Edible Monterey Bay

Winter 2014 Dine Local Guide

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!

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Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 2.41.06 PM Carried Away

7564 Soquel Drive • 831.685.3926


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


unnamed  Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn

47900 Highway 1 • 831.667.2800


Executive chef John Cox has taken an iconic restaurant and made it both more imaginative and more accessible. The nine-course “Taste of Big Sur” prix-fixe dinner delivers an inventive take on the Big Sur experience through exceptional ingredients grown on site or procured from local foragers, fishermen and farmers. Lunchtime guests can enjoy breathtaking views from Sierra Mar’s floor-to-ceiling windows and a five-course tasting menu comparable to the restaurant’s evening fare at a fraction of the price. Open daily for lunch 12:15–3pm, dinner 5:30–9pm.


The Restaurant at Ventana

48123 Highway 1 • 831.667.4242 • www.ventanainn.com

Nestled high on a ridge over Big Sur, this restaurant offers a stylish, rustic wood interior as well as a legendary terrace featuring some of the Central Coast’s most stunning views. Talented executive chef Paul Corsentino works with local sustainably run farms to create simple cuisine with vibrant flavors. An award-winning, locally inspired wine list offers 150 selections. Seasonal specialty cocktails and California craft beers can be enjoyed under the stars, alongside a roaring fire. Open daily for breakfast 7:30–10:30am; lunch 11:30am–4:30pm; dinner 6–9pm.


 NewLeaf-for-website New Leaf Community Market

13159 Highway 9 • 831.338.7211 • www.newleaf.com

The perfect place to stop for made-to-order sandwiches, trail mix and picnic supplies for hikers on their way up to Big Basin or Castle Rock State Parks. All ingredients are fresh and natural, meats are hormone free, produce comes from local growers. Open daily 9am–9pm.


NewLeaf-for-website  New Leaf Community Market

1210 41st Avenue • 831.479.7987 • www.newleaf.com

The Beet Café at the entrance offers great alternatives to fast food, serving economical daily specials, wraps, pizza and homemade soup and smoothies—with free wi-fi in the dining area. Inside, a full deli has made-to-order sandwiches, healthy takeout salads and entrée items. Open daily 8am–9pm.

images  The Penny Ice Creamery

820 41st Avenue • 831.204.2523


This outpost of The Penny’s flagship shop in Santa Cruz offers the same small-batch, made-from-scratch, organic ice cream as the original. Under the direction of Chef Kendra Baker, expect inventive flavors made with local, seasonal ingredients as well as friendly, engaged service. Open Su–Th noon–6pm, F–Sa noon–11pm.


1750 Wharf Road • 831.475.1511


Everyone’s special occasion restaurant, Shadowbrook has upgraded its menu with farm-fresh local produce, fresh herbs from a rooftop garden and new dishes from chef Anthony Kresge, including delicious vegetarian options. This unique restaurant is perched on a lush hillside above Soquel Creek, its multi-level rock and redwood dining rooms are decked with fairy lights and you arrive in a vintage cable car—a truly romantic experience! Open M–F 5–8:45pm, Sa 4:30–9:45pm, Su 4:30–8:45pm.



Affina Food & Wine

6th Avenue and San Carlos Street • 831.915.4756


One of the newest restaurants to wow Carmel embraces local farm-to-table cuisine with a hip and youthful edge, thanks to owners Dexter Salazar, Shane Smit and Nico Izard, as well as opening chef James Anderson. A rustic-luxe dining room decorated with reclaimed wood enjoys views of an open kitchen and the sounds of live piano music coming from the piano bar. Chefs Izard and Anderson offer creatively composed shared plates, small bites and entrées like truffled chicken, steak and king salmon. Open for lunch Tu–Su 11:30am–4pm; dinner daily 5:30–10pm.

images  Aubergine

Monte Verde at Seventh, Carmel • 831.624.8578


Located within the romantic L’Auberge Carmel, a visit to Aubergine feels a bit like a trip to Europe. But the food is the real draw here: executive chef Justin Cogley was named one of Food & Wine’s best new chefs of 2013 and it’s no wonder. He’s an eloquent and imaginative interpreter of fine seasonal ingredients and executive pastry chef Ron Mendoza delights with surprising and inventive desserts. Select from the four-course menu or the tasting menu, and let these two experts take over from there. Open daily 6-9:30pm.

