other treats, and bouquets from Bonny Doon Flowers, https://www.farmhousefrosting.com/
  • Buttery Bakery: takeout and delivery 7am-5pm, 831-458-3020, http://butterybakery.com
  • Café Brasil: takeout, daily 8am-3pm, 10 percent discount on all orders, 831-429-1855, http://cafebrasil.us/
  • Café Cruz: takeout, recently expanded hours of daily 12-8pm, expanded menu with many choices plus kids’ menu, and wide selection of groceries (items by the pound like sugar, flour, polenta, tomatoes, skirt steak, and bacon; and selections priced by the item like half-gallon of milk, roll of toilet paper, etc.),831-476-3801, http://cafecruz.com
  • Café El Palomar:  takeout, Sun-Thu 8am-8pm, Fri-Sat 8am-8:30pm, 831-477-0371, https://www.cafeelpalomar.com/
  • Café Iveta: takeout and delivery, 9am-2pm, 831-713-5946, https://iveta.com
  • Café Mare: takeout/curbside and delivery (via DoorDash), 831-458-1212, http://www.cafemare.com/
  • Café Sparrow: Tues-Sat 4-7pm, 831-688-6238, http://cafesparrow.com/ 
  • Carpo’s: takeout, 12-8 pm daily, http://carposrestaurant.com
  • Casa Nostra: takeout, daily 4-9pm, 831-609-6132, www.ristorantecasanostra.com
  • Cat & Cloud Coffee: takeout, Aptos daily 7am-4pm, Eastside location Mon-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-4pm, Westside Mon-Thurs 7am-3pm, Fri-Sun 7am-5pm, https://catandcloud.com
  • Casa Rositas: takeout, Tues-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 3-8pm, 831-346-6907
  • Central Coast Juicery: Takeout and delivery. Order by texting 831-747-7085 or emailing (order@juicelocally.com)
  • Charlie Hong Kong: takeout (curbside pickup) or delivery, daily 12-9pm, they will cater & deliver to serve first responders, medical/hospital staff & government workers, 831-426-5664, http://charliehongkong.com
  • Chocolate: takeout with curbside pickup, or delivery, Tues-Thurs & Sun 4-8pm, Fri-Sat 4-8:30pm, launched a new online ordering system May 26, visit https://chocolate-the-restaurant.square.site/. Also, they recently added “pastry-crust pizza” to the menu available in three varieties: Organic Marinara with house-made sausage, roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella; Basil pesto with sundried tomatoes and fresh mozzarella; Gorgonzola cheese with artichokes, caramelized onions and Romano cheese. Delivery info is at https://www.doordash.com/store/chocolate-santa-cruz-284767/
  • Cilantro’s: takeout, daily 11am to 7pm, 831-761-2161, https://cilantroswatsonville.com
  • Coffeetopia: takeout, reopened Mission St. location May 1, and Capitola Rd & Portola locations May 8, all locations open daily 7am-1pm, http://www.coffeetopia.com
  • Colectivo Felix: DeliveryFri-Sat 2-6pm empanada delivery to Santa Cruz, Live Oak, Capitola and Soquel; expanded menu now includes salads, desserts, produce boxes, and more.  Small delivery fee for other areas. https://colectivofelix.square.site/ or email (info@colectivofelix.com)
  • Companion Bakeshop: Westside location open for takeout Tue-Sun 8am-2 pm, Aptos location open Fri-Sun 8am-2pm, https://companionbakeshop.com. Also offering a weekly “Bakers Box” where you order & pay in advance and pick up on Tue or Thu. Three different bakery product boxes are available along with several “add on” items (organic milk, hot sauce, etc.), https://companionbakeshop.com/shelter-box-order 
  • Corralitos Pizza: takeout or delivery (DoorDash) Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10:30pm, 831-722-7220,  https://corralitospizzadelivery.com.
  • Cowboy Bar and Grill: takeout, Wed-Fri 2-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-8pm, 831-335-2330, https://www.feltoncowboy.com
  • Cremer House: closed until further notice, http://www.cremerhouse.com/
  • Crow’s Nest: takeout with curbside pickup, on Memorial Day they began expanded hours: now open daily 9am-9pm, includes family-size meals, also Beach Market next door open weekdays 9am-9pm, weekends 8am-9pm, 831-475-4560, http://www.crowsnest-santacruz.com/
  • Dharma’s: takeout or delivery, Mon-Thurs 11am-7pm, Fri-Sun 11am-8pm (later hours on weekends starting May 29), recently added family-sized trays of American Saute and Bo Thai, 831-462-1717, www.dharmasrestaurant.com, online ordering at https://dharmasrestaurant.square.site
  • Dunlap Donuts: takeout, daily 5:30am-2pm, 831-475-6447, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dunlaps-Donuts/154065311271976
  • Dynasty: takeout and delivery, Sun-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, 831-479-3388, https://www.dynastysantacruz.com
  • East End Gastropub: takeout or delivery (UberEats), Tues-Sun 2-8pm, menu features pizza, burger, spaghetti, etc., plus occasional “dinner for two” with bottle of wine, appetizer, salad, pasta, and dessert, 831-475-8010, http://eastendpub.com
  • East Side Eatery from Pleasure Pizza: takeout and delivery daily 11am-8pm, curbside pickup for online orders, 831-431-6058, http://pleasurepizzasc.com
  • El Chino Mexican Restaurant: takeout, 831-476-7175
  • El Chipotle: takeout, 831-477-1048
  • El Jardin: takeout with curbside option, and delivery, Tues-Sun 12-8pm, 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 (Cuevas Express Foods, My Mom’s Mole, 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 publish weekly menus every Sat.
  • El Palomar: takeout with curbside service, open Tue-Fri 2-7:30pm, Sat 12-7pm, Sun 12-6pm, 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, http://elpalomarsantacruz.com
  • El Rosal Bakery: takeout food includes tamales, daily 7:30am-8pm, 831-462-1308
  • El Toro Bravo: takeout, Tues-Sun 12-7pm, 831-476-1553,https://www.eltorobravocapitola.com/full-menu
  • Ella’s at the Airport: takeout with curbside pickup, Tues-Sun noon-7pm, 831-728-3282, menu includes family-size meals, https://www.ellasinwatsonville.com
  • Empire Grille: takeout with curbside pickup, daily 11am-8pm, 831-704-2130, http://empire-grille.com/
  • Engfer Pizza Works: Tue-Sun 4-9:30pm, 831-429-1856, http://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, http://eriksdelicafe.com
  • Farm Bakery & Café: takeout and delivery, daily 8am-4pm, 831-684-0266, https://www.thefarmbakerycafe.com/
  • Foodsmith: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Thurs night for delivery Mon and/or Thurs of following week, http://myfoodsmith.com
  • Full Steam Dumpling: Wed4-8pm 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. Fri 12-4pm, pickup of frozen beef Gyoza, vegan Gyoza & Char Siu Bao at discounted prices. Pickup on Chestnut St. Text or call 626-549-5574
  • Gabriella Café: takeout with curbside service, or delivery to Westside or Seabright with $10 fee, Tues-Sun 5-8pm, call 831-457-1677 after 4pm, website menu updated daily, wine is 30 percent off list prices, http://gabriellacafe.com
  • Garden Liquor & Deli: takeout Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm, self-serve case stocked daily with fresh salads and sandwiches, 831-475-9191 or https://www.scgardendeli.com
  • Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria: takeout, effective May 27 expanded hours and options, daily from 8am-5pm customers can use the front entrance to do in-person shopping (including new selections starting May 29 like hot breakfast egg croissants and a rotating “cheeseburger du jour” for the lunch hour), or people can do prepaid online ordering and pick up from the  back entrance daily 11am-5 pm, orders placed by 11am are available for pickup 2 days later (order by 11am Mon for pickup Wed, etc.), 831-462-1200, https://www.gaylesbakery.com
  • Golden City: takeout, daily 11am-9pm, order by phone 831-423-0688, or in person
  • Golden Fu-Wah: takeout, 831-515-7508
  • Golden Palace: takeout and delivery, 831-427-9275, www.goldenpalacesantacruz.com
  • Golden Roots Kitchen: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Fri early afternoon for following week, https://linktr.ee/goldenrootskitchen
  • Gilda’s: permanently closed
  • Gordo Gustavo’s Food Truck: takeout with drive-through pickup service (delivery also available), selling smoked meat by the pound, Mondays 11am-2pm at Shanty Shack Brewing. Pre-orders required; call 831-420-7396 or visit @gordo_gustavos on Instagram for details.
  • Habit Burger Grill: takeout and delivery daily 10:30am-9pm, 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); https://hanloh.square.site/
  • Harbor Café: takeout (reopened May 2 with limited menu), Fri-Mon 9am-1pm, call 831-475-4948 to order, see temporary menu on Instagram @theharborcafe
  • Hidden Fortress Coffee: takeout daily 7:30am-12:30pm 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: free delivery, takeout, curbside pickup, Tue-Sun 11:30am-7:30pm, 831-471-8787 https://www.holysmokescountrybbqandcatering.com/
  • Home: takeout with curbside pickup, taking phone orders after 3pm for pickup Thu-Sat 4-7pm, 831-431-6131, http://www.homesoquel.com, also offering soups/stews, pasta, and (uncooked) sausage at Downtown (Wed) and Live Oak (Sun) farmers markets. Also, as of May 1 they are a “Thursday pickup spot” for Dirty Girl Produce’s CSA box (see dirtygirlproduce.com)
  • Hula’s Island Grill: takeout, reopened May 1, daily 3:30-8:30pm, credit cards only/no cash, call 831-426-4852 to order, see menu at HulasTiki.com, owners invite customers to “keep calm & carry out”
  • Ideal Bar & Grill: takeout, food plus brewed coffee and espresso drinks, daily noon-6pm, order in person at café, or by phone, only two guests at a time are allowed in Ideal for pickup, 831-423-5271, http://www.idealbarandgrill
    India Joze: takeout Tues-Sat 5-8pm, 831-325-3633, http://Indiajoze.com/order/eat 
  • I Wok Bistro: takeout, daily 11am-9pm, 831-335-3430, https://www.iwokbistro.com
  • Jack O’Neill Restaurant at the Dream Inn: Takeout family breakfast Saturday-Sunday 8-11am and family dinner daily 5-7:30pm; each serves 4-6 people, see menu at https://www.jackoneillrestaurant.com/. Gift cards: if you buy a gift card of $100 or more, and are one of the first 50 customers, you receive a complimentary breakfast voucher for a later date. Call 831-460-5012.
  • Java Junction: takeout, all three locations / hours vary, Seabright is daily 7am-3pm, 831-423-5282, Harbor (next to Crow’s Nest) is daily 7am-6pm, River St. is daily 7am-3:30pm http://www.javajunctioncoffee.com/Store-Locations.html
  • Jeffery’s Restaurant: takeout, daily 7am-9pm, 831-425-1485
  • Johnny’s Harborside: takeout, starts May 29, Wed-Sun 3-8pm, items include burger or salmon burger for one, Cioppino or fresh fish for two, and reheatable selections by the quart such as clam chowder with six rolls, 831-479-3430, http://johnnysharborside.com
  • Kaito: takeout Tue-Sun 4-9pm, free delivery Tue-Thu 4-8pm (limited delivery area), 831-464-2586, https://www.smilekaito.com
  • Kianti’s: takeout with curbside pickup, or delivery, Sun-Thu 11am-9pm & Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, 831-469-4400, https://www.kiantis.com/
  • Kickin’ Chicken: takeout & delivery Wed-Fri 6-11pm & Sat-Sun 4-9pm, currently located at the Food Lounge (serving out of the backdoor on Chestnut St.). http://kickinchickensc.com
  • Kitchen at Discretion: takeout, ready-to-eat food is available Thurs-Mon 11:30am-5pm, three-course prix fixe menu plus a la carte items, toasttab.com/discretion-brewing
  • La Posta: takeout with curbside pickup, recently expanded hours and selections, 3-7pm Fri-Sun, fresh sourdough bread loaves, bottles of wine, three pasta options (ready to warm at home, with directions), other ready-to-eat dishes, several pizzas, and dessert. Visit lapostarestaurant.com for menu. Call or email orders and they will confirm: 831-457-2782, lapostarestaurant@gmail.com.
  • Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria: takeout/delivery including free delivery on orders of $75+ to limited areas from 4:30-7:30pm, daily (except Tues) 4:30-8:30pm, menu includes family-size options and they also offer deli case up front for “quick grab and go foods to warm/cook at home,” http://lagodicomoristorante.com
  • Laili: takeout/delivery, daily 11:30am-8pm, 831-423-4545 http://lailirestaurant.com
  • La Placa Family Bakery: takeout, Tues-Sun 8am-8pm, 831-609-6552, https://www.facebook.com/La-Placa-Family-Bakery-1560005784120099/
  • Lillian’s Italian Kitchen: takeout with curbside pickup, free delivery via subshuttleinc.com, Tues-Sun 4-8pm, full menu as well as family-sized lasagna and eggplant parmigiana (half-trays, order a day ahead), 831-425-2288, http://lilliansitaliankitchen.com 
  • Linda’s Sea Breeze: takeout, daily 8am-1pm, cash (ATM available) or check, 831-427-9713, https://www.restaurantji.com/ca/santa-cruz/lindas-seabreeze-caf-/
  • Little Tampico: takeout or delivery (Grubhub or DoorDash), Tues-Sun 11am-8pm, food and margaritas,831-475-4700, http://www.littletampico.com
  • Loard’s Ice Cream: takeout Mon-Thu 2-8pm, Fri-Sat 12-9pm & Sun 12-7pm, next door to Beach Street Pizza & Bar, 831-471-8530.
  • Lupulo Craft Beer House: takeout and delivery, daily 12-8pm, food plus beer, 831-454-8306, http://lupulosc.com
  • Manuel’s: takeout, 831-688-4848, http://manuelsrestaurant.com 
  • Margaritaville: reopened May 8 for takeout, daily 12-7pm, full menu plus cocktails, beer and wine, 831-476-2263, margaritavillecapitola.com
  • Marianne’s Ice Cream: takeout, three locations (1020 Ocean St., 218 State Park Dr., 104 Stockton Ave.) plus ice cream delivery to cities from Santa Cruz to Watsonville. Customers go online to order quarts, novelties, sundae kits, and “cookie sandwich kits” by 5pm for that night’s delivery, http://mariannesicecream.com
  • Mattia Pizza: delivery daily 3:30-7:30 pm, place order by texting 669-236-9182, see Instagram @mattiapizza04 for menu & details
  • May’s Sushi: takeout or DoorDash delivery, daily 12-8pm, 831-427-0201, https://mayssushibarandgrill.weebly.com
  • Maya’s Mexican Restaurant: takeout, 831-438-7004,https://www.mayasv.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
  • Mentone: takeout from David Kinch’s new restaurant (174 Aptos Village Way), call 831-708-1174 to pre-order from 11am until sell-out. Rotating selections including pizza, salad, cocktails, and wine for Wed-Sat pickup (3:30-7pm), plus multi-course prix fixe dinner on Sundays (which can be preordered starting on Friday), http://mentonerestaurant.com
  • Michael’s on Main: takeout, reopened May 15, Tues-Sat 11am-7pm with burgers, pizza, salads, wine, beer, and more, plus family-size dinners from 4-7pm, 831-479-9777, www.michaelsonmain.com.
  • Mission Hill Creamery: takeout w/curbside pickup or delivery, effective May 24 hours are expanded: now daily 12-8pm, selections include ice cream, fresh bread, chicken pot pies, a sundae kit, and some of the ingredients that MHC uses in their products such as Dirty Girl Produce strawberries, Califia oat milk, and organic flour, http://missionhillcreamery.com
  • Mission Street BBQ: takeout, 831-458-2222, (heavily discounted first responder meals) https://www.missionstbbq.com
  • Miyako Sushi: takeout, reopened May 1, Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm & 4:30-8:30pm, Sat 4-8:30pm, 831-462-5288, https://miyakocapitola.com
  • Mobo Sushi: takeout and delivery (DoorDash), daily 5-9pm, 831-425-1700, http://mobosushirestaurant.com/
  • Monster Pot: takeout and delivery, 831-454-8140, takeout is via monsterpostsc.com, delivery is via DoorDash and others
  • Mountain Mike’s Pizza: takeout and delivery, Portola Dr. location (locally owned), daily 11am-9pm, 831-477-7760, https://www.mountainmikespizza.com/
  • Mozaic: takeout or delivery (GrubHub, UberEats, DoorDash), 12-7:30pm daily, 831-454-8663, http://www.mozaicsantacruz.com/
  • Mr. Z’s Crepes & Teas: takeout or delivery (DoorDash), 12-6pm Tues-Sun, menu includes to-go Boba Kits for making tea at home, 831-228-1588, https://mrzsteas.com/
  • Naka Sushi: takeout and delivery, offering 20% discount, Tue-Sun 5:30-8:30 pm, http://nakasushi.org 
  • Nick the Greek: takeout/delivery, 831-431-6313, http://nickthegreeksj.com/locations, and they’re giving out one roll of toilet paper per family per visit
  • Olive Garden: takeout and delivery,831-462-0120, https://www.olivegarden.com/order-togo
  • Oswald: reopened May 13 for takeout, Wed-Sat 4-8pm, oswaldrestaurant.com
  • Otoro Sushi: takeout or delivery (free for Scotts Valley residents), Sun-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, free roll of toilet paper with $50 orders and $75 orders also get free hand sanitizer, 831-440-9040, https://www.facebook.com/OtoroSushiScottsValley/
  • Pacific Cookie Company: takeout with curbside pickup, 831-429-6905, https://www.pacificcookie.com/
  • Pacific Thai: takeout and delivery, Thurs-Tues noon-8pm, 831-420-1700, http://www.pacificthaisantacruz.com/
  • Palm Deli: takeout or delivery (DoorDash), daily 7am-2pm, 831-688-3354; ordering in person is okay but phone orders are preferred for safety/limiting time people spend in the deli. They will add in any drinks, chips, grocery items, to the “ready-to-eat food orders” – including Glaum eggs since they are the owners of Glaum Egg Ranch down the road (which is also still open). See https://www.thepalmdeli.com/ and https://glaumeggranch.com/
  • Panda Express: takeout and delivery, pandaexpress.com
  • Panda Inn: takeout (Deer Park Shopping Center), 831-688-8620, or delivery via DoorDash
  • Parish Publick House: takeout, including cocktails to go, both locations, Santa Cruz 831-421-0507, Aptos 831-708-2036, http://theparishpublick.com 
  • Pasatiempo Golf Course: MacKenzie Bar & Grill is closed until further notice; Hollins House takeout and Grab & Grill proteins are available for day-of ordering before 1:30pm and pick-up Tues-Sat from 3-7pm and Sun-Mon from 12-4pm. They are also doing “Grocery Bags” which rotate weekly (two choices, $30 each, one might include things like pasta, flour, yeast, eggs, butter, and paper goods like toilet paper, while the other has produce). These must be ordered by 3pm one day in advance and are available for pick-up on Tue & Thu from 3-7pm.  Pre-order by emailing (togo@pasatiempo.com) or by calling 831-459-9177, https://www.thehollinshouse.com/covid-19/.
  • Paula’s: takeout, daily 8am-12pm, 831-464-0741
  • Penny Ice Creamery: takeout, daily 1-8pm (downtown and Pleasure Point locations), selections include a sundae kit ($16, you get one pint of ice cream, chocolate sauce, organic whipped cream, and a couple other toppings), order at ice cream shop or online, https://www.thepennyicecreamery.com
  • People’s Coffee: takeout, daily 8am-5pm, 831- 464-2739
  • Persephone: takeout, lunch 11:30am-2pm Wed-Sat, dinner 3-5:30pm Thurs-Sat, order online the night before, or by phone the day of. Dinner selections include family meals (with entrée, salad, bread and cookies), 831-612-6511, https://www.persephonerestaurant.com/real-take-out-menu
  • Picnic Basket: takeout and delivery, daily 9am-3pm daily, 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 takeout and/or curbside pickup and delivery, various locations open, https://www.pizzamyheart.com
  • Pleasure Pizza: takeout/delivery at downtown location, 831-600-7859, http://pleasurepizzasc.com/downtown/menus, takeout (no delivery) at Pleasure Point location, daily 11am-9pm, 831- 475-4002, https://www.pleasurepizzasc.com/pleasure-point/menus/
  • Point Chophouse: takeout with curbside pickup, Tues-Sun 4-8pm, bottles of wine 30% off (must purchase food too), cocktails to go are also available, 831-476-2733, http://www.thepointchophouse.com/
  • Pono Hawaiian Grill: downtown location permanently closed
  • Pono Hawaiian Kitchen & Tap: takeout, or delivery via DoorDash, Sun-Thu 12-7:30pm & Fri-Sat 12-8pm, 831-476-7458, menu at http://ponohawaiiangrill.com (not all items are available; customers can check when they call)
  • Pretty Good Advice: takeout, after a short closure they reopened May 28 & changed hours, now open Wed-Sun 9am-3pm, 831-226-2805, https://prettygoodadvicesoquel.com/
  • Real Thai Kitchen: takeout Mon-Fri 11am-2pm & 5-9pm, Sat-Sun 12-9pm, 831-427-2559, http://realthaisantacruz.com
  • Red Apple Café: takeout, daily 8am-3pm, 831-685-1224, https://www.redappleaptos.com
  • Redwood Pizza: takeout, Thurs-Sun 4-9pm, pizza (no salads) plus draft beer in 32-ounce mason jars, 831-335-1500, http://www.redwoodpizza.com
  • Ristorante Italiano: takeout, or delivery (DoorDash, UberEats), Sat-Wed 4-8:30pm, Thurs-Fri 11:30am-2pm & 4-8:30pm, 831-458-2321, https://www.ristoranteitalianosc.com/
  • Riva Fish House: limited takeout menu, plus beer and wine, daily 12-7pm, order takeout at 831-429-1223, in person at the restaurant, or https://www.rivafishhouse.com
  • Robbie’s Sandwiches: takeout and delivery, daily 10am-3 pm,831-515-7411
  • Rosie McCann’s: closed until further notice https://rosiemccanns.com/santacruz
  • Roux Dat: reopened Capitola location May 12 for takeout, or delivery via DoorDash and UberEats, hours are Tues-Sat 11am-5pm, 831-295-6372, https://rouxdatcajuncreole.com/
  • Royal Taj: takeout, plus delivery through DoorDash and UberEats, daily 12-2:45pm, 5:30-9:15pm, 831-427-2666, https://www.royaltajsc.com/
  • Rumblefish: takeout, daily 11:30am-2:30pm & 5-8:30pm, online ordering with contact-free  pickup (you can order most of the menu online) or call in if you want something special like hand rolls, and get food at pickup window), 831-440-9240, http://www.rumblefish-sv.com
  • Sabieng Thai: takeout daily 3-8 pm, 831-425-1020, https://www.sabiengthaicuisine.com
  • Sala Thai: takeout and delivery (GrubHub), daily 11:30am-3pm & 5-9pm, 831-426-1214, http://salathaisantacruz.com
  • Salsa’s: window service only, 831-465-1105
  • Samba Rock Acai Café: takeout, hours vary, 831-458-2224
  • San Marcos Charquito Tacos y Tortas: takeout,831-888-6697
  • Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co., takeout, daily 8:30am-4:30pm, 831-459-0100, www.santacruzcoffee.com
  • Saturn Café: takeout or delivery (GrubHub and UberEats), Thurs-Mon 12-8:30pm (sometimes close at 8 if it’s slow), including a “Pay What You can” special: if someone is low on funds, they can tell restaurant how much money they have (let’s say $3 or $5) and they will prepare something small & low-cost (this is an option if ordering by phone or in person), 831-429-8505, https://saturncafe.com/
  • Sawasdee & Sawasdee By The Sea: takeout at the original Soquel spot (5050 Soquel Dr.) & second location (101 Main St., Santa Cruz), daily from 11am. They take their last phone orders at 8:45pm weekdays and 915pm weekends. Soquel: 831-462-5051, http://sawasdeesoquel.com, & Santa Cruz: 831-466-9009, sawasdeebythesea.com
  • Scopazzi’s: takeout Wed-Sun 12-7 pm, takeout menu includes food (cheeseburgers, spaghetti with meatballs, etc.), cocktails and wine, 831-338-6441, http://www.scopazzisrestaurant.com/
  • Seabright Deli: takeout (walkup window or curbside service) or delivery via DoorDash, daily 11 am-7pm, 831-515-7484, https://seabrightdeli.com/
  • Sesame Korean Grill: UPDATED May 30, takeout, daily 11am-10pm, 831-454-8355, https://www.sesame-koreangrill.com/
  • Shadowbrook: temporarily closed, gift cards available by phone 831-475-1511 or online, https://www.shadowbrook-capitola.com/
  • Showtime Pizzeria: takeout (pizza, wings, ravioli, lasagna & more), 831-662-3362,http://showtimepizzeria.com/
  • Shun Feng: takeout, plus delivery from 5-8:30pm, online ordering https://www.shunfengsantacruz.com/or by phone 831-423-3688 or 831-423-9888
  • Slice Project Pizza: takeout through side window, Thurs-Sat 4-9 pm (last order at 8:30pm), 831-319-4581, 300 Main St. Watsonville, http://sliceprojectpizza.com
  • Soif: Effective April 5, food service stopped (formerly doing takeout) but wine continues: Wine shop staff are available by phone to take orders for bottles of wine. Curbside pickup for pre-ordered and pre-paid wine is now occurring periodically. Contact 831-423-2020 or info@SoifWine.com.
  • Sotola Bar & Grill: takeout Thurs-Mon 12-8pm, reopened May 15, order by phone or online, 831-854-2800, http://www.sotolabarandgrill.com
  • South Point Coffee Bar & Tap Room: coffee bar is open daily 7am-12pm, limited bar menu Thurs-Sun 4-8pm, 831-661-1402, https://www.southpointseascape.com/
  • Star Bene: takeout 5-8 pm daily, 831-479-4307, www.star-bene.com
  • Star of Siam: takeout, 831-479-0366, https://www.starofsiamsoquel.net/
  • Steamer Lane Supply: takeout, curbside pickup available upon request, 9am-6:30pm, full menu plus specials, grab and go foods, take and heat carnitas taco kits for 2. Call in orders, 831-316-5240, or come in person for “touchless socially distanced transactions,” http://steamerlanesc.com/menucom
  • Surf City Sandwich: takeout or delivery, daily 10:30am-3pm, 831-346-6952, http://surfcitysandwich.com
  • Sushi Garden: takeout at all four locations (Aptos, Capitola, Scotts Valley and Watsonvile), http://sushi-garden.com
  • Tacos Morenos: takeout, both locations, Santa Cruz location daily 11am-8pm (831-429-6095) & Capitola daily 10am-7pm, (831-464-8810)
  • Taqueria Los Gordos: daily 9am-7:30pm except Sun when hours may vary, call 831-688-0911 or see IG @Losgordosaptos
  • Taqueria La Cabana: daily 9am-8pm, 831-425-7261
  • Taqueria Santa Cruz: takeout, both locations, http://www.taqsc.com
  • Taqueria Tepeque: takeout, Brown Ranch Marketplace (same Capitola complex as Trader Joe’s), 831-462-2758, https://taqueriatepeque355.wixsite.com/tepeque
  • Taqueria Michoacan: takeout, open Mon-Sat 10am-8:30pm, 831-465-8290, delivery through DoorDash
  • Taqueria Vallarta: takeout, all 4 locations – Soquel (831-457-8226), 41st Ave. (831-464-7022), Mission (831-426-7240), and Felton (831-335-4264), http://taqueriavallartaonline.com/           
  • Togos: takeout with curbside pickup, and delivery, six locations covering Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Watsonville, hours vary,https://www.togos.com
  • Tony & Alba’s: takeout with curbside pickup, or delivery, Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz stores, offering 50% off regular prices (employees volunteered to work for free to keep restaurants open, so owner decided to give back to community). Call 831-439-9999 (SV) or 831-425-8669 (SC, open 3-8pm), http://tonyandalbas.com
  • Tortilla Flats: takeout with curbside pickup, Wed-Sun starting at nooncall 831-476-1754 to place order; pick up 4-8pm, https://www.tortillaflatstogo.com/
  • Toya Sushi: takeout, Mon-Thurs 12-8pm, Fri-Sat 12-8:30pm, sushi, Boba tea, and slushies,
  •  831-464-1818, old Yogurt Delite building on Mission St. (same owners who had Takara Sushi near Capitola Mall) www.toyasushi.com
  • Tramonti: takeout and delivery, 11:30am-9pm, full restaurant menu plus grab-n-go items to heat up at home, 10% discount on “restaurant menu” items (not grab-n-go) when you do takeout, 831-426-7248, http://www.tramontisantacruz.com
  • Ugly Mug: takeout (drinks and coffee beans), 7am-1pm daily except Sun, order at 831-477-1341 or https://the-ugly-mug-109327.square.site
  • Union Foodie Truck: delivery Tues-Sat within Santa Cruz County with $4 fee for orders under $40, deadline to order is 1pm for same day delivery, menu posted weekly—selections include bagels, soup, pasta and take-and-bake hand pies and more, https://www.unionfoodietruck.com/
  • Upper Crust: takeout and delivery, 831-423-9010 (Mission St. location), and 831-476-2333 (Soquel Dr. location), https://uppercrustsc.com/
  • Vasili’s: takeout, daily 12-730pm, plus delivery via DoorDash, 831-458-9808, http://vasilisgreekrestaurant.com
  • Verve Coffee Roasters: takeout, Seabright location (Bronson St.), Pleasure Point/41st Ave., and Fair Ave. are open 7am-3pm. The Pacific Ave. branch is open 8am-4pm. The menu includes ready-to-drink coffee and tea, whole bean packages, and select grab-and-go and pantry items. Customers can order at https://instore.vervecoffee.com/, and pickup at each café’s designated window. People can also place orders in person at the pickup windows, and Verve is offering a daily free “drip quick cup of coffee” as a thank you to “dedicated frontline workers and teachers” at all of its re-opened cafes, https://www.vervecoffee.com/
  • Village Host Pizzeria: takeout and delivery, daily 11am-9pm, Aptos (831-685-8646) and Capitola (831-464-8455) https://villagehost.com
  • Vim Dining & Desserts: takeout, Wed-Sat nights plus brunch on Sundays. To order call 831-515-7033 between 3-7pm, see menu at https://www.vimsantacruz.com. Also, owner/chef Jesikah Stolaroff is continuing to offer “whole celebration cakes” like chocolate peanut butter torte (she has been making cakes while the main restaurant was closed). Email jesikah@vimsantacruz.com to order desserts.
  • Walnut Avenue Cafe: takeout with curbside pickup, daily 8am-2pm, reopened May 18, order by phone, 831-457-2804, http://www.walnutavenuecafe.com
  • Wasabi Sushi: takeout, offering free miso soup, Brown Ranch Marketplace (same Capitola complex as Trader Joe’s), 831-515-7455, https://www.instagram.com/wasabicapitola/
  • Windmill Café: takeout, daily 8am-1pm, 831-464-4698, https://windmillcafesantacruz.com/
  • Woodstock Pizza: takeout and delivery, 831-427-4444, https://woodstockscruz.com, also they’ve partnered with The Salvation Army to give pizza 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
  • Your Place-Farm to Table: takeout, 3-9pm Tues-Sun, menu includes Family Meal with house salad, choice of salmon, sand dabs, meatloaf, or chicken Parmesan, and dessert, $50; recently launched a box lunch menu Fri-Sun 11:30am-2pm, 831-426-3564, https://www.facebook.com/yourplacesc or https://yourplacesc.com/
  • Zachary’s: takeout with curbside pickup, reopened May 28, Thurs-Sun 8am-1:30pm, some items from regular menu, plus new “shelter-oriented” items and bulk items (including housemade bread, coffee cake, jalapeño corn bread), 831-427-0646, Zacharyssantacruz.com
  • Zameen: takeout Thurs-Sun 12-7:30pm, re-opened Aptos (831-688-4465) and Pleasure Point (831-713-5520) locations May 14 (Watsonville will reopen this summer), order by phone or online, zameencuisine.com
  • Zoccoli’s Deli: takeout with curbside pickup option, Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, 831-423-1711, http://zoccolis.com

