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India's Clay Oven in Monterey

Anyone been here recently? My niece is coming into the area for a few days and is craving Indian food. I've never been to this restaurant but it seems to have a few mentions here in previous posts, but nothing very detailed. Would love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks!

Oct 12, 2006
Rocky in California

post deleted?

Oh, ok, I just read a post from Oct 7th where you discuss the fact that Health Department reports are not really of Chow Hound interest. Guess my post was deleted. Personally, I think it is good to know if your local restaurant has numerous health code violations, but I understand that not everyone is interested. Happy chowing...

Oct 11, 2006
Rocky in Site Talk

post deleted?

I posted a link yesterday to the Santa Cruz County (CA) Health Department report of restaurant inspections in the county, and today my post is not on the board. Que Pasa?

Oct 11, 2006
Rocky in Site Talk

santa cruz county restaurant inspections [moved from California board]

The Santa Cruz County Health Department has just published their list of county restaurant inspection results on their website. Thought some of you maybe interested. The address is www.santacruzhealth.org/

Oct 11, 2006
Rocky in Food Media & News

Santa Cruz

Spell it Xian or Xin Asia Bistro and it still comes out "YUCK!"
If you go here to eat you may never return to Santa Cruz.

Sawasadee in Soquel is great. Best cold spring rolls in the area.

If you go to Shadowbrook, go for the atmosphere, not for the food.

Aug 05, 2006
Rocky in California

2 breakfast reports - Scotts Valley

Alice, I am so glad you gave Mame's a second try. It's definitely on my short list of good breakfast places here in SC County, along with Linda's over on Seabright. (for some reason the Silver Spur just doesn't do it for me)
You know, in all the times (and there have been many) that I have eaten at Mame's, I have never paid at the counter, I always pay at my table. I agree with you about the price, it's definitely a good deal to eat at Mame's. I love their home fries (crispy!) and their biscuits and gravy too. Now if they could just get some better coffee in there...

Aug 02, 2006
Rocky in California

Lido Cafe-Capitola

The Lido Cafe is closed, I just found out when I walked by this morning. Permit in the window says there is a change in ownership and there's a new restaurant going in. I think it said "Bluefish Steakhouse" or something like that. There were new menus posted in the doorway but I didn't have time to check them out. Wonder if the owners are focusing on their other restaurant in Capitola, the Stockton Bridge Grille....anyone know anything about it? I liked the Lido's cocktails (delicious lemon drops) and their clam chowder was also very good. Anyway, I am looking forward to a new venue down near the beach.

Jul 31, 2006
Rocky in California

Santa Cruz

Hey don't get me wrong, I am pro-tourist. I was once a tourist here myself. I live in Capitola (just up the street from Gayle's Institution-ha ha) and I know their $ is our bread & butter. I guess I am saying if you go to Gayle's on a weekend, you will be surrounded by out-of-towners, it's not a very "local" vibe. If you want a real Santa Cruz county experience, a neighborhood place that is not on every tourist's list maybe more to your liking.

And I second the Gelatomania, Cabrillo Farmer's Market & Shopper's Corner recs...totally awesome.

Jul 28, 2006
Rocky in California

Santa Cruz

I think Tacos Moreno is pretty horrible-maybe I have always ordered the wrong items. (not sure what makes "a good taqueria in Mexico")...and to me the Buttery beats Gayles in every way, better sandwiches and better baked goods. Gayle's is ridiculously expensive. I really like Avanti and O'Mei. They maybe pricey but they are worth it. Avanti uses local, seasonal produce, and I believe they use organic produce for the most part. Guess it all depends on your taste buds. Naka Sushi over on 41st at Portola is wonderful and fresh, although the rolls are so huge, you almost have to take them apart to eat them. Great neighborhood atmosphere, if you are looking for something more than the typical tourist experience. If you want to eat like a tourist, by all means go to Gayles or go eat on the wharf. It really depends on what kind of experience you want.

Jul 27, 2006
Rocky in California

Santa Cruz

"Avanti" on Mission Street and "O Mei" also on Mission Street.