 basil_logo Basil Carmel

San Carlos Street between Ocean and Seventh avenues (Paseo Courtyard)

831.626.8226 • www.basilcarmel.com

Locally sourced and seasonal aren’t just buzzwords at Basil. General manager/owner Denis Boaro and chef/owner Soerke Peters have created a restaurant that turns out intensely flavorful dishes—like black squid ink linguine with sea urchin sauce or Monterey abalone in vermouth butter sauce on fingerling potato hash. This cozy restaurant in the Paseo Courtyard has heated, dog-friendly outdoor seating. There’s a full bar and a good selection of California wines, including many organic choices. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30am.

caMktRestaurant  California Market at Hyatt Carmel Highlands

120 Highlands Drive

831.622.5450 • www.highlandsinn.hyatt.com

Locals and visitors alike enjoy the rustic elegance of this casual bistro. Whether dining al fresco overlooking magnificent Yankee Point or indoors by the pot-bellied stove, the California Market menu offers an eclectic array of offerings. At breakfast, look for frittatas, omelets, breakfast paninis and sticky bun French toast; lunch includes fresh seafood, pastas, sandwiches and daily specials. Service begins at 7am.

Carmel-Belle_Logo-Regular  Carmel Belle

Doud Craft Studios • San Carlos Street at Ocean Avenue

831.624.1600 • www.carmelbelle.com

Long a local’s favorite for an impeccably sourced, yet relaxed and informal breakfast and lunch, Carmel Belle now it offers dinner, complete with candlelight and table service, in a comfy and stylish redesigned dining room. You can still show up with all the kids or in your workout gear and feel right at home, but chef Kyle Odell will cook as though high heels and sport jackets were required. Sign up to receive Commonwealth Wednesday and Farmers Market Friday specials. Open daily from 8am for breakfast and lunch; dinner 5–9pm W–Su.


Edgar’s Restaurant at Quail

8205 Valley Greens Drive • 831.624.2888


Wholeheartedly dedicated to farm-to-table cuisine, globetrotting chef Ken MacDonald has transformed this clubhouse restaurant into a paragon of fresh, local, organic meals. Enjoy salads like kale, almond and spelt or the traditional iceberg wedge garnished with foraged mushrooms. There are tempting flatbreads and hearty entrées, including line-caught Santa Cruz sanddabs, grassfed steaks and burgers, as well as vegetarian options such as quinoa pasta and seasonal ravioli. All ingredients come from local farms and ranches—including, starting in 2015, Quail’s own on-site farm. Open daily 11am–9pm.

logo  Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand

Organic Kitchen

7250 Carmel Valley Road • 831.625.6219


Organic is essential at Earthbound Farm. In addition to fresh organic produce, prepared foods and gourmet groceries, the farm stand has a colorful salad bar and a certified organic kitchen. Under the direction of executive chef Sarah LaCasse, the kitchen turns out homemade soups and bakery goods daily. Take out or eat on site at tables set in the garden. The Farm Stand also hosts cooking demonstrations and other classes and activities. Open M–Sa 8am–6:30pm, Su 9am–6pm.

 Print La Balena

Junipero Avenue between Fifth and Sixth avenues

831.250.6295 • www.labalenacarmel.com

La Balena’s seasonal menu changes daily but always expresses a spectacular and inventive take on the rustic food of a classical Tuscan trattoria. Chef Brad Briske has a deep love for and knowledge of regional ingredients and purchases all produce from local organic farmers. Much of the charcuterie is housemade. Pasta and slow-cooked meats are prepared from scratch daily. Owners Anna and Emanuele Bartolini have created a charming and war atmosphere, complete with back garden seating. Open Th–Su 11:30am–3:30pm, Tu–Su 5–10pm.

xlogo.png.pagespeed.ic.hGDDUl3lih  Pacific’s Edge at Hyatt Carmel Highlands

120 Highlands Drive

831.620.1234 • www.pacificsedge.com

With awe-inspiring views of the Pacific, Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers stellar service and food that draws inspiration from local farms and purveyors. Built atop a craggy cliff overlooking the dramatic Big Sur coastline, there is no better perch from which to view the setting sun or a breaching whale. Start with a craft cocktail at the Sunset Lounge, followed by dinner in the glass-walled dining room, featuring sophisticated California coastal cuisine from chef Chad Minton. Open daily 6–9pm.