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 http://whatsopensantacruz.com—they also have some info on other services that are open (I’m not affiliated with these–just sharing resources).

Grocery stores

Note: Several local stores offer delivery service for a fee through InstaCart. These include Costco, Lucky, New Leaf, Nob Hill, Safeway, and Target. Visit https://www.instacart.com.

  • Aptos Natural Foods: 10am-7pm with senior hours of 8-10am (65 years and up, and 10 percent discount during this time), aptosnaturalfoods.com
  • Black Point Market: open with groceries and ready-to-eat food, 831-713-5842, https://www.facebook.com/blackpointmarket/
  • Costco: has a priority policy for healthcare workers & first responders. During all open hours, Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders (such as police officers, EMTs and firefighters) will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse. Hours: 10am-6:30pm weekdays, 9:30am-6pm Saturdays, 10am to 6pm Sunday. Seniors and vulnerable customers can shop Tues through Thurs 8-9 am—note, “official (published) hours to non-seniors” don’t start until 10am 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 7:30am-7pm weekdays, 7:30am-6:30pm weekends, 831-469-0961, https://www.costco.com/
  • Del Pueblo Market: this small, family-owned market has a butcher counter, some grocery products, and some dairy and fresh produce (behind Jeffrey’s near Soquel/Capitola Rd), open daily 5am-5:30pm, 831-425-1829, https://www.facebook.com/delpueblomkt
  • Deluxe Foods: open for business, see deluxefoodsofaptos.com
  • Food Bin & The Herb Room: open 8am to 8pm, call 831-423-5526 (Food Bin) or 831-429-8108 (Herb Room) or visit https://www.foodbinherbroom.com
  • Grocery Outlet: hoursare8am to 9pm daily, https://groceryoutlet.com/store-locator
  • Lucky: General hours are 6am-10pm daily except from 6-9am Tuesday and Thursday: these areexclusive hoursfor seniors and guests with compromised health; 831-462-6917, www.luckysupermarkets.com
  • New Leaf Community Markets: reduced hours 9am to 8pm daily for most stores, 8-9am is for pregnant, senior, and immune-compromised individuals. Extended senior discount (formerly Wednesday, now daily). The Aptos location is open 10am-6pm with 10-11am the designated “Community Care Hour” for seniors and vulnerable individuals. For all stores, there are temporary store capacity limits and new waitlist technology 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/stay-healthy. Also—as of early May: New Leaf added a grocery pickup option to three of it stores (Aptos, Westside SC & Half Moon Bay) & is adding Capitola in June. Customers can order groceries through the Instacart app, select a pickup window, drive to the store and have their groceries brought to their car. Save $10 on your first New Leaf grocery pickup or delivery order of $35 or more with code NEWLEAF2020 through June 30, 2020. Learn more at www.newleaf.com/delivery.
  • 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/
  • Scotts Valley Market: open, daily 8am-9:30pm, 831-438-4324, https://www.scottsvalleymarket.com
  • Seascape Foods: daily 8am-8pm, 831-685-3134, seascapefoodsaptos.com
  • Shopper’s Corner: 8-10am for seniors and those at high risk, and 10am–7pm for the general public, http://www.shopperscorner.com
  • Staff of Life: reduced hours 9am-8pm, seniors 60 & older can shop at 8am from Monday-Friday, https://www.staffoflifemarket.com
  • Target: reduced hours at stores including Capitola & Watsonville (8am-9 pm), 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: 9am to 7pm daily plus an early shopping hour from 8-9am for seniors and disabled, https://www.traderjoes.com/
  • Whole Foods: reduced hours 9am-8 pm, seniors 60 & older can shop at 8am https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

Farmers’ Markets

For the first time, the downtown Santa Cruz Wednesday farmers market is offering—as of May 6—the Market Match Program, which offers customers with CalFresh cards a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10. An example: if a CalFresh customer swipes a card for $10 they receive 10 additional dollars in tokens at no charge. A $7 swipe equals a $7 match, and a $15 swipe equals a $10 match. These can only be used to purchase fresh produce. Now Market Match is available at all five Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets locations. Visithttp://www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/.

The Wednesday Downtown, Saturday Westside and Sunday Live Oak marketsfrom Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets are currently open. They added a Senior Shopping period. This is 30 minutes prior to the market’s opening time, so it is from 12:30-1pm for the Downtown Market and 8:30-9am for the Westside and Live Oak markets.

The Tuesday Felton market opens June 2 and is offering the Market Match Program to customers with CalFresh (EBT/SNAP) cards. During a double match for June, people get two tokens for every EBT token, up to $10 (so $10 of EBT becomes $30; matching tokens are valid for fresh fruits and vegetables only).

The Saturday Scotts Valley market opens June 6.

Both the Felton and SV markets usually open in May, but the pandemic caused a delay. All markets are following strict safety guidelines. Read more athttp://www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/sc-community-farmers-markets-and-covid-19.

As of May 20, Belly Goat Craft Burgers is selling “burger boxes” at the weekly downtown SC, Westside SC, and Live Oak farmers markets. Made with organic ingredients and made-from-scratch sauces and sides, the boxes include local grass-fed beef, buns, condiments and seasonings. Customers will also have options to buy “chef-made relishes and savory jams, specialty cheeses and more.”

El Pájaro CDC Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program hosts weekly booths at the Westside and Live Oak farmers’ markets; beginning the second weekend of June, the Saturday booths will switch between Westside and Scotts Valley. Late May & early June vendor appearances are Cuevas Express Foods at Westside May 30, Dos Hermanos Pupuseria at Live Oak May 31 and June 7.

The Saturday Aptos/Cabrillo College market, also open with regular hours, is utilizing safety measures such as hand sanitizer and hand washing stations. Farmers and vendors are wearing gloves. Keep up to date via their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MBFarmersMarket/.

Breweries

  • Discretion Brewing: online ordering (toasttab.com/discretion-brewing) and parking lot pick up from 11:30am-5pm daily
  • East Cliff Brewing Co.: takeout (in person or by phone) and online ordering for pickup, open Mon-Thurs 3-7pm, Fri 1-6pm, Sat & Sun 12-6pm, 831-713-5540, https://eastcliffbrewing.shopsettings.com/
  • Humble Sea Brewing Co.: takeout, daily 12-6pm, a beer was released April 24: All Together – IPA (6.5%) in collaboration with Other Half’s All Together Beer Project, a double dry hopped w/ Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, & Cascade hops. From Humble Sea: “A worldwide collaboration brewed to support hospitality professionals struggling through the utterly insane times of COVID-19. $5 of every 4-pack goes to our furloughed staff to help them cope with the cost of living during this pandemic;” see humblesea.com to order for pickup or shipping.
  • New Bohemia Brewing Co.: online ordering for pickup (10 beers available as four-packs), delivery, or shipping, https://www.nubobrew.com/
  • Sante Adairius: takeout, daily 12-6pm, rusticales.com.
  • Shanty Shack Brewing: beer drive-through, daily 10am-7pm, free roll of toilet paper when you spend $50, see web site for list of available cans, bottles and crowlers, 831-316-0800

Wine

  • Alfaro Family Vineyards has curbside pickup at the winery by appointment, and on Saturdays between 1-3 p.m. For mail orders, they offer discount shipping ($2 per bottle) and select discounts on purchases over $250. Visit alfarowine.com or call 831-728-5172.
  • Bargetto is open daily from noon-5pm. They offer a 30% discount with purchases of six or more bottles. To order or ask questions, call 888-400-9463 or email wineclub@bargetto.com
  • Bottle Jack Winery has several shelter-in-place specials and is offering takeout food on Saturdays. Buy 3 or more bottles of any wine and receive a 20% discount (30% for club members) and free local deliveries in Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley. It’s also offering 4 different 6-pack specials featuring new releases of 2019 Viognier, 2018 Chardonnay, and a flight of Cabernet Sauvignon at a 33% discount for a limited time and free shipping with minimum 3-bottle purchase. The winery is partnering with Lago di Como Ristorante for advance food purchase and pickup at the Westside Tasting Room (328D Ingalls Street) on Saturdays, when it is also open for wine purchases and pickup (noon-3pm). Menu options include prepared foods like pastas and tiramisu, plus pizza kits and a la carte items. To order wines and food, go to bottlejackwines.com. Call 831-227-2288 or email info@bottlejackwines.com for more information.
  • Integrity Wines is offering in-home wine tasting with winemaker Mark Hoover. Visit https://www.integrity.wine/
  • Pelican Ranch Winery offers free delivery in Santa Cruz County to those who buy three or more items (at 20% discount) from the list at pelicanranch.com. Also, they are now doing personalized virtual wine tastings for two, via Zoom or phone. Tastings include three wines ($36) or four ($48). Call or text owner/winemaker Phil Crews at 831-332-5359.
  • Ser Winery has curbside pickup at the winery on Saturdays between 1-4pm and offers free shipping on orders of three or more bottles (plus a 20% discount on cases). Visit serwinery.comor call 831-901-7806.
  • Silver Mountain Vineyards is holding Saturday hours (12-3pm) for both its tasting rooms, Santa Cruz and Los Gatos, to buy and pick up wine. Also, they are continuing the “Irish Green Sale” for five wines including 2015 Chardonnay, Tondré, and 2011 Pinot Noir, Tondré. Call (408) 353-2278 or visit http://www.silvermtn.com.
  • VinoCruz wine bar, which recently added takeout food options including: Cheese & Charcuterie plates, Red Pepper Hummus w/ Pita, Olives, Toasted Nuts, and Take & Bake Flatbread Pizzas (call ahead to order), has expanded its hours. It’s open daily from 12-7pm for takeout and delivery (for the latter, restrictions apply). A limited food menu is available all day, with a full menu from 4-7pm. Wine, beer, and cider are available in bottles, to-go cups, growlers, and more, 831-426-8466, https://vinocruz.com/
  • Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery has complimentary shipping with any 2 bottle or more purchase, and 25% off any four bottles or more. Pick up can be arranged at the winery by appointment, 408-560-9343, wrightsstation.com

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. Also, they have a retail shop at 493 Lake Ave. (below Johnny’s Harborside) open 10am-5pm daily except Mondays.
  • Ocean2Table: order seafood to be delivered as frequently or rarely as you choose. They have expanded so that people can add limited amounts of local vendors’ eggs, chicken, and produce to their fish delivery. See getocean2table.com.

Miscellaneous & Farms

  • Blossom’s Farmstore and Coffeeshop offers curbside pickup of select local, organic food items and health products. They also offer pickup at the four Santa Cruz area farmers markets they participate in, or delivery (for a fee) for Aptos, Corralitos and Watsonville residents. See https://app.barn2door.com/e/9jx6Q/all. The shop, at 2904 Freedom Blvd. (Watsonville/Corralitos), is open 8am-5 pm Tues-Sat and 8 am-4pm Sun (closed Mon). Products at the farm store include fresh, organic veggies and fruit from their own and other local farms; Dirty Girl Tomato sauce; fresh bread, seasonal homemade soups, salads and frittatas; Kombucha; coffee, and organic and biodynamically grown tea. They also carry immune system boosting herbal supplements and probiotics/ferments, essential oil sprays and salves (antibacterial and anti-viral), and respiratory system healing tonics (all made from Blossom’s Farm herbs), 831-319-4048 or facebook.com/blossomsfarmstorecorralitos.
  • Deke’s Market (334 7th Ave.), which includes In Mah Belly Deli, is open. Order by phone at 831-476-5897. Hours are 8am-8pm Mon-Sat and
    9am-7pm Sun. Visit https://www.facebook.com/dekesmarket/ or dekesmarket.com
  • EatLocal.Farm is an online marketplace for local goods and offers pickups and deliveries every Wednesday and Thursday (this is recent; when they first launched it was just Wednesdays). Customers buy seasonal produce and items from farms and vendors like Aptos Farm, Borba Family Farms, Fogline Farm, New Natives Nursery, and Wild Poppies Olive Oil. Visit https://eatlocal.farm/.
  • Hakouya, makers of my favorite salad dressing (probiotic miso dressing, it’s good on salad, as a sauce for fish and more, dip for veggies, etc.) is temporarily offering free, local delivery of their products if you buy at least $30 worth. That miso dressing comes in two sizes: 11-ounce for $12, 8-ounce for $9. They sell handmade miso paste (red, white, barley, 250 grams) for $15 each, quick miso soup base for $15, and double fermented organic Soy Sauce Koji for $12. Email info@hakouya.com to order; see Hakouya.com to learn about products and browse recipes.
  • Homeless Garden Project recently reopened its Pacific Avenue (831-295-6328) retail shop for curbside pickup, open Fri-Sun 11am-4pm. Offerings include baking mixes, seasonings, jams, and teas made with herbs and spices grown on the organic HGP farm. Visit https://homelessgardenproject.org.
  • Live Earth Farm offers “Grab and Go” boxes (produce is pre-selected) at their farmers’ market booths—these include the downtown market on Wednesdays and Westside on Saturdays. The booths have a separate line for people buying boxes only. Contents change each week depending on availability.
  • Love Cultivated has several Spring Collection gift boxes including one with homemade jams and marmalades (others contain soaps, etc.). As always, they are donating 5% of sales (not just gift box proceeds) to the Center for Farmworker Families. Visit www.love-cultivated.com.
  • Mariquita Farm offers weekly Tuesday pickup options for its “Mystery Boxes” filled with fresh produce grown at its Watsonville farm. Past boxes have included things like French breakfast radishes, basil, summer squash, green garlic, purple Sicilian artichokes, Meyer lemons, and Spring onions. Possibly coming soon: tomatoes. Local areas for pickup include Santa Cruz, Seabright, and Soquel. For more information, call 831-840-9491 or email ladybugbuyingclub@mariquita.com. Also see https://mariquita.com/events/BuyingClub.html
  • Mutari Chocolate (504A Front St.) is open for delivery and pickup Wednesday-Sunday noon-6 pm; visit mutarichocolate.com and check their Instagram @mutarichocolate for promotions/discounts and special popups
  • Santa Cruz Fun Foods (on Instagram @santacruzfunfoods, or at www.santacruzfunfoods.com) now delivers amusement park treats) made by Whiting’s Foods (they’ve been doing Boardwalk food concessions for many years. Treats are delivered by Grubhub and DoorDash, and selections include churros, kettle corn, chocolate dipped frozen bananas, Dippin’ Dots and cotton candy.
  • Sushi Market Sprouts: open 12-6pm Tues-Sat, the store (300 7th Ave.)—run by the same family that runs Kaito Restaurant—carries prepared packaged sushi & a few Japanese groceries & housewares, also refrigerated miso dressing from Hakouya, https://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-market-sprouts-santa-cruz
  • Toque Blanche: the store (1527 Pacific Ave) has hours of 11am-6pm daily. You can shop in person (maintaining a six-foot distance from other shoppers and staff) or place an order by phone (with curbside pickup), or order online. Contact 831-426-1351, and visit https://www.mytoque.com/pages/toque-blanche-and-the-coronavirus
  • The True Olive Connection (106 Lincoln St.) is open two days a week for curbside pickup: Wed & Sat 10am-2pm. Customers can order olive oil, vinegar, and more by phone (831-458-6457) or online, https://www.trueoliveconnection.com
  • The Vitamin Center in Capitola (1955 B-6 41st Ave., http://www.goaskjack.com/) is taking phone orders and offering curbside pickup. Call 831-462-4697; hours are 10am-6pm Mon-Fri and 10am-5pm Sat.

