Edible Monterey Bay

Fall 2017 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!


Carried Away
7564 Soquel Drive 


A cozy, green-certified, take-out or eat-in café, Carried Away has a menu that changes weekly and features pri- marily organic, locally sourced ingredients. Owner/chef Tom McNary worked for many years at Chez Panisse, and his dishes re ect the seasons. Soups, salads, entrées and desserts are all made freshly daily. in-crust pizzas available on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Open M–F 11am–7pm, Sa 11am–5pm, Su closed.

Sanderlings/Seascape Beach Resort
1 Seascape Resort Drive 


Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn
47900 Highway 1 


Executive chef Elizabeth Murray and executive pastry chef Ben Spungin use exceptional ingredients, many grown on site, to deliver a unique gastronomic take on the Big Sur experience. Dinner features a 4-course prix xe menu and the 9-course Taste of Big Sur tasting menu; lunch offers 3-course and 5-course options. Choose from almost 3,000 different wines from the Wine Spectator Grand Award winning wine list. Arrive before sunset for breathtaking views from this iconic restaurant’s oor-to-ceiling windows and cliff-side ter- race. Open daily for lunch 12:15–2:30pm, dinner 5:30–9pm.


East End Gastropub
1501 41st Avenue 


East End Gastropub is the newer baby sister to the pop- ular West End Tap & Kitchen, but aside from sharing owners and chefs, East End’s beautiful, recently reno- vated modern interior is entirely different from West End and offers its own robust, sophisticated, beer- friendly menu. Chef Geoffrey Hargrave has created dishes that are familiar yet innovative, such as the “Ken- tucky fried” duck leg or the quinoa crusted Fijian alba- core. e restaurant also offers its own brews, along with local rotating taps and a strong wine list. Open daily 11:30am–10pm.

The Penny Ice Creamery
820 41st Avenue 


Open Su–Th noon–9pm, F–Sa noon–10pm
See The Penny description under Santa Cruz for more.

1750 Wharf Road 


A Santa Cruz County landmark since 1947, the world- famous Shadowbrook continues to be an overwhelm- ing favorite with locals and visitors alike. Its ne food, extensive wine list and unparalleled setting and am- biance have earned it numerous awards, including Northern California’s “Most Romantic Restaurant” and “Best Date Night Restaurant.” Gift cards and reserva- tions available online. Open M–F 5–8:45pm, Sa 4:30– 9:45pm, Su 4:30–8:45pm.


Andre’s Bouchee
Mission Street between Ocean and Seventh avenues


Chef Benoit Petel utilizes the bounty of the Monterey Bay with the best seasonal ingredients in the classic and cre- ative French cuisine he prepares at this warm and elegant restaurant in downtown Carmel. Standouts include Mon- terey abalone with gnocchi, wild mushrooms and sea- weed; escargot with garlic parsley butter, hazelnuts and puff pastry; and a classic duck con t with lentils. Petel works with Colleen from Savor the Local and the Mon- terey County Farmers’ Markets to obtain the freshest in- gredients. Open for lunch F–Su noon–2pm and nightly for dinner 5:30–9:30pm. Wine tasting F–Su noon–5pm. Wine hour menu served at the bar Su– 5:30–7pm.

Monte Verde Street at Seventh Avenue 


Located within the romantic L’Auberge Carmel, a visit to Aubergine feels like a trip to Europe. Executive chef Justin Cogley was named one of Food & Wine’s best new chefs of 2013. He has been nominated multiple times for a James Beard award and it’s no wonder—he’s an eloquent and imaginative interpreter of ne seasonal ingredients. Executive pastry chef Yulanda Santos delights with stun- ning and inventive desserts. Open daily 6–9:30pm.



Cantinetta Luca
Dolores Street between Ocean and Seventh avenues


Prepared in the Tuscan tradition, using the freshest and simplest ingredients sourced locally or imported from Italy, this authentic Italian eatery serves housemade breads, pastas and sauces, hand-cut premium meats and antipasti with the restaurant’s artisanal salume. Guests are served in an atmosphere of warm tones and dark woods, which invites lingering over a second glass of wine or another bite of tiramisu, apple crostata or cheese. Dinner Su– 5–9pm, F–Sa 5–10pm; Lunch F–Su noon–3pm.



Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand Organic Kitchen
7250 Carmel Valley Road 


At its Carmel Valley Farm Stand, Earthbound Farm’s certified organic kitchen delights with housemade soups, sandwiches, baked goods and an expanded salad bar. Experience picturesque Carmel Valley as you stroll through Earthbound’s organic gardens and learn about its pioneering local heritage and commitment to organic integrity. Food is available for take-away or a relaxing afternoon at tables in the gardens. Groceries also are available for replenishing your pantry. Watch Facebook for special events and classes! Open M–Sa 8am– 6:30pm, Su 9am–5:30pm.

Edgar’s at Quail
8000 Valley Greens Drive


Taste the fresh ingredients harvested from local organic farms that are hand selected by Edgar’s executive chef Brian Kearns and exquisitely prepared by his culinary team into the savory dishes available on its new menus. Set in the clubhouse of Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Edgar’s restaurant and bar features a casual elegance with its indoor and outdoor reside dining located alongside the natural backdrop of the golf course and Santa Lucia Mountains. Edgar’s at Quail is proudly guided in the principles of sustainability by the Mon- terey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and focuses on local farm-to-table options. Open daily 11am–9pm.

Il Grillo
Mission Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues


The intent behind this sister restaurant to Carmel’s popular La Balena is to create a more casual spot where diners can gather for a glass of wine, simple pastas and small plates. Enjoy a housemade Italian cookie or dessert after your meal, or put in an order to bring some treats home. Prices are also lower than at La Balena, but the same chef is creating the dishes, so expect impeccable sourcing and delicious results. Garden seating available. Open M–F 11:30am–9pm, Sa 5–9pm.

La Balena
Junipero Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues


Winner of EMB’s 2014 Local Heroes award for Best Chef/Best Restaurant, La Balena has a seasonal menu that changes daily but always expresses an inventive take on the rustic food of a Tuscan trattoria. The outstanding culinary team sources ingredients from local organic farms and prepares the restaurant’s pastas and slow- cooked meats from scratch daily. Owners Anna and Emanuele Bartolini have created an excellent Italian wine list and a warm, inviting atmosphere, complete with back garden seating. Open Tu–Su 5–10pm.




Lucia Restaurant & Bar
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
415 W. Carmel Valley Road 


Indulge in artisanal California country cuisine, award- winning wines and an expansive heated outdoor terrace with the nest views of all Carmel Valley restaurants at Lucia Restaurant & Bar. Named for the Santa Lucia mountain range and wine appellation that beckons to the south, renowned chef Cal Stamenov serves both his sig- nature tasting menu and dishes à la carte. Wine list is equally notable. A private Chef ’s table and wine cellar also available. Open daily 7am–2:30pm and 5–10pm.

Trailside Café and Beer Garden
3 Del Fino Place 


Those needing to refuel after a day on the trail can head to Trailside Café for home-cooked meals in Carmel Valley. Beer lovers get to choose from 16 on tap, and sports fans can watch games on the HDTVs. Locals are treated to specials on Mondays and Tuesdays. On the weekends enjoy live music in the beer garden. Check out the calendar on its website for more details. Dog friendly in outdoor areas. Open daily 8am–9pm.


Whale City Bakery
490 Highway 1 


Davenport’s artistic charm and oceanside location make it hard not to slow when you pass through on Highway 1. Those in the know always stop at the historic Whale City Bakery. The bakery tempts with housemade breads, pastries, muffins and pies—and that’s only the beginning! Whale City also offers a full restaurant that serves up comfort classics and other hearty dishes. The bar and live music every Thursday attract a loyal local following. Open daily 6:30am–8pm.


The Cremer House
6256 Highway 9 


Housed in the oldest building in Felton, The Cremer House showcases progressive, made-from-scratch food and drinks with a nod to its historic mountain surroundings. This alehouse has filled a niche in the San Lorenzo Valley, bringing to this restored and revered property craft beer, cider and wine on tap, and combining it with organic and sustainable fare made with local ingredients. Open Tu–Th, Su 11:30am–9pm, F– Sa 11:30am–9:30pm.