Rio Grill

101 Crossroads Boulevard • 831.625.5436


The high-energy Rio Grill features the talents of chef Cy Yontz, who produces creative regional California cuisine and the flavors of the Southwest using bold spices and an almond wood-fired grill. The recently renovated bar offers craft cocktails and an award-winning wine list, both catalogued and annotated on iPads. The Santa Fe Room (cap. 55) and Barrel Room (cap. 32) are available for private parties and special events. Open daily for lunch 11:30am–4:30pm; dinner 4:30–10pm; Sunday brunch 11:30am –3pm.

f7f352077cbe3d6c253bbc17f03e6841  Rocky Point Restaurant

36700 Highway 1, 10 miles south of Carmel

831.624.2933 • www.rockypointrestaurant.com

Local restaurant legend Bill Lee, Rocky Point’s new GM, aims to make this spectacular cliffside property more accessible—especially for locals. He’s adding locals’ nights, welcoming walk-ins for merely a drink, a snack and the views and serving favorites from his past restaurants, like ahi tuna, Szechuan green beans and dry ice desserts, as well as roadhouse-type fare like prime rib. Officially open daily 11:30am–8pm and just 10 miles south of Carmel, Lee hopes you’ll stay even later to enjoy the stunning nighttime seascape.



13750 Center Street • 831.659.5886


Chef Brendan Jones has created a foodie oasis, sourcing the ingredients for his exceptionally creative and sophisticated cuisine locally, and his inspiration, from Japan and Europe. Customer favorites include padrone peppers, sardine bocadillos and mac and cheese balls; the ceviche and roasted bone marrow are also not to be missed. Regional wines and craft beers are poured at a 28-foot reclaimed wood bar. All food is organic when possible. Open for dinner Thu–Su from 5:30pm; breakfast and lunch W–Su 8am–3pm.


Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar

16 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley

831.659.2774 | wfrestaurant.com

Originally built in the late 1920s to refresh travellers on the stagecoach route between Monterey and Tassajara, this beautiful, landmarked steakhouse still draws loyal customers from miles around. Exceptional service and chef Jerome Viel’s excellent steaks are its trademark, but the tone is unstuffy and pets are welcome. For seating, guests may choose between the historic dining room, a seasonal outdoor courtyard patio and the lively saloon, which offers a full bar and a lighter menu, including such standards as salads and burgers. Dinner 4:30–9:30 F–S, 4:30–9 Su–Th.

10155705_319640074854708_4836260429659657136_n  Whale City Bakery

490 Coast Road • 831.423.9009


The artistic charm and oceanside location of Davenport make it hard not to slow when you pass through on Highway 1. Those in the know stop at the historic Whale City Bakery. The bakery tempts with housemade breads, pastries, muffins and pies, but it’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.



New Leaf Community Market

6240 Highway 9 • 831.335.7322 • www.newleaf.com

New Leaf offers the best fresh food made and grown here on the Central Coast. Made-to-order sandwiches, salads and hot foods are all natural. No nitrates, hormones, antibiotics or artificial ingredients. Open daily 9am–9pm.


 NewLeaf-for-website New Leaf Community Market

150 San Mateo Road • 650.726.3110 • www.newleaf.com

Green plate specials offer healthy organic lunches for $5 daily and full dinners for $9.99. Lunches like Diestel turkey wraps and tri-tip sandwiches change daily. Hot dinner specials include classics like meatloaf with mashed potatoes and Smart chicken parmesan. Open daily 8am–9pm.


s_logo  Sorensen’s Country Café

14255 Highway 88

800.423.9949 • www.sorensensresort.com

The next time your travels take you to Lake Tahoe, remember the adorable Sorensen’s resort’s full-service restaurant. Enjoy specialties such as Mary’s natural chicken with a gremolata topping, fresh and wild fish, New York steak, garden-fresh salads and homemade desserts, such as housemade bread pudding and a wonderful berry cobbler. Accompany your meal with a fine wine or beer. Open for breakfast M–F 7:30–11am and Sa–Su 7am–noon; lunch daily 11am–4pm; dinner daily 5–8:30pm daily.



