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Waffles in Monterey Bay

I like the waffles at Red Apple Cafe in Aptos. I get the bacon or yogurt/buckwheat waffles.

Jul 07, 2014
Matt of Aptos in California

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk food recommendations?

I think the Surf City Grill has the best food at the Boardwalk. They were voted "Best corn dog in the country" at some point. That's the only place I'll buy the $1.00 hot dogs as they use better buns there.

I recently read that "Dole Whip," the pineapple soft serve that is served at Disneyland, is being sold somewhere on the Boardwalk. That's what I'm getting the next time I go!

If you want something of higher quality, walk across the street to the Picnic Basket.

Jun 29, 2012
Matt of Aptos in California

Thanksgiving in Santa Cruz County

We ended up going to the Thanksgiving buffet at Bittersweet Bistro. We really enjoyed it. I only wish I had room to try all the desserts!

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Bittersweet Bistro
787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003

Nov 28, 2011
Matt of Aptos in California

Thanksgiving in Santa Cruz County

Nov 01, 2011
Matt of Aptos in California

Thanksgiving in Santa Cruz County

Bittersweet Bistro:

http://www.bittersweetbistro.com/cale...

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Bittersweet Bistro
787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003

Oct 14, 2011
Matt of Aptos in California

Thanksgiving in Santa Cruz County

Well, they're not buffets, but here are a couple of options:

http://www.peachwoods.com/pdfs/Peachw...

http://mamaisonrestaurant.com/

Oct 12, 2011
Matt of Aptos in California

Thanksgiving in Santa Cruz County

Here's Sanderling's Thanksgiving menu:

http://www.sanderlingsrestaurant.com/...

Oct 05, 2011
Matt of Aptos in California

Thanksgiving in Santa Cruz County

Is anyone familiar with the Thanksgiving buffets in the Santa Cruz area? Which are good and which are to be avoided?

Thanks.

Sep 28, 2011
Matt of Aptos in California

Good Chinese place that will cater for 50 in Aptos (Santa Cruz)

Panda Inn has the best Chinese food in Aptos. I don't know if they cater, but it's worth a try.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/panda-inn-aptos

I would avoid Uncle Kwok's or Hong Kong Garden.

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Panda Inn
783 Rio Del Mar Blvd Ste 5, Aptos, CA 95003

Sep 17, 2010
Matt of Aptos in California

In n Out burger locations on the drive from SFO to Monterey?

The Gilroy and Salinas locations are both just off of 101.

Aug 13, 2010
Matt of Aptos in California

Betty's Burgers - Santa Cruz

I stopped by the new Betty Burger location on 41st Avenue today. It's much nicer than the original location. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. I enjoyed my burger, but it was still on the dry side. I liked the onion rings too.

Mar 19, 2010
Matt of Aptos in California

Santa Cruz help please

Cafe Cruz is in Soquel. It's good.

There's also a new place in Soquel that looks interesting:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/main-street-g...

Jan 21, 2010
Matt of Aptos in California

Santa Cruz Chinese Food?

Try Panda Inn. They are located at the Deer Park Shopping Center in Aptos. It's my favorite Chinese place in the county. Lucky Dragon in Aptos is solid. I wouldn't bother with Uncle Kwok's or Hong Kong Garden.

Jan 02, 2010
Matt of Aptos in California

Burger Picks for Santa Cruz

I kinda like the burger at Village Host Pizza. It's better than their pizza. I order a double with mozzarella.

What do you think of Carpo's?

Oct 07, 2009
Matt of Aptos in California

Breakfast in Pacifica?

Are there any good breakfast joints in Pacifica?

Jun 05, 2009
Matt of Aptos in San Francisco Bay Area

Aptos St. BBQ

I really like the new Aptos St. BBQ in Aptos Village. It's where Cole's used to be. Good food. Nice people. Clean. The pork ribs, chicken, and potato salad were my favorites, but it was all good.

http://aptosstbbq.com/

May 08, 2009
Matt of Aptos in California

Good BBQ In Santa Cruz area?

Dang, I had a good burger at Bruno's yeaterday. The best I've had in a long time. They've updated the menu too. There's now a wide variety of sandwiches. I'll be back.

Jan 14, 2009
Matt of Aptos in California

Great HOT DOGS up and down the state!

There's a newsstand in Santa Cruz on Mission St. called "Santa Cruz News" that has really good dogs. They serve Vienna Beef and Niman Ranch sausages. I'm not a coffee drinker, but am told they have the best coffee in town as well.