The C restaurant + bar
InterContinental The Clement Monterey
750 Cannery Row 


Step into The C restaurant + bar, and the bustle of Cannery Row will seem like a world away. Elegant yet relaxed, The C offers stunning ocean views from its floor-to-ceiling windows and oceanside deck; chef Matt Bolton provides equally gorgeous food, imaginatively prepared from sustainably sourced seafood, meats and produce. Creative cocktails include a design-your-own Bloody Mary. Open 6:30am–10pm daily, Happy Hour 4–7pm Su–Th

The Club Room 
2 Portola Plaza
(831) 649-2698 

The Club Room offers a fresh, seasonal, buffet featuring made-to-order omelets, assorted house made pastries and muffins, sliced cold cuts, fine artisan cheeses, bottomless mimosas and much more. Dine in the cozy fireside dining room, or breathe in the fresh coastal air on the outdoor, pet-friendly, heated patio. Open for breakfast daily 6am-11am.

Jacks Monterey
2 Portola Plaza

Jacks Monterey offers “California Cultural Cuisine” and seats guests beneath the trees in a glass-topped atrium where they can enjoy the sun by day and the stars at night. Re ecting the palette of the Monterey Peninsula, the new space is decorated with ocean blues, driftwood browns and the greens of coastal ora. Chef Danny Ab- bruzzese’s new seasonal menu provides a melting pot of avor pro les from the entire California coastline and other exotic locales. Creative spins on cultural dishes with locally sourced ingredients include Goat Moussaka and Hamachi Crudo. Open for lunch daily 11:30am– 4pm; Dinner daily 4–11pm.

Peter B’s Brewpub
2 Portola Plaza


Experience Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub, located behind the Portola Hotel & Spa. Enjoy great food and award-winning handcrafted beers. Watch your favorite game on one of 18 HDTVs or enjoy the pet-friendly heated patio with re pits. Peter B’s is open daily with nightly Happy Hour from 4– 6:30pm. Open Su 11am–11pm, M–TH 4–11pm, F 4pm–12am, Sa 11am–12am.

The Poke Lab
475 Alvarado Street
831.200.3474 • www.thepokelab.com

Serving fresh, light and sophisticated fast food made from local, sustainable ingredients, The Poke Lab has revamped the Monterey lunch scene. Three signature bowls include two with a variety of fresh tuna and salmon and one vegetarian option. Build the rest of your bountiful meals with a choice of a rice or salad and varied toppings and sauces. Sushi burritos are also available; order online for quickest pick-up. An official Seafood Watch partner restaurant, The Poke Lab serves only seafood rated sustainable. Open M–Sa 11am–8pm. Follow instagram for Wednesday’s food truck mobile locations.

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar
400 Cannery Row 


Sit out on the oceanside patio if you can, but it’s still considered seaside dining if you are seated inside the dining room, whose polished wood, bay windows and seafaring décor seem like the interior of a sailing ship. Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar serves executive chef James Waller’s sustainable seafood and prime steaks. The restaurant takes a creative Californian approach to soups, fresh salads, sandwiches and wood- red at- breads, paired with a diverse wine list featuring local fa- vorites. Open daily 6:30am–11pm.

Stone Creek Kitchen
465 Canyon del Rey Boulevard 


A glass-walled kitchen in the middle of a spacious cook- ware and tabletop shop turns out imaginative Mediterranean deli treats and sweets to take away or eat under the market umbrellas outside. Sandwiches, salads and entrée options change seasonally. Don’t miss Paella Fridays! Cooking classes, tasting events and dinner parties are hosted in the intimate teaching kitchen. Find a schedule of upcoming events on the website. Open M– F 10am–7pm, Sa 10am–4pm, Su closed.

TusCA Ristorante
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
1 Old Golf Course Road 


Blending the beauty and bounty of Tuscany and California, and inspired by the hearty appetite and abundance of southern Italy, TusCA serves up seasonally sourced menus made from fresh, local produce, meats and sh. TusCA chef Steve Johnson delights diners with meals both intriguing and indulgent, particularly those baked in his wood-burning oven or served with the housemade pastas. Open daily for breakfast and lunch 6:30am–2pm, dinner 5:30–9pm Tu–Sa.