Restaurant 1833

500 Hartnell Street • 831.643.1833


Despite the name—a nod to its historic location—1833 aims squarely to be ahead of its time when it comes to cuisine and drinks. In January, expect fresh surprises when new chef Jason Franey, a James Beard finalist and one of Food and Wine’s best new chefs of 2011, introduces his first menu. Meantime, opening chef Levi Mezik’s popular dishes, as well as the flaming absinthe and “medicine” bag of sweets inspired by former resident, “Dr.” James Stokes, will continue. Open Su–Thu 5:30–10pm, F–Sa 5:30pm–1am.

 Jacks-Restaurant-Logo Jacks Restaurant & Lounge

Portola Hotel & Spa, 2 Portola Plaza • 831.649.2698


At Jacks, you’ll find deliciously unique Monterey flavors and a cozy location in historic downtown Monterey. Executive chef Jason Giles uses the freshest local ingredients, supporting local farmers, fishermen and cheese makers. Try Jacks’ signature Dungeness crab and clam chowder, seared day boat scallops or the Harris Ranch New York strip with wild mushrooms and shallot bourbon sauce. For a glimpse behind the scenes, an oyster bar with champagne is tucked inside the kitchen. Open for breakfast M–F 6–10:30am, Sa–Su 6–noon; lunch M–F 11:30am–2pm, Sa–Su 11–2pm; dinner daily 5–10pm.


Montrio Bistro

414 Calle Principal • 831.648.8880 • www.montrio.com

This sophisticated, lively and beautiful bistro is located in a historic brick firehouse in Old Monterey and features the creative cuisine of chef Tony Baker, a British expat with eclectic style. Montrio’s faithful start early, enjoying the small bites menu during happy hour with a spirited, innovative cocktail program designed by mixologist Anthony Vitacca. In fact, Vitacca also keeps guests lingering well into the night. Montrio embraces sustainability, purchasing from local farms and vendors, following Seafood Watch guidelines and employing a triple-filtered tap water system. Open from 5pm nightly.

 peter-b-s-brew-pub Peter B’s Brewpub

Portola Hotel & Spa, 2 Portola Plaza • 831.649.2699


Monterey’s first craft brewery and one of the few breweries in the country to be found in a hotel, Peter B’s has a loyal following of beer geeks and sports fans. With charming brewmaster Kevin Clark at the helm, the pub stocks five housemade craft beers, along with an ever-changing menu of seasonal lagers, ales and stout. Delicious appetizers, pizzas, burgers and sandwiches fill out the menu, including the locals’ favorite: house made sausages. Open M–Th 4–11pm, F–Sa 11am–1am, Su 11am–11pm.

-content-images-events-scrivani-hanger  Stone Creek Kitchen

465 Canyon del Rey Boulevard • 831.393.1042


A glass-walled kitchen in the middle of a spacious cookware shop turns out imaginative Mediterranean deli treats and sweets to take away or eat under the market umbrellas outside. Petite baguette sandwiches—like grilled chicken, artichoke hearts and Boursin cheese—are little works of art. Don’t miss the pistachio/cherry chocolate bark or the paella Fridays. Open M–F 10am–7pm, Sa 10am–4pm, Su closed except during November and December.


Tarpy’s Roadhouse

Highway 68 at Canyon Del Rey • 831.647.1444


This stunning, historic California stone house—built in 1917 and set on over three beautifully landscaped acres—features seating in seven dining rooms and on a cozy garden patio. Larger-than-life chef Todd Fisher uses an almond wood grill to prepare creative American country cuisine, including wild game, prime steaks and local seafood. A full bar and comfortable lounge both offer full menu service, and the wine list features the best of Monterey County and beyond. Open daily from 11:30am.

twm_logo  The Wharf Marketplace

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

831.649.1116 • www.thewharfmarketplace.com

The go-to stop for “the bounty of the county” for some of downtown Monterey’s best chefs, The Wharf Marketplace features only the freshest locally grown produce, freshly caught seafood, artisanal cheeses and other fine locally produced foods as well as wines, beers and hard ciders from Monterey County and the region. A grab-and-go café provides breakfast and lunch made from the same high-quality ingredients. Indoor and outdoor seating. Open W–M 7am–7pm, Tu 7am–2pm.