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Santa Cruz County food & drink changes & closures, as of May 18, 2020

Chicken-sausage gumbo from Roux Dat in Capitola
which reopened May 12 for takeout food
Photo courtesy of Roux Dat

Here is the current status of many local restaurants, grocery stores and other food/drink vendors, as of the end of the day May 18.

Sad news: downtown Santa Cruz’s Pono Hawaiian Grill, which first opened in 2011 and was closed for the last couple months due to shelter in place, will not reopen. It was very challenging to cover rent and utilities, etc. at two locations. The Capitola branch, Pono Hawaiian Kitchen & Tap (which opened in 2019 & has a variety of beer) will remain open. Pono fans are invited to support this still-open location.

Some of the items in this article with new or updated listings: Café Cruz, Colectivo Felix, Dharma’s, and Union Foodie Truck; a few restaurant re-openings like The Bagelry, Bantam, Sotola Bar & Grill, Walnut Avenue Café, and Zameen, and a food vendor selling burger boxes at farmers’ markets (see Farmers Markets section to read about Belly Goat Craft Burgers, which opened in Abbott Square Market earlier this year but has been temporarily closed due to the pandemic).

Please understand there might be some mistakes, as things are constantly changing. Note that I can’t include every Santa Cruz County business, as this is a manual effort.

Please email tara@santacruzfoodie.com if you have information to share, or corrections, for future articles.

Restaurants & other food vendors

  • 11th Hour Coffee: takeout, delivery and curbside available daily 8am-2pm; menu includes breakfast items. 831-331-5273, https://eleventhhourcoffee.com/
  • Abbott Square Market: restaurants are currently closed
  • Akira Sushi: both locations are open Wed-Sun 12-8pm for takeout, Santa Cruz,  831-600-7093, https://www.akirasantacruz.com/, & Aptos, 831-708 2154, https://www.akiraaptos.com/
  • Alderwood: takeout and delivery, Tue-Sun 10am-7pm, menu features freshly baked pastries, coffee, brunch cocktails, breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches until 2 p.m., plus burgers, pasta, and steaks, 831-588-3238 or 831-888-6901, https://www.alderwoodsantacruz.com/
  • Aloha Island Grille: takeout, 831-479-3299
  • Ambrosia India Bistro: takeout and delivery, both locations open, Aptos: Mon-Thurs 4:30-8:30, Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun 4:30-9pm, 831-713-2762, http://ambrosiaib.com/aptos/, Scotts Valley daily 4:30-8:30pm, 831-713-5594, http://ambrosiaib.com/scotts-valley/
  • Aptos St. BBQ: takeout and delivery, http://aptosstbbq.com
  • Ashby Confections: takeout with curbside pickup, chocolates and other treats available, Tues-Sat 11am-3pm, order by calling 831-454-8299, texting 831-234-1171, or going online at ashbyconfections.com (products can be shipped as well). Ashby is also at two local farmers’ markets each week: Wednesday downtown & Sunday Live Oak.
  • Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Café: delivery, order daily by 3pm and receive between 3-7pm, daily Scotts Valley deliveries plus Santa Cruz (Mon & Wed) and Felton (Tues & Thurs). Menu features traditional ice cream truck treats, Marianne’s ice cream, Pacific Cookie Company cookies, Ashby Confections goodies, Hidden Fortress organic coffee, and Rogue Pyes, https://auntlali.square.site/
  • Avanti Restaurant: takeout daily 4-7:30pm, 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, daily 11am to 9pm, recently added family meals to menu, 831-226-2350, http://www.backninegrill.com/
  • Bad Animal Books: Wed, Fri & Sun 4-7pm, take-out “family meals” with curbside pickup (emergency first responders get a 50% discount), also now offering pantry items including toilet paper, flour, sugar, butter, coffee, charcuterie, jam, and salad dressing, 831-900-5031, http://badanimalbooks.com
  • Bagelry: downtown Santa Cruz location (320 Cedar St., 429-8049) reopened Fri 5/15; midtown (1636 Seabright Ave., 425-8550) & Soquel (4763 Soquel Dr., 462-9888) reopening Fri 5/22. Takeout hours for all: 8am-2pm
  • Bangkok West: takeout, Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm & 5-9pm (can call to order from 4:30-8:30pm), Sat-Sun 11am-9pm (order by 8:30pm), 831-479-8297, http://bangkokwest.com/
  • Bantam: takeout Mon-Fri 4-8pm, reopened May 18, includes wood-fired pizza, family-style fried-chicken dinners, plus a self-described “physical mercantile” onsite with house-made breads and focaccia, pickles, and preserves, can order online or at restaurant, 831-420-0101, http://www.bantam1010.com
  • Barceloneta: takeout Wed-Sat 4-7pm, cocktails and wine available to go with meals, 831-900-5222, https://eatbarceloneta.square.site/
  • Beach Street Pizza & Bar: takeout, curbside pickup and delivery, Mon-Thurs 2-8pm, Fri-Sat 12-9pm and Sun 12-7pm. Happy Hour is Mon-Fri 4-7pm for appetizers & drinks. 831-471-8530, www.beachstreetpizzaandbar.com
  • Beer Thirty Pour House: Daily 11am-7pm, https://www.beerthirtysantacruz.com/
  • Betty Burgers: newest Aptos location, 415 Trout Gulch Road. 831-612-6668 plus two other locations (41st Ave. and Seabright) are doing takeout daily 12-8pm, http://bettyburgers.com. Downtown location is closed.
  • Bittersweet Bistro: BB has turned its dining room into a “mini market” with pantry essentials including milk, eggs, flour, pasta, produce, marinated meats, paper goods and half price bottles of wine. Hours are Wed-Sun 12-7 pm. The restaurant is serving food Wed-Sun 12-7 pm for takeout or curbside pickup, with delivery to the greater Aptos area on qualifying orders over $75, 831-662-9799, http://bittersweetbistro.com.
  • Blue Bunny Tacos: closed until further notice
  • Britannia Arms of Capitola: takeout with curbside pickup, daily 10:30am-8pm, place orders at 831-464-2583, full menu and special orders available, https://www.facebook.com/britanniaarmscapitola/
  • Bruno’s Bar and Grill: takeout with curbside pickup (plus delivery for Scotts Valley residents), Wed-Sun 2-8pm, https://www.brunosbarandgrill.com
  • Buttercup Cakes & Farmhouse Frosting:  takeout and delivery Fri-Sun 12-4pm, must place orders ahead of time via online Google Form or by emailing scbuttercupcakes@gmail.com, cupcakes and mini-cookies (minimum order of 6 for each category), cakes, other treats, and bouquets from Bonny Doon Flowers, https://www.farmhousefrosting.com/
  • Buttery Bakery: takeout and delivery 7am-5pm, 831-458-3020, http://butterybakery.com
  • Café Brasil: takeout, daily 8am-3pm, 10 percent discount on all orders, 831-429-1855, http://cafebrasil.us/
  • Café Cruz: takeout, recently expanded hours of daily 12-8pm, expanded menu with many choices plus kids’ menu, and wide selection of groceries (items by the pound like sugar, flour, polenta, tomatoes, skirt steak, and bacon; and selections priced by the item like half-gallon of milk, roll of toilet paper, etc.),831-476-3801, http://cafecruz.com
  • Café El Palomar:  takeout, Sun-Thu 8am-8pm, Fri-Sat 8am-8:30pm, 831-477-0371, https://www.cafeelpalomar.com/
  • Café Iveta: takeout and delivery, 9am-2pm, 831-713-5946, https://iveta.com
  • Café Mare: takeout/curbside and delivery (via DoorDash), 831-458-1212, http://www.cafemare.com/
  • Café Sparrow: Tues-Sat 4-7pm, 831-688-6238, http://cafesparrow.com/ 
  • Carpo’s: takeout, 12-8 pm daily, http://carposrestaurant.com
  • Casa Nostra: takeout, daily 4-9pm, 831-609-6132, www.ristorantecasanostra.com
  • Casa Rositas: takeout, Tues-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 3-8pm, 831-346-6907
  • Central Coast Juicery: Takeout and delivery. Order by texting 831-747-7085 or emailing (order@juicelocally.com)
  • Charlie Hong Kong: takeout (curbside pickup), daily 12-9pm, they will cater & deliver to serve first responders, medical/hospital staff & government workers, 831-426-5664, http://charliehongkong.com (also grubhub.comseamless.commobilebytes.comdoordash.com)
  • Chocolate: takeout/delivery (DoorDash) Tues-Sun 4-8pm (no longer doing Sunday brunch). Pickup info is https://chocolatesantacruz.com/picnic/, need to email order by 4pm for that night or call 831-427-9900 after 4. Delivery info is at https://www.doordash.com/store/chocolate-santa-cruz-284767/
  • Cilantro’s: takeout, daily 11am to 7pm, 831-761-2161, https://cilantroswatsonville.com
  • Coffeetopia: takeout, reopened Mission St. location May 1, and Capitola Rd & Portola locations May 8, all locations open daily 7am-1pm, http://www.coffeetopia.com
  • Colectivo Felix: DeliveryFri-Sat 2-6pm empanada delivery to Santa Cruz, Live Oak, Capitola and Soquel; expanded menu now includes salads, desserts, produce boxes, and more.  Small delivery fee for other areas. https://colectivofelix.square.site/ or email (info@colectivofelix.com)
  • Companion Bakeshop: Westside location open for takeout Tue-Sun 8am-2 pm, Aptos location open Fri-Sun 8am-2pm, https://companionbakeshop.com. Also offering a weekly “Bakers Box” where you order & pay in advance and pick up on Tue or Thu. Three different bakery product boxes are available along with several “add on” items (organic milk, hot sauce, etc.), https://companionbakeshop.com/shelter-box-order 
  • Corralitos Pizza: takeout or delivery (DoorDash) Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10:30pm, 831-722-7220,  https://corralitospizzadelivery.com.
  • Cowboy Bar and Grill: takeout, Wed-Fri 2-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-8pm, 831-335-2330, https://www.feltoncowboy.com
  • Cremer House: closed until further notice, http://www.cremerhouse.com/
  • Crow’s Nest: takeout with curbside pickup daily 11:30am-8pm, includes family-size meals, also Beach Market next door 9am-8pm, 831-475-4560, http://www.crowsnest-santacruz.com/
  • Dharma’s: takeout or delivery (DoorDash), daily 11am-7pm, recently added family-sized trays of American Saute and Bo Thai, 831-462-1717, www.dharmasrestaurant.com, online ordering at https://dharmasrestaurant.square.site
  • Dunlap Donuts: takeout, daily 5:30am-2pm, 831-475-6447, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dunlaps-Donuts/154065311271976
  • Dynasty: takeout and delivery, Sun-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, 831-479-3388, https://www.dynastysantacruz.com
  • East End Gastropub: takeout or delivery (UberEats), Tues-Sun 2-8pm, menu features pizza, burger, spaghetti, etc., plus occasional “dinner for two” with bottle of wine, appetizer, salad, pasta, and dessert, 831-475-8010, http://eastendpub.com
  • East Side Eatery from Pleasure Pizza: takeout and delivery daily 11am-8pm, curbside pickup for online orders, 831-431-6058, http://pleasurepizzasc.com
  • El Chino Mexican Restaurant: takeout, 831-476-7175
  • El Chipotle: takeout, 831-477-1048
  • El Jardin: takeout with curbside option, and delivery, Tues-Sun 12-8pm, 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 (Cuevas Express Foods, My Mom’s Mole, 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 publish weekly menus every Sat.
  • El Palomar: takeout with curbside service, open Tue-Fri 2-7:30pm, Sat 12-7pm, Sun 12-6pm, 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, http://elpalomarsantacruz.com
  • El Rosal Bakery: takeout food includes tamales, daily 7:30am-8pm, 831-462-1308
  • El Toro Bravo: takeout, Tues-Sun 12-7pm, 831-476-1553,https://www.eltorobravocapitola.com/full-menu
  • Ella’s at the Airport: takeout with curbside pickup, Tues-Sun noon-7pm, 831-728-3282, menu includes family-size meals, https://www.ellasinwatsonville.com
  • Empire Grille: takeout with curbside pickup, daily 11am-8pm, 831-704-2130, http://empire-grille.com/
  • Engfer Pizza Works: Tue-Sun 4-9:30pm, 831-429-1856, http://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, http://eriksdelicafe.com
  • Farm Bakery & Café: takeout and delivery, daily 8am-4pm, 831-684-0266, https://www.thefarmbakerycafe.com/
  • Foodsmith: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Thu night for delivery Mon and/or Thu of following week, http://myfoodsmith.com
  • Full Steam Dumpling: Wed4-8pm 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. Fri 12-4pm, pickup of frozen beef Gyoza, vegan Gyoza & Char Siu Bao at discounted prices. Pickup on Chestnut St. Text or call 626-549-5574
  • Gabriella Café: takeout with curbside service, or delivery to Westside or Seabright with $10 fee, Tues-Sun 5-8pm, call 831-457-1677 after 4pm, website menu updated daily, wine is 30 percent off list prices, http://gabriellacafe.com
  • Garden Liquor & Deli: takeout Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm, self-serve case stocked daily with fresh salads and sandwiches, 831-475-9191 or https://www.scgardendeli.com
  • Gayle’s Bakery: re-opened May 18, curbside and front door pick up, hours are 11am-5 pm daily for online, prepaid orders, 831-462-1200, https://www.gaylesbakery.com, orders placed by 11am are available for pickup 2 days later (order by 11am Mon for pickup Wed, etc.)
  • Golden City: takeout, daily 11am-9pm, order by phone 831-423-0688, or in person
  • Golden Fu-Wah: takeout, 831-515-7508
  • Golden Palace: takeout and delivery, 831-427-9275, www.goldenpalacesantacruz.com
  • Golden Roots Kitchen: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Fri early afternoon for following week, https://linktr.ee/goldenrootskitchen
  • Gilda’s: permanently closed
  • Gordo Gustavo’s Food Truck: takeout with drive-through pickup service (delivery also available), selling smoked meat by the pound, Mondays 11am-2pm at Shanty Shack Brewing. Pre-orders required; call 831-420-7396 or visit @gordo_gustavos on Instagram for details.
  • Habit Burger Grill: takeout and delivery daily 10:30am-9pm, 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); https://hanloh.square.site/
  • Harbor Café: takeout (reopened May 2 with limited menu), Fri-Mon 9am-1pm, call 831-475-4948 to order, see temporary menu on Instagram @theharborcafe
  • Hidden Fortress Coffee: takeout daily 7:30am-12:30pm 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: free delivery, takeout, curbside pickup, Tue-Sun 11:30am-730pm, 831-471-8787 https://www.holysmokescountrybbqandcatering.com/
  • Home: takeout with curbside pickup, taking phone orders after 3pm for pickup Thu-Sat 4-7pm, 831-431-6131, http://www.homesoquel.com, also offering soups/stews, pasta, and (uncooked) sausage at Downtown (Wed) and Live Oak (Sun) farmers markets. Also, as of May 1 they are a “Thursday pickup spot” for Dirty Girl Produce’s CSA box (see dirtygirlproduce.com)
  • Hula’s Island Grill: takeout, reopened May 1, daily 3:30-8:30pm, credit cards only/no cash, call 831-426-4852 to order, see menu at HulasTiki.com, owners invite customers to “keep calm & carry out”
  • Ideal Bar & Grill: takeout food plus brewed coffee and espresso drinks, daily noon-6pm. Place orders in person, at café, or at 831-423-5271. Only two guests at a time are allowed in Ideal for pickup. http://www.idealbarandgrill
    India Joze: takeout Tues-Sat 5-8pm, 831-325-3633, http://Indiajoze.com/order/eat 
  • I Wok Bistro: takeout, daily 11am-9pm, 831-335-3430, https://www.iwokbistro.com
  • Jack O’Neill Restaurant at the Dream Inn: Takeout family breakfast Saturday-Sunday 8-11am and family dinner daily 5-7:30pm; each serves 4-6 people, see menu at https://www.jackoneillrestaurant.com/. Gift cards: if you buy a gift card of $100 or more, and are one of the first 50 customers, you receive a complimentary breakfast voucher for a later date. Call 831-460-5012.
  • Java Junction: takeout, all three locations / hours vary, Seabright is daily 7am-3pm, 831-423-5282, Harbor (next to Crow’s Nest) is daily 7am-6pm, River St. is daily 7am-3:30pm http://www.javajunctioncoffee.com/Store-Locations.html
  • Jeffery’s Restaurant: daily 7am-5pm (sometimes later than 5), 831-425-1485
  • Johnny’s Harborside: temporarily closed, may not reopen until June
  • Kaito: takeout Tue-Sun 4-9pm, free delivery Tue-Thu 4-8pm (limited delivery area), 831-464-2586, https://www.smilekaito.com
  • Kianti’s: takeout with curbside pickup, or delivery, Sun-Thu 11am-9pm & Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, 831-469-4400, https://www.kiantis.com/
  • Kickin’ Chicken: takeout & delivery Wed-Fri 6-11pm & Sat-Sun 4-9pm, currently located at the Food Lounge (serving out of the backdoor on Chestnut St.). http://kickinchickensc.com
  • Kitchen at Discretion: takeout, ready-to-eat food is available Thurs-Mon 11:30am-5pm, three-course prix fixe menu plus a la carte items, toasttab.com/discretion-brewing
  • La Posta: takeout with curbside pickup, recently expanded hours and selections, 3-7pm Fri-Sun, fresh sourdough bread loaves, bottles of wine, three pasta options (ready to warm at home, with directions), other ready-to-eat dishes, several pizzas, and dessert. Visit lapostarestaurant.com for menu. Call or email orders and they will confirm: 831-457-2782, lapostarestaurant@gmail.com.
  • Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria: takeout/delivery including free delivery on orders of $75+ to limited areas from 4:30-7:30pm, daily (except Tues) 4:30-8:30pm, menu includes family-size options and they also offer deli case up front for “quick grab and go foods to warm/cook at home,” http://lagodicomoristorante.com
  • Laili: takeout/delivery, daily 11:30am-8pm, 831-423-4545 http://lailirestaurant.com
  • La Placa Family Bakery: takeout, Tues-Sun 8am-8pm, 831-609-6552, https://www.facebook.com/La-Placa-Family-Bakery-1560005784120099/
  • Lillian’s Italian Kitchen: takeout with curbside pickup, free delivery via subshuttleinc.com, Tues-Sun 4-8pm, full menu as well as family-sized lasagna and eggplant parmigiana (half-trays, order a day ahead), 831-425-2288, http://lilliansitaliankitchen.com 
  • Linda’s Sea Breeze: takeout, daily 8am-1pm, cash (ATM available) or check, 831-427-9713, https://www.restaurantji.com/ca/santa-cruz/lindas-seabreeze-caf-/
  • Little Tampico: takeout or delivery (Grubhub or DoorDash), Tues-Sun 11am-8pm, food and margaritas,831-475-4700, http://www.littletampico.com
  • Loard’s Ice Cream: takeout Mon-Thu 2-8pm, Fri-Sat 12-9pm & Sun 12-7pm, next door to Beach Street Pizza & Bar, 831-471-8530.
  • Lupulo Craft Beer House: takeout and delivery, daily 12-8pm, food plus beer, 831-454-8306, http://lupulosc.com
  • Manuel’s: takeout, 831-688-4848, http://manuelsrestaurant.com 
  • Margaritaville: reopened May 8 for takeout, daily 12-7pm, full menu plus cocktails, beer and wine, 831-476-2263, margaritavillecapitola.com
  • Marianne’s Ice Cream: takeout, three locations (1020 Ocean St., 218 State Park Dr., 104 Stockton Ave.) plus ice cream delivery to cities from Santa Cruz to Watsonville. Customers go online to order quarts, novelties, sundae kits, and recently added “cookie sandwich kits” by 5pm for that night’s delivery, http://mariannesicecream.com
  • Mattia Pizza: delivery daily 3:30-7:30 pm, place order by texting 669-236-9182, see Instagram @mattiapizza04 for menu & details
  • May’s Sushi: takeout or DoorDash delivery, daily 12-8pm, 831-427-0201, https://mayssushibarandgrill.weebly.com
  • Maya’s Mexican Restaurant: takeout, 831-438-7004,https://www.mayasv.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
  • Mentone: takeout from David Kinch’s new restaurant (174 Aptos Village Way), call 831-708-1174 to pre-order from 11am until sell-out. Rotating selections including pizza, salad, cocktails, and wine for Wed-Sat pickup (3:30-7pm), plus multi-course prix fixe dinner on Sundays (which can be preordered starting on Friday), http://mentonerestaurant.com
  • Mission Hill Creamery: takeout w/curbside pickup Tues-Sat 2-9 pm & Sun 2-7pm, selections include ice cream, fresh bread, chicken pot pies, and a sundae kit ($39.95, you get two pints of ice cream, hot fudge or caramel, and five toppings from a list of 12), delivery via GrubHub, DoorDash, and UberEats, http://missionhillcreamery.com
  • Mission Street BBQ: takeout, 831-458-2222, (heavily discounted first responder meals) https://www.missionstbbq.com
  • Miyako Sushi: takeout, reopened May 1, Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm & 4:30-8:30pm, Sat 4-8:30pm, 831-462-5288, https://miyakocapitola.com
  • Mobo Sushi: takeout and delivery (DoorDash), daily 5-9pm, 831-425-1700, http://mobosushirestaurant.com/
  • Monster Pot: takeout and delivery, 831-454-8140, takeout is via monsterpostsc.com, delivery is via DoorDash and others
  • Mountain Mike’s Pizza: takeout and delivery, Portola Dr. location (locally owned), daily 11am-9pm, 831-477-7760, https://www.mountainmikespizza.com/
  • Mozaic: takeout or delivery (GrubHub, UberEats, DoorDash), 12-7:30pm daily, 831-454-8663, http://www.mozaicsantacruz.com/
  • Mr. Z’s Crepes & Teas: takeout or delivery (DoorDash), 12-6pm Tues-Sun, menu includes to-go Boba Kits for making tea at home, 831-228-1588, https://mrzsteas.com/
  • Naka Sushi: takeout and delivery, offering 20% discount, Tue-Sun 5:30-8:30 pm, http://nakasushi.org 
  • Nick the Greek: takeout/delivery, 831-431-6313, http://nickthegreeksj.com/locations, and they’re giving out one roll of toilet paper per family per visit
  • Olive Garden: takeout and delivery,831-462-0120, https://www.olivegarden.com/order-togo
  • Oswald: reopened May 13 for takeout, Wed-Sat 4-8pm, oswaldrestaurant.com
  • Otoro Sushi: takeout or delivery (free for Scotts Valley residents), Sun-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, free roll of toilet paper with $50 orders and $75 orders also get free hand sanitizer, 831-440-9040, https://www.facebook.com/OtoroSushiScottsValley/
  • Pacific Cookie Company: takeout with curbside pickup, 831-429-6905, https://www.pacificcookie.com/
  • Pacific Thai: takeout and delivery (Doorbell Dining or DoorDash), daily noon-8pm, 831-420-1700, http://www.pacificthaisantacruz.com/
  • Palm Deli: takeout or delivery (DoorDash), daily 7am-2pm, 831-688-3354; ordering in person is okay but phone orders are preferred for safety/limiting time people spend in the deli. They will add in any drinks, chips, grocery items, to the “ready-to-eat food orders” – including Glaum eggs since they are the owners of Glaum Egg Ranch down the road (which is also still open). See https://www.thepalmdeli.com/ and https://glaumeggranch.com/
  • Panda Express: takeout and delivery, pandaexpress.com
  • Panda Inn: takeout (Deer Park Shopping Center), 831-688-8620, or delivery via DoorDash
  • Parish Publick House: takeout, including cocktails to go, both locations, Santa Cruz 831-421-0507, Aptos 831-708-2036, http://theparishpublick.com 
  • Pasatiempo Golf Course: MacKenzie Bar & Grill is closed until further notice; Hollins House takeout and Grab & Grill proteins are available for day-of ordering before 1:30pm and pick-up Tues-Sat from 3-7pm and Sun-Mon from 12-4pm. They are also doing “Grocery Bags” which rotate weekly (two choices, $30 each, one might include things like pasta, flour, yeast, eggs, butter, and paper goods like toilet paper, while the other has produce). These must be ordered by 3pm one day in advance and are available for pick-up on Tue & Thu from 3-7pm.  Pre-order by emailing (togo@pasatiempo.com) or by calling 831-459-9177, https://www.thehollinshouse.com/covid-19/.
  • Paula’s: takeout, daily 8am-12pm, 831-464-0741
  • Penny Ice Creamery: takeout, daily 1-8 p.m. (downtown and Pleasure Point locations), selections include a sundae kit ($16, you get one pint of ice cream, chocolate sauce, organic whipped cream, and a couple other toppings), order at ice cream shop or online, https://www.thepennyicecreamery.com
  • People’s Coffee: takeout, daily 8am-5pm, 831- 464-2739
  • Persephone: takeout, lunch 11:30am-2pm Wed-Sat, dinner 3-5:30pm Thurs-Sat, order online the night before, or by phone the day of. Dinner selections include family meals (with entrée, salad, bread and cookies), 831-612-6511, https://www.persephonerestaurant.com/real-take-out-menu
  • Picnic Basket: takeout and delivery, daily 9am-3pm daily, 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 takeout and/or curbside pickup and delivery, various locations open, https://www.pizzamyheart.com
  • Pleasure Pizza: takeout/delivery at downtown location, 831-600-7859, http://pleasurepizzasc.com/downtown/menus, takeout (no delivery) at Pleasure Point location, daily 11am-9pm, 831- 475-4002, https://www.pleasurepizzasc.com/pleasure-point/menus/
  • Point Chophouse: takeout with curbside pickup, Tues-Sun 4-8pm, bottles of wine 30% off (must purchase food too), cocktails to go are also available, 831-476-2733, http://www.thepointchophouse.com/
  • Pono Hawaiian Grill: downtown location permanently closed
  • Pono Hawaiian Kitchen & Tap: takeout, or delivery via DoorDash, Sun-Thu 12-7:30pm & Fri-Sat 12-8pm, 831-476-7458, menu at http://ponohawaiiangrill.com (not all items are available; customers can ask when they call)
  • Pretty Good Advice: temporarily closed (formerly doing takeout Tue-Sat 11am-7pm, 831-226-2805, https://prettygoodadvicesoquel.com/)
  • Real Thai Kitchen: takeout Mon-Fri 11am-2pm & 5-9pm, Sat-Sun 12-9pm, 831-427-2559, http://realthaisantacruz.com
  • Red Apple Café: takeout, daily 8am-3pm, 831-685-1224, https://www.redappleaptos.com
  • Redwood Pizza: takeout, Thurs-Sun 4-9pm, pizza (no salads) plus draft beer in 32-ounce mason jars, 831-335-1500, http://www.redwoodpizza.com
  • Ristorante Italiano: takeout, or delivery (DoorDash, UberEats), Sat-Wed 4-8:30pm, Thurs-Fri 11:30am-2pm & 4-8:30pm, 831-458-2321, https://www.ristoranteitalianosc.com/
  • Riva Fish House: limited takeout menu, plus beer and wine, daily 12-7pm, order takeout at 831-429-1223, in person at the restaurant, or https://www.rivafishhouse.com
  • Robbie’s Sandwiches: takeout and delivery, daily 10am-3 pm,831-515-7411
  • Rosie McCann’s: closed until further notice https://rosiemccanns.com/santacruz
  • Roux Dat: reopened Capitola location May 12 for takeout, or delivery via DoorDash and UberEats, hours are Tues-Sat 11am-5pm, 831-295-6372, https://rouxdatcajuncreole.com/
  • Royal Taj: takeout, plus delivery through DoorDash and UberEats, daily 12-2:45pm, 5:30-9:15pm, 831-427-2666, https://www.royaltajsc.com/
  • Rumblefish: takeout, daily 11:30am-2:30pm & 5-8:30pm, online ordering with contact-free  pickup (you can order most of the menu online) or call in if you want something special like hand rolls, and get food at pickup window), 831-440-9240, http://www.rumblefish-sv.com
  • Sabieng Thai: takeout daily 3-8 pm, 831-425-1020, https://www.sabiengthaicuisine.com
  • Sala Thai: takeout and delivery (GrubHub), daily 11:30am-3pm & 5-9pm, 831-426-1214, http://salathaisantacruz.com
  • Salsa’s: window service only, 831-465-1105
  • Samba Rock Acai Café: takeout, hours vary, 831-458-2224
  • San Marcos Charquito Tacos y Tortas: takeout,831-888-6697
  • Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co., takeout, daily 8:30am-4:30pm, 831-459-0100, www.santacruzcoffee.com
  • Saturn Café: takeout or delivery (GrubHub and UberEats), Thurs-Mon 12-8:30pm (sometimes close at 8 if it’s slow), including a “Pay What You can” special: if someone is low on funds, they can tell restaurant how much money they have (let’s say $3 or $5) and they will prepare something small & low-cost (this is an option if ordering by phone or in person), 831-429-8505, https://saturncafe.com/
  • Sawasdee & Sawasdee By The Sea: takeout at the original Soquel spot (5050 Soquel Dr.) & second location (101 Main St., Santa Cruz), daily from 11am. They take their last phone orders at 8:45pm weekdays and 915pm weekends. Soquel: 831-462-5051, http://sawasdeesoquel.com, & Santa Cruz: 831-466-9009, sawasdeebythesea.com
  • Scopazzi’s: takeout Wed-Sun 12-7 pm, takeout menu includes food (cheeseburgers, spaghetti with meatballs, etc.), cocktails and wine, 831-338-6441, http://www.scopazzisrestaurant.com/
  • Seabright Deli: takeout (walkup window or curbside service) or delivery via DoorDash, daily 11 am-7pm, 831-515-7484, https://seabrightdeli.com/
  • Shadowbrook: temporarily closed, gift cards available by phone 831-475-1511 or online, https://www.shadowbrook-capitola.com/
  • Showtime Pizzeria: takeout (pizza, wings, ravioli, lasagna & more), 831-662-3362,http://showtimepizzeria.com/
  • Shun Feng: takeout, plus delivery from 5-8:30pm, online ordering https://www.shunfengsantacruz.com/ or by phone 831-423-3688 or 831-423-9888
  • Slice Project Pizza: takeout through side window, Thurs-Sat 4-9 pm (last order at 8:30pm), 831-319-4581, 300 Main St. Watsonville, http://sliceprojectpizza.com
  • Soif: Effective April 5, food service stopped (formerly doing takeout) but wine continues: Wine shop staff are available by phone to take orders for bottles of wine. Curbside pickup for pre-ordered and pre-paid wine is now occurring every other Wednesday; the next dates are May 20 and June 3. Contact 831-423-2020 or info@SoifWine.com.
  • Sotola Bar & Grill: takeout Thurs-Mon 12-8pm, reopened May 15, order by phone or online, 831-854-2800, http://www.sotolabarandgrill.com
  • South Point Coffee Bar & Tap Room: coffee bar is open daily 7am-12pm, limited bar menu Thurs-Sun 4-8pm, 831-661-1402, https://www.southpointseascape.com/
  • Star Bene: takeout 5-8 p.m. daily, 831-479-4307, www.star-bene.com
  • Star of Siam: takeout, 831-479-0366, https://www.starofsiamsoquel.net/
  • Steamer Lane Supply: takeout, curbside pickup available upon request, 9am-6:30pm, full menu plus specials, grab and go foods, take and heat carnitas taco kits for 2. Call in orders, 831-316-5240, or come in person for “touchless socially distanced transactions,” http://steamerlanesc.com/menucom
  • Surf City Sandwich: takeout or delivery, daily 10:30am-3pm, 831-346-6952, http://surfcitysandwich.com
  • Sushi Garden: take-out at all four locations (Aptos, Capitola, Scotts Valley and Watsonvile), http://sushi-garden.com
  • Tacos Morenos: takeout, both locations, Santa Cruz location daily 11am-8pm (831-429-6095) & Capitola daily 10am-7pm, (831-464-8810)
  • Taqueria Los Gordos: daily 9am-7:30pm except Sun when hours may vary, call 831-688-0911 or see IG @Losgordosaptos
  • Taqueria La Cabana: daily 9am-8pm, 831-425-7261
  • Taqueria Santa Cruz: takeout, both locations, http://www.taqsc.com
  • Taqueria Tepeque: takeout, Brown Ranch Marketplace (same Capitola complex as Trader Joe’s), 831-462-2758, https://taqueriatepeque355.wixsite.com/tepeque
  • Taqueria Michoacan: takeout, open Mon-Sat 10am-8:30pm, 831-465-8290, delivery through DoorDash
  • Taqueria Vallarta: takeout, all 4 locations – Soquel (831-457-8226), 41st Ave. (831-464-7022), Mission (831-426-7240), and Felton (831-335-4264), http://taqueriavallartaonline.com/           
  • Togos: takeout with curbside pickup, and delivery, six locations covering Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Watsonville, hours vary,https://www.togos.com
  • Tony & Alba’s: takeout with curbside pickup, or delivery, Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz stores, offering 50% off regular prices (employees volunteered to work for free to keep restaurants open, so owner decided to give back to community). Call 831-439-9999 (SV) or 831-425-8669 (SC, open 3-8pm), http://tonyandalbas.com
  • Tortilla Flats: takeout with curbside pickup, Wed-Sun starting at nooncall 831-476-1754 to place order; pick up 4-8pm, https://www.tortillaflatstogo.com/
  • Toya Sushi: takeout, Mon-Thurs 12-8pm, Fri-Sat 12-8:30pm, sushi, Boba tea, and slushies, 831-464-1818, old Yogurt Delite building on Mission St. (same owners who had Takara Sushi near Capitola Mall) www.toyasushi.com
  • Tramonti: takeout and delivery, 11:30am-9pm, full restaurant menu plus grab-n-go items to heat up at home, 10% discount on “restaurant menu” items (not grab-n-go) when you do takeout, 831-426-7248, http://www.tramontisantacruz.com
  • Ugly Mug: takeout (drinks and coffee beans), 7am-1pm daily except Sun, order at 831-477-1341 or https://the-ugly-mug-109327.square.site
  • Union Foodie Truck: delivery Tues-Sat within Santa Cruz County with $4 fee for orders under $40, deadline to order is 1pm for same day delivery, menu posted weekly—selections include bagels, soup, pasta and take-and-bake hand pies and more, https://www.unionfoodietruck.com/
  • Upper Crust: takeout and delivery, 831-423-9010 (Mission St. location), and 831-476-2333 (Soquel Dr. location), https://uppercrustsc.com/
  • Vasili’s: takeout, daily 12-730pm, plus delivery via DoorDash, 831-458-9808, http://vasilisgreekrestaurant.com
  • Verve Coffee Roasters: takeout, they recently reopened their cafes. Seabright location (Bronson St.), Pleasure Point/41st Ave., and Fair Ave. are open 7am-3pm. The Pacific Ave. branch is open 8am-4pm. The menu includes ready-to-drink coffee and tea, whole bean packages, and select grab-and-go and pantry items. Customers can order at https://instore.vervecoffee.com/, and pickup at each café’s designated window. People can also place orders in person at the pickup windows, and Verve is offering a daily free “drip quick cup of coffee” as a thank you to “dedicated frontline workers and teachers” at all of its re-opened cafes, https://www.vervecoffee.com/
  • Village Host Pizzeria: takeout and delivery, daily 11am-9pm, Aptos (831-685-8646) and Capitola (831-464-8455) https://villagehost.com
  • Vim Dining & Desserts: takeout, Wed-Sat nights plus brunch on Sundays. To order call 831-515-7033 between 3-7pm, see menu at https://www.vimsantacruz.com. Also, owner/chef Jesikah Stolaroff is continuing to offer “whole celebration cakes” like chocolate peanut butter torte (she has been making cakes while the main restaurant was closed). Email jesikah@vimsantacruz.com to order desserts.
  • Walnut Avenue Cafe: takeout with curbside pickup, daily 8am-2pm, reopened May 18, order by phone, 831-457-2804, http://www.walnutavenuecafe.com
  • Wasabi Sushi: takeout, offering free miso soup, Brown Ranch Marketplace (same Capitola complex as Trader Joe’s), 831-515-7455, https://www.instagram.com/wasabicapitola/
  • Windmill Café: takeout, daily 8am-1pm, 831-464-4698, https://windmillcafesantacruz.com/
  • Woodstock Pizza: takeout and delivery, 831-427-4444, https://woodstockscruz.com, also they’ve partnered with The Salvation Army to give pizza 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
  • Your Place-Farm to Table: takeout, 3-9pm Tues-Sun, menu includes Family Meal with house salad, choice of salmon, sand dabs, meatloaf, or chicken Parmesan, and dessert, $50; recently launched a box lunch menu Fri-Sun 11:30am-2pm, 831-426-3564, https://www.facebook.com/yourplacesc or https://yourplacesc.com/
  • Zachary’s: closed during shelter-in-place, until further notice
  • Zameen: takeout Thurs-Sun 12-7:30pm, re-opened Aptos (831-688-4465) and Pleasure Point (831-713-5520) locations May 14 (Watsonville will reopen this summer), order by phone or online, zameencuisine.com
  • Zoccoli’s Deli: takeout with curbside pickup option, Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, 831-423-1711, http://zoccolis.com