The Wharf Marketplace
290 Figueroa Street at Wharf No. 2 and Del Monte Avenue


The Wharf Marketplace is Monterey’s newly remodeled, go-to fresh, local market with free 24-minute parking. Features the best-grown Salinas Valley lettuces and veg- etables, artisanal cheeses, wines and draft beer. The Café & Grab-n-Go selections are designed to satisfy your cravings for every meal. Catering made easy for any staff breakfast or lunch and ready-to-take home dinners are sure to delight. Comfortable indoor/outdoor seating available. Open daily 5:30am–7pm; Taste It Thursdays offer complimentary wine and beer tasting with one- bite wonders 4:30–6:30pm.


The Haute Enchilada
7902 Moss Landing Road 


Gourmet Latin fusion dishes await those who venture off Highway 1 and into this fanciful restaurant with its large gallery out back that also serves as a venue for en- tertainment and private events. Fiesta-colored walls in the restaurant are adorned with enormous gold leaf paintings. Try dishes like Peruvian Ceviche, Squash Blossom Empanadas or the popular Pescado Cubano— line-caught red snapper in a pistachio/pumpernickel crust served with tomatillo avocado sauce. Ingredients are all natural, organic as much as possible. Open daily 11am. Last seating at 8pm.


Happy Girl Kitchen Co.
173 Central Avenue 


The menu changes daily at Happy Girl’s airy and bright Paci c Grove café, but the food is always delicious, or- ganic and reasonably priced. e sandwich of the day is $6.50, and a bowl of the soup of the day is $6. To drink, you’ll nd kombucha on tap and freshly roasted Four Barrel coffee brewed to perfection. Homemade baked goods include a daily scone, cookies and turnovers. Open daily 7:30am–3pm.

Jeninni Kitchen + Wine Bar
542 Lighthouse Avenue 


Inspired by avors of the Mediterranean, Jeninni Kitchen + Wine Bar’s rich and decadent cuisine takes you on a journey from Morocco and Spain to the Lev- ant, birthplace of owner and sommelier, amin Saleh. Don’t miss chef Matthew Zimny’s crispy octopus, lamb burger with signature eggplant fries and occasional paella nights and other special events. Open Su– 4– 9pm, F–Sa 4–10pm. Happy Hour—”sips and snacks”—4–6pm every day. Closed W.

701 Lighthouse Avenue 


If you’re looking for a restaurant with playful, spectacular food and a scrupulous commitment to sustainability, this greencertified restaurant is hard to rival. e elegant dining room is celebratory yet relaxed, and the award-winning wine list features many sustainable names and is priced at retail. Chef Ted Walter’s menu is ever changing with the seasons, but always includes delicious organic local produce, inventive slow-cooked meats and an array of sustainable seafood choices. Open daily 5pm.

Point Pinos Grill
79 Asilomar Boulevard 


With sweeping views of the coast and a relaxed clubhouse vibe, this scenic spot has blossomed under the direction of executive chef Dory Ford. For breakfast, choose from huevos rancheros, chicken fried steak and an array of tasty omelets. For lunch through dinner, enjoy dishes like Ale-Steamed Mussels and Crispy Fried Dry Rubbed Jerk Chicken Wings paired with craft beers, local wines or a house specialty cocktail. Open M–F 7:30am–8pm, Sa 7am–8pm, Su 7am–6pm. Happy Hour is M–F 4–6pm.


The Bench
The Lodge at Pebble Beach, 1700 17-Mile Drive


Overlooking the 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Bench at The Lodge at Pebble Beach delivers an eclectic menu inspired by international styles and methods, which uses the innovative technique of wood roasting and open-flame cooking. You can also enjoy one-of-a-kind craft cocktails, as well as an array of draft beers and wines by the glass. Open daily 11am–10pm.