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7902 Moss Landing Road • 831.633.5843



Gourmet Latin fusion dishes await those who venture off Highway 1 and into this fanciful restaurant with its new entertainment venue out back. Fiesta-colored walls are crammed with enormous gold leaf paintings by co-owner Luis Solano. Try dishes like Peruvian Ceviche, Squash Blossom Empanadas, Crab and Huitlacoche Enchiladas or the popular Pescado Cubano—line-caught red snapper in a pistachio/pumpernickel crust served with tomatillo avocado sauce. Ingredients are organic as much as possible. Open M–Th 11am–9pm, F–Su 9am–9pm.



 logo Happy Girl Kitchen Co.

173 Central Avenue • 831.373.4475


The menu changes daily at Happy Girl’s airy and bright Pacific Grove café, but the food is always delicious, organic and reasonably priced. The sandwich of the day is $6, and a bowl of the soup of the day is $5. To drink, you’ll find kombucha on tap and Blue Bottle Coffee brewed freshly. Homemade baked goods include a daily scone, cookies and turnovers. Open daily 7:30am–3pm.

passionfish-logo-image  Passionfish

701 Lighthouse Avenue • 831.655.3311


If you’re looking for a restaurant with playful, spectacular food and a scrupulous commitment to sustainability, this green-certified restaurant is hard to rival. The 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 • 831.648.5774


With sweeping views of the coast near Point Pinos Lighthouse and a relaxed clubhouse vibe, this scenic spot has blossomed under the direction of executive chef Dory Ford. Choose from huevos rancheros, chicken fried steak, eggs benedict and an array of tasty omelets. Enjoy dishes like Ale Steamed Mussels, Heirloom Tomato Tart and all-natural beef burgers. Bistro-style dinner entrées change with the seasons. Open daily 7:30am–3pm for breakfast and lunch, W–Sa 5–8pm for dinner. Happy hour drinks and appetizer specials M–F 4–6pm.


The Bench

The Lodge at Pebble Beach, 1700 17 Mile Drive

866.543.9318 • www.pebblebeach.com/dining

Offering guests an eclectic menu inspired by international recipes and cuisine, The Bench highlights the creative technique of wood roasting and open-flame cooking. Signature flavors and an array of craft cocktails as well as draft beers make for an unparalleled dining experience. The Bench features an open-air dining room and outdoor fire pits, all overlooking the most famous golf hole in the world.



images  Gallery Cafe

The Lodge at Pebble Beach, 1700 17 Mile Drive

866.543.9318 • www.pebblebeach.com/dining

Overlooking the first tee at the 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.


images-1  Pèppoli at Pebble Beach

The Inn at Spanish Bay, 2700 17 Mile Drive

866.543.9318 • www.pebblebeach.com/dining

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.


Roy’s at Pebble Beach

The Inn at Spanish Bay, 2700 17 Mile Drive

866.543.9318 • www.pebblebeach.com/dining

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.



2700 17 Mile Drive

866.543.9318 • www.pebblebeach.com/dining

After a spectacular round of golf or a brisk walk on the beach, 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. And check out the amazing Pebble Beach golf memorabilia and new fire pits on the patio.

 images-2 Stillwater Bar & Grill

The Lodge at Pebble Beach, 1700 17 Mile Drive

831.625.8524 • www.pebblebeach.com/dining

Stillwater Bar & Grill prides itself on offering the freshest and most flavorful in sustainable seafood and organic produce. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner—or the renowned Stillwater Sunday Brunch—the menus and views of Carmel Bay and the 18th hole at the Pebble Beach Golf Links are sure to amaze.

 imgres The Tap Room

The Lodge at Pebble Beach, 1700 17 Mile Drive

866.543.9318 • www.pebblebeach.com/dining

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 restaurant serving up all-American fare, from burgers and chili to salmon, salads, ribs and filet mignon. This classic American tavern is a comfortable and inviting place to watch a game, enjoy time with friends or recount the day’s success on the golf course.


