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

Jamaican food from The Jerk House

Jamaican food from The Jerk House

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


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

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

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

Opening in the Future

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

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

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

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

Camellia Tea House in Capitola has closed.

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

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

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Santa Cruz August 2013 restaurant news includes a few changes and one opening

Tables at the recently opened West End Tap & Kitchen at Westside Santa Cruz's Swift Street Courtyard

Tables at the recently opened West End Tap & Kitchen at Westside Santa Cruz’s Swift Street Courtyard

Here is some recent restaurant news for Santa Cruz and nearby neighborhoods, including an opening and a few changes.

Recently Opened
West End Tap & Kitchen

West End Tap & Kitchen opened a few weeks ago in Westside Santa Cruz, at the former site of Bonny Doon Vineyards’ tasting room in Swift Street Courtyard.  Currently the kitchen opens at 11:30 a.m. daily, and closes at 9:30 p.m. Sun-Wed, and 10 p.m. Thurs-Sat. The bar itself stays open a little later, until 10 p.m. Sun-Wed and until 11 p.m. Thurs-Sat. Available drinks at the new gastropub include more than a dozen craft beers on tap, plus several local wines. The current menu features items such as a burger (ground in-house, served with fries, $10.50) served on a challah bun from Gayle’s Bakery, pan-roasted wild salmon (served with French green lentils, roasted tomato, bouillabase broth and saffron butter, $18), tempura squash blossoms ($8), vegetarian and non-vegetarian flatbreads ($7-10) and salads including green, caprese, and chicken ($8-12). A happy hour began Aug 19, and it occurs every Mon-Fri from 4-6 p.m. in the bar area (not valid in dining room). It includes “$3 West End pints plus one bonus beer, $3-4 select wines, and cheap eats.” The business is co-owned by Aptos native Quinn Cormier and chef Geoff Hargrave.
(831) 471-8115, 334D Ingalls St, Santa Cruz

Recently Changed
Shadowbrook: New Chef

Capitola restaurant Shadowbrook has a new executive chef. Ashley Homer, who left in March, has been replaced by St. Helena native Anthony Kresge. The new chef’s experience includes earning a Master Certification in Europe, apprenticing under top chefs in Napa Valley, and working at several restaurants in locations including Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. He is very excited to be working at Shadowbrook, commenting “I have always felt like Santa Cruz has been home since I was a young chef. Being able to work with winemakers and farmers throughout the years, I’ve gained a true appreciation for our resources and the ability to bring those incredible ingredients to the plate, showcasing just how valuable this region really is to the rest of the world.”
1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola (831) 475-1511

Wood Fire Woodie: New Hours
Scotts Valley restaurant Wood Fire Woodie is now open for lunch. The formerly mobile business opened its brick-and-mortar location in 2012. Chef Pat Flanagan and his wife Mariah, residents of Capitola, studied in Italy. Earlier this month, they decided to expand their hours and are now serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. The pizzeria is also open Mon-Sat for dinner from 5-9 p.m. They also recently began a Tuesday happy hour: 2fer Tuesday with $2 beers all night.
3105B Scotts Valley Rd, Scotts Valley (831) 316-9001

Other Notes
Little Caesars Pizza is moving in September, from its longtime 41st Ave location in Capitola to the corner of Portola Drive and 17th Avenue.

Sake Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi opened in mid-July at 525 Water St. near Ocean at the former site of Fuji Buffet; it features a teppanyaki grill (think Benihana) and is open daily for lunch and dinner.

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