Gallery Cafe
The Lodge at Pebble Beach, 1700 17-Mile Drive


Overlooking the first tee of Pebble Beach Golf Links, Gallery Cafe offers a wide selection of breakfast choices, from light smoothies to omelets and pancakes. For a casual lunch, try the excellent burgers or choose from a delicious selection of artisan sandwiches, plus the best milkshakes this side of the 1950s. Open daily 6am–2pm.

Pèppoli at Pebble Beach
The Inn at Spanish Bay, 2700 17-Mile Drive


At Pèppoli, the scents of Italian herbs and spices fill the air, and the décor transports you to a cozy Tuscan villa. The menu is big and bold, ripe with traditional pastas, seafood and meats. The extraordinary wine list is matched by equally impressive dishes, including delicious desserts, all with stunning views of Spanish Bay. Open daily 5:30–10pm.


Roy’s at Pebble Beach
The Inn at Spanish Bay, 2700 17-Mile Drive


It’s all about big flavors and the gorgeous ocean view at Roy’s at Pebble Beach. Fresh seafood is front and center, where sushi, sashimi and blackened rare Ahi tuna are prepared to perfection, but many exciting meat dishes and island salads are also featured on the extensive Hawaiian-fusion menu. Add a dynamic wine list, exceptional desserts and an energetic environment, and you have one impressive dining experience, all overlooking Spanish Bay. Open daily for breakfast 6:30– 11am, lunch 11:30am–5pm, dinner 5:30–10pm.

Stave Wine Cellar at Spanish Bay
The Inn at Spanish Bay, 2700 17-Mile Drive


A combined wine lounge and retail shop, Stave Wine Cellar is a luxurious yet casual space that is ideal for special wine dinners or gathering with friends and colleagues. You can pair varietals by the glass with a menu of cheese and charcuterie plates. In addition to nearly 30 wines and eight craft beers by the glass, Stave has more than 200 wines for purchase by the bottle, including a wide selection of coveted bottles. A knowledgeable staff, including certified sommeliers are on-hand. Open Tu– Sa 2–10pm, Su–M 2–7pm.

The Inn at Spanish Bay, 2700 17-Mile Drive


STICKS is the perfect place for home-style comfort food in a lively sports bar atmosphere. Savor a hearty meal, a cold draft beer or one of the many tasty appetizers while enjoying sports on big flat-panel TVs. Outside on the patio, enjoy seating next to our fire pits while soaking in gorgeous views of The Links at Spanish Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Ask about our nightly Bagpiper Specials, such as Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf, Southern Fried Chicken ‘n’ Waffles or Juicy Prime Rib. Open daily 6am–8pm.

Stillwater Bar & Grill
The Lodge at Pebble Beach, 1700 17-Mile Drive


Stillwater Bar & Grill prides itself in offering the freshest and most flavorful in sustainable seafood and organic produce. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner—or Stillwater’s famous Sunday Brunch—the menus are sure to delight. Shellfish lovers will marvel at the bountiful seafood tank, while those who prefer turf to surf can choose from a variety of meaty options. Each of these delectable feasts is enhanced by fantastic views of Carmel Bay and the 18th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Open daily 7am–10pm.

The Tap Room
The Lodge at Pebble Beach, 1700 17-Mile Drive


The Tap Room is more than a legendary 19th hole with an outstanding selection of draft and bottled beers, vintage wines and top quality spirits. It’s also a world-class steakhouse serving up hearty all-American fare, from burgers to prime rib to filet mignon. Renowned for its extensive collection of prized golf memorabilia, The Tap Room is a comfortable and inviting place for watching televised sporting events or recounting your successes on the courses of Pebble Beach. Open daily 11–12am.


Vertigo Coffee Roasters
81 Fourth Street 


Artisanal coffee roasted on site as well as local craft beer, wood-fired pizzas, salads, sandwiches, breakfast items plus pan dulce from El Nopal bakery in Hollister have made Vertigo a locals’ favorite as well as a great find for visitors en route to the San Juan Mission, Pinnacles or other area attractions. Open M–Th 7am–6pm, Fri–Sat 7am–9pm, and Sun 8am-6pm.



an epicurious lifestyle
104 Bronson Street, Suite 13

an epicurious lifestyle
An event-based commercial kitchen and dining space in a carefully curated
warehouse in the historic Seabright Cannery building, an epicurious lifestyle is
available for unique private events (book your holiday event now) and hosts a
monthly, seasonal family-style dinner for 20 that is open to the public. Monthly
dinners this fall will include “A Farmer’s Affair,” an intimate farm-to- table
experience highlighting rotating guest farmers and featuring fresh, seasonal
produce from each farm. Public events have a limited number of tickets. Check the
website for future dates.

