Edible Monterey Bay

Mr. Z’s Opens in Watsonville

September 24, 2019 – Tasty crepes, refreshing Boba teas and açai bowls are on the menu at the brand new Mr. Z’s Crepes & Teas which has its soft opening this week at The Hangar, across from the airport in Watsonville.

Owned by Ru and Rocky Patel—who also own the Watsonville Baskin Robbins—Mr. Z’s is named for a the adorable zebra featured in the shop’s logo wearing aviator goggles, and a poem by Shel Silverstein. The couple lives in Watsonville with their two children, ages 12 and 15, and say their kids are crazy for Boba tea, which is also known as bubble tea or milk tea.

“We’ve always had to leave the area to go out to eat,” says Ru. “So it’s really exciting that Watsonville is beginning to … Read More

The Soul Behind Cantinetta Luca’s Handcrafted Italian Food

The Bolognese at Cantinetta Luca in Carmel arrives with a faint train of steam behind it, an airborne parade of flavor. On the plate, thick ribbons of tagliatelle pasta—made in house each morning—intermingle with a from-scratch sauce of veal, beef and sausage that’s slow cooked and deepens for more than 24 hours. Bits of green parsley add color and flavor. Translucent shavings of Parmesan crown the masterpiece.

By itself, it’s a vision, impressive in its presentation and better in the belly. But it’s more than a delicious dish. It’s a window into what makes Luca one of the most memorable and authentic restaurants in the most competitive category in the most restaurant-dense city in the country.

In fact, Cantinetta Luca founder David Fink describes the Bolognese as “the DNA” of … Read More




Local coffee roasters really know how to wake us up every morning and keep the Monterey Bay area buzzing. Top row (l-to-r): Cat & Cloud, Santa Cruz; North Coast Roasting, Santa Cruz; Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz; Hidden Fortress Coffee Roasting, Watsonville. Second row (l-to-r): 11th Hour Coffee, Santa Cruz; Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting; Captain & Stoker, Monterey. Bottom left: Alta Organic Coffee Roasting, Santa Cruz. Bottom right: Steeped Coffee, Scotts Valley. Other local roasters worth seeking out include: Acme Coffee Roasting, Seaside; The Beerded Bean, Salinas; Coffeeville, Watsonville; and Vertigo Coffee Roasters in San Juan Bautista.

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Fall 2019 Dine Local Guide

All of these restaurants emphasize local ingredients, and they also advertise in Edible Monterey Bay! Stop by for a free issue, and tell them that we sent you!

Grilled quail is one of the many California-Italian dishes from chef Dante Cecchini at La Posta in Santa Cruz.


7945 Soquel Drive
831.612.6511 • persephonerestaurant.com

With a namesake like the mythic Persephone, this restaurant in Aptos proclaims its deep reverence for seasonal cooking. Themes central to harvest, winter and spring are core to Persephone’s story, and are reflected in the changing menu at this fine dining destination, where chef Cori Goudge-Ayer presents inventive, ingredient-driven creations. The restaurant is a family-run passion project, bringing together parents, siblings and a long history of culinary arts in a beautifully redesigned space overlooking Aptos … Read More