 894807_732758933418740_674230304_o The Bakery Station

202 Monterey Street • 831.783.1140


In a repurposed gas station, bakers Ana Melissa Garcia and Erika Olivarez fire up a traditional stone hearth oven to produce crusty Old World breads, scones and muffins, and there’s a brew bar featuring Acme coffee. The Bakery Station is also a popular lunch stop, turning out sandwiches like the Road Hog—with pulled pork and whiskey sauce on a brioche roll. Open M–F 6am–4pm, Sa 7am–2pm, Su closed.

Perfectly Pressed Juice Bar

961 W. Alisal Street • 831.998.8770 •


Owner Monica Berriz started juicing for her health and wound up going into business. Berriz cold-presses her signature vegetable and fruit combinations, from the “Green Dream” to the “Sweet Choke,” freshly daily and sells them by the cup or the half-gallon. She also serves paninis, snacks, smoothies and ice pops. Cleanse packages are available and must be ordered in advance. Open M–F 6am–6pm, Sa 8am–2pm.


assembly_logo_with_tagline_handwritten_1501  Assembly

1108 Pacific Avenue • 831.824.6100www.assembleforfood.com

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. Chef Carlo Espinas brings a contemporary twist to the approachable yet intriguing menu. 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 Tu–Su 11am–11pm. Brunch offered weekends 9am–3pm.

 buttery-logo The Buttery

702 Soquel Avenue • 831.458.3020


Tantalizing cakes, pies, tarts, pastries and European-style breads fill the display cases inside this friendly, only-in-Santa Cruz bakery and café. On the deli side, everything is freshly made, from soups to salad dressings, using local produce from places like Live Earth Farm as much as possible. Lots of take-out options are available including daily special dinner entrées, but you can’t go wrong ordering their famous turkey potpie. Open daily 7am–7pm.


Charlie Hong Kong

1141 Soquel Avenue • 831.426.5664


Charlie Hong Kong has been providing the Santa Cruz community with healthy, fresh, high-quality food since 1998. The restaurant’s fusion of Southeast Asian influences and the Central Coast’s local organic produce is what has made it a neighborhood favorite. Its slogan is “love your body, eat organic,” and its cuisine is proof that fast food can be good for you. Open daily 11am–11pm.



1723 Mission Street • 831.425.6583


This locally owned, community-minded coffee house hosts rotating exhibitions of local artists at its three Santa Cruz locations in addition to serving excellent Fair Trade brewed coffee and espresso drinks and providing high-speed Internet. Be sure to try the house-blended hot cocoa beverages, made with premium, unsweetened cocoa sourced in Germany. Order Bagelry bagels, spread with housemade toppings like garlicky hummus and a unique non-dairy smoked tofu spread. Open daily 6am–6pm.



3701 Portola Drive • 831.477.1940 • www.coffeetopia.com

Serving awesome brewed coffee and perfectly-pulled, Italian-style espressos—using the best Fair Trade beans available—Coffeetopia coffee house and Internet café has been a local institution on Portola Drive for the past 20 years. Silk Road teas, yerba mate, fresh fruit juices, smoothies and organic Revive kombucha on tap round out the extensive drinks menu. Bagelry bagels, quiche and locally made pastries or grab-and-go breakfast bars will take care of hunger pangs. Open daily 6am–6pm.



1443 Capitola Road • 831.427.7181


Santa Cruz’s first and largest Internet café, Coffeetopia also has a loyal following for its Fair Trade brewed coffee and full range of Italian-style espresso drinks. Robust, organic, cold-brewed iced coffee is available on tap, along with Revive kombucha from Sonoma County, fresh fruit juices, smoothies and dozens of Silk Road teas—served in ceramic cups or by the pot. Enjoy fresh pastries, a daily quiche and Bagelry bagels with a variety of delicious housemade toppings. Open daily 6am–2pm.

 the-crows-nest-santa-cruz-logo The Crow’s Nest

2218 E. Cliff Drive • 831.476.4560 


A perfect spot to enjoy lunch or catch a sunset while watching sail boats glide in and out of 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.