1108 Pacific Avenue 


This full-service restaurant from Penny Ice Creamery founders Kendra Baker and Zach Davis offers rustic California cuisine based on local, seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients. Watch for new chef Jessica Yarr to make her own mark. The restaurant’s wood-metal- stone décor radiates from a long community table that anchors the center of the dining room, which is filled with natural light in daytime and bathed in the soft glow of copper accents at night. Open for lunch weekdays 11:30am, dinner W–M until late, brunch 10am Sa–Su, closed Tu.

Charlie Hong Kong
1141 Soquel Avenue 


Charlie Hong Kong has been providing the Santa Cruz community with healthy, sustainable, affordable and high-quality food since 1998. The colorful, casual eatery’s delicious fusion of Southeast Asian influences and the Central Coast’s local organic produce has made it an inclusive, family-friendly, neighborhood favorite. Its slogan is “love your body, eat organic,” and its cuisine is proof that fast food can be good for you. All dishes may be ordered gluten-free, vegan or with meat or fish. Open daily 11am–11pm.

The Crow’s Nest
2218 E. Cliff Drive 


A perfect spot to enjoy lunch or catch a sunset over the harbor, the nautical-themed Crow’s Nest is a Santa Cruz institution that never goes out of style. There’s always something happening, from free seasonal Thursday night beach parties to comedy nights and happy hours. Famous for its salad bar and house-smoked salmon, The Crow’s Nest is a member of Seafood Watch and is a certified green business. Open daily for breakfast 7:30am– 11:30am; lunch M–F 11:30am–2:30pm and Sa–Su 11:30am–3pm; dinner M–F 5pm, Sa–Su 4:30pm.


101B Cooper Street 


Exotic flavors of the Silk Road are served in a stylish dining room decorated in eggplant and pistachio colors and on a hidden candlelit patio. Locals rave about Laílí’s homemade naan served warm from the oven with a selection of Mediterranean dips. There is a wide variety of deliciously spiced vegetable dishes, organic whenever possible, and all meats are hormone free and free range. Open daily for lunch 11:30am–2:30pm, dinner 5–9:30pm.

La Posta
538 Seabright Avenue 


A cozy neighborhood bistro not far from the Santa Cruz yacht harbor, La Posta chef Katherine Stern prepares Northern Italian cuisine using local ingredients—some foraged and some grown on nearby organic farms. Charcuterie is house cured; pasta, bread, and gelati are made in-house, while the balance of the menu reflects whatever produce is freshest right now. A sister restaurant of Soif Restaurant and Wine Bar, La Posta also offers a great selection of wines. Open Tu–Th 5–9pm, F–Sa 5–9:30pm, Su 5–8:30pm, M closed.

Pearl of the Ocean
736 Water Street 


At Pearl of the Ocean you’ll enjoy classic spice- and coconut- infused Sri Lankan dishes, like pakoras, curries and dhal. But here, chef-owner Ayoma Wilen goes beyond the expected to bejewel the dishes with the bountiful local, organic produce that makes Santa Cruz so special. Dishes are accompanied by a dizzying array of sides, like coconut leek sambal and kale mallam. The warm colors, altars and blessings that decorate the space help guests feel transported to an exotic island. Open for lunch daily 11am–2:30pm; dinner Su–Th 5–9pm and F–Sa 5–9:30pm.

The Penny Ice Creamery
913 Cedar Street 


Lines out the front door of its converted Spanish bungalow are evidence of Penny’s popularity. All ice cream, including bases, is made from scratch on the premises using local organic ingredients when possible. Dozens of exotic flavors rotate seasonally, but two favorites are bourbon bacon chocolate and strawberry pink peppercorn.