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 http://whatsopensantacruz.com—they also have some info on other services that are open (I’m not affiliated with these–just sharing resources).

Grocery stores

Note: Several local stores offer delivery service for a fee through InstaCart. These include Costco, Lucky, New Leaf, Nob Hill, Safeway, and Target. Visit https://www.instacart.com.

  • Aptos Natural Foods: 10am-7pm with senior hours of 8-10am (65 years and up, and 10 percent discount during this time), aptosnaturalfoods.com
  • Black Point Market: open with groceries and ready-to-eat food, 831-713-5842, https://www.facebook.com/blackpointmarket/
  • Costco: Effective April 8, Costco has a new priority policy for healthcare workers & first responders. During all open hours, Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders (such as police officers, EMTs and firefighters) will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse. Effective March 30, hours were reduced (closing earlier): 10am-6:30pm weekdays, 9:30am-6pm Saturdays, 10am to 6pm Sunday. Seniors and vulnerable customers can shop Tues through Thurs 8-9 am—note, “official (published) hours to non-seniors” don’t start until 10am 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 7:30am-7pm weekdays, 7:30am-6:30pm weekends, 831-469-0961, https://www.costco.com/
  • Del Pueblo Market: this small, family-owned market has a butcher counter, some grocery products, and some dairy and fresh produce (behind Jeffrey’s near Soquel/Capitola Rd), open daily 5am-5:30pm, 831-425-1829, https://www.facebook.com/delpueblomkt
  • Deluxe Foods: open for business, see deluxefoodsofaptos.com
  • Food Bin & The Herb Room: open 8am to 8pm, call 831-423-5526 (Food Bin) or 831-429-8108 (Herb Room) or visit https://www.foodbinherbroom.com
  • Grocery Outlet: hoursare8am to 9pm daily, https://groceryoutlet.com/store-locator
  • Lucky: General hours are 6am-10pm daily except from 6-9am Tuesday and Thursday: these areexclusive hoursfor seniors and guests with compromised health; 831-462-6917, www.luckysupermarkets.com
  • New Leaf Community Markets: reduced hours 9am to 8pm daily for most stores, 8-9am is for pregnant, senior, and immune-compromised individuals. Extended senior discount (formerly Wednesday, now daily). Effective April 28, the Aptos location is open 10am-6pm with 10-11am the designated “Community Care Hour” for seniors and vulnerable individuals. For all stores, there are temporary store capacity limits and new waitlist technology 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/stay-healthy. Also—as of early May: New Leaf added a grocery pickup option to three of it stores (Aptos, Westside SC & Half Moon Bay) & is adding Capitola in June. Customers can order groceries through the Instacart app, select a pickup window, drive to the store and have their groceries brought to their car. Save $10 on your first New Leaf grocery pickup or delivery order of $35 or more with code NEWLEAF2020 through June 30, 2020. Learn more at www.newleaf.com/delivery.
  • 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/
  • Scotts Valley Market: open, daily 8am-9:30pm, 831-438-4324, https://www.scottsvalleymarket.com
  • Seascape Foods: daily 8am-8pm, 831-685-3134, seascapefoodsaptos.com
  • Shopper’s Corner: as of early April, they changed hours: now 8-10am for seniors and those at high risk, and 10am–7pm for the general public, http://www.shopperscorner.com
  • Staff of Life: reduced hours 9am-8pm, 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), 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: 9am to 7pm daily plus an early shopping hour from 8-9am for seniors and disabled, https://www.traderjoes.com/
  • Whole Foods: reduced hours 9am-8 pm, seniors 60 & older can shop at 8am https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

Farmers’ Markets

For the first time, the downtown Santa Cruz Wednesday farmers market is offering—as of May 6—the Market Match Program, which offers customers with CalFresh cards a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10. An example: if a CalFresh customer swipes a card for $10 they receive 10 additional dollars in tokens at no charge. A $7 swipe equals a $7 match, and a $15 swipe equals a $10 match. These can only be used to purchase fresh produce. Now Market Match is available at all five Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets locations. In addition, May is DOUBLE MATCH month at the 3 currently open markets (downtown, Live Oak & Westside). For the duration of May, they match your first 10 EBT dollars with $2 of market match. This means a $10 EBT swipe becomes $30 ($10 EBT/$20 Match), a $7 swipe becomes $21 ($7 EBT/$14 Match), a $20 swipe becomes $40 ($20 EBT/$20 Match). Visithttp://www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/.

The Wednesday Downtown, Saturday Westside and Sunday Live Oak marketsfrom Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets are currently open. They recently added a Senior Shopping period. This is 30 minutes prior to the market’s opening time, so it is from 12:30-1pm for the Downtown Market and 8:30-9am for the Westside and Live Oak markets. The markets are following strict safety guidelines. Read more athttp://www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/sc-community-farmers-markets-and-covid-19.

Beginning May 20, Belly Goat Craft Burgers is selling “burger boxes” at the weekly downtown SC, Westside SC, and Live Oak farmers markets. Made with organic ingredients and made-from-scratch sauces and sides, the boxes include local grass-fed beef, buns, condiments and seasonings. Customers will also have options to buy “chef-made relishes and savory jams, specialty cheeses and more.”

El Pájaro CDC Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program hosts weekly booths at the Westside and Live Oak farmers’ markets. Upcoming vendor appearances are Hakouya at Westside May 23, and Cali Dawg at Live Oak May 24

The Saturday Aptos/Cabrillo College market, also open with regular hours, is utilizing safety measures such as hand sanitizer and hand washing stations. Farmers and vendors are wearing gloves. Keep up to date via their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MBFarmersMarket/.

The opening dates for the two “seasonal (not year-round) markets” operated by The Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets, Felton and Scotts Valley, have been postponed to the first week of June because of COVID-19. The Felton Market will begin June 2 and the Scotts Valley Market will open June 6.