Jan 07, 2009
Matt of Aptos in California

Best Burger in Aptos, Capitola, or Soquel?

I had a cheeseburger at Severino's. It was really good. And large. They are half price during happy hour Monday through Friday.

Jan 05, 2009
Matt of Aptos in California

Village Host Pizza in Aptos

Update: I recently moved to the Seascape area of Aptos and have, for the sake of convenience, stopped into Village Host a few times. I’m still not a fan of their pizza crust. In fact, I think they do a better job with their sandwiches. But, the place has been noticeably cleaner than before. And, the current staff seems to be pretty cool. For the best pizza in Aptos, I’d still go to Aptos Pizza or Pizza 1. But, if you live in the neighborhood, Village Host is a decent place to grab a bite.

Dec 09, 2008
Matt of Aptos in California

Capitola, Aptos - any decent pizza?

I hear that Roadhouse has closed.

Sep 17, 2008
Matt of Aptos in California

Capitola, Aptos - any decent pizza?

I went into the Capitola PMH for the first time in a few months yesterday. I got two slices and they were both mediocre. Almost flavorless and with an overly tough crust. And they looked fresh, not like they've been sitting out too long. I guess even the original location has gone down hill.

Sep 17, 2008
Matt of Aptos in California

Capitola, Aptos - any decent pizza?

The PMH in Capitola is more consistently good than the downtown location. I don't think I've had a bad slice yet from them. That's really the only New York style place I can think of in Capitola or Aptos. The new Mangiano in Aptos has somewhat thin crust, but they have not impressed me.

My favorite pizza in Aptos is Aptos Pizza and Pizza 1. Aptos Pizza is what I would call "Pizza Parlor" style (in the spirit of Shakey's/Straw Hat/Roundtable, but much better). They serve whole pies only.

Pizza 1 has a distinctive sourdough crust. Be careful when choosing a slice. Like the downtown PMH, if you pick a slice that looks like it's been sitting out for a while, you will regret it.

Roadhouse Pizza is pretty good. It's "Pizza Parlor" style. Go there if you can't get a seat at Aptos Pizza.

Stay away from Showtime and Village Host.

I have not tried the pizza from Ristorante Barolo or Bittersweet Bistro yet.

Aug 28, 2008
Matt of Aptos in California

Ambrosia India Bistro Open in Aptos

I started with the Samosa. It was stuffed with potato and peas. Then I had a sizzling chicken breast kabob platter. It was very tangy. My friend loved his lamb dish.

Aug 25, 2008
Matt of Aptos in California

Ambrosia India Bistro Open in Aptos

I had dinner there last night. Very good.

Aug 22, 2008
Matt of Aptos in California

Any good restaurants in Santa Cruz? [moved from SF Bay board]

The Santa Cruz Carpo's is no longer around. The Soquel location is still in business.

Jul 28, 2008
Matt of Aptos in California

Best Burger in Aptos, Capitola, or Soquel?

I guess Bleu Spoon is gone. Oh well. I'm headed to Carpo's...

Jul 24, 2008
Matt of Aptos in California

Good BBQ In Santa Cruz area?

On Sunday, I went to the Santa Cruz Coles for the first time in probably two years. First thing I noticed is that the place seemed to have been cleaned up. They have a nice new menu board. I went there because I was in the mood for their BBQ turkey sandwich and that's what I ordered. I liked it. It was a pretty large and I think they're using a better sandwich roll than before. Although, I still miss how they used to make their sandwiches with big slices of sourdough. I had the cole slaw as my side and it was top notch. The folks at the other tables seemed to really like the food.

If you haven't been to the Santa Cruz Coles in a while, it might be worth another try.

Jul 22, 2008
Matt of Aptos in California

Family weekend in Aptos

That Market was Deluxe Foods. To find the Red Apple Cafe, go to the upper level, turn left, and walk to the very end of the center.

Jun 26, 2008
Matt of Aptos in California

Northern California Road Food

Sounds like you're taking Hwy 1 through Santa Cruz County.

Stop in Freedom for a superb marinated Tri-Tip sandwich:

http://www.californianprepress.com/th...

For an authentic Chicago Dog, stop at Santa Cruz News. You'll be driving by it on Hwy 1/Mission Street:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/santa-cruz-ne...

Jun 26, 2008
Matt of Aptos in California