Open daily noon–11pm.
Downtown – Kiosk 1520 Pacific Avenue, Suite K2
Open Su–Th noon–6pm, F–Sa noon–9pm
See also The Penny under Capitola.

The Picnic Basket
125 Beach Street 


Across the street from the main beach, owners of The Penny Ice Creamery have opened an alternative to boardwalk fast food. Sandwiches, organic salads, coffee and beer, all from local food artisans, and of course Penny’s popular ice cream, are all on offer to eat in or outside with your feet in the sand. Open daily 7am–4pm.

Rosie McCann’s
1220 Pacific Avenue 


No typical Irish pub, Rosie’s emphasizes organic, local ingredients in its traditional Irish dishes like lamb stew, shepherd’s pie, corned beef hash and fish and chips, as well as its California specialties such as grassfed burgers, coriander wild salmon, salads and fish tacos. Expect dozens of beers on tap—including local selections. All desserts are made in house, so save room for the Guinness- Ghirardelli chocolate cake. Open M–F for lunch 11:30am–4pm; dinner 4–10pm. Open Sa–Sun for brunch 9:30am–2pm; dinner 2–10pm.

Soif Restaurant and Wine Bar
105 Walnut Avenue


Inspired by the offerings from local farmers and provisioners, chef Mark Denham’s cuisine shows California flair, with seasonal dishes like autumn endive salad with pear, steamed clams with housemade linguica, potatoes and kale, and a great burger! A cozy, new bar now offers cocktails in addition to the best wine selection in town. The bottle shop next door provides a world-class selection of wines, and a welcoming seating area for sampling them. Raw oysters and live jazz every Monday. Open Su–Th 5–9pm, F–Sa 5–10pm. Wine bar opens noon Tu–Sa, 5pm Su–M.


West End Tap & Kitchen
334D Ingalls Street 


Perfect for any parent who is looking for a happy hour to satisfy the whole family, at West End adults and kids alike can’t get enough of the duck fat popcorn, fried calamari and flatbread pizzas. A diverse, season-driven menu with offerings like charred onion tagliatelle, and an even longer list of craft beer, cider and wine options make West End a Westside staple. The outdoor patio is perfect for people watching amidst the bustling Swift Street Courtyard. Open daily 11:30am–10pm.


California Grill
40 Penny Lane

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Using farm-fresh organic produce from Lakeside Organic Gardens and run by Lakeside owner Dick Peixoto’s daughter Ashley, California Grill specializes in hearty farm-style breakfasts, exquisite salads and soups, and a wide variety of entréee choices for dinner, with a full bar. Try the omelets, eggs benedict or chilaquiles for breakfast. For lunch don’t miss the Whole Farm Salad, and for dinner sample Italian-style pastas, ribs or heart-healthy seafood options. Open daily for breakfast and lunch 7am–2:30pm. Open M–Th for dinner 5–9pm, F–Sa 5–9:30pm, closed Su for dinner.

Gizdich Ranch
55 Peckham Road


Visitors from great distances love this third-generation, family-run farm business that popularized the “pik-yorself” experience just east of Watsonville’s Interlaken neighborhood. Tour the farm, pick fresh apples or berries or watch the action inside the juice-pressing barn. No one leaves hungry if they spend time at the bakery-deli that pleases with its fresh pies, shortcakes and pastries, along with hearty sandwiches and box lunches. This family friendly experience is also a treat for kids, who will enjoy the wide-open spaces and the homemade popsicles. Open daily 9am–5pm.

Hidden Fortress Coffee
125 Hangar Way, Suite 270


A local’s market favorite puts down some roots just two minutes off of Highway 1 in Watsonville. Owner Amelia Loftus serves up house-roasted, organic coffee and bagged beans to go, sourced from small-scale family farms in the best coffee growing regions around the world. This low-key, charming cafe also sells local and organic baked goods, housemade seasonal smoothies, yogurt parfaits and sandwiches, and local chef-prepared soups and salad shakers. Open M–F 6:30am–3:30pm, Sa 8:30am–5:30pm. Closed Su.