Breweries

  • Discretion Brewing: online ordering (toasttab.com/discretion-brewing) and parking lot pick up from 11:30am-5pm daily
  • East Cliff Brewing Co.: takeout (in person or by phone) and online ordering for pickup, open Mon-Thurs 3-7pm, Fri 1-6pm, Sat & Sun 12-6pm, 831-713-5540, https://eastcliffbrewing.shopsettings.com/
  • Humble Sea Brewing Co.: takeout, daily 12-6pm, a beer was released April 24: All Together – IPA (6.5%) in collaboration with Other Half’s All Together Beer Project, a double dry hopped w/ Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, & Cascade hops. From Humble Sea: “A worldwide collaboration brewed to support hospitality professionals struggling through the utterly insane times of COVID-19. $5 of every 4-pack goes to our furloughed staff to help them cope with the cost of living during this pandemic;” see humblesea.com to order for pickup or shipping.
  • New Bohemia Brewing Co.: online ordering for pickup (10 beers available as four-packs), delivery, or shipping, https://www.nubobrew.com/
  • Sante Adairius: takeout, daily 12-6pm, rusticales.com.
  • Shanty Shack Brewing: beer drive-through, daily 10am-7pm, free roll of toilet paper when you spend $50, see web site for list of available cans, bottles and crowlers, 831-316-0800

Wine

  • Alfaro Family Vineyards has curbside pickup at the winery by appointment, and on Saturdays between 1-3 p.m. For mail orders, they offer discount shipping ($2 per bottle) and select discounts on purchases over $250. Visit alfarowine.com or call 831-728-5172.
  • Bargetto is open daily from noon-5pm. They offer a 30% discount with purchases of six or more bottles. To order or ask questions, call 888-400-9463 or email wineclub@bargetto.com
  • Bottle Jack Winery has several shelter-in-place specials and is offering takeout food on Saturdays. Buy 3 or more bottles of any wine and receive a 20% discount (30% for club members) and free local deliveries in Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley. It’s also offering 4 different 6-pack specials featuring new releases of 2019 Viognier, 2018 Chardonnay, and a flight of Cabernet Sauvignon at a 33% discount for a limited time and free shipping with minimum 3-bottle purchase. The winery is partnering with Lago di Como Ristorante for advance food purchase and pickup at the Westside Tasting Room (328D Ingalls Street) on Saturdays, when it is also open for wine purchases and pickup (noon-3pm). Menu options include prepared foods like pastas and tiramisu, plus pizza kits and a la carte items. To order wines and food, go to bottlejackwines.com. Call 831-227-2288 or email info@bottlejackwines.com for more information.
  • Integrity Wines is offering in-home wine tasting with winemaker Mark Hoover. The next session is 1-3pm May 24. Cost is $30 for one person or $50 for two. Visit https://www.integrity.wine/
  • Pelican Ranch Winery offers free delivery in Santa Cruz County to those who buy three or more items (at 20% discount) from the list at pelicanranch.com. Also, they are now doing personalized virtual wine tastings for two, via Zoom or phone. Tastings include three wines ($36) or four ($48). Call or text owner/winemaker Phil Crews at 831-332-5359.
  • Ser Winery has curbside pickup at the winery on Saturdays between 1-4pm and offers free shipping on orders of three or more bottles (plus a 20% discount on cases). Visit serwinery.com or call 831-901-7806.
  • Silver Mountain Vineyards is holding Saturday hours (12-3pm) for both its tasting rooms, Santa Cruz and Los Gatos, to buy and pick up wine. Also, they are continuing the “Irish Green Sale” for five wines including 2015 Chardonnay, Tondré, and 2011 Pinot Noir, Tondré. Call (408) 353-2278 or visit http://www.silvermtn.com.
  • VinoCruz wine bar, which recently added takeout food options including: Cheese & Charcuterie plates, Red Pepper Hummus w/ Pita, Olives, Toasted Nuts, and Take & Bake Flatbread Pizzas (call ahead to order), just expanded its hours. Formerly open four days a week with limited hours, it’s now open daily from 12-7pm for takeout and delivery (for the latter, restrictions apply). A limited food menu is available all day, with a full menu from 4-7pm. Wine, beer, and cider are available in bottles, to-go cups, growlers, and more, 831-426-8466, https://vinocruz.com/
  • Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery has complimentary shipping with any 2 bottle or more purchase, and 25% off any four bottles or more. Pick up can be arranged at the winery by appointment, 408-560-9343, wrightsstation.com

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. Also, they have a retail shop at 493 Lake Ave. (below Johnny’s Harborside) open 10am-5pm daily except Mondays.
  • Ocean2Table: order seafood to be delivered as frequently or rarely as you choose. They have expanded so that people can add limited amounts of local vendors’ eggs, chicken, and produce to their fish delivery. See getocean2table.com.

Miscellaneous & Farms

  • Blossom’s Farmstore and Coffeeshop offers curbside pickup of select local, organic food items and health products. They also offer pickup at the four Santa Cruz area farmers markets they participate in, or delivery (for a fee) for Aptos, Corralitos and Watsonville residents. See https://app.barn2door.com/e/9jx6Q/all. The shop, at 2904 Freedom Blvd. (Watsonville/Corralitos), is open 8am-5 pm Tues-Sat and 8 am-4pm Sun (closed Mon). Products at the farm store include fresh, organic veggies and fruit from their own and other local farms; Dirty Girl Tomato sauce; fresh bread, seasonal homemade soups, salads and frittatas; Kombucha; coffee, and organic and biodynamically grown tea. They also carry immune system boosting herbal supplements and probiotics/ferments, essential oil sprays and salves (antibacterial and anti-viral), and respiratory system healing tonics (all made from Blossom’s Farm herbs), 831-319-4048 or facebook.com/blossomsfarmstorecorralitos.
  • Deke’s Market (334 7th Ave.), which includes In Mah Belly Deli, is open. Order by phone at 831-476-5897. Hours are 8am-8pm Mon-Sat and
    9am-7pm Sun. Visit https://www.facebook.com/dekesmarket/ or dekesmarket.com
  • EatLocal.Farm is an online marketplace for local goods and offers pickups and deliveries every Wednesday and Thursday (this is recent; when they first launched it was just Wednesdays). Customers buy seasonal produce and items from farms and vendors like Aptos Farm, Borba Family Farms, Fogline Farm, New Natives Nursery, and Wild Poppies Olive Oil. Visit https://eatlocal.farm/.
  • Hakouya, makers of my favorite salad dressing (probiotic miso dressing, it’s good on salad, as a sauce for fish and more, dip for veggies, etc.) is temporarily offering free, local delivery of their products if you buy at least $30 worth. That miso dressing comes in two sizes: 11-ounce for $12, 8-ounce for $9. They sell handmade miso paste (red, white, barley, 250 grams) for $15 each, quick miso soup base for $15, and double fermented organic Soy Sauce Koji for $12. Email info@hakouya.com to order; see Hakouya.com to learn about products and browse recipes.
  • Live Earth Farm offers “Grab and Go” boxes (produce is pre-selected) at their farmers’ market booths—these include the downtown market on Wednesdays and Westside on Saturdays. The booths have a separate line for people buying boxes only. Contents change each week depending on availability.
  • Love Cultivated has several Spring Collection gift boxes including one with homemade jams and marmalades (others contain soaps, etc.) If you buy one in April or May, they will donate a gift bag to a heroic community member (essential workers who put themselves at risk to help—medical workers, custodians, postal carriers, grocery store workers, and delivery drivers—they are taking nominees if you know someone). As always, they are donating 5% of sales (not just gift box proceeds) to the Center for Farmworker Families. Visit www.love-cultivated.com. Interested in supporting Center for Farmworker Families? They are doing a fundraising drive for grocery gift cards for farmworkers as the regular April supply distribution was cancelled.  Donate at farmworkerfamily.org/donate.
  • Mariquita Farm offers weekly Tuesday pickup options for its “Mystery Boxes” filled with fresh produce grown at its Watsonville farm. In the past, these have featured French breakfast radishes, green garlic, purple Sicilian artichokes, Meyer lemons, and Spring onions. Possibly coming soon: basil, summer squash, and tomatoes.

Local areas for pickup include Santa Cruz, Seabright, and Soquel. For more information, call 831-840-9491 or email ladybugbuyingclub@mariquita.com. Also see https://mariquita.com/events/BuyingClub.html

  • Mutari Chocolate (504A Front St.) is open for delivery and pickup Wednesday-Sunday noon-6 pm; visit mutarichocolate.com and check their Instagram @mutarichocolate for promotions/discounts and special popups
  • Santa Cruz Fun Foods (on Instagram @santacruzfunfoods, or at www.santacruzfunfoods.com) now delivers amusement park treats) made by Whiting’s Foods (they’ve been doing Boardwalk food concessions for many years. Treats are delivered by Grubhub and DoorDash, and selections include churros, kettle corn, chocolate dipped frozen bananas, Dippin’ Dots and cotton candy.
  • Sushi Market Sprouts: open 12-6pm Tues-Sat, the store (300 7th Ave.)—run by the same family that runs Kaito Restaurant—carries prepared packaged sushi & a few Japanese groceries & housewares, also refrigerated miso dressing from Hakouya, https://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-market-sprouts-santa-cruz
  • Toque Blanche: the store (1527 Pacific Ave) has hours of 11am-6pm daily. You can shop in person (maintaining a six-foot distance from other shoppers and staff) or place an order by phone (with curbside pickup), or order online. Contact 831-426-1351, and visit https://www.mytoque.com/pages/toque-blanche-and-the-coronavirus
  • The Vitamin Center in Capitola (1955 B-6 41st Ave., http://www.goaskjack.com/) is taking phone orders and offering curbside pickup. Call 831-462-4697; hours are 10am-6pm Mon-Fri and 10am-5pm Sat.

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Santa Cruz County food & drink changes & closures, as of April 26, 2020

From Tramonti’s “Grab & Go” deli case:
Oven-roasted Mediterranean eggplant with tomatoes & kalamata olives
Photo courtesy of Tramonti

Santa Cruz County food & drink changes & closures, as of April 26, 2020

Here is the current status of many local restaurants, grocery stores and other food/drink vendors, as of April 26 (as far as I know). Exciting news: I was at H&H’s retail shop yesterday buying fresh black cod, and they reminded me that commercial salmon season starts May 1, so they will be stocking salmon starting that day! I was first a customer of both H&H and Ocean2Table several years ago, and I highly recommend both of them (see Seafood section).

Some of the several items in this article that are new since last time: Dharma’s and Café Cruz opened back up on April 24—Café Cruz is doing a few groceries too—and Vim is re-opening April 29 (see Restaurants section). New restaurants to this list include Mozaic, Saturn Cafe and Toya Sushi (see Restaurants). There is news on a benefit beer release from Humble Sea, and I included info on these five drink vendors for the first time: Java Junction & Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co. (see Restaurants) East Cliff Brewing Co. and Shanty Shack Brewing (see Breweries), and Bottle Jack Winery (see Wine).

Sad news: long-standing restaurant Gilda’s on the Santa Cruz Wharf, run by the Stagnaro Family, has decided to permanently close.

Let’s try to support many local businesses so they can survive…and with this list, please understand there will be some mistakes as things are constantly changing. Also, I can’t include every Santa Cruz County business, as this is a manual effort.

Please email tara@santacruzfoodie.com if you have information to share, or corrections, for future articles.