Jul 26, 2006
Rocky in California

Need casual dinner in Scotts Valley

What about the new place that just opened that is the sister restaurant to La Bruschetta? I think it is called "In Vino Veritas". It's over by Nob Hill I believe. I haven't been there yet but I hear that La Bruschetta is very good, and I think it is a family-type place.

Jul 26, 2006
Rocky in California

Santa Cruz -- Escaping the heat: need lunch ideas

Papa O's is new. It's where the sushi restaurant used to be on Capitola Ave. Most recently it was a decent breakfast spot with the unfortunate name of "O.D.'s".

Jul 23, 2006
Rocky in California

Dinner Bread in Santa Cruz?

The Buttery has some excellent bread. It's actually made by the bakery that has a booth at the Cabrillo farmer's market. (Golden Sheaf?) The francese bread makes excellent french toast. You might want to check out this booth next time you are at the farmer's market. It's down on the bottom level, near the Corralitos Meat Market guys.
The bread is always fresh and he has a good variety on Saturday mornings.

Jul 19, 2006
Rocky in California

Brown Rice in Santa Cruz?

Star of Siam is pretty good. We like it better than Bangkok West, which used to be our top Thai choice. They have some great curry dishes. We love the pumpkin curry which was one of their specials recently. Also good is the Eggplant Chicken, it's not greasy at all and the chicken seems to be all white meat, not weird, unidentifiable pieces. Their fresh spring rolls are delicious. We usually get take out, but have had decent service the few times we have eaten in. It's a bit tricky to get in and out of the parking lot during high traffic times on Soquel/San Jose Road. I'm very curious about Sawasdee now that I have read all the comments. It's really close to my house (I live on Capitola Ave.) and I had avoided it because they mixed up a neighbor's carry out order a month or so ago. Guess it's time to give them a try.

Jul 19, 2006
Rocky in California

Santa Cruz chow overview

Hey Carb Lover, for burgers and fries, have you ever checked out Jack's over by the Nick Theater? Great burgers & fries and real chocolate shakes.

Jul 09, 2006
Rocky in California

2 breakfast reports - Scotts Valley

Alice, Mame's will also substitute fruit or fresh tomatoes for potatoes if you aren't a home fry or hash brown eater...

Jul 06, 2006
Rocky in California

2 breakfast reports - Scotts Valley

I'm a Mame's fan. (guess that makes me a Mameiac?) Mame's is consistantly good. Great service too. I look forward to your opinion of Mame's. My only gripe about Mame's is that the coffee is not all that great. But the eggs, home fries, biscuits and gravy, omelets, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches are all very good. And if you ask for your bacon crisp, it is perfectly crisp and not limp when it arrives. And again, friendly and wonderful staff. They remember you and know what you want to order most of the time.

Jul 06, 2006
Rocky in California

Hit list for best restaurants in the Mission District

Ti Couz at Valenica and 16th Street. Great seafood salad and crepes. Ankor Borei at Mission and Cortland. Wonderful Cambodian food.

Jul 03, 2006
Rocky in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy fresh seafood in Monterey? (and other recos?)

According to their website they have rockfish, petrale sole, local prawns, halibut, seabass, etc. It also says they have salmon, although I believe salmon season (shortened this year) is over for now.

Jun 30, 2006
Rocky in California

Where to buy fresh seafood in Monterey? (and other recos?)

Heading down from where? San Francisco? If you are taking Hwy One, go to Phil's Fish Market in Moss Landing, just south of Watsonville and north of Marina. Phil's has excellent fresh local fish. They can pack it in ice for your camping trip. They also have great seafood in their restaurant. I love the halibut and chips. Check them out at www.philsfishmarket.com

Jun 29, 2006
Rocky in California

Brief mexican reports, Scotts Valley & Santa Cruz

Wow, so glad to read that I am not the only person on this board who does not understand what the big deal is about Tacos Moreno. I had the same experience, I thought the carnitas burrito was dry and horrible. So many of my friends just love that place, and it is always getting high marks in the local free papers annual reader awards. I like Hector's in Watsonville on Airport Blvd. Their breakfast burrito (papas with beans and eggs) is terrific. You can't beat their freshly made tortillas, either.

Jun 28, 2006
Rocky in California