JH_logo_horizontal_blue  Johnny’s Harborside

493 Lake Avenue • 831.479.3430


A perch atop a second story overlooking the Santa Cruz Harbor provides a glittering ocean view to every table at Johnny’s Harborside. Fresh fish is the specialty here, with made-your-way options to suit any taste, from blackened to fried to broiled. Classic menu options, happy hour and weekend brunch make Johnny’s a scenic addition to any beach day adventure. Open M–Th 11:30am–8:30pm, Fri 11:30am–9:30pm, Sa 11:30am–9:30pm, Sun 10am–8:30pm.


laili-logo  Laílí

101B Cooper Street • 831.423.4545


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-italian-cuisine-logo  La Posta

538 Seabright Avenue • 831.457.2782


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, and the rest of the menu reflects whatever produce is freshest right now. Visit the chickens in the restaurant’s backyard and enjoy the eclectic atmosphere. Open Tu–Th 5–9pm, F–Sa 5–9:30pm, Su 5–8pm, M closed.

NewLeaf-for-website  New Leaf Community Market

1134 Pacific Avenue • 831.425.1793 • www.newleaf.com

New Leaf’s headquarters in an old bank building on Pacific Avenue is a worthwhile stop for all foodies. Crowded with gourmet natural foods, it also has a deli with sandwiches, salads and hot entrées. A dining area out front is great for people watching and listening to street musicians. Open daily 9am–9pm.

New Leaf Community Market

1101 Fair Avenue • 831.426.1306 • www.newleaf.com

The Westside New Leaf has a large deli counter and coffee bar, with a big selection of sandwiches, salads, bakery items, soups and other hot foods. You can eat at an in-store counter or at tables outside. There is a community classroom here for frequent cooking classes. Open daily 8am–10pm.

 images The Penny Ice Creamery

913 Cedar Street • 831.204.2523


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 Su–W noon–9pm, Th–Sa noon–11pm.

164485_477876838932213_961482769_n  The Picnic Basket

125 Beach Street • 831.427.9946


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–9pm.


Ristorante Avanti

1917 Mission Street • 831.427.0135


This popular, Mediterranean-style bistro recently moved into a lush, more upscale location with a larger bar and expanded seating to better accommodate its loyal fans. Avanti’s menu remains true to its long-time commitment to supporting local organic farms as well as local ranchers, foragers and fishermen. The menu changes with the seasons, and specials are offered every day using local organic produce and meats, wholesome oils and imported Italian cheeses. Open for lunch M–F 11:30am–2pm, dinner Su–Th 5–9pm, F–Sa 5–9:30pm.



Rosie McCann’s

1220 Pacific Avenue • 831.426.9930


This lively Irish pub with Santa Cruz style offers dozens of beers on tap, good bar snacks and so much more. Rosie’s kitchen prepares traditional Irish dishes like lamb stew, shepherd’s pie, corned beef hash and fish and chips, along with delicious California specialities such as grass-fed burgers, coriander wild salmon, organic salads and fish tacos. 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-logo-2 Soif Restaurant and Wine Bar

105 Walnut Avenue • 831.423.2020 • www.soifwine.com

This wine-centric downtown restaurant is housed in a hip, loft-style building and includes a wine shop next door, also offering snacks and wines by the glass. Food reflects chef Mark Denham’s love for Mediterranean flavors and each dish is paired with a wine suggestion from the vast wine list. Monday evenings there is a raw oyster bar with live jazz. Tuesday is tapas night. Restaurant open Su–Th 5–9pm, F–Sa 5–10pm. Wine bar opens at noon.


Perfectly Pressed Juice Bar

1123 Fremont Blvd., Seaside


Monica Berriz is now cold-pressing her signature vegetable and fruit combinations like the “Green Dream” daily at a juice bar in the Monterey Weekly’s Press Club café/art gallery/event space in Seaside. Just like her original Salinas location, the Seaside café offers her juices by the cup, half-gallon or multi-flavor cleanse package. For solid food, expect paninis, salads and treats baked by Earthbound Farm’s chef Sarah LaCasse. Place bulk orders ahead. Open M–F 6am–6pm, Sa 8am–2pm.