Restaurants & other food vendors

  • 11th Hour Coffee: takeout, delivery and curbside available daily 8am-1pm; menu includes breakfast items. 831-331-5273, https://eleventhhourcoffee.com/
  • Abbott Square Market: all restaurants are currently closed
  • Akira Sushi: both locations are open Wed-Sun 12-8pm for takeout, Santa Cruz,  831-600-7093, https://www.akirasantacruz.com/, & Aptos, 831-708 2154, https://www.akiraaptos.com/
  • Alderwood: takeout and delivery, Tue-Sun 10am-7pm, menu features freshly baked pastries, coffee, brunch cocktails, breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches until 2 p.m., plus burgers, pasta, and steaks, 831-588-3238 or 831-888-6901, https://www.alderwoodsantacruz.com/
  • Aloha Island Grille: takeout, 831-479-3299
  • Ambrosia India Bistro: takeout and delivery, both locations open, Aptos: Mon-Thurs 4:30-8:30, Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun 4:30-9pm, 831-713-2762, http://ambrosiaib.com/aptos/, Scotts Valley daily 4:30-8:30pm, 831-713-5594, http://ambrosiaib.com/scotts-valley/
  • Aptos St. BBQ: takeout and delivery, http://aptosstbbq.com
  • Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Café: delivery via ice cream truck, order daily by 3pm and receive between 4-7pm, menu features traditional ice cream truck treats, Marianne’s ice cream, Pacific Cookie Company cookies, Ashby Confections goodies, Hidden Fortress organic coffee, and Rogue Pyes, only serving Scotts Valley for now but Santa Cruz and Felton delivery will be added soon, https://auntlali.square.site/
  • Avanti Restaurant: takeout daily 4-7:30pm, 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, daily 11am to 9pm, recently added family meals to menu, 831-226-2350, http://www.backninegrill.com/
  • Bad Animal Books: Wed, Fri & Sun 4-7pm, take-out “family meals” with curbside pick up. Emergency first responders get a 50% discount. Order at http://badanimalbooks.com
  • Bagelry: closed until further notice
  • Barceloneta: takeout Wed-Sat 4-7pm, cocktails and wine available to go with meals, 831-900-5222, https://eatbarceloneta.square.site/
  • Beach Street Pizza & Bar: takeout, curbside pickup and delivery, Mon-Thurs 2-8pm, Fri-Sat 12-9pm and Sun 12-7pm. Happy Hour is Mon-Fri 4-7pm for appetizers & drinks. 831-471-8530, www.beachstreetpizzaandbar.com
  • Beer Thirty Pour House: Daily 11am-7pm, https://www.beerthirtysantacruz.com/
  • Betty Burgers: newest Aptos location, 415 Trout Gulch Road. 831-612-6668 plus two other locations (41st Ave. and Seabright) are doing takeout daily 12-8pm, http://bettyburgers.com. Downtown location is closed.
  • Bittersweet Bistro: BB has turned its dining room into a “mini market” with pantry essentials including milk, eggs, flour, pasta, produce, marinated meats, paper goods and half price bottles of wine. Hours are Wed-Sun 12-7 pm. The restaurant is serving food Wed-Sun 12-7 pm for takeout or curbside pickup, with delivery to the greater Aptos area on qualifying orders over $75, 831-662-9799, http://bittersweetbistro.com.
  • Blue Bunny Tacos: closed until further notice
  • Britannia Arms of Capitola: takeout with curbside pickup, daily 10:30am-8pm, place orders at 831-464-2583, full menu and special orders available, https://www.facebook.com/britanniaarmscapitola/
  • Buttercup Cakes & Farmhouse Frosting:  takeout and delivery Fri-Sun 12-4pm, must place orders ahead of time via online Google Form or by emailing scbuttercupcakes@gmail.com, cupcakes and mini-cookies (minimum order of 6 for each category), cakes, other treats, and bouquets from Bonny Doon Flowers, https://www.farmhousefrosting.com/
  • Buttery Bakery: takeout and delivery 7am-5pm, 831-458-3020, http://butterybakery.com
  • Café Brasil: takeout, daily 8am-3pm, 10 percent discount on all orders, 831-429-1855, http://cafebrasil.us/
  • Café Cruz: reopened April 24, takeout food including soup, salads, sandwiches and dinners plus kids’ menu, and a wide selection of groceries (items by the pound like sugar, flour, polenta, tomatoes, skirt steak, and bacon; and selections priced by the item like half-gallon of milk, roll of toilet paper, etc.),Tues-Sun, 3-7pm, 831-476-3801, http://cafecruz.com
  • Café El Palomar:  takeout, Sun-Thu 8am-8pm, Fri-Sat 8am-8:30pm, 831-477-0371, https://www.cafeelpalomar.com/
  • Café Mare: takeout/curbside and delivery (via DoorDash), 831-458-1212, http://www.cafemare.com/
  • Café Sparrow: Tues-Sat 4-7pm, 831-688-6238, http://cafesparrow.com/ 
  • Carpo’s: takeout, 12-8 pm daily, http://carposrestaurant.com
  • Central Coast Juicery: Takeout and delivery. Order by texting 831-747-7085 or emailing (order@juicelocally.com)
  • Charlie Hong Kong: takeout (curbside pickup), daily 12-9pm, they will cater & deliver to serve first responders, medical/hospital staff & government workers, 831-426-5664, http://charliehongkong.com (also grubhub.comseamless.commobilebytes.comdoordash.com)
  • Chocolate: takeout/delivery (DoorDash) daily 4-8pm, plus Sun brunch 10am-2pm. Menu is updated daily on DoorDash. Delivery info is at https://www.doordash.com/store/chocolate-santa-cruz-284767/ & pickup info is at https://chocolatesantacruz.com/wine-list/
  • Cilantro’s: takeout, daily 11am to 7pm, 831-761-2161, https://cilantroswatsonville.com
  • Coffeetopia: Closed until further notice
  • Colectivo Felix: DeliveryThu-Sat 3-6pm empanada, soup, and/or dip delivery to Santa Cruz, Live Oak, Capitola and Soquel.  Small delivery fee for other areas. https://colectivofelix.square.site/ or email (info@colectivofelix.com)
  • Companion Bakeshop: Westside location open for takeout Tue-Sun 8 am-2 pm, Aptos location (formerly closed) now open Fri-Sun 8 am-2pm, https://companionbakeshop.com. Also offering a weekly “Bakers Box” where you order & pay in advance and pick up on Tue or Thu. Three different bakery product boxes are available along with several “add on” items (organic milk, hot sauce, etc.), https://companionbakeshop.com/shelter-box-order 
  • Corralitos Pizza: takeout or delivery (DoorDash) Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10:30pm, 831-722-7220,  https://corralitospizzadelivery.com.
  • Crow’s Nest: takeout with curbside pickup daily 11:30am-8pm, includes family-size meals, also Beach Market next door 9am-8pm, 831-475-4560, http://www.crowsnest-santacruz.com/
  • Dharma’s: reopened April 24, takeout or delivery (DoorDash) with a “somewhat limited menu” (as described by owner), daily 11am-7pm, 831-462-1717, online ordering coming in the future, www.dharmasrestaurant.com
  • Dunlap Donuts: takeout, daily 5:30am-2pm, 831-475-6447, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dunlaps-Donuts/154065311271976
  • Dynasty: takeout and delivery, Sun-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, 831-479-3388, https://www.dynastysantacruz.com
  • East End Gastropub: takeout or delivery (UberEats), Tues-Sun 2-8pm, menu features pizza, burger, spaghetti, etc., plus recently started partnering with local wineries to offer rotating “dinner for two” with bottle of wine, appetizer, salad, pasta, and dessert, 831-475-8010, http://eastendpub.com
  • East Side Eatery from Pleasure Pizza: takeout and delivery daily 11am-8pm, curbside pickup for online orders, 831-431-6058, http://pleasurepizzasc.com
  • El Chino Mexican Restaurant: takeout, 831-476-7175
  • El Chipotle: takeout, 831-477-1048
  • El Jardin: takeout with curbside option, and delivery, Tues-Sun 12-8pm, 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 publish weekly menus every Sat.
  • El Palomar: takeout with curbside service, open Tue-Fri 2-7:30pm, Sat 12-7pm, Sun 12-6pm, 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, http://elpalomarsantacruz.com
  • El Rosal Bakery: takeout food includes tamales, daily 7am-8pm, 831-462-1308
  • El Toro Bravo: takeout, Tues-Sun 12-7pm, 831-476-1553,https://www.eltorobravocapitola.com/full-menu
  • Engfer Pizza Works: Tue-Sun 4-9:30pm, 831-429-1856, http://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, http://eriksdelicafe.com
  • Farm Bakery & Café: takeout and delivery, daily 8am-4pm, 831-684-0266, https://www.thefarmbakerycafe.com/
  • Foodsmith: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Thu night for delivery Mon and/or Thu of following week, http://myfoodsmith.com
  • Full Steam Dumpling: Wed4-8pm 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. Fri 12-4pm, pickup of frozen beef Gyoza, vegan Gyoza & Char Siu Bao at discounted prices. Pickup on Chestnut St. Text or call 626-549-5574
  • Gabriella Café: takeout with curbside service, Tues-Sat 5-8pm, call 831-457-1677 after 4pm, website menu updated daily, http://gabriellacafe.com
  • Garden Liquor & Deli: takeout Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm, self-serve case stocked daily with fresh salads and sandwiches, 831-475-9191 or https://www.scgardendeli.com
  • Golden Fu-Wah: takeout, 831-515-7508
  • Golden Palace: takeout and delivery, 831-427-9275, www.goldenpalacesantacruz.com
  • Golden Roots Kitchen: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Fri early afternoon for following week, https://linktr.ee/goldenrootskitchen
  • Gayle’s Bakery: closed until further notice
  • Gilda’s: permanently closed
  • Habit Burger Grill: takeout and delivery daily 10:30am-9pm, 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); https://hanloh.square.site/
  • Hidden Fortress Coffee: takeout daily 7:30am-12:30pm 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: free delivery, takeout, curbside pickup, Tue-Sun, 831-471-8787 https://www.holysmokescountrybbqandcatering.com/
  • Home: takeout with curbside pickup, taking phone orders after 3pm for pickup Thu-Sat 4-7pm, 831-431-6131, http://www.homesoquel.com, also offering soups/stews, pasta, and (uncooked) sausage at Downtown (Wed) and Live Oak (Sun) farmers markets
  • Hula’s: closed until further noticeIdeal Bar & Grill: takeout food plus brewed coffee and espresso drinks, daily noon-6pm. Place orders in person, at café, or at 831-423-5271. Only two guests at a time are allowed in Ideal for pickup. http://www.idealbarandgrill
  • India Joze: takeout Tues-Sat 5-8pm, 831-325-3633, http://Indiajoze.com/order/eat 
  • Jack O’Neill Restaurant at the Dream Inn: Takeout family breakfast Saturday-Sunday 8-11am and family dinner daily 5-7:30pm; each serves 4-6 people, see menu at https://www.jackoneillrestaurant.com/. Gift cards: if you buy a gift card of $100 or more, and are one of the first 50 customers, you receive a complimentary breakfast voucher for a later date. Call 831-460-5012.
  • Java Junction: takeout, all three locations / hours vary, Seabright is daily 7am-3pm, 831-423-5282, Harbor (next to Crow’s Nest) is daily 7am-6pm, River St. is daily 7am-3:30pm http://www.javajunctioncoffee.com/Store-Locations.html
  • Jeffery’s Restaurant: daily 7am-5pm (sometimes later than 5), 831-425-1485
  • Johnny’s Harborside: temporarily closed, may not reopen until June
  • Kaito: takeout Tue-Sun 4-9pm, free delivery Tue-Thu 4-8pm (limited delivery area), 831-464-2586, https://www.smilekaito.com
  • Kickin’ Chicken: takeout & delivery Wed-Fri 6-11pm & Sat-Sun 4-9pm, currently located at the Food Lounge (serving out of the backdoor on Chestnut St.). http://kickinchickensc.com
  • Kianti’s: takeout with curbside pickup, or delivery, Sun-Thu 11am-9pm & Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, 831-469-4400, https://www.kiantis.com/
  • La Posta: From 3-6pm Fridays and Saturdays, they are offering pick-up of fresh sourdough bread loaves, bottles of wine, and three pasta options (ready to warm at home, with “easy to follow directions”). Visit lapostarestaurant.com for menu. It’s important to pre-order; they do sell out. Call or email orders and they will confirm: 831-457-2782, lapostarestaurant@gmail.com.
  • Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria: takeout/delivery including free delivery on orders of $75+ to limited areas from 4:30-7:30pm, daily (except Tues) 4:30-8:30pm, menu includes family-size options and they also offer deli case up front for “quick grab and go foods to warm/cook at home,” http://lagodicomoristorante.com
  • Laili: takeout/delivery, daily 11:30am-8pm, 831-423-4545 http://lailirestaurant.com
  • Lillian’s Italian Kitchen: takeout with curbside pickup, Tues-Sun 4-8pm, full menu as well as family lasagna trays and specials (order meat or veggie family lasagna a day ahead), 831-425-2288, http://lilliansitaliankitchen.com 
  • Linda’s Sea Breeze: takeout, daily 8am-1pm, cash (ATM available) or check, 831-427-9713, https://www.restaurantji.com/ca/santa-cruz/lindas-seabreeze-caf-/
  • Loard’s Ice Cream: takeout Mon-Thu 2-8pm, Fri-Sat 12-9pm & Sun 12-7pm, next door to Beach Street Pizza & Bar, 831-471-8530.
  • Lupulo Craft Beer House: takeout and delivery, daily 12-8pm, food plus beer, 831-454-8306, http://lupulosc.com
  • Manuel’s: takeout, 831-688-4848, http://manuelsrestaurant.com 
  • Marianne’s Ice Cream: takeout, both locations (1020 Ocean St. and 218 State Park Drive) plus ice cream delivery to cities from Santa Cruz to Watsonville. Customers go online to order quarts, novelties and recently added sundae kits by 5pm and need to be home between 6-9pm to receive delivery, http://mariannesicecream.com
  • Mattia Pizza: delivery daily 3-7 pm, 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.
  • May’s Sushi: takeout or DoorDash delivery, daily 12-8pm, 831-427-0201, https://mayssushibarandgrill.weebly.com
  • Maya’s Mexican Restaurant: takeout, 831-438-7004,https://www.mayasv.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
  • Mentone: takeout from David Kinch’s new restaurant (174 Aptos Village Way), Call 831-708-1174 to pre-order from 11 am until sell-out. Rotating selections including pizza, salad, cocktails, and wine for Wed-Sun pickup (4pm onward), plus new multi-course prix fixe dinner on Sundays, http://mentonerestaurant.com
  • Mission Hill Creamery: takeout w/curbside pickup Tues-Sat 2-9 pm & Sun 2-7pm, selections include ice cream, fresh bread, chicken pot pies, and a sundae kit ($39.95, you get two pints of ice cream, hot fudge or caramel, and five toppings from a list of 12), delivery via GrubHub, DoorDash, and UberEats, http://missionhillcreamery.com
  • Mission Street BBQ: takeout, 831-458-2222, (heavily discounted first responder meals) https://www.missionstbbq.com
  • Miyako: closed until at least May 3, https://miyakocapitola.com
  • Monster Pot: takeout and delivery, 831-454-8140, takeout is via monsterpostsc.com, delivery is via DoorDash and others
  • Mountain Mike’s Pizza: takeout and delivery, Portola Dr. location (locally owned), daily 11am-9pm, 831-477-7760, https://www.mountainmikespizza.com/
  • Mozaic – Takeout or delivery (GrubHub, UberEats, DoorDash), 12-7:30pm daily, 831-454-8663, http://www.mozaicsantacruz.com/
  • Naka Sushi: takeout and delivery, offering 20% discount, Tue-Sun 5:30-8:30 pm, http://nakasushi.org 
  • Nick the Greek: takeout/delivery, 831-431-6313, http://nickthegreeksj.com/locations, and they’re giving out one roll of toilet paper per family per visit
  • Olive Garden: takeout and delivery,831-462-0120, https://www.olivegarden.com/order-togo
  • Oswald: closed until further notice, gift certificates available online, oswaldrestaurant.com
  • Otoro Sushi: takeout or delivery (free for Scotts Valley residents), Sun-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, free roll of toilet paper with $50 orders and $75 orders also get free hand sanitizer, 831-440-9040, https://www.facebook.com/OtoroSushiScottsValley/
  • Pacific Cookie Company: takeout with curbside pickup, 831-429-6905, https://www.pacificcookie.com/
  • Palm Deli: takeout or delivery (DoorDash), daily 7am-2pm, 831-688-3354; ordering in person is okay but phone orders are preferred for safety/limiting time people spend in the deli. They will add in any drinks, chips, grocery items, to the “ready-to-eat food orders” – including Glaum eggs since they are the owners of Glaum Egg Ranch down the road (which is also still open). See https://www.thepalmdeli.com/ and https://glaumeggranch.com/
  • Panda Express: takeout and delivery, pandaexpress.com
  • Panda Inn: takeout (Deer Park Shopping Center), 831-688-8620, or delivery via DoorDash
  • Parish Publick House: takeout, including cocktails to go, both locations, Santa Cruz 831-421-0507, Aptos 831-708-2036, http://theparishpublick.com 
  • Pasatiempo Golf Course: MacKenzie Bar & Grill is closed until further notice; Hollins House takeout and Grab & Grill proteins are available for day-of ordering before 1:30pm and pick-up Mon-Sat from 3-7pm and Sun from 2-5pm. They are also doing “Grocery Bags” which rotate weekly (two choices, $30 each, one might include things like pasta, flour, yeast, eggs, butter, and paper goods like toilet paper, while the other has produce). These must be ordered by 3pm one day in advance and are available for pick-up on Tue, Thu & Sat 3-7pm.  Pre-order by emailing (togo@pasatiempo.com) or by calling 831-459-9177, https://www.thehollinshouse.com/covid-19/.
  • Paula’s: takeout, daily 8am-12pm, 831-464-0741
  • Penny Ice Creamery: takeout, daily 1-8 p.m. (downtown) and Sat-Sun 1-8 p.m. (Pleasure Point), they recently added a sundae kit ($16, you get one pint of ice cream, chocolate sauce, organic whipped cream, and a couple other toppings), order at ice cream shop or online, https://www.thepennyicecreamery.com
  • Persephone: takeout menu available Thu-Sun, menu items rotate, see https://www.toasttab.com/potter/v3 and order by 11am for same-day orders
  • Picnic Basket: takeout and delivery, daily 9am-3pm daily, 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 takeout and/or curbside pickup and delivery, various locations open, https://www.pizzamyheart.com
  • Pleasure Pizza: takeout/delivery at downtown location, 831-600-7859, http://pleasurepizzasc.com/downtown/menus, takeout (no delivery) at Pleasure Point location, daily 11am-9pm, 831- 475-4002, https://www.pleasurepizzasc.com/pleasure-point/menus/
  • Point Chophouse: takeout with curbside pickup, Tues-Sun 3-7pm, bottles of wine 30% off (must purchase food too), cocktails to go are also available, 831-476-2733, http://www.thepointchophouse.com/
  • Pono Hawaiian Grill: downtown location closed for the foreseeable future
  • Pono Hawaiian Kitchen & Tap: takeout, or delivery via DoorDash, Sun-Thu 12-7:30pm & Fri-Sat 12-8pm, 831-476-7458, menu at http://ponohawaiiangrill.com (not all items are available at Capitola location; customers can ask when they call)
  • Pretty Good Advice: takeout Tue-Sat 11am-7pm, 831-226-2805, https://prettygoodadvicesoquel.com/
  • Real Thai Kitchen: takeout Mon-Fri 11am-2pm & 5-9pm, Sat-Sun 12-9pm, 831-427-2559, http://realthaisantacruz.com
  • Red Apple Café: takeout, daily 8am-3pm, 831-685-1224, https://www.redappleaptos.com
  • Redwood Pizza: (Felton) closed for the foreseeable future, http://www.redwoodpizza.com
  • Riva Fish House: limited takeout menu, plus beer and wine, daily 12-6pm, order takeout at 831-429-1223, in person at the restaurant, or https://www.rivafishhouse.com
  • Robbie’s Sandwiches: takeout and delivery, daily 10 am-3 pm,831-515-7411
  • Rosie McCann’s: closed until further notice https://rosiemccanns.com/santacruz
  • Royal Taj: takeout, plus delivery through DoorDash and UberEats, daily 12-2:45pm, 5:30-9:15pm, 831-427-2666, https://www.royaltajsc.com/
  • Rumblefish: takeout, daily 11:30am-2:30pm & 5-8:30pm, online ordering with contact-free  pickup (you can order most of the menu online) or call in if you want something special like hand rolls, and get food at pickup window), 831-440-9240, http://www.rumblefish-sv.com
  • Sabieng Thai: takeout daily 3-8 pm, 831-425-1020, https://www.sabiengthaicuisine.com
  • Sala Thai: takeout and delivery (GrubHub), daily 11:30am-3pm & 5-9pm, 831-426-1214, http://salathaisantacruz.com
  • Salsa’s: window service only, 831-465-1105
  • Samba Rock Acai Café: takeout, hours vary, 831-458-2224
  • San Marcos Charquito Tacos y Tortas: takeout,831-888-6697
  • Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co., takeout, daily 8:30am-4:30pm, 831-459-0100, www.santacruzcoffee.com
  • Saturn Café: takeout or delivery (GrubHub and UberEats), Thurs-Mon 12-8:30pm (sometimes close at 8 if it’s slow), including a “Pay What You can” special: if someone is low on funds, they can tell restaurant how much money they have (let’s say $3 or $5) and they will prepare something small & low-cost (this is an option if ordering by phone or in person), 831-429-8505, https://saturncafe.com/
  • Sawasdee & Sawasdee By The Sea: takeout at the original Soquel spot (5050 Soquel Dr.) & second location (101 Main St., Santa Cruz), daily from 11am. They take their last phone orders at 8:45pm weekdays and 915pm weekends. Soquel: 831-462-5051, http://sawasdeesoquel.com, & Santa Cruz: 831-466-9009, sawasdeebythesea.com
  • Scopazzi’s: takeout Wed-Sun 12-7 pm, takeout menu includes food (cheeseburgers, spaghetti with meatballs, etc.), cocktails and wine, 831-338-6441, http://www.scopazzisrestaurant.com/
  • Seabright Deli: takeout (walkup window or curbside service) or delivery via DoorDash, daily 11 am-7pm, 831-515-7484, https://seabrightdeli.com/
  • Shadowbrook: closed until at least May 1, gift cards available by phone 831-475-1511 or online, https://www.shadowbrook-capitola.com/
  • Showtime Pizzeria: takeout (pizza, wings, ravioli, lasagna & more), 831-662-3362,http://showtimepizzeria.com/
  • Shun Feng: takeout, plus delivery from 5-8:30pm, online ordering https://www.shunfengsantacruz.com/or by phone 831-423-3688 or 831-423-9888
  • Slice Project Pizza: takeout through side window, Thurs-Sat 4-9 pm (last order at 8:30pm), 831-319-4581, 300 Main St. Watsonville, http://sliceprojectpizza.com
  • Soif: Effective April 5, food service stopped (formerly doing takeout) but wine continues: Wine shop staff are available by phone to take orders for bottles of wine. Curbside pickup for pre-ordered and pre-paid wine is now occurring every other Wednesday; the next few dates are May 6, May 20 and June 3. Contact 831-423-2020 or info@SoifWine.com.
  • South Point Coffee Bar & Tap Room: coffee bar open daily 7am-12pm, limited bar menu Thurs-Sun 4-8pm, 831-661-1402, https://www.southpointseascape.com/
  • Star Bene: takeout 5-8 p.m. daily, 831-479-4307, www.star-bene.com
  • Star of Siam: takeout, 831-479-0366, https://www.starofsiamsoquel.net/
  • Steamer Lane Supply: takeout, curbside pickup available upon request, 9am-6:30pm, full menu plus specials, grab and go foods, take and heat carnitas taco kits for 2. Call in orders, 831-316-5240, or come in person for “touchless socially distanced transactions,” http://steamerlanesc.com/menucom
  • Surf City Sandwich: takeout or delivery, daily 10:30am-3pm, 831-346-6952, http://surfcitysandwich.com
  • Sushi Garden: take-out at Aptos, Capitola and Watsonville locations (open on various days), Scotts Valley location currently closed, http://sushi-garden.com
  • Taqueria Los Gordos: daily 9am-7:30pm except Sun when hours may vary, call 831-688-0911 or see IG @Losgordosaptos
  • Taqueria La Cabana: daily 9am-8pm, 831-425-7261
  • Taqueria Santa Cruz: takeout, both locations, http://www.taqsc.com
  • Taqueria Tepeque: takeout, Brown Ranch Marketplace (same Capitola complex as Trader Joe’s), 831-462-2758, https://taqueriatepeque355.wixsite.com/tepeque
  • Taqueria Michoacan: takeout, open Mon-Sat 10am-8:30pm, 831-465-8290, delivery through DoorDash
  • Togos: takeout with curbside pickup, and delivery, six locations covering Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Watsonville, hours vary,https://www.togos.com
  • Tony & Alba’s: takeout with curbside pickup, or delivery, Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz stores, offering 50% off regular prices (employees volunteered to work for free to keep restaurants open, so owner decided to give back to community). Call 831-439-9999 (SV) or 831-425-8669 (SC, open 3-8pm), http://tonyandalbas.com
  • Tortilla Flats: takeout with curbside pickup, Wed-Sun starting at nooncall 831-476-1754 to place order; pick up 4-8pm, https://www.tortillaflatstogo.com/
  • Toya Sushi: takeout, Mon-Thurs 12-8pm, Fri-Sat 12-8:30pm, sushi, Boba tea, and slushies,
  •  831-464-1818, old Yogurt Delight building on Mission St. (same owners who had Takara Sushi near Capitola Mall) www.toyasushi.com
  • Tramonti: takeout and delivery, 11:30am-9pm, full restaurant menu plus grab-n-go items to heat up at home, 10% discount on “restaurant menu” items (not grab-n-go) when you do takeout, 831-426-7248, http://www.tramontisantacruz.com
  • Ugly Mug: takeout (drinks and coffee beans), 7am-1pm daily except Sun, order at 831-477-1341 or https://the-ugly-mug-109327.square.site
  • Upper Crust: takeout and delivery, 831-423-9010 (Mission St. location), and 831-476-2333 (Soquel Dr. location), https://uppercrustsc.com/
  • Vasili’s: takeout, daily 12-730pm, plus delivery via DoorDash, 831-458-9808, http://vasilisgreekrestaurant.com
  • Village Host Pizzeria: takeout and delivery, daily 11am-9pm, Aptos (831-685-8646) and Capitola (831-464-8455) https://villagehost.com
  • Vim Dining & Desserts: re-opening on April 29 for takeout, open Wed-Sat nights plus brunch on Sundays. To order call 831-515-7033 between 3-7pm, see menu at https://www.vimsantacruz.com. Also, owner/chef Jesikah Stolaroff is continuing to offer “whole celebration cakes” like chocolate peanut butter torte (she has been making cakes while the main restaurant was closed). Email jesikah@vimsantacruz.com to order desserts.
  • Wasabi Sushi: takeout, offering free miso soup, Brown Ranch Marketplace (same Capitola complex as Trader Joe’s), 831-515-7455, https://www.instagram.com/wasabicapitola/
  • Woodstock Pizza: takeout and delivery, 831-427-4444, https://woodstockscruz.com, also they’ve partnered with The Salvation Army to give pizza 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
  • Your Place-Farm to Table: takeout, 3-9pm Tues-Sun, menu includes Family Meal with house salad, choice of salmon, sand dabs, meatloaf, or chicken Parmesan, and dessert, $50; also just launched a box lunch menu Fri-Sun 11:30am-2pm, and doing a Mother’s Day special menu, 831-426-3564, https://www.facebook.com/yourplacesc or https://yourplacesc.com/
  • Zachary’s: closed during shelter-in-place, until further notice
  • Zameen: Effective April 7, all locations are closed (previously, they re-opened Aptos location on March 26 for take-out food)
  • Zoccoli’s Deli: takeout with curbside pickup option, Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, 831-423-1711, http://zoccolis.com

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 http://whatsopensantacruz.com—they also have some info on other services that are open (I’m not affiliated with these–just sharing resources).

Grocery stores

Note: Several local stores offer delivery service for a fee through InstaCart. These include Costco, Lucky, New Leaf, Nob Hill, Safeway, and Target. Visit https://www.instacart.com.

  • Aptos Natural Foods has reduced hours of 10am to 7pm with senior hours of 8-10am (65 years and up, and 10 percent discount during this time), aptosnaturalfoods.com
  • Black Point Market: open with groceries and ready-to-eat food, 831-713-5842, https://www.facebook.com/blackpointmarket/
  • Costco: Effective April 8, Costco has a new priority policy for healthcare workers & first responders. During all open hours, Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders (such as police officers, EMTs and firefighters) will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse. Effective March 30, hours were reduced (closing earlier): 10am-6:30pm weekdays, 9:30am-6pm Saturdays, 10am to 6pm Sunday. Seniors and vulnerable customers can shop Tues through Thurs 8-9 am—note, “official (published) hours to non-seniors” don’t start until 10am 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 7:30am-7pm weekdays, 7:30am-6:30pm weekends, 831-469-0961, https://www.costco.com/
  • Del Pueblo Market: this small, family-owned market has a butcher counter, some grocery products, and some dairy and fresh produce (behind Jeffrey’s near Soquel/Capitola Rd), open daily 5am-5:30pm, 831-425-1829, https://www.facebook.com/delpueblomkt
  • Deluxe Foods: open for business, see deluxefoodsofaptos.com
  • Food Bin & The Herb Room: open 8am to 8pm, call 831-423-5526 (Food Bin) or 831-429-8108 (Herb Room) or visit https://www.foodbinherbroom.com
  • Grocery Outlet: hoursare8am to 9pm daily, https://groceryoutlet.com/store-locator
  • Lucky: General hours are 6am-10pm daily except from 6-9am Tuesday and Thursday: these areexclusive hoursfor seniors and guests with compromised health; 831-462-6917, www.luckysupermarkets.com
  • New Leaf Community Markets: reduced hours 9am to 8pm daily, 8-9am is for pregnant, senior, and immune-compromised individuals. Extended senior discount (formerly Wednesday, now daily). There are now temporary store capacity limits and new waitlist technology 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/stay-healthy
  • 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, on April 13 they announced the Felton & Scotts Valley stores were adding Sunday morning to their senior hours, https://www.safeway.com/
  • Shopper’s Corner: as of early April, they changed hours: now 8-10am for seniors and those at high risk, and 10am–7pm for the general public, http://www.shopperscorner.com
  • Staff of Life: reduced hours 9am-8pm, 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), 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: 9am to 7pm daily plus an early shopping hour from 8-9am for seniors and disabled, https://www.traderjoes.com/
  • Whole Foods: reduced hours 9am-8 pm, seniors 60 & older can shop at 8am https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

Farmers’ Markets

The Wednesday Downtown, Saturday Westside SC and Sunday Live Oak marketsfrom Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets are currently open. They recently added a Senior Shopping period. This is 30 minutes prior to the market’s opening time, so it is from 12:30-1pm for the Downtown Market and 8:30-9am for the Westside and Live Oak markets.

The markets are following strict safety guidelines. I went to the Live Oak market April 12 (my first time at a farmers market since the pandemic) and was pleased with all the 6-foot markers (tape on ground, etc.), and masks/gloves on various vendors. Read more athttp://www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/sc-community-farmers-markets-and-covid-19.

Also, El Pájaro CDC Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program hosts weekly booths at the Westside and Live Oak farmers’ markets. Upcoming vendor appearances are Dos Hermanos Pupuseria at Westside May 2 (I recently tried their pupusas & loved them!), and Santa Cruz Balsamics at Live Oak May 3.

The Saturday Aptos/Cabrillo College market, also open with regular hours, is utilizing safety measures such as hand sanitizer and hand washing stations. Farmers and vendors are wearing gloves. Keep up to date via their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MBFarmersMarket/.

The opening dates for the two “seasonal (not year-round) markets” operated by The Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets, Felton and Scotts Valley, have been postponed to the first week of June because of COVID-19. The Felton Market will begin June 2 and the Scotts Valley Market will open June 6.

Breweries

  • Discretion Brewing: online ordering (toasttab.com/discretion-brewing) and parking lot pick up from 11am-4pm daily
  • East Cliff Brewing Co.: takeout (in person or by phone) and online ordering for pickup, open Mon-Thurs 3-7pm, Fri 1-6pm, Sat & Sun 12-6pm, 831-713-5540, https://eastcliffbrewing.shopsettings.com/
  • Humble Sea Brewing Co.: takeout, daily 12-6pm, a new beer was released April 24: All Together – IPA (6.5%) in collaboration with Other Half’s All Together Beer Project, a double dry hopped w/ Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, & Cascade hops. From Humble Sea: “A worldwide collaboration brewed to support hospitality professionals struggling through the utterly insane times of COVID-19. $5 of every 4-pack goes to our furloughed staff to help them cope with the cost of living during this pandemic;” see humblesea.com to order for pickup or shipping.
  • New Bohemia Brewing Co.: online ordering for pickup (10 beers available as four-packs), delivery, or shipping, https://www.nubobrew.com/
  • Sante Adairius: takeout, daily 12-6pm, rusticales.com.
  • Shanty Shack Brewing: beer drive-through, daily 10am-7pm, free roll of toilet paper when you spend $50, see web site for list of available cans, bottles and crowlers, 831-316-0800

Wine

  • Alfaro Family Vineyards has curbside pick up at the winery by appointment, and on Saturdays between 1-3 p.m. For mail orders, they offer discount shipping ($2 per bottle) and select discounts on purchases over $250. Visit alfarowine.com or call 831-728-5172.
  • Bottle Jack Winery has several shelter-in-place specials and just started offering takeout food on Saturdays. Buy 3 or more bottles of any wine and receive a 20% discount (30% for club members) and free local deliveries in Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley. It’s also offering 4 different 6-pack specials featuring new releases of 2019 Viognier, 2018 Chardonnay, and a flight of Cabernet Sauvignon at a 33% discount for a limited time and free shipping with minimum 3-bottle purchase. The winery is partnering with Lago di Como Ristorante for advance food purchase and pickup at the Westside Tasting Room (328D Ingalls Street) on Saturdays, when it is also open for wine purchases and pickup (noon-3pm). Menu options include prepared foods like pastas and tiramisu, plus pizza kits and a la carte items. To order wines and food, go to bottlejackwines.com. Call 831-227-2288 or email info@bottlejackwines.com for more information.
  • Integrity Wines is offering in-home wine tasting with winemaker Mark Hoover. The next date is April 19. Cost is $30 for one person or $45 for two and includes tasting kits that are shipped to your home or picked up at the winery (135 Aviation Way) plus a Zoom video link to watch and interact with Hoover. Visit integrity.wine/Buy-Wines/Winemaker-Led-Tastings. Also, Integrity has a “Survival Wine Pack” for $159. Visit www.integrity.wine.
  • Pelican Ranch Winery will offer delivery in Santa Cruz County to those who buy three or more items from the current (as of 4/25) wine menu. Call or text Phil (831-332-5359) with selections from the following: 1) 2017 Chardonnay SC Mtns ($24); 2) 2018 Gewürztraminer ($21); 3) 2018 Pinot Noir SC Mtns ($38); 4) 2017 Pinotage ($26); & 5) 2014 Cinsault TWO bottles ($22)
  • Silver Mountain Vineyards is holding Saturday hours (12-3pm) for both its tasting rooms, Santa Cruz and Los Gatos, to buy and pick up wine. Also, they are extending the “Irish Green Sale” for five wines including 2015 Chardonnay, Tondré, and 2011 Pinot Noir, Tondré. Call (408) 353-2278 or visit http://www.silvermtn.com.
  • VinoCruz The wine bar recently added takeout food options including: Cheese & Charcuterie plates, Red Pepper Hummus w/ Pita, Olives, Toasted Nuts, Take & Bake Flatbread Pizzas and Flourless Chocolate Torte for dessert. Call ahead to order. Open 3-6 pm Tues, and Thurs-Sat. Order wine ahead for curbside pickup, or order at the store in person. They are offering discounts on select bottles, 831-426-8466, https://vinocruz.com/
  • Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery has complimentary shipping with any 2 bottle or more purchase, and 25% off any four bottles or more. Pick up can be arranged at the winery by appointment, 408-560-9343, wrightsstation.com

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. Also, they have a retail shop at 493 Lake Ave. (below Johnny’s Harborside) open 10am-5pm daily except Mondays.
  • 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/Miscellaneous

  • Blossom’s Farmstore and Coffeeshop, effective April 22, offers curbside pickup of select local, organic food items and health products. They also offer pickup at the four Santa Cruz area farmers markets they participate in, or delivery (for a fee) for Aptos, Corralitos and Watsonville residents. See https://app.barn2door.com/e/9jx6Q/all. The shop, at 2904 Freedom Blvd. (Watsonville/Corralitos), is open 8am-5 pm Tues-Sat and 8 am-4pm Sun (closed Mon). Products at the farm store include fresh, organic veggies and fruit from their own and other local farms; Dirty Girl Tomato sauce; fresh bread, seasonal homemade soups, salads and frittatas; Kombucha; coffee, and organic and biodynamically grown tea. They also carry immune system boosting herbal supplements and probiotics/ferments, essential oil sprays and salves (antibacterial and anti viral), and respiratory system healing tonics (all made from Blossom’s Farm herbs), 831-319-4048 or facebook.com/blossomsfarmstorecorralitos.
  • Deke’s Market on 7th Ave., with In Mah Belly Deli, is open. Contact 831-476-5897 or dekesmarket.com
  • EatLocal.Farm is a recently launched online marketplace for local goods, and offers pickups and deliveries every Wednesday. Customers buy seasonal produce and items from farms and vendors like Aptos Farm, Borba Family Farms, Fogline Farm, New Natives Nursery, and Wild Poppies Olive Oil. Visit https://eatlocal.farm/.
  • Hakouya, makers of my favorite salad dressing (probiotic miso dressing, it’s good on salad, as a sauce for fish and more, dip for veggies, etc.) is temporarily offering free, local delivery of their products if you buy at least $30 worth. That miso dressing comes in two sizes: 11-ounce for $12, 8-ounce for $9. They sell handmade miso paste (red, white, barley, 250 grams) for $15 each, quick miso soup base for $15, and double fermented organic Soy Sauce Koji for $12. Email info@hakouya.com to order; see Hakouya.com to learn about products and browse recipes.
  • Love Cultivated has several Spring Collection gift boxes including one with homemade jams and marmalades (others contain soaps, etc.) If you buy one in April or May, they will donate a gift bag to a heroic community member (essential workers who put themselves at risk to help—medical workers, custodians, postal carriers, grocery store workers, and delivery drivers—they are taking nominees if you know someone). As always, they are donating 5% of sales (not just gift box proceeds) to the Center for Farmworker Families. Visit www.love-cultivated.com. Interested in supporting Center for Farmworker Families? They are doing a fundraising drive for grocery gift cards for farmworkers as the regular April supply distribution was cancelled.  Donate at farmworkerfamily.org/donate.
  • 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
  • Santa Cruz Fun Foods (on Instagram @santacruzfunfoods) recently started delivery of amusement park treats. Treats are delivered by Grubhub and DoorDash, and made by Whiting’s Foods (they’ve been doing Boardwalk food concessions for many years). Selections include churros, kettle corn, chocolate dipped frozen bananas, Dippin’ Dots and cotton candy. See www.santacruzfunfoods.com.
  • 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
  • The Vitamin Center in Capitola 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 changes & closures, as of April 18, 2020

Recent offerings from Tortilla Flats
photo courtesy of Tortilla Flats Facebook page

Hi again. Here is the latest status of many local restaurants, grocery stores and other food/drink vendors. Some highlights: the restaurant section includes new info on sweet treats from Aunt LaLi’s & The Penny Ice Creamery, lots of Mexican options such as Taqueria Michoacan and other spots including Paula’s; a few farmers markets are opening 30 minutes early just for seniors; the grocery store section has new details for family-owned Del Pueblo Market; brewery info now includes Nubo; wine info now includes Vinocruz; and the “Other/Miscellaneous” section includes delivery of Hakouya products and Boardwalk-style foods.

Let’s hope all of our local businesses can stay afloat! The list is current as of the end of the day yesterday, April 18. Please understand there will be some mistakes: things are constantly changing. Also, I can’t possibly include every single business in Santa Cruz County, as this is a manual effort.

Please email tara@santacruzfoodie.com if you have information to share, or corrections, for future articles.

Restaurants & other food vendors

  • 11th Hour Coffee: takeout, delivery and curbside available daily 8am-1pm; menu includes breakfast items. 831-331-5273, https://eleventhhourcoffee.com/
  • Abbott Square Market: all restaurants are currently closed
  • Akira Sushi: both locations are open Wed-Sun 12-8pm for takeout, Santa Cruz (831) 600-7093, https://www.akirasantacruz.com/, & Aptos (831) 708 2154, https://www.akiraaptos.com/
  • Alderwood: UPDATED APRIL 20 takeout and delivery new hours — Tue-Sun 10am-7pm, expanded menu with freshly baked pastries, coffee, brunch cocktails, breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches until 2 p.m., pasta and steaks added to dinner options, 831-588-3238 or 831-888-6901, https://www.alderwoodsantacruz.com/
  • Aloha Island Grille: takeout, 831-479-3299
  • Aptos St. BBQ: takeout and delivery, http://aptosstbbq.com
  • Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Café: UPDATED APRIL 20 delivery via ice cream truck, order daily by 3pm and receive between 4-7pm, menu features traditional ice cream truck treats, Marianne’s ice cream, Pacific Cookie Company cookies, Ashby Confections goodies, Hidden Fortress organic coffee, and Rogue Pyes, only serving Scotts Valley for now but Santa Cruz and Felton delivery will be added soon, https://auntlali.square.site/
  • Avanti Restaurant: takeout daily 4-7:30pm, 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, daily 11am to 9pm, recently added family meals to menu, 831-226-2350, http://www.backninegrill.com/
  • Bad Animal Books: Wed, Fri & Sun 4-7pm, take-out “family meals” with curbside pick up. Emergency first responders get a 50% discount. Order at http://badanimalbooks.com
  • Bagelry: closed until further notice
  • Barceloneta: takeout Wed-Sat 4-7pm, cocktails and wine available to go with meals, 831-900-5222, https://eatbarceloneta.square.site/
  • Beach Street Pizza & Bar: takeout, curbside pickup and delivery, Mon-Th 2-8pm, Fri-Sat 12-9pm and Sun 12-7pm. Happy Hour is Mon-Fri 4-7pm for appetizers & drinks. 831-471-8530, www.beachstreetpizzaandbar.com
  • Beer Thirty Pour House: Daily 11am-7pm, 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 daily 12-8pm, http://bettyburgers.com. Downtown location is closed.
  • Bittersweet Bistro: BB recently turned its dining room into a “mini market” offering pantry essentials including milk, eggs, flour, pasta, produce, marinated meats, paper goods and half price bottles of wine. Hours are Wed-Sun 12-7 pm. The restaurant is serving food Wed-Sun 12-7 pm for takeout or curbside pickup, with delivery to the greater Aptos area on qualifying orders over $75, 831-662-9799, http://bittersweetbistro.com.
  • Blue Bunny Tacos: closed until further notice
  • Dunlap Donuts: takeout, daily 5:30am-2pm, 831-475-6447, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dunlaps-Donuts/154065311271976
  • Dynasty: takeout and delivery, Sun-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, 831-479-3388, https://www.dynastysantacruz.com
  • East End Gastropub: takeout or delivery (UberEats), Tues-Sun 2-8pm, menu features pizza, burger, spaghetti, etc., plus recently started partnering with local wineries to offer rotating “dinner for two” with bottle of wine, appetizer, salad, pasta, and dessert, 831-475-8010, http://eastendpub.com
  • East Side Eatery from Pleasure Pizza: takeout and delivery daily 11am-8pm, curbside pickup for online orders, 831-431-6058, http://pleasurepizzasc.com
  • El Chino Mexican Restaurant: takeout, 831-476-7175
  • El Chipotle: takeout, 831-477-1048
  • El Jardin: takeout with curbside service, and delivery, Tues-Sun 12-8pm, 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 publish weekly menus every Sat.
  • El Palomar: UPDATED 4/20: takeout with curbside service, closed Mondays, open Tue-Fri 2-7:30pm, Sat 12-7pm, Sun 12-6pm, 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, http://elpalomarsantacruz.com
  • El Rosal Bakery: takeout food includes tamales, daily 7am-8pm, 831-462-1308
  • El Toro Bravo: takeout, Tues-Sun 12-7pm, 831-476-1553, https://www.eltorobravocapitola.com/full-menu
  • Engfer Pizza Works: Tue-Sun 4-9:30pm, 831-429-1856, http://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, http://eriksdelicafe.com
  • Farm Bakery & Café: takeout and delivery, daily 8am-4pm, 831-684-0266, https://www.thefarmbakerycafe.com/
  • Foodsmith: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Thu night for delivery Mon and/or Thu of following week, http://myfoodsmith.com
  • Full Steam Dumpling: Wed4-8pm 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. Fri 12-4pm, pickup of frozen beef Gyoza, vegan Gyoza & Char Siu Bao at discounted prices. Pickup on Chestnut St. Text or call 626-549-5574
  • Gabriella Café: takeout with curbside service, Tues-Sat 5-8pm, call 831-457-1677 after 4pm, website menu updated daily, http://gabriellacafe.com
  • Garden Liquor & Deli: takeout Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm, self-serve case stocked daily with fresh salads and sandwiches, 831-475-9191 or https://www.scgardendeli.com
  • Golden Fu-Wah: takeout, 831-515-7508
  • Golden Palace: takeout and delivery, 831-427-9275, www.goldenpalacesantacruz.com
  • Golden Roots Kitchen: prepared packaged food (heat at home), order by Fri early afternoon for following week, https://linktr.ee/goldenrootskitchen
  • Gayle’s Bakery: closed until further notice
  • Habit Burger Grill: takeout and delivery daily 10:30am-9pm, (831) 466-9264, https://www.habitburger.com/
  • Hanloh Thai: closed for a few days, online store will reopen at 12pm Sat April 25, https://hanloh.square.site/
  • Hindquarter: takeout and delivery Wed-Sun 1-6 pm, 831-426-7770, https://www.thehindquarter.com/
  • Holy Smokes Country BBQ: free delivery, takeout, curbside pickup, Tue-Sun, 831-471-8787 https://www.holysmokescountrybbqandcatering.com/
  • Home: takeout with curbside pickup, taking phone orders after 3pm for pickup Thu-Sat 4-7pm, 831-431-6131, http://www.homesoquel.com, also offering soups/stews, pasta, and (uncooked) sausage at Downtown (Wed) and Live Oak (Sun) farmers markets
  • Hula’s: closed until further notice
  • Ideal Bar & Grill: takeout food plus brewed coffee and espresso drinks, daily noon-6pm. Place orders in person, at café, or at 831-423-5271. Only two guests at a time are allowed in Ideal for pickup. http://www.idealbarandgrill
    India Joze: takeout Tues-Sat 5-8pm, 831-325-3633, http://Indiajoze.com/order/eat 
  • Jack O’Neill Restaurant at the Dream Inn: Takeout family breakfast Saturday-Sunday 8-11am and family dinner daily 5-7:30pm; each serves 4-6 people, see menu at https://www.jackoneillrestaurant.com/. Gift cards: if you buy a gift card of $100 or more, and are one of the first 50 customers, you receive a complimentary breakfast voucher for a later date. Call 831-460-5012.
  • Jeffery’s Restaurant: daily 7am-5pm (sometimes later than 5), 831-425-1485
  • Johnny’s Harborside: temporarily closed, may not reopen until June
  • Kaito: takeout Tue-Sun 4-9pm, free delivery Tue-Thu 4-8pm (limited delivery area), 831-464-2586, https://www.smilekaito.com
  • KFC: takeout, (831) 476-1170
  • Kickin’ Chicken: takeout & delivery Wed-Fri 6-11pm & Sat-Sun 4-9pm, currently located at the Food Lounge (serving out of the backdoor on Chestnut St.). http://kickinchickensc.com
  • Kianti’s: takeout with curbside pickup, or delivery, Sun-Thu 11am-9pm & Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, 831-469-4400, https://www.kiantis.com/
  • La Posta: Effective April 7, they changed their offerings, reducing days and selections. It’s important to pre-order; they do sell out. From 3-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, they are offering pick-up of fresh sourdough bread loaves, bottles of wine, and three pasta options (ready to warm at home, with “easy to follow directions”). Visit lapostarestaurant.com for menu. Call or email orders and they will confirm: 831-457-2782, lapostarestaurant@gmail.com.
  • Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria: Changed hours effective April 6 – now open daily (except Tue) 4:30-8:30pm, takeout/delivery including free delivery on orders of $75+ to limited areas from 4:30-7:30pm, menu includes family-size options and they also offer deli case up front for “quick grab and go foods to warm/cook at home,” http://lagodicomoristorante.com
  • Laili: takeout/delivery, daily 11:30am-8pm, 831-423-4545 http://lailirestaurant.com
  • Lillian’s Italian Kitchen: takeout with curbside pickup, Tuesday-Sunday 4-8pm, full menu as well as family lasagna trays and specials (order meat or veggie family lasagna a day ahead), 831-425-2288, http://lilliansitaliankitchen.com 
  • Linda’s Sea Breeze: takeout, daily 8am-1pm, cash (ATM available) or check, 831-427-9713, https://www.restaurantji.com/ca/santa-cruz/lindas-seabreeze-caf-/
  • Loard’s Ice Cream: takeout Mon-Thu 2-8pm, Fri-Sat 12-9pm & Sun 12-7pm, next door to Beach Street Pizza & Bar, 831-471-8530.
  • Lupulo Craft Beer House: takeout and delivery, daily 12-8pm, food plus beer, 831-454-8306, http://lupulosc.com
  • Manuel’s: takeout, 8316884848, http://manuelsrestaurant.com 
  • Marianne’s Ice Cream: takeout, both locations (1020 Ocean St. and 218 State Park Drive) plus ice cream delivery to cities from Santa Cruz to Aptos. Customers go online to order quarts and novelties by 6pm and need to be home between 6-8:30pm to receive delivery, http://mariannesicecream.com
  • Mattia Pizza: delivery daily 3-7 pm, 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.
  • May’s Sushi: takeout or DoorDash delivery, daily 12-8pm, 831-427-0201, https://mayssushibarandgrill.weebly.com
  • Maya’s Mexican Restaurant: takeout, 831-438-7004,https://www.mayasv.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
  • Mentone: takeout from David Kinch’s new restaurant (174 Aptos Village Way)  Call 831-708-1174 to pre-order from 11 am until sell-out. Rotating selections including pizza, salad, cocktails, and wine for Wed-Sun pickup (4pm onward), http://mentonerestaurant.com
  • Mission Hill Creamery: takeout w/curbside pickup Tues-Sat 2-9 pm & Sun 2-7pm, selections include ice cream, fresh bread, chicken pot pies, and a recently added sundae kit ($39.95, you get two pints of ice cream, hot fudge or caramel, and five toppings from a list of 12), delivery via GrubHub, DoorDash, and UberEats, http://missionhillcreamery.com
  • Mission Street BBQ: takeout, 831-458-2222, (heavily discounted first responder meals) https://www.missionstbbq.com
  • Miyako: closed until at least May 3, https://miyakocapitola.com
  • Monster Pot: takeout and delivery, 831-454-8140, takeout is via monsterpostsc.com, delivery is via DoorDash and others
  • Mountain Mike’s Pizza: takeout and delivery, Portola Dr. location (locally owned), daily 11am-9pm, 831-477-7760, https://www.mountainmikespizza.com/
  • Naka Sushi: takeout and delivery, offering 20% discount, Tue-Sun 5:30-8:30 pm, http://nakasushi.org 
  • Nick the Greek: takeout/delivery, 831-431-6313, http://nickthegreeksj.com/locations, and they’re giving out one roll of toilet paper per family per visit
  • Olive Garden: takeout and delivery,831-462-0120, https://www.olivegarden.com/order-togo
  • Oswald: closed until further notice, gift certificates available online, oswaldrestaurant.com
  • Otoro Sushi: takeout or delivery (free for Scotts Valley residents), Sun-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, free roll of toilet paper with $50 orders and $75 orders also get free hand sanitizer, 831-440-9040, https://www.facebook.com/OtoroSushiScottsValley/
  • Pacific Cookie Company: takeout with curbside pickup, 831-429-6905, https://www.pacificcookie.com/
  • Palm Deli: takeout or delivery (DoorDash), daily 7am-2pm, 831-688-3354; ordering in person is okay but phone orders are preferred for safety/limiting time people spend in the deli. They will add in any drinks, chips, grocery items, to the “ready-to-eat food orders” – including Glaum eggs since they are the owners of Glaum Egg Ranch down the road (which is also still open). See https://www.thepalmdeli.com/ and https://glaumeggranch.com/
  • Panda Express: takeout and delivery, pandaexpress.com
  • Panda Inn: takeout (Deer Park Shopping Center), 831-688-8620, or delivery via DoorDash
  • Parish Publick House: takeout, including cocktails to go, both locations, Santa Cruz 831-421-0507, Aptos 831-708-2036, http://theparishpublick.com 
  • Pasatiempo Golf Course: MacKenzie Bar & Grill is closed until further notice; Hollins House  UPDATED APRIL 20 Takeout and Grab & Grill proteins are available for day-of ordering before 1:30pm and pick-up Mon-Sat from 3-7pm and Sun from 2-5pm. They are also doing “Grocery Bags” which rotate weekly (two choices, $30 each, one might include things like pasta, flour, yeast, eggs, butter, and paper goods like toilet paper, while the other has produce). These must be ordered by 3pm one day in advance and are available for pick-up on Tue, Thu & Sat 3-7pm.  Pre-order by emailing (togo@pasatiempo.com) or by calling 831-459-9177, https://www.thehollinshouse.com/covid-19/.
  • Paula’s: takeout, daily 8am-12pm, 831-464-0741
  • Penny Ice Creamery: takeout, daily 1-8 p.m. (downtown) and Sat-Sun 1-8 p.m. (Pleasure Point), they recently added a sundae kit ($16, you get one pint of ice cream, chocolate sauce, organic whipped cream, and a couple other toppings), order at ice cream shop or online, https://www.thepennyicecreamery.com
  • Persephone: takeout menu available Thu-Sun, menu items rotate, see https://www.toasttab.com/potter/v3 and order by 11am for same-day orders
  • Picnic Basket: takeout and delivery, daily 9am-3pm daily, 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 takeout and/or curbside pickup and delivery, various locations open, https://www.pizzamyheart.com
  • Pleasure Pizza: takeout/delivery at downtown location, 831-600-7859, http://pleasurepizzasc.com/downtown/menus, takeout (no delivery) at Pleasure Point location, daily 11am-9pm, 831- 475-4002, https://www.pleasurepizzasc.com/pleasure-point/menus/
  • Point Chophouse: takeout with curbside pickup, Tues-Sun 3-7pm, bottles of wine 30% off (must purchase food too), cocktails to go are also available, 831-476-2733, http://www.thepointchophouse.com/
  • Pono Hawaiian Grill: downtown location closed for the foreseeable future
  • Pono Hawaiian Kitchen & Tap: takeout, or delivery via DoorDash, Sun-Thu 12-7:30pm & Fri-Sat 12-8pm, 831-476-7458, menu at http://ponohawaiiangrill.com (not all items are available at Capitola location; customers can ask when they call)
  • Pretty Good Advice: takeout Tue-Sat 11am-7pm, 831-226-2805, https://prettygoodadvicesoquel.com/
  • Real Thai Kitchen: takeout Mon-Fri 11am-2pm & 5-9pm, Sat-Sun 12-9pm, 831-427-2559, http://realthaisantacruz.com
  • Red Apple Café: takeout, daily 8am-3pm, 831-685-1224, https://www.redappleaptos.com
  • Redwood Pizza: (Felton) closed for the foreseeable future, http://www.redwoodpizza.com
  • Riva Fish House: limited takeout menu, plus beer and wine, daily 12-6pm, order takeout at 831-429-1223, in person at the restaurant, or https://www.rivafishhouse.com
  • Robbie’s Sandwiches: takeout and delivery, daily 10 am-3 pm,(831) 515-7411
  • Rosie McCann’s: closed until further notice https://rosiemccanns.com/santacruz
  • Sabieng Thai: takeout daily 3-8 pm, 831-425-1020, https://www.sabiengthaicuisine.com
  • Sala Thai: takeout and delivery (GrubHub), daily 11:30am-3pm & 5-9pm, 831-426-1214, http://salathaisantacruz.com
  • Salsa’s: window service only, 831-465-1105
  • Samba Rock Acai Café: takeout, hours vary, 831-458-2224
  • San Marcos Charquito Tacos y Tortas: takeout,831-888-6697
  • Sawasdee & Sawasdee By The Sea: takeout at the original Soquel spot (5050 Soquel Dr.) & second location (101 Main St., Santa Cruz), daily from 11am. They take their last phone orders at 8:45pm weekdays and 915pm weekends. Soquel: 831-462-5051, http://sawasdeesoquel.com, & Santa Cruz: 831-466-9009, sawasdeebythesea.com
  • Scopazzi’s: takeout Wed-Sun 12-7 pm, takeout menu includes food (cheeseburgers, spaghetti with meatballs, etc.), cocktails and wine, 831-338-6441, http://www.scopazzisrestaurant.com/
  • Seabright Deli: takeout (walkup window or curbside service) or delivery via DoorDash, daily 11 am-7pm, 831-515-7484, https://seabrightdeli.com/
  • Shadowbrook: closed until at least May 1, gift cards available by phone 831-475-1511 or online, https://www.shadowbrook-capitola.com/
  • Showtime Pizzeria: takeout (pizza, wings, ravioli, lasagna & more), 831-662-3362,http://showtimepizzeria.com/
  • Shun Feng: takeout, plus delivery from 5-8:30pm, online ordering https://www.shunfengsantacruz.com/ or by phone 831-423-3688 or 831-423-9888
  • Slice Project Pizza: takeout through side window, Thurs-Sat 4-9 pm (last order at 8:30pm), 831-319-4581, 300 Main St. Watsonville, http://sliceprojectpizza.com
  • Soif: Effective April 5, food service stopped (formerly doing takeout) but wine continues: Wine shop staff are available by phone to take orders for bottles of wine, opening approximately once a week for people to do curbside pickup for pre-ordered and pre-paid wine. Contact 831-423-2020 or info@SoifWine.com.
  • South Point Coffee Bar & Tap Room: coffee bar open daily 7am-12pm, limited bar menu Thurs-Sun 4-8pm, 831-661-1402, https://www.southpointseascape.com/
  • Star Bene: takeout 5-8 p.m. daily, 831-479-4307, www.star-bene.com
  • Steamer Lane Supply: takeout, curbside pickup available upon request, 9am-6:30pm, full menu plus specials, grab and go foods, take and heat carnitas taco kits for 2. Call in orders, 831-316-5240, or come in person for “touchless socially distanced transactions,” http://steamerlanesc.com/menucom
  • Surf City Sandwich: takeout or delivery, daily 10:30am-3pm, 831-346-6952, http://surfcitysandwich.com
  • Sushi Garden: take-out at Aptos, Capitola and Watsonville locations (open on various days), Scotts Valley location currently closed, http://sushi-garden.com
  • Taqueria Los Gordos: daily 9am-7:30pm except Sun when hours may vary, call 831-688-0911 or see IG @Losgordosaptos
  • Taqueria La Cabana: daily 9am-8pm, 831-425-7261
  • Taqueria Santa Cruz: takeout, both locations, http://www.taqsc.com
  • Taqueria Tepeque: takeout, Brown Ranch Marketplace (same Capitola complex as Trader Joe’s), 831-462-2758, https://taqueriatepeque355.wixsite.com/tepeque
  • Taqueria Michoacan: takeout, open Mon-Sat 10am-8:30pm, 831-465-8290, delivery through DoorDash
  • Togos: takeout with curbside pickup, and delivery, six locations covering Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Watsonville, hours vary,https://www.togos.com
  • Tony & Alba’s: takeout with curbside pickup, or delivery, Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz stores, offering 50% off regular prices (employees volunteered to work for free to keep restaurants open, so owner decided to give back to community). Call 831-439-9999 (SV) or 831-425-8669 (SC, open 3-8pm), http://tonyandalbas.com
  • Tortilla Flats: takeout with curbside pickup, Wed-Sun starting at nooncall 831-476-1754 to place order; pick up 4-8pm, https://www.tortillaflatstogo.com/
  • Tramonti: takeout and delivery, 11:30am-9pm, full restaurant menu plus grab-n-go items to heat up at home, 831-426-7248, http://www.tramontisantacruz.com
  • Ugly Mug: takeout (drinks and coffee beans), 7am-1pm daily except Sun, order at 831-477-1341 or https://the-ugly-mug-109327.square.site
  • Upper Crust: takeout and delivery, 831-423-9010 (Mission St. location), and 831-476-2333 (Soquel Dr. location), https://uppercrustsc.com/
  • Vasili’s: takeout, daily 12-730pm, plus delivery via DoorDash, 831-458-9808, http://vasilisgreekrestaurant.com
  • Village Host Pizzeria: takeout and delivery, daily 11am-9pm, Aptos (831-685-8646) and Capitola (831-464-8455) https://villagehost.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.
  • Wasabi Sushi: takeout, offering free miso soup, Brown Ranch Marketplace (same Capitola complex as Trader Joe’s), 831-515-7455, https://www.instagram.com/wasabicapitola/
  • Woodstock Pizza: takeout 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: Effective April 7, all locations are closed (previously, they re-opened Aptos location on March 26 for take-out food)
  • Zoccoli’s Deli: takeout with curbside pickup option, Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, 831-423-1711, http://zoccolis.com

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 http://whatsopensantacruz.com—they also have some info on other services that are open (I’m not affiliated with these–just sharing resources).

Grocery stores

Note: Several local stores offer delivery service for a fee through InstaCart. These include Costco, Lucky, New Leaf, Nob Hill, Safeway, and Target. Visit https://www.instacart.com

  • 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), effective April 20 face masks are required for customers, aptosnaturalfoods.com
  • Black Point Market: open with groceries and ready-to-eat food, 831-713-5842, https://www.facebook.com/blackpointmarket/
  • Costco: Effective April 8, Costco has a new priority policy for healthcare workers & first responders. During all open hours, Costco members who are healthcare workers and first responders (such as police officers, EMTs and firefighters) will be allowed to move to the front of any line to enter the warehouse. Effective March 30, hours were 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/
  • Del Pueblo Market: this small, family-owned market has a butcher counter, some grocery products, and some dairy and fresh produce (behind Jeffrey’s near Soquel/Capitola Rd), open daily 5 am-5:30pm, 831-425-1829, https://www.facebook.com/delpueblomkt
  • 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
  • Lucky: General hours are 6 am-10 pm daily except from 6-9 am Tuesday and Thursday: these areexclusive hoursfor seniors and guests with compromised health; 831-462-6917, www.luckysupermarkets.com
  • 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 daily). There are now temporary store capacity limits and new waitlist technology 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/stay-healthy
  • 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, on April 13 they announced the Felton & Scotts Valley stores were adding Sunday morning to their senior hours, https://www.safeway.com/
  • Shopper’s Corner: as of early April, they changed hours: now 8-10 am for seniors and those at high risk, and 10 am – 7 pm for the general public, http://www.shopperscorner.com
  • Staff of Life: reduced hours 9 am-8 pm, seniors 60 & older can shop at 8 am from Monday-Friday, beginning April 20 you must wear a face mask or covering to enter the store, online shopping with pickup/delivery is coming soon, https://www.staffoflifemarket.com
  • Target: reduced hours at stores including Capitola & Watsonville (8 am-9 pm), 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 plus 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

The Wednesday Downtown, Saturday Westside SC and Sunday Live Oak markets from Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets are currently open. They recently added a Senior Shopping period. This is 30 minutes prior to the market’s opening time, so it is from 12:30-1pm for the Downtown Market and 8:30-9am for the Westside and Live Oak markets.

The markets are following strict safety guidelines. I went to the Live Oak market April 12 (my first time at a farmers market since the pandemic) and was pleased with all the 6-foot markers (tape on ground, etc.), and masks/gloves on various vendors. Read more athttp://www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org/sc-community-farmers-markets-and-covid-19.

Also, El Pájaro CDC Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program hosts weekly booths at the Westside and Live Oak farmers’ markets. Upcoming vendor appearances are My Mom’s Mole at Westside April 25, and Cali Dawg at Live Oak April 26.

The Saturday Aptos/Cabrillo College market, also open with regular hours, is utilizing safety measures such as hand sanitizer and hand washing stations. Farmers and vendors are wearing gloves. Keep up to date via their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MBFarmersMarket/.

Breweries

  • Discretion Brewing: online ordering (toasttab.com/discretion-brewing) and parking lot pick up from 11am-4pm daily
  • Humble Sea Brewing Co.: takeout, daily 12-6 pm, humblesea.com.
  • New Bohemia Brewing Co.: online ordering for pickup (10 beers available as four-packs), delivery, or shipping, https://www.nubobrew.com/
  • Sante Adairius takeout, daily 12-6 pm, rusticales.com.

Wineries & Wine Bar

  • Alfaro Family Vineyards has curbside pick up at the winery by appointment, and on Saturdays between 1-3 p.m. For mail orders, they offer discount shipping ($2 per bottle) and select discounts on purchases over $250. Visit alfarowine.com or call 831-728-5172.
  • Integrity Wines is offering in-home wine tasting with winemaker Mark Hoover. The next date is April 19. Cost is $30 for one person or $45 for two and includes tasting kits that are shipped to your home or picked up at the winery (135 Aviation Way) plus a Zoom video link to watch and interact with Hoover. Visit integrity.wine/Buy-Wines/Winemaker-Led-Tastings. Also, Integrity has a “Survival Wine Pack” for $159. Visit www.integrity.wine.
  • Pelican Ranch Winery will offer delivery in Santa Cruz County to those who buy three or more items from the current (as of 4/19) wine menu. Call or text Phil (831-332-5359) with selections from the following: 1) 2018 Chardonnay Unoaked ($15); 2) 2018 Zinfandel Rose TWO bottles ($30); 3) 2015 Pinot Noir Babcock ($45); 4) 2016 Pinotage ($26); & 5) 2016 Zinfandel($22)
  • Silver Mountain Vineyards is holding Saturday hours (12-3pm) for both its tasting rooms, Santa Cruz and Los Gatos, to buy and pick up wine. Also, they are extending the “Irish Green Sale” for five wines including 2015 Chardonnay, Tondré, and 2011 Pinot Noir, Tondré. Call (408) 353-2278 or visit http://www.silvermtn.com.
  • VinoCruz UPDATED APRIL 20: They are adding takeout food options including: Cheese & Charcuterie plates, Red Pepper Hummus w/ Pita, Olives, Toasted Nuts, Take & Bake Flatbread Pizzas and Flourless Chocolate Torte for dessert. Call ahead to order. Open 3-6 pm Tues, and Thurs-Sat. Order wine ahead for curbside pickup, or order at the store in person. They are offering discounts on select bottles, 831-426-8466, https://vinocruz.com/
  • Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery has complimentary shipping with any 2 bottle or more purchase, and 25% off any four bottles or more. Pick up can be arranged at the winery by appointment, 408-560-9343, wrightsstation.com

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/Miscellaneous

  • Blossom’s Farmstore and Coffeeshop, 2904 Freedom Blvd. (Watsonville/Corralitos), has reduced its hours to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (closed Mondays). Products include fresh, organic veggies and fruit from their own and other local farms; Dirty Girl Tomato sauce; fresh bread, seasonal homemade soups, salads and frittatas; Kombucha; coffee, and organic and biodynamically grown tea. They also carry immune system boosting herbal supplements and probiotics/ferments, essential oil sprays and salves (antibacterial and anti viral), and respiratory system healing tonics (all made from Blossom’s Farm herbs), 831-319-4048 or facebook.com/blossomsfarmstorecorralitos.
  • Deke’s Market on 7th Ave., with In Mah Belly Deli, is open. Contact 831-476-5897 or dekesmarket.com
  • EatLocal.Farm is a recently launched online marketplace for local goods, and offers pickups and deliveries every Wednesday. Customers buy seasonal produce and items from farms and vendors like Aptos Farm, Borba Family Farms, Fogline Farm, New Natives Nursery, and Wild Poppies Olive Oil. Visit https://eatlocal.farm/.
  • Hakouya, makers of my favorite salad dressing (probiotic miso dressing, it’s good on salad, as a sauce for fish and more, dip for veggies, etc.) is now offering free, local delivery of their products if you buy at least $30 worth. That miso dressing comes in two sizes: 11-ounce for $12, 8-ounce for $9. They sell handmade miso paste (red, white, barley, 250 grams) for $15 each, quick miso soup base for $15, and double fermented organic Soy Sauce Koji for $12. Email info@hakouya.com to order; see Hakouya.com to learn about products and browse recipes.
  • Love Cultivated has several Spring Collection gift boxes including one with homemade jams and marmalades (others contain soaps, etc.) If you buy one in April or May, they will donate a gift bag to a heroic community member (essential workers who put themselves at risk to help—medical workers, custodians, postal carriers, grocery store workers, and delivery drivers—they are taking nominees if you know someone). As always, they are donating 5% of sales (not just gift box proceeds) to the Center for Farmworker Families. Visit www.love-cultivated.com. Interested in supporting Center for Farmworker Families? They are doing a fundraising drive for grocery gift cards for farmworkers as the regular April supply distribution was cancelled.  Donate at farmworkerfamily.org/donate.
  • 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
  • Santa Cruz Fun Foods (on Instagram @santacruzfunfoods) recently started delivery of amusement park treats. Treats are delivered by Grubhub and DoorDash, and made by Whiting’s Foods (they’ve been doing Boardwalk food concessions for many years). Selections include churros, kettle corn, chocolate dipped frozen bananas, Dippin’ Dots and cotton candy. See www.santacruzfunfoods.com.
  • 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
  • The Vitamin Center in Capitola 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 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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Christmas and Hanukkah goodies at Whole Foods Market in Santa Cruz & Capitola

Christmas and Hanukkah are coming soon—in case you need some inspiration, I looked to Whole Foods Market for a few tips. Whole Foods Market locations in Capitola (1710 41st Ave.) and Santa Cruz (911 Soquel Ave.) always have lots of delicious, seasonal products, and the company generously gave me a gift card to enjoy a few items.

You can place orders in person or online; they must be made 48 hours before you want to pick them up. Depending on occasion, customers can place their holiday orders through Dec. 29; pick up dates are from Dec. 19-31.

Whole Foods Market has partnered with James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur and author Michael Solomonov for a pre-made Hanukkah meal for eight. Solomonov wrote “Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.” Here are details on the meal:

  • Chicken Schnitzel with Apple Amba SauceMatzo-crusted chicken cutlers with hawaij—turmeric, cumin and black pepper—then fried crisp and served with a tangy Apple Amba Sauce
  • Green Beans with Mushrooms and Tehina (Vegetarian) – Tender green beans roasted with mushrooms and tossed in tehina sauce—tehina, apple cider vinegar, shallots and fenugreek—topped with beluga lentils and crispy garlic
  • Twice-Cooked Eggplant (Vegetarian) – First charred for deep flavors, eggplant is then mashed and simmered with onions, red bell pepper, paprika and coriander, and brightened by sherry vinegar and lemon juice
  • Leek and Potato Cakes – Shredded potato, matzo and onion pancakes, fried until crisp and tasty

There are three other chefs that Whole Foods Market has collaborated with this holiday season: Nicole Rucker, James Beard Award–winning cookbook author Stella Parks, and cookbook author Jenné Claiborne. Their special offerings include desserts like Honey Chess Pie (think buttery custard, warming spices flaky crust, whipped cream and candied ginger – this is from Rucker, a four-time blue-ribbon pie contest winner and author of “Dappled: Baking Recipes for Fruit Lovers). Have a different kind of sweet tooth? There’s Parks’ Caramel Spice Cake (includes buttermilk spice cake, layers of cranberry jam, cream cheese frosting, and caramel glaze—pastry chef Parks wrote “BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts). Chef/blogger Claiborne, author of “Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes,” has created a vegan Southern holiday meal for two which includes mushroom étouffée (delicious – I tried it!) and black-eyed pea fritters.

Traditional offerings include classic roast turkey dinner (turkey breast for four or whole turkey for four, eight or 12—includes sides like green beans with roasted shallots), and prime rib or spiral-sliced ham dinner for eight. A la carte sides include creamed spinach and kale (includes cream, Parmesan and garlic), corn pudding, and cider-roasted Brussels sprouts with pepitas.

Other Whole Foods Market order-ahead offerings perfect for the holidays:

  • Appetizers & Party Platters like Crostini Kits (varieties include Chevre & Tomato Crostini, Smoked Salmon Crostini, Roast Vegetable Crostini), Crab Cakes, or Antipasti Platter. Each of these platters serves 10.
  • Desserts like Mini Pastry Platter or Berry Chantilly Cake (each serves eight) or Pistachio Chocolate Torte (serves six)

 Local Store Details

Whole Foods Market Santa Cruz is located at 911 Soquel Ave. Call (831) 426-9901 for more information.

Whole Foods Market Capitola is located at 1710 41st Ave. Call (831) 464-2900 for more information.

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Thanksgiving highlights for Santa Cruz County

Popular restaurant Shadowbrook received 500 reservations the day they opened up Thanksgiving tables! Photo credit: Shadowbrook

Thanksgiving is almost here, and there are many Santa Cruz County restaurants offering special menus—here are a few highlights in Santa Cruz, Capitola and Aptos.

Shadowbrook, 1750 Wharf Rd., 831-475-1511, shadowbrook-capitola.com, has its Rock Room Lounge & Bar open from 11 am – 9 pm and its Dining Room open from 11:30 am – 8:30 pm. A traditional dinner includes Diestel Family Turkey Ranch, oven-roasted breast and thigh, cranberry-orange relish, Bourbon-Pecan dressing, garlic-whipped potato and traditional gravy ($31.95); other selections include house specialty slow-roasted Angus prime rib. Desserts include Gizdich Ranch apple and pumpkin pie, and dark chocolate pear bread pudding. Note: even though 500 reservations were made the first day that Thanksgiving reservations were available, as of Nov. 25 there were still some tables open.

Chaminade, One Chaminade Lane, (831) 475-5600, www.chaminade.com, has a Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 6 p.m. The cost is $65 for adults, $20 for kids 6-12, $9 for kids 3-5 and free for kids 2 and under. Selections include cider-brined roast turkey with traditional gravy and cranberry orange compote, smoked rib eye with whipped Yukon gold potatoes and horseradish cream, butternut squash ravioli with porcini crème, several salads, and roast sweet potatoes with pistachio orange soup.

The Dream Inn, 175 West Cliff Drive, is offering a buffet from 1-6 p.m. in the upstairs event space. Cost is $70 for adults and $32 for kids 6-12. Selections include roast turkey and prime rib carved to order, a salad bar, local cheese and charcuterie, a shellfish bar, and a dessert display. Reservations are required at 831-460-5012 or events@dreaminnsc.com. Also, the hotel’s Jack O’Neill restaurant will be serving its regular menu plus Thanksgiving specials; you can book via OpenTable.

Severino’s Bar & Grill, 7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos (831) 688-8987, is offering a buffet from noon to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $47 for adults and $19 for kids 5-10; ages 4 and under are free. Selections include slow roasted turkey, Angus prime rib, honey baked ham, leg of lamb, clam chowder and vegetarian ravioli. Visit severinosbarandgrill.com

Ideal Bar & Grill, 106 Beach St., is offering specials on Thanksgiving, including a traditional turkey feast ($23.95) and slow-roasted prime rib ($24.95). Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and a limited menu will also be available. Desserts include pumpkin pie and apple pie. Call 831-423-5271 or visit idealbarandgrill.com.

Solaire at Hotel Paradox, 611 Ocean St., 831-600-4545, is serving a three-course prix fixe menu. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. and cost is $49. First course choices include spiced winter squash soup; second courses include traditional roast turkey dinner and Brandade crusted California sea bass. Dessert options include Watsonville berry crisp.

The Crow’s Nest, 2218 East Cliff Dr., 831-476-4560, crowsnest-santacruz.com, is offering brunch specials from 9-11 am, and the dinner menu from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.  Selections include a traditional turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, candied yams, dressing, and cranberry relish. Cost is $29.95 or $15.95 for child’s portion. Desserts include pumpkin pie with salted caramel whipped cream and hazelnut brittle. Also, the Beach Market will be selling breakfast burritos, egg sandwiches and more on Thanksgiving Day starting at 9 a.m.

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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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Special Mother’s Day chocolate gifts: Recchiuti Confections, Ashby Confections

Mother’s Day Truffle Collection.
Photo Credit: Recchiuti Confections

Fancy, delicious chocolate is a perfect Mother’s Day gift—San Francisco-based Recchiuti Confections and Scotts Valley-based Ashby Confections have many offerings to choose from.

 

Recchiuti Confections

Recchiuti Confections handcrafts their recipes in small batches using traditional European techniques. They blend chocolate from Guittard, El Rey, and Valrhona to create “signature flavor profiles.” Store locations are One Ferry Building, Shop #30 (415-834-9494, and 801 22nd St. (415-834-9494). Here are a couple current selections; there are lots more options on the web site including items for fruit- and or nut-lovers, and a “sauce duo” with flavors Extra-Bitter Chocolate and Burnt Caramel. Visit recchiuti.com for details or to order online.

  • Mother’s Day Truffle Collection: this is a best-selling truffle assortment available both in store and online. The 8-piece collection ($26) holds one piece each of Kona Coffee, Sesame Nougat, Rose Caramel, Piedmont Hazelnut, Ginger Heart, Bergamot Tea, Burnt Caramel, and Candied Orange Peel. The Burnt Caramel piece is topped with a sweet Mother and baby bird design. I had the opportunity to receive a complimentary sample of these truffles; they were unique and wonderful. The Kona Coffee was my favorite, so rich!
  • Sharing Gift Box (just under 2 pounds, $110): If you want to give Mom a gift that she might share with you, try the aptly named “Sharing Gift Box.” It includes a Sepia Truffle Box, Fleur de Sel Caramels, Cacao Nib + Fleur de Sel Mendiants, Malted Dark Milk Revolutions, Dragée Sampler, Dark Milk Bar, Semisweet Bar, and Bittersweet Bar. This is only available online.

Ashby Confections

Jennifer Ashby makes her Ashby Confections treats from scratch, in small batches. Everything is 100 percent handmade. Ashby exclusively uses locally sourced organic chocolate from Guittard and White Label Chocolate, and Clover Organic dairy products. Fruits, herbs and spices are fresh, organic and sourced locally whenever possible. Her store is at 16C Victor Square, Scotts Valley, 831-454-8299. Here are a couple current selections; there are many more options such as sea salt caramels, sour fruit strips and pates de fruits (fruit jellies). All of Ashby’s fruit confections are made with only five ingredients. Visit ashbyconfections.com for details or to order online.

  • Assorted Chocolate Boxes ($13.99-$63.99): Four-piece assortments are available in choice of milk or dark chocolate. The five, 10- and 25-piece collections are a combination of milk and dark.
  • Tortoises ($8.99): There are seven varieties (including choice of milk or dark chocolate, and additions like Monterey Bay Sea Salt) and this is one of Ashby’s most popular products. They come in pairs, and are all made with roasted pecans, and their original handmade caramel recipe.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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